The Bronze Age Collapse

In Our Time | 16 June 2016 | 0h 47m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses the Bronze Age Collapse, the sudden, uncontrolled destruction of dominant civilisations around 1200 BC in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia. Explores potential reasons for the collapse including droughts, rebellions, the breakdown of trade as copper became less desirable, earthquakes, invasions, volcanoes and the mysterious Sea Peoples.

Death on Demand: Has Euthanasia Gone Too Far?

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 1 February 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in The Netherlands, the world’s euthanasia capital, are starting to worry about the consequences. Nicely balances a charged issue.

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.