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.

Jonathan Kay on the Mechanisms Behind Corona Virus Superspreader Events

Quillette Podcast | 29 April 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Kay about his article Covid-19 Superspreader Events in 28 Countries: Critical Patterns and Lessons. Backgrounds his work compiling a database of superspreader events and using fluid mechanics considerations to distinguish between the mechanisms for large droplet ballistic transmission, aerosol transmission and surface transmission. Implies that distancing and masks are critical – handwashing less so.

What Coronavirus Means for the Global Economy with Ray Dalio

The TED Interview | 9 April 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates drawing on historical parallels to predict a depression, along with insight and advice on how we might recover from the global economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis – and use it as an opportunity to reform the systems that help grow our economy.

Big Ideas in Uncertain Times: Steven Johnson on Scientific Breakthroughs

The Next Big Idea | 9 April 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about innovations likely to emerge from the covid-19 pandemic. Draws on examples from his book Ghost Map about the 1854 cholera epidemic in London.

Bill Gates on How We Must Respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic

The TED Interview | 30 march 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Timeless interview with Bill Gates offering insights into the covid-19 pandemic, discussing why testing and self-isolation are essential, which medical advancements show promise, and what it will take for the world to endure this crisis.

Accidental Homeschooler

ChooseFI | 27 March 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vincent Pugliese with wisdom on homeschooling for the lockdown. Covers reasonable expectations for time, interweaving learning around children’s interests rather than subjects, cultivating a love of learning, not stressing about timetables, and focusing on enjoying it.