How to Catch World Cup Fever

Freakonomics Radio | 14 June 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later 
An intriguing backgrounder on the Football World Cup in Russia. “This could be a World Cup of great cacophony. A plague of far-right Nazi-infused UFC-trained Russian fans; English fans for which they’ve built Soviet-style enormous drunk tanks; platoons of horseback-mounted Cossacks with whips; and heroin and cocaine legalised around the stadia. What could possibly go wrong?”

A Polite Word for Liar

Revisionist History| 31 May 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. Part 1 of a two-part exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Malcolm Gladwell shows us how we all reimagine the truth – so we cannot treat our memory as gospel. So good you just might listen twice.

Free Brian Williams

Revisionist History | 7 June 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The second part of Gladwell’s exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Part 1 showed that only a fool accepts the evidence of his own memory as gospel. This part shows how we’re all fools. Around 60% of our memories of flashbulb events like 911 are false, although we fervently believe them to be true.

Freedom from the Known

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 28 May 2018 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Michael Pollan about his new book “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.” Covers the the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in clinical practice and end-of-life care, the “betterment of well people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other topics.

Dr Andrew Leigh: Why Policy Should Follow Trials

RNZ: Sunday Morning | 7 April 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later 
Interview with Australia’s shadow assistant treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh, author of “Randomistas”, on why random testing can provide data for policies that work. Advocates for evidence-based policy through the use of random trials. Examples covered include random trials helping to reduce crime and inequality and fascinating insights on sham surgery.

Barbara Ehrenreich – Natural Causes

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 22 May 2018 | 0h 47m | Listen Later 
Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich about the ideas in her latest book, “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer.” Deliciously contrarian, punctuated with evidence that many medical interventions are bad for us.