Revisionist History | 6 April 2023 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Specter about his audiobook Higher Animals: Vaccines, Synthetic Biology, and the Future of Life. Discusses the future of life on Earth, how mRNA vaccines have sparked a biotechnology revolution, how this scientific revolution is bigger than many that came before it, the promise of heritable vaccines for endangered species, and how a smallpox infection could genuinely have wiped out New York in 1947. Includes a portion of the first chapter.
Revisionist History | 15 September 2022 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell reported on the relative age effect, the phenomenon of assessed excellence being concentrated in older children. Here he runs an experiment at the University of Pennsylvania to determine whether publicising the phenomenon served as a primer for gaming the system by neurotic helicopter parents.
Revisionist History | 16 November 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam. Discusses the sources of Simon’s creativity and his ongoing quest for musical experimentation and collaboration.
Revisionist History | 24 June 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell makes the case that the irrationality of humans combined with driverless cars will return the streets to walkers and cyclists.
Revisionist History | 6 August 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell makes the case for a nihilistic approach to recruitment given that the processes we use are so poor at predicting future employment success.
Revisionist History | 2 July 2020 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell makes the counterintuitive case that it would be better to elect political representatives by lottery rather than ballot.
Revisionist History | 27 June 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell assesses the merits of educational pedigree as a means to identify legal talent before going on to propose his Grand Unified Theory for fixing higher education.
Revisionist History | 20 June 2019 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
The fourth season of Revisionist History starts with Malcolm Gladwell questioning the merits of examinations that deliberately rush the student. It turns out that ranking by ability is a function of how much thinking is rushed.