A Conspiracy of Silence

Hidden Brain | 30 November 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Timur Kuran about ideas from his book Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification. Backgrounds preference falsification – where we pretend to believe the opposite of what we truly think. Offers a frame for understanding the behaviours of tyrants, and modern-day politics.

Walter Williams on Life, Liberty and Economics

EconTalk | 16 October 2006 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Walter E. Williams has died at 84 (NY Times obituary). This 2006 interview discusses his early days as an economist, his controversial view of the Civil War, the insights of Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek, and some deep but simple economic principles.

Are Boomers to Blame for Millennials’ Struggles?

Rationally Speaking | 9 November 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Faced with stagnant wages and rising costs of education, rent, and health care, Millennials have a tougher path to economic security than Boomers did. Discusses whether Millennials’ situation is the result of misguided and irresponsible policy choices by Boomers. Perspectives from: Jill Filipovic, author of OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind; Joseph C. Sternberg, author of The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole Millennials’ Economic Future; and Patrick Fisher, author of Demographic Gaps in American Political Behavior.

It’s great to see Rationally Speaking return after a twelve-month hiatus.

Robert Fisk: Reporting from the Frontline

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 22 May 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later
Robert Fisk has died at 74 (Independent obituary). In this 2020 interview, he looks back over his life, work, and controversies reporting for 40 years on Middle East conflict.

Anne Applebaum on the Twilight of Democracy

EconTalk | 12 October 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum about her book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism. Discusses the rise of populist and nationalist movements and their appeal even when they begin to erode or destroy democracy.

Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership

The Book Club | 9 September 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Gillard about her book Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons, co-authored with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Draws lessons from their interviews of women who’ve reached the top roles in global institutions, from Christine Lagarde and Joyce Banda to Michelle Bachelet and Theresa May. Gillard also reflects on her own time in politics, what she’d have done differently, whether Australia is more sexist than the UK, and her notorious misogyny speech – plus, what she thinks her old sparring partner Tony Abbott has to offer the UK as a trade adviser.

Dr Walter Scheidel – The Great Leveler

Science Salon | 11 June 2017 | 0h 57m | Listen Later
Interview with Walter Scheidel about his book The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. Traces the global history of inequality, showing that inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return.

Land Wars: China’s Agrarian Revolution

ChinaTalk | 26 August 2020 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brian Demare about his book Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution. Discusses the history and legacy of Mao’s land reform movement, including forays into the role of Xi’s father and William Hinton’s Fanshen.