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.

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.

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.

Jon Wertheim on Sports, Psychology and Economics

Capital Allocators | 17 June 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jon Wertheim, sports journalist and author of ten books including Stokes of Genius about the Federer-Nadal rivalry, Scorecasting, and This Is Your Brain on Sports. Ranges across sports, investing and psychology delving into behaviour and decision making, tennis, the role of luck, cycles in basketball strategy, loss aversion, job preservation, omission bias, sports gambling, the business of sports, and lessons from interviewing.

Toto Wolff: Avoiding the Doomsday

Beyond Victory with Nico Rosberg | 25 March 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Toto Wolff, Principal of the Mercedes F1 team. An excellent discussion of what is required for high performance in business and sport and for mental health in general.

Matthew Syed on Maximising Mental Performance

Beyond Victory with Nico Rosberg | 6 November 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Former F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg discusses concrete skills and practices to aggregate marginal gains and maximise performance with Matthew Syed, author of You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything.

Ref, You Suck!

Against the Rules with Michael Lewis | 2 April 2019 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
The first episode of a new podcast where Michael Lewis looks at what’s happened to fairness—in financial markets, newsrooms, basketball games, courts of law, and more. Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits the NBA replay centre that’s trying to adjudicate fairness.

Michael Schwimer – Moneyball as an Investment Strategy

Capital Allocators | 15 October 2018 | 0h 55m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Michael Schwimer of Big League Advance, a company that investments in Minor League baseball players in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings. Discusses his analytical approach to playing professional sport, his application of Sabermetrics, his concern for player welfare and the process of recruiting funders. Fascinating from both sports and data science perspectives.