Ian Leslie on Conflicted

EconTalk | 7 June 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ian Leslie about his book Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes. Argues that, far from being a negative thing, conflict is often the essential ingredient that helps us get to the right answer or best solution. Because some of our best thinking comes in collaboration with others, learning how to disagree civilly when our views conflict is the key to productive conversation in business and in marriage. The conversation includes a surprising defense of confirmation bias.

Anton Howes on Innovation History, the Improving Mindset & Progress Studies

Ben Yeoh Chats | 21 May 2021 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes discussing lessons from the history of innovation, the improving mentality, Progress Studies, the case for a new “Great Exhibition”, economic stagnation, copyright, and more.

I highly recommend Anton’s newsletter, Age of Invention.

The Obstetrical Dilemma

Origin Stories | 4 June 2021 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
The obstetrical dilemma suggests that human babies are born early as an evolutionary trade-off between having a pelvis wide enough to permit the birth of large-brained infants and narrow enough for efficient bipedal locomotion. Holly Dunsworth and Anna Warrener describe their research exploring the (non) evidence for the obstetrical dilemma and discuss the importance of the stories we tell about our bodies.

Edward Slingerland – Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

The Dissenter | 31 May 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edward Slingerland about his book Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization. Discusses alcohol consumption during our evolutionary history; compares alcohol to other intoxicants; its social benefits, considering that humans are communal, creative and cultural; the role it might have played in the development of the arts, and in religious rituals; the negative and positive effects of alcohol; the evolutionary mismatches we face with distilled liquors and drinking in isolation; alternatives to alcohol, and how best to expose young people to alcohol.

The End of Our 50-Year Stagnation | Tyler Cowen

The TED Interview | 3 June 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen. Backgrounds his contention that the economy has stagnated for the last 50 years. Argues that we’re commencing a new era of meaningful innovation, as evidenced by recent breakthroughs in science and medicine.

“War Doctor” David Nott on Surgery in War Zones

Behind The Knife | 1 July 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Nott about his book War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line. Discusses his work as a surgeon in war zones for aid agencies Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syria Relief. Also backgrounds the work of his foundation which trains surgeons to be able to work in austere conditions in war zones.

Why Are We Living Longer Than Our Ancestors?

History Extra | 29 May 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about his book Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (and BBC Four series co-presented with David Olusoga). Chronicles the revolution in medicine and innovations in science and public health that have led to huge increases in life expectancy since 1900.

Joanne Meyerowitz on A War on Global Poverty

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 27 May 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Joanne Meyerowitz about her book A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit. Discusses the evolution of antipoverty programmes, from the decline of modernization programmes, to the rise of microcredit, and focus on women as the deserving poor.