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.

Dean Simonton on the Causes of Scientific and Artistic Genius

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.