What Causes What?

Planet Money | 17 October 2018 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data. Uses stories about school performance and hormone replacement therapy to show how clever natural experiments can distinguish cause from correlation.

Why Bill Gates is Worried

The Ezra Klein Show | 15 October 2018 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Bill Gates about his foundation’s 2018 annual report which suggests that progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be about to stall. Discusses the geographic and political forces that have held African development back, whether economic growth brings political freedom, the risks posed by artificial intelligence, and how we should weigh future human lives and current animal suffering.

Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill

Podcast | 11 October 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his new biography of Winston Churchill, which draws on newly available archival material. Covers Churchill’s belief that he was ‘walking with destiny’, his prophecies of European disaster in the 1930s, as well as his drinking habits, the racist charges against him, and his singular ability to deliver some of the most memorable speeches of the 20th century.

Neil Monnery on Hong Kong and the Architect of Prosperity

EconTalk | 8 October 2018 | 1h 13m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Neil Monnery, about his book Architect of Prosperity, a biography of John Cowperthwaite, the man often credited with the economic success of Hong Kong. Describes the policies that Cowperthwaite championed and the role they played in the evolution of Hong Kong’s economy.

Andrew Mason on the Rise of Groupon

Without Fail | 1 October 2018 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Part 1 of a two-part conversation about the rise and fall of Groupon, described as the fastest growing company in history. The first of the new Without Fail series of candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds – about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg of the excellent Startup podcast.

Man Up

Hidden Brain | 1 October 2018 | 0h 42m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Male workforce participation is falling, in part due to men’s reluctance to move into sectors traditionally viewed as women’s work. Explores definitions of masculinity; research that suggests that manhood is “hard to earn and easy to lose”; and the compensations deployed by men undertaking traditionally female work.

Robin Hanson Will Change How You Think

The Not Unreasonable Podcast | 3 January 2018 | 1h 02m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of The Elephant in the Brain, about how we are not motivated in the way we say we are or think we should be.