Aella: Escort Work, Home School, Rationalism, and Questions

Ben Yeoh Chats | 13 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Aella discussing what is misunderstood about escort work and emotional intimacy, losing faith and the effect of having ideas she took for granted turned on their head, psychedelics, homeschooling, rationalism, understanding moral arguments in their place in time, and the power of the right question.

Alina Chan: Covid-19: What is the Real Truth? The Origin?

The James Altucher Show | 16 November 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Alina Chan about her book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Matt Ridley. Discusses their investigation into the source of covid-19; why Covid-19 is much deadlier than other flu-like diseases; and the role of viruses in the world and whether there could be another virus that can eliminate the covid-19 virus.

Endangered Foods, with Dan Saladino

Instant Genius | 3 October 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Dan Saladino about his book Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them. Describes examples of foods endangered by our increasingly homogenised diet and discusses the costs of losing food diversity: flavours, smells, and resilience to climate change, pests, and parasites.

Selling China’s Story

ChinaTalk | 7 November 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Maggie Baughman about how the Chinese government uses Western social media to promote their desired image of China internationally. Discusses how she used public procurement data to identify the companies helping the Chinese government; the scale of the revenues involved; how Facebook benefits from this; and how China’s messaging contrasts with other countries.

Nancy Segal – Deliberately Divided

The Michael Shermer Show | 9 November 2021 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nancy Segal about her book Deliberately Divided: Inside the Controversial Study of Twins and Triplets Adopted Apart. Reveals the stories of the adoption agency that deliberately separated twins; the collaborating psychiatrists who observed the twins’ development; and describes the effects on the twins and their families.

Danyl McLauchlan: Is Ardern an Elene Ferrante character?

Saturday Morning | 5 November 2021 | 0h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Danyl McLauchlan about his essay In A Captured State. Uses Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels to contextualise New Zealand (and also US and UK) politics. Argues that a professional managerial class has emerged that is symbolically liberal but operationally conservative.

Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez on Delicious

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 23 September 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez about their book Delicious: The Evolution of Flavor and How It Made Us Human. Considers the role that flavor may have played in the invention of the first tools, the extinction of giant mammals, the evolution of the world’s most delicious and fatty fruits, the creation of beer, and our own sociality.

The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Innovation Show | 15 September 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Bethany McLean about her book The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. Looks back on her investigation of Enron, distilling lessons from its failure about accounting, incentives, culture, and leadership.