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.

Pirate Hunters with Robert Kurson

The Art of Manliness | 9 July 2015 | 0h 31m | Listen Later 
Interview with Robert Kurson, author of the book Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship. Tells the story of two treasure hunters risking their lives and fortune to find a sunken pirate ship. In the process, they uncovered the story of one of the greatest pirates to ever live during the Golden Age of Piracy. Discusses why pirates are so appealing, why two men would risk millions of dollars to find a pirate ship, and the legendary story of the pirate who captained the sunken ship.

How Gay Became Okay

Analysis | 28 June 2015 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Why have British attitudes towards homosexuality changed so far and so fast? Less than 50 years ago, sex between men was a criminal act. Now they can marry. It’s not just the law that has changed: we have. Surveys suggest that public opinion about homosexuality has undergone a dramatic shift over the same period. Explores what drives this kind of change in collective attitudes.

Matt Ridley on Climate Change

EconTalk | 29 June 2015 | 1h 08m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview on climate change with science writer and author Matt Ridley, who describes himself as a “lukewarmer.” While Ridley agrees that humans have made the climate warmer, he argues that the impact is small or positive over some temperature ranges and regions. He rejects the catastrophic scenarios that some say are sufficiently likely to justify dramatic policy responses, and he reflects on the challenges of staking out an unpopular position on a contentious policy issue.

Jonathan Haidt on the Righteous Mind

EconTalk | 20 January 2014 | 1h 03m | Listen Later 
Interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind, discussing the nature of human nature, and how our brain affects our morality and politics. Haidt argues that reason often serves our emotions rather than the mind being in charge. We can be less interested in the truth and more interested in finding facts and stories that fit preconceived narratives and ideology. Haidt tries to understand why people come to different visions of morality and politics and how we might understand each other despite those differences.