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.

A Bet On The Future Of Humanity

Planet Money | 19 January 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. Economist Julian Simon saw a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.

Lewis Dartnell’s Origins

Little Atoms | 22 March 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lewis Dartnell about the ideas in Origins: How The Earth Made Us. Describes the enduring role of geology in shaping human history.

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50

Cato Daily Podcast | 5 February 2019 | 0h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Rauch, author of The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50. Explains why life improves in your 50s, 60s, and beyond.

The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and Marriage

Freakonomics Radio | 6 July 2017 | 0h 43m | Listen Later
Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in “marriageable” men. Cleverly uses high paying jobs for less educated men in the fracking boom as a natural experiment to explore marriage dynamics.

How to Fire People

Without Fail | Day Month 2019 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Patty McCord, author of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. Covers the Netflix back story and its famous culture deck. Explains why high business performance requires the preparedness to fire people exemplified by professional sports teams as opposed to the values of a family.

The Case For Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

Venture Stories | 17 March 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Makes the case for a 30-day reset to clarify what is most valuable for you. Covers social media, the importance of solitude for thinking time, and the necessity of removing the merely good to make room for the excellent.

How Aldi Transformed the Way Britain Shops

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 18 March 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Fascinating examination of the history, business processes and society-wide cultural changes behind the success of Aldi, the discount supermarket retailer.