How to Fix Student-Loan Debt

Freakonomics Radio | 9 May 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
The cost of a university has skyrocketed, creating a debt burden that’s a drag on the economy. A possible solution is to shift the risk of debt away from students and onto investors looking for a cut of the graduates’ earning power. Explores university education, how to fund it, and politics more generally with Mitch Daniels, the President of Purdue University.

Scott Adams on Persuasion

The Roundtable | 3 November 2017 | 0h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Scott Adams about the ideas in his book Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter. Backgrounds the frame Adams used, applying his training in hypnosis, to identify Trump’s persuasion techniques and thereby call the 2016 election early for Trump in 2015.

What Animals Can Teach Us About Politics

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 25 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Primatologist Frans de Waal on why animal politics are not so different from our own. Stresses that even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully.

Michael Munger on Crony Capitalism

EconTalk | 25 February 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Munger, co-author of The Road to Crony Capitalism. Debates whether capitalism is unstable and inevitably leads to crony capitalism. Includes an eloquent explanation of why the 2008 bailouts have undermined faith in capitalism.

Irish Questions

Analysis | 25 February 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Edward Stourton sets out the long history of Irish political, social, cultural and economic issues influencing and shaping UK politics. Covers the Acts of Union in 1800, the Catholic Emancipation in the 1820s, the 1840s Irish potato famine, Catholic clerical education, the campaign for Home Rule leading ultimately to the War of Irish Independence in the twentieth century and the bloody establishment of the Irish Free State, as well as the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Considers what lessons these episodes may hold for today’s Westminster politicians and how to imagine the Anglo-Irish future.

Roger McNamee: Every Tech Billionaire’s Mentor

The James Altucher Show | 14 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Roger McNamee, founding partner of venture capital firm Elevation Partners and author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. Anecdotes and perspective on tech startups based on mentoring Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Insights about Facebook and the 2016 election and the way Facebook and Google gather data to manipulate our attention to their ends.

Robert Sapolsky on the Toxic Intersection of Poverty and Stress

The Ezra Klein Show | 25 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with neuroscientist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky based on his book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Principally about how the stress of poverty affects people’s minds but also covers whether free will is a myth, why he believes the prison system is incompatible with modern neuroscience, and inferences about politics from studying baboons.

The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted

Freakonomics Radio | 26 April 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later 
Conversation with Atul Gawande, cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author. The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Discusses Gawande’s simple ideas for treating a painfully complex system.