David Hand on Dark Data

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 8 July 2024 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Hand about his book Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters. Argues that data analysis can benefit from a “dark data” perspective – carefully considering what is unseen. Discuss examples showing how this perspective sheds light on concepts as classical as random sampling and survey design and as cutting-edge as machine learning and the measurement of honesty.

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Beth Linker on Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 21 March 2024 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Beth Linker about her book Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America. Tells the story of twentieth-century America’s largely forgotten posture panic – a decades-long episode in which it was widely accepted as scientific fact that Americans were suffering from an epidemic of bad posture, with potentially catastrophic health consequences. Discusses that bad posture was seen as an individual health threat, an affront to conventional race hierarchies, and a sign of American decline.

Even as a child, I never believed the horseshit about what would come my way due to poor posture.

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Colin Elliott on Pox Romana: The Plague That Shook the Roman World

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 19 March 2024 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Colin Elliott about his book Pox Romana: The Plague That Shook the Roman World. Argues that the Antonine plague was both the cause and effect of Rome’s downward trajectory toward decline and fall. Backgrounds Rome’s multiple economic, social, and environmental susceptibilities; recounts the history of the outbreak through the experiences of physician, victim, and political operator; and explores postpandemic crises.

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John Kaag & Jonathan van Belle on Henry at Work: Thoreau on Making a Living

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 1 July 2024 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with John Kaag and Jonathan van Belle about their book Henry at Work: Thoreau on Making a Living. Discusses how we work today from the perspective of how Henry David Thoreau worked at Walden Pond, offering insights for our age of remote work and automation, when many people are reconsidering what kind of working lives they want to have.

See also the Great Books and The Forum episodes on Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond.

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Victoria Houseman on American Classicist: The Life and Loves of Edith Hamilton

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 15 October 2023 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Victoria Houseman about her book American Classicist: The Life and Loves of Edith Hamilton. Discusses Hamilton’s life and work, her writing about Ancient Greece, mythology, and Rome and its enduring impact; running a girls’ prep school; and her relationships and political influence.

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Nile Green on The Love of Strangers

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 14 November 2022 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nile Green about his book The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London. Vividly describes the lives of six Iranian students who came to London in 1815 to master the sciences behind the rapid rise of Europe.

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Karen Bakker on The Sounds of Life

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 11 November 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Karen Bakker about her book The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants. Discusses the application of technology and artificial intelligence to animal communication – decoding whale, elephant, turtle and bat communication; robots that can ‘speak’ to bees, listening and tracking endangered whales to keep them safe from shipping, evidence that trees and coral hear, the ethics of communicating with other species, and more.

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Christopher Goscha on The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 3 October 2022 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Chris Goscha about his book The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam. Discusses how the Vietnamese communists were able to defeat the French forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Considers the relative importance of nationalism and communism in Vietnam’s struggle against foreign powers. Argues for the importance of “war communism” to the Vietnamese victory over the French.

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