Achievement Culture: What It’s Doing to Our Kids – and to Us

The Next Big Idea | 16 November 2023 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Breheny Wallace and Daniel Markovits about their respective books Never Enough and The Meritocracy Trap. Discusses the unrelenting pressure on children to achieve, what we can do to give them some relief, and the potential role of new technologies, like AI, in creating positive solutions.

See also the interviews with Markovits by The Book Club and Ezra Klein.

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Evan Mandery: Poison Ivy – How Elite Colleges Divide Us

Just Another Mindset Podcast | 22 November 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Evan Mandery about his book Poison Ivy: How Elite Colleges Divide Us. Discusses injustice and inequality in the US education system, arguing that exclusive schools and white affluent suburbs work together to exacerbate social inequality.

 

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Tarun Khanna & Michael Szonyi on Making Meritocracy

Asian Review of Books | 29 December 2022 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tarun Khanna and Michael Szonyi about their edited volume Making Meritocracy: Lessons from China and India, from Antiquity to the Present. Compares and contrasts the history and practices of identifying and promoting talent in China and India, drawing lessons for meritocracy elsewhere more generally.

 

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The Merits of Meritocracy

History Extra | 21 June 2021 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adrian Wooldridge about his book The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World. Explores meritocracy’s role in forging the modern world, and weighs up the challenges and advantages of a system in which people are advanced solely on the basis of their talents.

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The Problem with Meritocracy – David Goodhart

TRIGGERnometry | 15 November 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Goodhart about his book Head, Hand, Heart: Why Intelligence Is Over-Rewarded, Manual Workers Matter, and Caregivers Deserve More Respect. Argues that expanding higher education and valorising cognitive analytical elites has alienated those working in manual technical work and caring roles.

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Daniel Markovits – The Meritocracy Trap

The Book Club | 6 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Markovits about his book The Meritocracy Trap. Argues that meritocracy isn’t the solution to our social and political discontents, but the central part of the problem. Suggests that the notion of hard work and proven ability leading to wealth and success has created a miserable underclass and a comparably miserable overclass — and is responsible for a damaging and eventually unsustainable reorganisation of Western economies.

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