Hannah Fry: Understanding the Numbers of Cancer

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 11 June 2022 | 0h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hannah Fry about her examination of whether medical professionals and patients make the right choices around cancer treatment, whether patients get the facts and time they need to make rational decisions, and the risks of unnecessary overtreatment.

Vinay Prasad on the Pandemic

EconTalk | 18 July 2022 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Vinay Prasad about what we learned and didn’t learn from covid so far and how we should handle a future pandemic. Considers whether the risk of myocarditis is greater than the vaccination benefit for a healthy male teen; whether natural immunity is better than vaccination; and whether we were right to mask children.

Why Accidents Aren’t Accidental

Vox Conversations | 19 May 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jessie Singer about her book There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster―Who Profits and Who Pays the Price. Argues for a complete rethink of our understanding of accidents as seemingly random, blameless, harm-inducing events. Discusses what drug overdoses, car crashes, and apartment building fires have in common, the systemic structural vulnerabilities that lead to accidents, and how we can press for greater accountability.

David Spiegelhalter: COVID Statistics, Risk and Medicine

Ben Yeoh Chats | 11 January 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Spiegelhalter about his book COVID by Numbers, co-authored with Anthony Masters. Discusses what was most surprising and misunderstood about COVID statistics; how numbers can be emotional and weaponised and what we can do to protect ourselves; what risk techniques we should teach children and think about in everyday life; unintended consequences; agency challenges of regulators; the “Rose Paradox” and “Cromwell’s law”; and the risks of alcohol and how to think about medical statistics.

Stanley McChrystal on the Military, Leadership, and Risk

Conversations with Tyler | 20 October 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Stanley McChrystal drawing on his book Risk: A User’s Guide. Discusses risk, the dangerous urge among policymakers to oversimplify the past, why being a good military commander is about more than winning battlefield victories, how to maintain a long view of history, what set Henry Kissinger apart, the usefulness of war games, why there haven’t been any major attacks on US soil since 9/11, the danger of a “soldier class” in America, why he supports a draft, the most emotionally difficult part and greatest joys of his military career, the prospect of drone assassinations, what he eats for his only meal of the day, and more.

Erik Brynjolfsson – The Second Machine Age

Brendan Carr Podcast | 20 September 2018 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson about his book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, co-authored with Andrew McAfee. Explains how to manage risk, why we can’t freeze the past and must embrace the future, and how to use advancing technologies to meet our goals.

A Tsunami of Misery

Cautionary Tales | 19 June 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tim Harford uses the example of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to highlight the pitfalls of ignoring longer-term ills when taking action against urgent dangers.

Mervyn King – How to Make Decisions for an Unknowable Future

How To Academy | 14 April 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mervyn King and John Kay about their book Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers. Highlights the successful – and the short-sighted – methods of dealing with an unknowable future. Argues that much economic advice is bogus quantification, with invented numbers offering false security; rather than robust narratives that yield the confidence to manage uncertainty.