Len Mlodinow – The Life of Stephen Hawking

How to Academy | 23 November 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leonard Mlodinow about his book Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics. Backgrounds his work co-writing A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design with Hawking. Discusses Hawking’s work, philosophy, daily life and struggles, compassion, and humour.

Kevin Davies on Editing Humanity

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 29 September 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kevin Davies about his book Editing Humanity: The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing. Discusses the difference between CRISPR and CRISPR genome editing, the evolution of CRISPR editing, the wild story behind (and fallout from) the 2018 CRISPR babies, whether CRISPR-edited babies are truly on the horizon, George Church’s attempt to resurrect the woolly mammoth, and more.

Sean B. Carroll on Randomness and the Course of Evolution

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 5 October 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sean B. Carroll about the importance of randomness and unpredictability in life, from the evolution of species to the daily routine of every individual. Includes an overview of the evolution of the thinking about evolution, especially the modern evo-devo revolution. Draws from his book, A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You.

Lisa Margonelli on Termites & Technology

When We Talk About Animals | 17 December 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Margonelli about her book Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology. Backgrounds termites and the scientists that research them. Also discusses the questions these small creatures raise about technology, power, morality, and the nature of scientific progress.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison: Taming The Four Horsemen

The Book Club | 15 July 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robin Hanbury-Tenison about his book Taming The Four Horsemen: Radical Solutions to Defeat Pandemics, War, Famine and the Death of the Planet. Discusses what the collapse of ancient civilisations can teach us about our own, and his suggestions for applying science and technology to improve agriculture and medicine.

Matt Ridley: How Innovation Works

Naval | 9 July 2020 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Naval | 15 July 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Enthralling two-piece conversation between Naval Ravikant and Matt Ridley about Ridley’s book How Innovation Works.

Bird Migration

In Our Time | 18 June 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss bird migration: why birds migrate; how they select their destinations; how they navigate using their senses of sight and smell, and magnetic fields; and the history of our developing understanding of bird migration. Also covers why some birds scatter and some flock together, how much is instinctive versus learned, and weighs the benefits of migrating against the risks.

Monty Lyman on Our Skin

Science Focus | 28 August 2019 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Monty Lyman about his book The Remarkable Life of The Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ. Describes what the skin is for, why vanity is good for you, and what kinds of creatures inhabit our skin.