The Lonely Century – Noreena Hertz

RNZ: Nine to Noon | 22 November 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later
Interview with Noreena Hertz about her book The Lonely Century: Coming Together in a World That’s Pulling Apart. From isolated people working from home to elderly people in Japan apparently choosing prison over living alone, Noreena Hertz looks at our fundamental need for connection and community and offers ideas for how we can re-connect, as individuals and as communities.

The Ardi Saga: The Epic Feud of a Human Ancestor

RNZ: Nine To Noon | 5 November 2020 | 0h 31m | Listen Later
Interview with Kermit Pattison about his book Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind. Discusses the discovery of the 4.4 million-year-old bones of Ardi, thought to be the oldest known skeleton of a human ancestor; and the obsession and professional feuding which centred around whether humans were descended from an ancestor that resembled today’s chimpanzee.

Snakes and Dragons. Modern Conflict’s Dangerous Evolution

RNZ: Nine To Noon | 13 May 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Kilcullen about his book The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West. Argues that state threats, (like Russia and China) and non-state threats (like terrorist organisations) now overlap and intersect. And they’ve learnt from each other, enabling them to outmanoeuvre conventional military tactics, with new methods like political manipulation and cyber militias.

John Carreyrou: Bad Blood in Silicon Valley

RNZ: Nine To Noon | 26 November 2018 | 0h 27m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with John Carreyrou, author of Bad Blood, about Elizabeth Holmes and the fraud at Silicon Valley start-up Theranos. The company raised billions to revolutionalise blood-testing before being exposed as a scam.