Vinay Prasad on the Pandemic

EconTalk | 18 July 2022 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Vinay Prasad about what we learned and didn’t learn from covid so far and how we should handle a future pandemic. Considers whether the risk of myocarditis is greater than the vaccination benefit for a healthy male teen; whether natural immunity is better than vaccination; and whether we were right to mask children.

David Spiegelhalter: COVID Statistics, Risk and Medicine

Ben Yeoh Chats | 11 January 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Spiegelhalter about his book COVID by Numbers, co-authored with Anthony Masters. Discusses what was most surprising and misunderstood about COVID statistics; how numbers can be emotional and weaponised and what we can do to protect ourselves; what risk techniques we should teach children and think about in everyday life; unintended consequences; agency challenges of regulators; the “Rose Paradox” and “Cromwell’s law”; and the risks of alcohol and how to think about medical statistics.

Gregory Zuckerman on the Crazy Race to Create the COVID Vaccine

EconTalk | 10 January 2022 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Gregory Zuckerman about his book A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine. Describes how a couple of companies that had never produced a successful vaccine developed a covid vaccine so quickly. Captures the daring, deranged, and damaged visionaries who drove one of science and medicine’s great success stories.

Purely By Coincidence

The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg | 16 November 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the evidence that covid-19 could have emerged from a lab, the implications for virological research, how to prepare for future pandemics, science more generally, and climate change.

COVID, Innovation, and Optimism with Matt Ridley

The James Altucher Show | 23 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the purpose, and journey of writing the book against the context of his earlier books, especially The Rational Optimist. Considers whether we should be optimistic about the pandemic, whether anything good will come out of it, and why it is so hard to look for the origin of the virus.

Alina Chan: Covid-19: What is the Real Truth? The Origin?

The James Altucher Show | 16 November 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Alina Chan about her book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Matt Ridley. Discusses their investigation into the source of covid-19; why Covid-19 is much deadlier than other flu-like diseases; and the role of viruses in the world and whether there could be another virus that can eliminate the covid-19 virus.

The Economics of Vaccines – Dr. Flavio Toxvaed

At The Margin | 11 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Flavio Toxvaed about the economics of vaccines. Applies the tools of economics to draw insights about encouraging vaccine uptake and social distancing; rationales for public intervention; prioritising immunisations; vaccine nationalism; and how to manage vaccine IP.

Emily Oster on The Family Firm

The Economist Asks | 5 August 2021 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Emily Oster about her book The Family Firm. Discusses applying data and economic thinking to take the stress out of raising children. Also discusses the backlash to her advocacy of re-opening schools during the covid-19 pandemic and what damage a year out of the classroom means for pupils.