Matt Ridley: Evolutionist, Thatcherite, and Writer

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 18 March 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his 1999 book Genome and how its insights on genomics have held up since. Touches on his other books and discusses the relevance of evolution to everything, why Francis Crick is going to get “cancelled” at some point, if he’s still a happy Thatcherite, Britain’s response to Covid-19; and the origin of Covid-19 (his next book project).

Economics in One Virus: An Introduction to Economic Reasoning through Covid-19

Cato Daily Podcast | 7 April 2021 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ryan Bourne about his book Economics in One Virus: An Introduction to Economic Reasoning through Covid-19. Applies an economic lens to examine where the US pandemic response went wrong, illustrating economic principles along the way.

Michael Lewis on White House Pandemic Planning

Masters in Business | 3 May 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Lewis about his book The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. Backgrounds some of the maverick characters inside various arms of government that understood what was required to deal with a pandemic. And explains the systemic problems with American governance that got in the way.

You might also like to listen to the first chapter of The Premonition along with a short interview of Michael Lewis with himself about the book.

The Plague Cycle

Slate Money | 6 March 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Kenny about his book The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease. Backgrounds that, counter to Malthus, human population has historically been limited by disease, rather than famine. Also discusses vaccine distribution, and how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting the global economy long term.

Emily Oster: “I Am a Woman Who Is Prominently Discussing Vaginas.”

People I (Mostly) Admire | 27 February 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Emily Oster. Discusses her data-driven approach to decisionmaking on pregnancy, parenting, and covid-19, Also discusses her research on genetic testing, how economists think versus non-economists, and the role of hepatitis B in the shortage of females in Asia.

John Cochrane on the Pandemic

EconTalk | 22 February 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Cochrane about the pandemic and the policy response. Argues that outcomes would have been much better if governments, in the United States and elsewhere, had embraced approaches that relied more on market forces. Serves as a demonstration of the powerful, but counter-intuitive insights available from free-market economic thinking.

Noubar Afeyan on the Permission to Leap

Conversations with Tyler | 13 January 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Noubar Afeyan, co-founder of Moderna and CEO of Flagship Pioneering. Discusses teaching entrepreneurship; predictions on the future of gene editing and CRISPR technology; why the pharmaceutical field can’t be winner takes all; why “basic research” is a poor term; the secret to Boston’s culture of innovation; the potential of plant biotech; the role of systematic processes that include embracing unreasonable propositions and even unreasonable people in exceptional achievement; why Montreal is (still) a special place to him; how his classical pianist mother influenced his musical tastes; his discussion-based approach to ethical dilemmas; how thinking future-backward shapes his approach to business and philanthropy; the blessing and curse of Lebanese optimism; the importance of creating a culture where people can say things that are wrong; what we can all learn by being an American by choice, and more.