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.

Gregory Clark on What Caused the Industrial Revolution

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.

The Long-Term Effects of Lead Poisoning on Crime

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.

Alison Gopnik on Parenting and the Downsides of Modernity

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.