Ashley Mears on Status and Beauty

Conversations with Tyler | 3 June 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ashley Mears about her book Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit. Describes how young women exchange “bodily capital” for free drinks and access to glamorous events, boosting the status of the big-spending men they accompany. Discusses modelling, the economics of bottle service, which kinds of men seek the club experience (and which can’t get in), why to be suspicious of restaurants filled with beautiful women, why club music is so loud, why party girls don’t want to be paid, what it’s like to be scouted, why fashion models don’t smile, how her own beauty and glamour have influenced her academic career, and more.

Philip E. Tetlock on Forecasting and Foraging as a Fox

Conversations with Tyler | 22 April 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Philip Tetlock discussing his book Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction. Backgrounds that the best forecasters are fox-like integrative thinkers capable of navigating values that are conflicting or in tension. Covers whether the world is becoming harder to predict, whether Goldman Sachs traders can beat forecasters, the importance of interdisciplinary teams, how research on counterfactuals can be applied to modern debates, how to become more fox-like, and more.

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.