Adam Tooze on Nazi Ideology and the German War Economy

Politics Theory Other | 25 June 2018 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Tooze about his book The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy. Discusses the entwinement of Nazi ideology and economics, the explanation for the apparent irrationality of German military strategy, the comparative backwardness of the German economy in the pre-war period, and the question of 1930s parallels in the post-financial crash era.

Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

a16z | 2 January 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Kevin Kelly and Marc Andreessen discuss the evolution of technology, key trends, and why they’re optimistic about the future. Lots of insightful perspectives on technology.

Vikings: A History of the Northmen

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 22 December 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wayne Bartlett about his book Vikings: A History of the Northmen, which surveys the impact of the Vikings on the World from Newfoundland to Central Asia.

Self Deception + Evolution

Here We Are | 23 December 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers about his life and work on modern evolutionary theory. Covers self-deception, reciprocal altruism, sex ratio theory, selfish genetic elements, bacterial evolution, and honour killings.

Growth and the Energy Transition with Vaclav Smil

Exponential View with Azeem Azhar | 27 November 2019 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vaclav Smil focussed on the energy transition away from fossil fuels. Discusses the history and future of energy, the limits of renewables, the consequences of megacities, waste reduction, the possibilities Moore’s Law predicts for biology and chemistry, and the limits of nuclear power.

Gregory Zuckerman – Decoding Renaissance Medallion

Capital Allocators | 6 January 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Zuckerman about his book The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution. Covers the formation and evolution of the Medallion fund, precarious moments in its history, the human element of a quant shop, differences between Renaissance and other quant competitors, leadership, impacting the world with vast wealth, and why Renaissance has been so special.

The Journey of Munjed Al Muderis from Refugee to World Leading Surgeon

Big Ideas | 2 January 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Munjed Al Muderis about his journey from Iraqi refugee to world-famous orthopaedic surgeon. One hell of a story, with insights on the refugee experience, refugee policy, entitled medical culture, humanitarian work, and Iraq. Draws from his book Walking Free.

Abhijit Banerjee on Theory, Practice, and India

Conversations with Tyler | 30 December 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Abhijit Banerjee discussing premature deindustrialization, charter cities, classical Indian music, why he prefers making Indian sweets to French sweets, the influence of English intellectual life in India, the history behind Bengali leftism, the best Indian regional cuisine, why experimental economics is underrated, reforms to traditional graduate economics training, how his mother’s passion inspires his research, consumer loyalty programs, and more.