IEA Conversations | 15 January 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley running through the evidence that we are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history. Covers poverty, inequality, child mortality, famine, disease, the economy, and more.
The Julia Hartley-Brewer Show | 17 October 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with science and climate change writer Matt Ridley about the Extinction Rebellion protests over climate change. Discusses the risks of climate change and what the proposed targets to cut carbon emissions would mean for the lives of ordinary people.
Steve Forbes: What’s Ahead | 11 August 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley, summarising key ideas from The Rational Optimist. Argues that despite today’s constant influx of negative news, life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Ridley challenges popularly held beliefs about the current state of the world, citing that extreme poverty has been defeated, food production is more efficient than ever, humans are living longer, and warfare is actually on the decline. If there’s one thing the defiantly optimistic Ridley worries about, it’s too much bureaucracy which he sees as an attempt to curb trade and stifle innovation.
The Seen and the Unseen | 26 November 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley. Seamlessly links together the key ideas in The Evolution of Everything, which makes the case for the bottom-up emergence of order where we typically perceive a top-down process.
This distils the thinking of the author who has most changed my understanding of how the world works. Be prepared to listen at a slower speed. It’s worth it.
EconTalk | 29 June 2015 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview on climate change with science writer and author Matt Ridley, who describes himself as a “lukewarmer.” While Ridley agrees that humans have made the climate warmer, he argues that the impact is small or positive over some temperature ranges and regions. He rejects the catastrophic scenarios that some say are sufficiently likely to justify dramatic policy responses, and he reflects on the challenges of staking out an unpopular position on a contentious policy issue.