Quillette Podcast | 20 December 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Lockhart about his book Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare. Discusses the enormous military and political upheavals set in motion by the adoption of gunpowder-based weapons from the 13th century onward – including the demise of the medieval castle, the empowerment of large centralized states, and the deployment of permanent standing armies.
Quillette Podcast | 17 June 2021 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Rauch about his book The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth. Backgrounds our social system for turning information into knowledge and disagreement into facts and sets out why and how we must resist disinformation and restrictions on free speech.
Quillette Podcast | 11 July 2020 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Shellenberger about his book Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Discusses global warming, natural disasters, media scaremongering – and why the world is actually getting safer, notwithstanding the scaremongering of Extinction Rebellion.
Quillette Podcast | 29 April 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Kay about his article Covid-19 Superspreader Events in 28 Countries: Critical Patterns and Lessons. Backgrounds his work compiling a database of superspreader events and using fluid mechanics considerations to distinguish between the mechanisms for large droplet ballistic transmission, aerosol transmission and surface transmission. Implies that distancing and masks are critical – handwashing less so.
Quillette | 28 January 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Murray about his book Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class. Discusses the evidence for genetic causes of phenotypic differences, implications for meritocracy and the controversy around The Bell Curve.
Quillette Podcast | 13 January 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Sir Roger Scruton has died at 75 (NY Times obituary). Interview with Daniel Hannan, the Conservative Member of the European Parliament for South East England, about his lifelong friendship with the Conservative philosopher.