The Arbitrary Lines of Zoning ft. M Nolan Gray

The Neoliberal Podcast | 17 June 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nolan Gray about his book Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It. Discusses how the modern system of zoning developed in the 20th century; the impact of zoning on cities; the role of zoning in the housing affordability crisis; and whether we should reform or abolish the systems of zoning that hold us back.

Frank Close on Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass

New Books in Science | 6 July 2022 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Frank Close about his book Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass. Tells the story of Peter Higgs, the Large Hadron Collider, and the search for the Higgs boson. Backgrounds the importance of the Higgs boson to our understanding of modern physics.

Amanda Little on the Fate of Food

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Amanda Little about her book The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. Backgrounds the challenges climate change poses to food: the collapse of food systems, less flavoursome food, and crops we rely on, like corn and soy, getting harder to grow. Argues that we must change our agricultural practices, combining the wisdom of traditional farming practices with radical advances in agricultural technology.

What Did Acemoglu Get Wrong?

Rocking Our Priors | 28 July 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Daron Acemoglu and Alice Evans discuss what (if anything) Acemoglu got wrong in his books and papers on political economy, whether democracy is really good for growth at low levels of development, the role of religion in economic development, whether culture shapes institutions, whether wages are socially determined, and whether climate breakdown is making him more of a geographical determinist.

Daniel Pick – a New History of Thought Control

How To Academy | 22 July 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Pick about his book Brainwashed: A New History of Thought Control. Discusses the history of the notion of brainwashing, from early fears driven by soldiers not wanting to return home at the end of the Korean War, through Bond films, to the history of research on mind control.

Nicklas Brendborg on Jellyfish Age Backwards

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 19 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicklas Brendborg about his book Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity. Discusses why we age, a jellyfish that ages backwards, large animals outliving small ones, genetics and lifespan, why eradicating major diseases doesn’t extend lifespans much, hormesis, the epigenetic clock, whether old people benefit from young blood transfusions, the microbiome and aging, fecal transplants, caloric restriction, insulin and the aging process, and exercise.

Scott Reynolds Nelson – How Wheat Made The Modern World

The Meb Faber Show | 25 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson about his book Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World. Discusses the role of wheat in the world; why access to wheat has caused the rise and fall of empires, social unrest like the Arab spring, and plagues; why the Russia / Ukraine war is another example of countries going to war for access to wheat and the related trade routes; the history of US financial crises and the role of commodities in each.

Allan Mallinson: The Shape of Battle

The Book Club | 21 July 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Allan Mallinson about his book The Shape of Battle: Six Campaigns from Hastings to Helmand. Discusses why everyone should take an interest in warfare – as being the most complex of all human interactions; whether war is always “hell” for everyone involved; and how while the technology may change, the essentials remain the same.