Peter Ward on Epigenetics

Quirks & Quarks | 21 December 2018 | 0h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Peter Ward, author of Lamarck’s Revenge: How Epigenetics Is Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Evolution’s Past and Present. Backgrounds epigenetics, the process by which environmentally prompted changes are passed on to offspring without changes in the genes.

The Prospects for Cell- and Plant-Based Meat

The Ezra Klein Show | 28 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bruce Friedrich, head of the Good Food Institute, which invests in, advises on, and advocates for the plant- and cell-based meat industries. Overviews the potential for food production technology that’s better for the planet, better for animals, and better for our health.

The Origins of Civilisation

History Extra | 18 December 2017 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with political scientist James C Scott about his book Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States. Explores the evidence for the forces and processes involved in early agriculture and state-building. Includes some delicious asides about the necessity of grains to raising taxes.

Dick Carpenter on Bottleneckers

EconTalk | 8 January 2018 | 1h 14m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice and author of Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit. Explains the perniciousness of occupational licensing and other regulation that protects existing job holders from competition.

Aaron Brown on Risk Management

Trend Following with Michael Covel | 11 June 2018 | 0h 45m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Aaron Brown, an expert on financial risk management and gambling, and author of Red-Blooded Risk, and The Poker Face of Wall Street, and co-author of A World of Chance. Starts with his introduction to quantitative approaches in poker and includes insights on the early days of quants in Wall Street, libertarianism and risk management.

Gregory Clark on What Caused the Industrial Revolution

Rationally Speaking | 14 May 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark, author of A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World. Evaluates the various arguments for the causes, timing and location of the industrial revolution.

Robert Sapolsky on the Toxic Intersection of Poverty and Stress

The Ezra Klein Show | 25 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with neuroscientist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky based on his book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Principally about how the stress of poverty affects people’s minds but also covers whether free will is a myth, why he believes the prison system is incompatible with modern neuroscience, and inferences about politics from studying baboons.

Shane Bauer – American Prison

I Have to Ask | 14 September 2018 | 0h 33m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Shane Bauer, author of American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. Discusses his four months as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana, and what he learned about the American system of justice.