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Against the Rules with Michael Lewis | 2 April 2019 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
The first episode of a new podcast where Michael Lewis looks at what’s happened to fairness—in financial markets, newsrooms, basketball games, courts of law, and more. Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits the NBA replay centre that’s trying to adjudicate fairness.

What Animals Can Teach Us About Politics

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 25 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Primatologist Frans de Waal on why animal politics are not so different from our own. Stresses that even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully.

Joshua Miller on the Hot Hand Phenomenon

Masters in Business | 28 March 2019 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Deliciously wonky interview with Joshua Miller about the ideas in his paper Surprised By the Hot Hand Fallacy? A Truth in the Law of Small Numbers, which he co-authored with Adam Sanjurjo. Discusses in an accessible way the statistical concepts behind proving that hot hands do exist, thus confirming our intuition and disproving one of the famous examples of behavioural economics.

Jacob Stegenga on Medical Nihilism

EconTalk | 1 April 2019 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jacob Stegenga about his book Medical Nihilism. Stegenga argues that many medical treatments either fail to achieve their intended goals or achieve those goals with many negative side effects. Stegenga argues that the approval process for pharmaceuticals, for example, exaggerates benefits and underestimates costs. He criticizes the FDA approval process for approving too many drugs that are not sufficiently helpful relative to their side effects. Stegenga argues for a more realistic understanding of what medical practice can and cannot achieve.

What Twins Tell Us

Hidden Brain | 25 March 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Nancy Segal on the story of the Bogota twins – two sets of identical twins mixed up at birth and raised as fraternal twins. A tragedy, a soap opera, and a science experiment, all rolled into one. Uses the stories of twins raised apart to explore the role that genes and the environment play in shaping our identities. Based on the book Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture.

Malcolm Gladwell on the Danger of Joining Consensus Opinions

The Ezra Klein Show | 23 August 2016 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Malcolm Gladwell delving into his process to generate contrarian perspectives. Topics include: Gladwell’s early career; how Canadians are disinclined to escalate conflicts; the value and nature of boredom in childhood; how people reflexively pile on to convenient narratives; why podcasting is different from writing for the page/screen; how the internet will one day seem like an experiment gone completely awry; and the importance of people who are above average though not exceptional.

Rosalind Watts on Researching Psilocybin’s Effects on Depression

Y Combinator | 15 March 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with clinical psychologist Rosalind Watts about the action of psychedelic drugs in the brain and their clinical utility for the treatment of depression. Backgrounds the impressive results treating patients with hard-to-treat depression.

The Economics of Renewables

IEA Conversations | 29 March 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley explaining the costs of regulation that promotes renewable electricity generation. English and Welsh household electricity costs have risen 50% in real terms since 2001. Meanwhile, emissions and costs are down in the US as it embraces cheap gas from fracking.