The Challenger Disaster

Time to Eat the Dogs | 24 May 2024 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Adam Higginbotham about his book Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space. Discusses the history of the Space Shuttle program and the decisions that made the Challenger explosion almost inevitable.

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Con Slobodchikoff into the World of Animal Languages

WeBuzz by AnimalConcepts | 4 December 2020 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Con Slobodchikoff about using artificial intelligence technology to decode animal communication. Refutes the idea that animals don’t have thoughts and cannot communicate, and explains his revolutionary view on the non-existent gap between other animals and ourselves. Suggests that language extends to a variety of senses, instead of being single-sensory. Discusses why studying animal languages is so difficult; the importance sounds can have for animal caregivers in animal care and welfare programs; and how language studies can be carried out in zoos or aquariums. Draws from his books Chasing Doctor Dolittle and Prairie Dogs.

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Education 4o: How AI Will Revolutionize the Way We Learn

The Next Big Idea | 30 May 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sal Khan about his book Brave New Words: How AI Will Revolutionize Education (and Why That’s a Good Thing). Outlines the bright future for AI in education, with a personalised tutor for all, based in part on his experience developing Khanmigo for Khan Academy.

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250 Years of US Trade Policy

ChinaTalk | 17 May 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Douglas Irwin about his book Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy. Discusses the history of U.S. trade policy from the 18th century to the modern day, highlighting significant legislation and the formation of important intergovernmental organizations that have sprung up along the way.

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What Venture Capitalists Can Teach Companies About Decision-Making

HBR Ideacast | 28 May 2024 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ilya Strebulaev about his book The Venture Mindset: How to Make Smarter Bets and Achieve Extraordinary Growth, co-authored with Alex Dang, and their HBR article Make Decisions with a VC Mindset. Explains exactly how venture capitalists operationalize risk, embrace disagreement over consensus, and stay agile in their decision-making – all valuable lessons that apply outside of Silicon Valley.

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Ximena Nelson on The Lives of Spiders

Many Minds | 30 May 2024 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ximena Nelson about her book The Lives of Spiders. Discusses how spiders use hairs to detect the minutest of vibrations and how they see, usually, with four pairs of eyes; web-making and silk-making; how spiders hunt, jump, dance, pounce, plan, decorate, cache, balloon, and possibly count; why so many spiders mimic ants; whether webs constitute an extended sensory apparatus – like a gigantic ear – and why spiders are an under-appreciated group of animals for thinking about the evolution of mind, brain, and behaviour.

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Life in a Changing China

Chinese Whispers | 27 May 2024 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Yuan Yang about her book Private Revolutions: Four Women Face China’s New Social Order. Discusses the personal stories of four millennial women who lived through the major changes in China that see them living very different lives from their parents and grandparents.

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