Rationally Speaking | 23 July 2019 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Perspective altering interview with Alex Tabarrok exploring the ideas in Why are the Prices So D*mn High? co-authored with Eric Heller. Backgrounds the Baumol Effect, which suggests that it is the higher cost of skilled labour that drives higher education and healthcare costs, notwithstanding much slower improvements in quality and productivity.
Rationally Speaking | 21 January 2019 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discussion testing the case for charter schools with Neerav Kingsland, who helped rebuild New Orleans’ public school system after Hurricane Katrina, converting it into America’s first nearly-100% charter school system. Includes responses to the main arguments against charter schools and what is known about how parents choose schools for their children.
Rationally Speaking | 28 May 2019 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dylan Matthews, author of the article Bill Gates tweeted out a chart and sparked a huge debate about global poverty. Carefully evaluates the debate between people like psychologist Steven Pinker and anthropologist Jason Hickel over how to interpret the falling global poverty rate and the contribution of capitalism.
Rationally Speaking | 4 October 2015 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan, author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. Argues that, despite our intuition that parenting choices affect children’s life outcomes, there’s strong evidence to the contrary.
Rationally Speaking | 14 May 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark, author of A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World. Evaluates the various arguments for the causes, timing and location of the industrial revolution.
Rationally Speaking | 7 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rick Nevin, author of Lucifer Curves: The Legacy of Lead Poisoning. Makes the case that infant lead poisoning explains patterns in the subsequent incidence of crime.
Rationally Speaking | 30 April 2018 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik explains why modern parenting is too goal-oriented. Discusses whether anything parents do matters, whether kids should go to school, and how kids learn discipline if you don’t force them to do things.
Rationally Speaking | 22 July 2018 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Professor Dean Simonton, who has spent his life quantitatively studying geniuses, from Einstein to Mozart.