Bryan Caplan – The Economics of Housing Abundance

The Joe Walker Podcast | 13 May 2024 | 1h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about his book Build, Baby, Build: The Science and Ethics of Housing Regulation. Backgrounds the evidence that regulation causes low property supply and high prices. Advocates radical deregulation to free up the supply of new property, with consequent improvements to equality, economic growth, homelessness, fertility rates, and more.

See also The Curious Task interview with Caplan about Build, Baby, Build.

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Why Flying Cars Are More of a Reality Than You Think

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 7 May 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gideon Lewis-Kraus about his New Yorker article Are Flying Cars Finally Here? Discusses his research on the history, present, and future of flying car technology; flying cars as emblems of our collective disappointment with a technologically splendid future promised but not delivered; why flying cars don’t exist – and why they might be much closer to reality than most people think.

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Alec Stapp – Progress is a Policy Choice

Infinite Loops | 15 February 2024 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alec Stapp about the Institute for Progress, a non-partisan innovation policy think tank aiming to “accelerate scientific, technological and industrial progress while safeguarding humanity’s future.” Discusses setting up a new think tank to achieve change in the age of lobbying, why bipartisanship is underrated, reframing to achieve progress, reducing NIMBYism, government and technology, and more.

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Harnessing AI for Social Good with Arnold Kling

AI, Government, and the Future by Alan Pentz | 24 January 2024 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Arnold Kling discussing the transformative potential of AI in government and society. Explores how AI chatbots will personalize learning and teaching, the dilemma of AI in the culture wars, and how to navigate the thin line between innovation and regulation in AI.

I highly recommend Arnold Kling’s Substack In My Tribe. Previous episodes include an EconTalk interview The Three Languages of Politics, Revisited and a Venture Stories interview What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything.

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The Untold History of Nuclear

Age of Miracles | 27 October 2023 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Backgrounds the early development of the nuclear power industry and discusses how each of cost economics, regulation, and accidents contributed to killing off the nuclear industry. Considers the lessons to prevent nuclear’s promise from being cut off again.

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Alex Tabarrok on Innovation

EconTalk | 26 December 2011 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alex Tabarrok about his book Launching the Innovation Renaissance. Argues that innovation in the United States is being held back by patent law, the legal system, and immigration policies. Suggests how this might be improved to create a better climate for innovation, leading to higher productivity, and a higher standard of living.

See another 50 posts on innovation.

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How Rich Neighborhoods Excluded the Poor ft. Richard Kahlenberg

The New Liberal Podcast | 15 August 2023 | 0h ??m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Richard Kahlenberg about his book Excluded: How Snob Zoning, NIMBYism, and Class Bias Build the Walls We Don’t See. Discusses how ‘snob zoning’ was used to create a class-based discrimination system that replaced race-based discrimination, the benefits of having more class-integrated neighborhoods, and the most important political obstacles to overcome in order to build more housing.

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Parking: How It Explains the World

The Next Big Idea | 29 June 2023 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Henry Grabar about his book Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World. Discusses how policies intended to make parking free and convenient have exacerbated the worst problems of city life, especially housing affordability.

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