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.

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Vaxxers: The Two Women Who Created the AstraZeneca Vaccine

Nine to Noon | 13 July 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Dame Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green about their book Vaxxers: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus. Discusses starting to design a vaccine just two weeks after reading about a mysterious type of pneumonia emerging in China, making it in a lab, the myriad hurdles encountered thereafter, and where to from here with covid-19 and vaccines.

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Moderna: The Software of Life

Business Breakdowns | 16 June 2021 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview breaking down Moderna and its innovative RNA platform that was one of the first to develop a covid-19 vaccine. Starts with a primer on the biotech industry, genetic modification, and how Moderna’s platform represents a breakthrough in the industry. Then discusses what differentiates Moderna’s business model, how Moderna’s science could lead to faster and higher efficacy drug development, with key takeaways for investors and operators.

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Marvellous Medicine

The Documentary | 27 June 2021 | 0h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
During the pandemic, the world witnessed how fast medicine can advance with an abundance of cash and collaboration. Is progress at this speed and cost sustainable? Explores whether drug development should still take decades, or whether we have learned how to permanently accelerate the process.

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Max Roser on Our World in Data

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin | 21 June 2021| 2h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Roser about Our World in Data, mostly focussed on their reporting of covid-19 data. Discusses their huge effort to assemble coherent covid-19 data; why government agencies are so bad at presenting data; the impact Our World in Data has by helping people understand the world; and more.

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Lawrence Wright: The Plague Year

The Book Club | 9 June 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lawrence Wright about his book The Plague Year: America In The Time of Covid. Discusses what a book brings to recent history that week-to-week journalism can’t, about the extraordinary happenstance that put him in contact with one of the unsung heroes of the vaccine race, and the three reasons Covid was such a catastrophe for the US.

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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).

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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.

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