Big Ideas | 28 November 2022 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Gibson about his book Paper Belt on Fire: How Renegade Investors Sparked a Revolt Against the University. Discusses what the paper belt is and why we should light it on fire, the modern indulgences of the university system, alternatives to the college degree, what we can learn from the success of the Thiel Fellowship, which countries America can learn from on education. the lost culture of progress and how we’ve given up on solving problems, and more.
Big Ideas | 6 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Ian Harris about his book Hippocrasy: How doctors are betraying their oath, co-authored with Rachelle Buchbinder. Argues that much of medicine does not improve health, with too many drugs prescribed, too much surgery performed, and too many unhelpful tests, scans, and overdiagnosis. Suggests returning to the first principles of the Hippocratic oath and ‘first, do no harm’.
I recommend reading Arnold Kling’s response to this episode, which explains that because we pay for health care collectively, as individuals we far over-consume medical services.
Big Ideas | 6 December 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Caroline De Costa about her memoir The Women’s Doc: True stories from my five decades delivering babies and making history. Discusses her life and work: travelling across Asia to study in Ireland; campaigning for access to contraception in Ireland; becoming the first woman in Australia to become a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology; the political struggle to legalise the medical abortion drug, RU486, in Australia; and advocating for the decriminalisation of abortion in Australia.
Big Ideas | 9 June 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Guillaume Pitron about his book The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies. Backgrounds the dependence of clean energy, digital technologies, and electric cars on rare metals and the problems with how these metals are mined, processed and traded. Discusses the economic and geopolitical impacts resulting from China’s dominance of the rare metals industry.
Big Ideas | 31 March 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Henry Marsh about his life and experiences as a brain surgeon. Draws on his books Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery and Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon.
Big Ideas | 29 April 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Author Peter Fitzsimons and historian John Maynard discuss Captain James Cook, 250 years after his arrival in Australia. In maritime circles he’s celebrated as a great navigator and map-maker. But for First Nations people, Cook is the symbol of the European invasion that ravaged their communities. So how should Cook be remembered today?
Big Ideas | 19 February 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leigh Goodmark about her book Decriminalizing Domestic Violence. Argues that the criminal justice system, with its emphasis on incarceration, fails to protect women and doesn’t address the causes of male violence, or coercive and controlling behaviour.