Tyler and Daniel Gross Talk Talent

Conversations with Tyler | 18 May 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross discuss the ideas in their book Talent about how to spot talent better. Covers interview questions (including why to ask about conspiracy theories), predicting creativity and ambition, the differences between competitiveness and obsessiveness the hiring strategy that set SpaceX apart, what you can learn from discussing drama, the underrated genius of game designers, the importance of value hierarchies, and more.

Roy Foster on Ireland’s Many Unmade Futures

Conversations with Tyler | 6 April 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Roy Foster discussing the history of Ireland: the truths and misconceptions about Ireland as a policy laboratory for the British government; why spoken Irish faded more rapidly than Welsh; how the Battle of the Somme and the 1916 Easter Rising cemented the rift between the Northeast and the rest of the country; what went wrong with Irish trade policies between the 1920s and 1970s, the power of Irish education, why the re-emergence of The Troubles in the 1960s may not have been inevitable; the reasons for Ireland’s openness to foreigners; and more.

Sebastian Mallaby on Venture Capital

Conversations with Tyler | 9 February 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Sebastian Mallaby about his book The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future. Discusses why venture capital skills aren’t more replicable, the promise of biotech despite increased regulations, why venture capital remains concentrated in the Bay area even after the pandemic, the differences in risk-taking between East and West coast finance, the Darwinian evolution of good hedge fund strategy, and more.

Russ Roberts on Israel and Life as an Immigrant

Conversations with Tyler | 19 January 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Russ Roberts about his new life in Israel as president of Shalem College. Discusses why there are so few new universities, managing teams in the face of linguistic and cultural barriers, how Israeli society could adapt to the loss of universal military service, why Israeli TV is so good, what American Jews don’t understand about life in Israel, what his next leadership challenge will be, and more.

Stanley McChrystal on the Military, Leadership, and Risk

Conversations with Tyler | 20 October 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Stanley McChrystal drawing on his book Risk: A User’s Guide. Discusses risk, the dangerous urge among policymakers to oversimplify the past, why being a good military commander is about more than winning battlefield victories, how to maintain a long view of history, what set Henry Kissinger apart, the usefulness of war games, why there haven’t been any major attacks on US soil since 9/11, the danger of a “soldier class” in America, why he supports a draft, the most emotionally difficult part and greatest joys of his military career, the prospect of drone assassinations, what he eats for his only meal of the day, and more.

Claudia Goldin on the Economics of Inequality

Conversations with Tyler | 6 October 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Claudia Goldin discussing the US gender earnings gap, what’s behind falling marriage rates for those without a college degree, why the wage gap flips for Black women versus Black men, theoretical approaches for modeling intersectionality, gender ratios in economics, why she’s skeptical about happiness research, how the New York Times wedding announcement page has evolved, the problems with for-profit education, the value of an Ivy League degree, whether a Coasian solution existed to prevent the Civil War, which Americans were most likely to be anti-immigrant in the 1920s, her forthcoming work on Lanham schools, and more.

Amia Srinivasan on Utopian Feminism

Conversations with Tyler | 22 September 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Amia Srinivasan about her book The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century. Discusses the importance of context in her vision of feminism, what social conservatives are right about, why she’s skeptical about extrapolating from the experience of women in Nordic countries, the feminist critique of the role of consent in sex, whether disabled individuals should be given sex vouchers, how to address falling fertility rates, what women learned about egalitarianism during the pandemic, why progress requires regress, how Hinduism has shaped her metaphysics, how Bernard Williams and Derek Parfitt influenced her, the anarchic strain in her philosophy, why she calls herself a socialist, and more.

Andrew Sullivan on Braving New Intellectual Journeys

Conversations with Tyler | 11 August 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Sullivan about his book Out on a Limb: Selected Writing, 1989–2021. Discusses the role of the AIDs epidemic in achieving marriage equality, why public intellectuals often lack courage, how being a gay man helps him access perspectives he otherwise wouldn’t, how drugs influence his ideas, why he’s a passionate defender of SATs and IQ tests, what Niall Ferguson and Boris Johnson were like as fellow undergraduates, what Americans get wrong about British politics, why so few people share his admiration for Margaret Thatcher, whether wokeism has a positive influence globally, and more.