Emily Oster on Cribsheet

EconTalk | 29 April 2019 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economist and author Emily Oster about her book Cribsheet. Explores what the data and evidence can tell us about parenting in areas such as breastfeeding, sleep habits, discipline, vaccination, and food allergies. Oster often finds that commonly held views on some of these topics are not well supported by the evidence while on others, the evidence appears decisive. Oster thoughtfully explores the challenges of using empirical work and balances our sometimes ignorance with common sense.

Bryan Caplan – Does Parenting Matter?

Rationally Speaking | 4 October 2015 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan, author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. Argues that, despite our intuition that parenting choices affect children’s life outcomes, there’s strong evidence to the contrary.

Judith Rich Harris: Why Home Doesn’t Matter

ABC: Life Matters | 8 May 2007 | 0h 16m
Judith Rich Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption and No Two Alike has died at 80 (NY Times obituary). Harris made the case that parents play less of a role in shaping their children than commonly assumed. Rather, the most crucial aspects of a child’s environment are outside the home. Parents should lighten up and stop treating their children like projects. Day-to-day happiness is more important than moulding and shaping by parents given that genes and the external environment are more significant influences.

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Ten things girls need most

RNZ: It Takes A Village | 5 April 2017 | 0h 25m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with psychologist, parent educator and writer Steve Biddulph about his book 10 Things Girls Need Most. Argues that girlhood has become more lonely, pressured and unkind at the same time that adults are less available to support their daughters.

Janet Golden on Babies Made Us Modern

EconTalk | 4 June 2018 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian Janet Golden about her book, Babies Made Us Modern, about the transformation of parenting in the first half of the 20th century. It’s a fascinating story of how our knowledge of infant health and behaviour grew dramatically but remains imperfect. Includes lots of anecdotes about past parenting practices.

Jim O’Shaughnessy – Premeditated Success

Invest Like the Best | 21 March 2017 | 1h 05m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The host interviews his father, an earlier pioneer at quantitatively evaluating factor investment techniques. It’s strong on that: but O’Shaughnessy inspires with his example of how to lead a good life and be a good parent.

Barbara Coloroso – Kids Are Worth It

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 30 October 2018 | 2h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Barbara Coloroso, author of the parenting classic Kids Are Worth It. Coloroso shares her foundational principles of child-rearing, how to get kids to be accountable for their actions, and what we can do as parents to raise confident, happy children.