Fresh Air | 22 November 2016 | 0h 48m | Listen Later
Interview with Trevor Noah about his memoir Born a Crime. Describes his upbringing in apartheid-era South Africa with a black mother and white father. A human interest story with insights aplenty on the role of language in connecting people.
The Science of Success | 4 January 2018 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matthew Walker about the ideas in Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. Examines the findings from hundreds of studies across millions of people and pulls out the major findings about how vitally important sleep is, the global sleep loss epidemic, the stunning data about sleep and productivity, the simplest and most effective evidence-based strategies for getting better sleep.
I learned of this book from one of my wisest friends (Alan). I know it rocked his world. Now, more than a year later, Alexey Guzey has published what can only be described as a demolition of Walker’s work. It seems many of the assertions Walker makes are contrary to the weight of scientific evidence. I’d urge that you at least read Guzey’s piece before taking any of Walker’s thinking to heart. The More or Less episode Dozy Science summarises the controversy, speaking to both Walker and Guzey. See also the Smart People Podcast episode Alexey Guzey – Is Matthew Walker Lying to Us About Sleep?
Context with Brad Harris | 27 June 2018 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Review of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David Landes, published in 1998. Landes argued that historically unique cultural values of curiosity, novelty, and private property empowered European society to lead the modern world; a history that offers invaluable lessons for our own time.
In Our Time | 21 June 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how some bats, dolphins and other animals emit sounds at high frequencies to explore their environments, rather than sight. Bats that echolocate have a range of frequencies for different purposes and techniques for preventing themselves from becoming deafened by their own sounds. Some prey have evolved ways of detecting when bats are emitting high frequencies in their direction, and some fish have adapted to detect the sounds dolphins use to find them.
Freakonomics | 1 October 2015 | 0h 42m | Listen Later
Anne-Marie Slaughter was best known for her adamant views on Syria when she accidentally became a poster girl for modern feminism. As it turns out, she can be pretty adamant in that realm as well.
Context with Brad Harris | 6 June 2018 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Distils the ideas in Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. Diamond’s fundamental question is why did history unfold so differently on different continents so that Eurasian societies became disproportionately influential in creating the modern world?
Making Sense with Sam Harris | 19 June 2018 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yang, author of The War on Normal People, about universal basic income (UBI). Discusses the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, and thoroughly canvases the arguments for and against UBI.