Why the West Rules – For Now, by Ian Morris

Context with Brad Harris | 9 January 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Distils the ideas in Why the West Rules – For Now by Ian Morris. Suggests that the interactions of human biology, sociology, and geography reveal a fundamental pattern in history that lets us answer historical questions like why the West rules for now, and what will happen next.

Why Mathematics is at the Heart of Life

RNZ: Jesse Mulligan | 6 June 2017 | 0h 24m | Listen Later 
Interview with Geoffrey West, author of Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies. West explains that the basic mathematical laws of physics governing growth in the physical world apply equally to biological, political and corporate organisms.

Hard Words: Why Aren’t Our Kids Being Taught to Read?

Educate | 10 September 2018 | 0h 52m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Scientific research has demonstrated that phonics is critical to teaching children how to read. But many educators don’t know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

Deirdre McCloskey: Why Poverty Matters More Than Inequality

Analysis | 1 June 2014 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economic historian Deirdre McCloskey on the role of ideas and attitudes in creating modern prosperity and where our priorities should lie today.

Is the West at War with Russia?

The Inquiry | 29 November 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Evaluates whether Russia is right to feel threatened by the West given NATO expansion, Western meddling in the internal affairs of Russia and its neighbours, and provocative deployments of troops and military hardware.

Status roles

Akimbo: A podcast from Seth Godin | 21 February 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Who’s up, who’s down? The drama of our lives is narrated by our perception of where we stand. Most of our energy, money and time goes into grooming ourselves into the status role where we believe we belong.

Sebastian Junger on Tribe

EconTalk | 31 December 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sebastian Junger about his book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. Explores the human need to be needed and the challenges facing many individuals in modern society who struggle to connect with others. His studies of communal connection include soldiers in a small combat unit and American Indian society in the nineteenth century.

The Thirty Years War

In Our Time | 6 December 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the war in Europe which began in 1618 and continued on such a scale and with such devastation that its like was not seen for another three hundred years. It pitched Catholics against Protestants, Lutherans against Calvinists and Catholics against Catholics across the Holy Roman Empire, drawing in their neighbours. Many more civilians died than soldiers, and famine was so great that even cannibalism was excused.