Paul Bloom on Empathy

EconTalk | 27 February 2017 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Paul Bloom about his book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. Bloom argues that empathy – the ability to feel the emotions of others – is a bad guide to charitable giving and public policy. Bloom argues that reason combined with compassion is a better and more effective guide to making the world a better place.

Robert Wright on Meditation, Mindfulness, and Why Buddhism is True

EconTalk | 2 October 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Wright argues that our evolutionary past has endowed us with a mind that can be ill-suited to the stress of the present. He suggests that meditation and the non-religious aspects of Buddhism can reduce suffering and are consistent with recent psychological research.

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 Lady Vanishes

Revisionist History | 16 June 2016 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell uses a number of stories, notably the treatment of Australia’s first woman prime minister, to explain moral licensing – our habit of using a good deed to self-justify a bad one.

Status roles

Akimbo: A podcast from Seth Godin | 21 February 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Who’s up, who’s down? The drama of our lives is narrated by our perception of where we stand. Most of our energy, money and time goes into grooming ourselves into the status role where we believe we belong.

Sebastian Junger on Tribe

EconTalk | 31 December 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sebastian Junger about his book Tribe. Explores the human need to be needed and the challenges facing many individuals in modern society who struggle to connect with others. His studies of communal connection include soldiers in a small combat unit and American Indian society in the nineteenth century.

Myers-Briggs Personality Testing

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 28 September 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later 
Interview with Merve Emre on the ideas in The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing. Describes the history and (lack of) science behind the Myers-Briggs personality test and backgrounds the mother-daughter team who conceived it almost 100 years ago.

Resilience After Unimaginable Loss

On Being with Krista Tippett | 24 April 2017 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B: Facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy. Sets out the path to growth from tragedy. It’s about the 3Ps: avoiding personalization (“this was my fault”), pervasiveness (“this affects everything”), and permanence (“nothing will ever be the same again”).