Lant Pritchett on Where Did Development Economics Go Wrong?

Ideas of India | 17 March 2022 | 1h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lant Pritchett about economic convergence, academic scepticism about growth, problems with randomised control trials, flawed methodologies in development economics, the shortcomings of India’s educational system and much more.

Marc Andreessen: Interview with an Icon

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 25 January 2022 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Marc Andreessen exploring investing, decision making, and the art of solving unsolvable problems. Discusses why the Internet has become the conduit for some people to disrupt traditional power structures and for others to enforce them; optimistic and pessimistic scenarios for the future of the Internet; assessing judgment; the unresolvable problems in education; and the book he turns to for insight.

Is College Worth the Cost?

BiggerPockets Money | 22 November 2021 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Preston Cooper about his research at The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity to evaluate the return on investment by degree and school for university education. Describes the analytical approach, overviews the results, and discusses the discrepancies between nonprofit and for-profit university degrees, whether or not high-cost schools provide a higher payday through life, and why even going to Harvard doesn’t secure a high ROI.

Freddie deBoer: the “Hereditarian Left”

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 7 October 2021 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Fredrik DeBoer discussing his book The Cult of Smart and Kathryn Paige Harden’s The Genetic Lottery. Backgrounds the evidence for heritability as a major determining factor when predicting intelligence and explores the implications of that for education policy.

Restoring The Promise of Higher Education with Richard Vedder

Venture Stories | 25 April 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Vedder about his book Restoring The Promise: Higher Education in America. Discusses the origins of the myth that higher education is the key to career success; the unintended consequences of student loans, including the fact that colleges raised tuition dramatically in response to the increase in borrowing; government regulation that impacted higher education and why the GI Bill led to an explosion in the number of universities; where he agrees and disagrees with Bryan Caplan and Peter Thiel; the history and evolution of colleges in the US; why colleges have been so resilient; and what he would do if he was starting a new university from scratch today.

Max Kenner on Crime, Education, and the Bard Prison Initiative

EconTalk | 29 March 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Kenner, the founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which was profiled in a four-part PBS documentary, College Behind Bars. Discusses the program, which replicates the coursework of students at Bard College to offer college degrees to prisoners. Kenner talks about the origins of the program, what students experience, and the injustice he sees in both the criminal justice system and the educational system in the United States.

Scott Barry Kaufman: What Type of Smart Are You?

Yang Speaks | 8 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Barry Kaufman, the author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization. Discusses his journey from a special education program, how schools reward behavioural conformity and specific intelligence traits, his “Dual-Process of Human Intelligence”, creativity research, and redefining Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.