Hoop Dreams of Electric Sheep

The New Bazaar | 3 January 2024 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz about his book Who Makes the NBA?: Data-Driven Answers to Basketball’s Biggest Questions. Discusses using AI tools for coding, artwork, copy editing and appendix writing to write the book in just 30 days; the lessons he learned about using AI, and what such accelerated productivity might mean for the future of the labor market; the findings in the book – an investigation into the backgrounds of the basketball players who make it to the NBA and succeed when they get there. Covers how much of success is genetic; what accounts for the NBA’s market failures – the traits of players that get paid too much or too little relative to their contributions; why some foreign countries have astonishing success sending players to the NBA; and whether the choice of college matters for future success. The answers to these questions are surprisingly revealing about the experiences of non-basketball players, and about the relationships between luck, skill, parenting, undiscovered talent, the economy, and other familiar variables.

See also the interview about his book Don’t Trust Your Gut.

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Did Michael Lewis Just Get Lucky with “Moneyball”?

Freakonomics Radio | 24 November 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Lewis about his book Moneyball on the twentieth anniversary of its publication. Discusses stories from the background of writing the book, and the role of luck in Lewis’s success.

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Ben Guest on Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 17 December 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ben Guest about his memoir Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball. Discusses his work teaching and coaching basketball in Namibia. Transcends the sport to offer insights on living in the moment, meditation, relationships and coaching.

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Making of The Master – Roger Federer, by Chris Clarey

The Tennis Podcast | 24 August 2021 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Chris Clarey about his book The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer. Discusses the life and tennis career of Roger Federer, the people who have been important influences, and the rivalries that have shaped him.

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Christopher Phillips on Scouting and Scoring Baseball

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 29 January 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Christopher Phillips about his book Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball. Argues, counter to Moneyball, that both scouts and scorers use quantified judgements to assess the value of baseball players.

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Ben Cohen on the Hot Hand

EconTalk | 10 August 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Cohen about his book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks. At times in sports and elsewhere in life, a person seems to be “on fire,” playing at an unusually high level. Is this real or an illusion? Cohen takes the listener through the scientific literature on this question and spreads a very wide net to look at the phenomenon of being in the zone outside of sports. Topics include Shakespeare, investing, Stephen Curry, and asylum judges.

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The Data Coach

Against the Rules with Michael Lewis | 2 June 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
From the latest series of Michael Lewis’ Against the Rules, which is about the role of coaches in society. All are excellent. This episode explores the quantitative, scientific, and data-driven new frontier of coaching. Shows how data and technology are applied to coaching baseball and conversational skills.

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Andre Agassi, Tennis Legend, Author of Open

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books | 10 April 2018 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andre Agassi speaking candidly about his tennis career, fatherhood, pushing through pain, writing to make sense of his life, changing education, addressing dyslexia, and finding true meaning through his philanthropic work. Draws from his book Open.

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