Open Borders with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith

Interviews with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith about their graphic novel Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. The first interview backgrounds their collaboration and discusses concerns about open immigration. The second interview focusses on the logic and morality of the arguments in favour of Open Immigration.

Economics Detective Radio | 11 November 2019 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes

Rationally Speaking | 12 November 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes

Saloni Dattani on the Debate Over Whether Male and Female Brains Are Different

Rationally Speaking | 3 September 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Several recent books have argued there’s no difference between male and female brains. Saloni Dattani, a PhD student in psychiatric genetics, discusses some of the problems with the argument, and what we really know so far about gender and the brain. References her article The truth about the female brain.

Thibault Le Texier on Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment

Rationally Speaking | 15 October 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Thibault Le Texier, author of Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment, discussing the evidence that the famous prison experiment was mostly fraudulent. Explores how the experimenters got away with such a significant misrepresentation for so long, and what this whole affair says about the field of psychology.

Razib Khan on “Stuff I’ve Been Wrong About”

Rationally Speaking | 20 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Razib Khan about his blog post Stuff I Was Wrong About. Covers human evolution, economics, religion, evolutionary psychology, and optimism about human progress. Also discusses lessons from the replication crisis about how not to be taken in by studies that do not replicate.

Alex Tabarrok on “Why are the Prices So D*mn High?”

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.

Neerav Kingsland on the Case for Charter Schools

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.

Dylan Matthews on What to Conclude from Falling Global Poverty

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.

Bryan Caplan – Does Parenting Matter?

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.