Dylan Matthews on What to Conclude from Falling Global Poverty

Rationally Speaking | 28 May 2019 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dylan Matthews, author of the article Bill Gates tweeted out a chart and sparked a huge debate about global poverty. Carefully evaluates the debate between people like psychologist Steven Pinker and anthropologist Jason Hickel over how to interpret the falling global poverty rate and the contribution of capitalism.

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Jared Diamond’s Books of His Life

Books of Your Life With Elizabeth | 1 May 2019 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jared Diamond about the books that have shaped his life. Includes Walden by Henry David Thoreau, If This is a Man by Primo Levi, Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, and other books that reflect his adventures in New Guinea. Also touches on his latest book, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis and why he remains optimistic for the future.

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Michael Blastland on The Hidden Half

Science Focus | 15 May 2019 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Blastland, author of The Hidden Half: How the World Conceals its Secrets. Discusses how, even in the most tightly controllable situations, we often still see random variations in outcomes. Argues that our unwillingness to admit uncertainty affects science, economics, politics and business, sometimes with disastrous consequences.

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23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)

Freakonomics Radio | 16 May 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Wojcicki, founder and CEO of 23andMe discussing the revolution in home DNA testing, which gives consumers important, possibly life-changing information. It’s also building a gigantic database that could lead to medical breakthroughs. But how will you deal with upsetting news? What if your privacy is compromised? And are you prepared to have your DNA monetized?

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Mary Hirschfeld on Economics, Culture, and Aquinas and the Market

EconTalk | 20 May 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economist and theologian Mary Hirschfeld about her book, Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy. Hirschfeld looks at the nature of our economic activity as buyers and sellers and whether our pursuit of economic growth and material well-being comes at a cost. She encourages a sceptical stance about the ability of more stuff to produce true happiness and/or satisfaction. The conversation includes a critique of economic theory and the aspect of human satisfaction outside the domain of economists.

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Toto Wolff: Avoiding the Doomsday

Beyond Victory with Nico Rosberg | 25 March 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Toto Wolff, Principal of the Mercedes F1 team. An excellent discussion of what is required for high performance in business and sport and for mental health in general.

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