Carl Hart on the Role of Drug Use in the Pursuit of Happiness

Keen On | 14 January 2021 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl L. Hart about his book Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. Discusses the restrictions, benefits and dangers of recreational drug use. Argues that restrictions on personal drug use are ineffective, racist, ignore empirical evidence, perpetuate social inequality, and are at odds with the right to pursue happiness.

Where is My Flying Car? with J. Storrs Hall

Power Hour with Alex Epstein | 18 November 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with J. Storrs Hall about his book Where’s My Flying Car?: A Memoir of Future Past. Discusses what has held back many forms of progress, including flying cars, over the last half-century. Backgrounds the Great Stagnation and discusses how government funding of research promotes stagnation; how green philosophy promotes stagnation; the regulatory stifling of nuclear energy; and how to liberate human progress from its political and philosophical strangulation.

Via the excellent book review at Roots of Progress.

How Much Do We Really Care About Children?

Freakonomics Radio | 14 January 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores child car seats as an example of a counter-productive policy intended to benefit children. Covers the downturn in fertility implied by COVID-19 economic downturn and the demographic challenges that implies; the reduction in fertility attributable to child car seat regulation; and the questionable benefits of child car seats.

Adam Thierer: How ‘Evasive Entrepreneurship’ Can Beat the Regulatory State

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis | 12 June 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Thierer about his book Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments. Discusses innovative companies skirting regulation that entrenches interests and blocks innovation that benefits consumers and human progress.

How America Gave Up on Free Markets with Thomas Philippon

The Vergecast | 12 November 2019 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Thomas Philippon about his book The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets. Discusses competition and consolidation in America and Europe and argues that consolidation and reduced competition sees consumers paying much more than they should.

Balaji Srinivasan: Exploring Covid-19

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 13 March 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
A timeless, multidisciplinary conversation on Covid-19. Enduring lessons on thinking clearly include base rate versus growth rate thinking, second- and third-order consequences, scientific thinking in political leadership, top-down versus bottom-up responses, and regulatory barriers to innovation.

Restriction of Speech Online is Solvable

Solvable | 20 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Discusses his work fostering public understanding of free speech on the internet and who should make the rules about regulation.