Tim Harford on Persuasion and Popular Economics

Conversations with Tyler | 13 February 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with economist, author and podcaster Tim Harford. Covers debating and public speaking, the role of popular economics in a politicized world, Brexit polarization, feedback, the limits of fact-checking, playing poker with Steve Levitt, messiness in music, the three things he can’t live without, and more. Surprises and insights throughout.

Abhijit Banerjee on Theory, Practice, and India

Conversations with Tyler | 30 December 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Abhijit Banerjee discussing premature deindustrialization, charter cities, classical Indian music, why he prefers making Indian sweets to French sweets, the influence of English intellectual life in India, the history behind Bengali leftism, the best Indian regional cuisine, why experimental economics is underrated, reforms to traditional graduate economics training, how his mother’s passion inspires his research, consumer loyalty programs, and more.

Masha Gessen on the Ins and Outs of Russia

Conversations with Tyler | 15 August 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Masha Gessen who has dedicated her career to writing and reporting about Russian society from both within and outside her native country. Covers why Soviet mathematics was so good, Putin, the intensity of Russian friendship, strong Russian women, Russian politics, and more.

Russ Roberts on Life as an Economics Educator

Conversations with Tyler | 5 June 2019 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Russ Roberts reflecting on thirteen years of EconTalk conversations. A treasure.

Ezekiel Emanuel on the Practice of Medicine, Policy, and Life

Conversations with Tyler | 22 May 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Emanuel Ezekiel about the importance of doctors, IQ versus EQ medicine, venture capital in biotech, reforming medical training, his brothers, immortality, unfettered rights to access medicines, the advantages of experiences over nicer things, and more.

Sam Altman on Loving Community, Hating Coworking, and the Hunt for Talent

Conversations with Tyler | 27 February 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging conversation with Sam Altman of Y Combinator. Insights on what it takes to be a successful founder and how to pick founders. Also covers AI, Napoleon, nuclear energy, the Industrial Revolution, coworking spaces, trading off UBI and immigration, and much more.

Jordan Peterson on Mythology, Fame, and Reading People

Conversations with Tyler | 14 February 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jordan Peterson discussing collecting Soviet propaganda, why he’s so drawn to Jung, what the Exodus story can teach us about current events, his marriage and fame, what the Intellectual Dark Web gets wrong, immigration in America and Canada, his tendency towards depression, Tinder’s revolutionary nature, the lessons from The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, fixing universities, the skills needed to become a good educator, and much more.

Larissa MacFarquhar on Getting Inside Someone’s Head

Conversations with Tyler | 16 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Larissa MacFarquhar about the thinking and thinkers behind her profiles, essays, and books, including notions of moral luck, who stays in small towns and why, effective altruism, why she avoids describing physical appearances in her writing, the circumstances that push humans to live more extraordinary lives, and more.