This Changed How I Think About Love (with Alison Gopnik)

The Ezra Klein Show | 13 June 2019 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alison Gopnik on parenting, friendships, marriage, and schooling. What makes us feel love for each other. How we can best care for each other. How our minds really work in the formative, earliest days, and what we lose as we get older. The role community is meant to play in our lives. Draws on ideas in The Gardener and the Carpenter.

Work as Identity, Burnout as Lifestyle

The Ezra Klein Show | 22 April 2019 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Conversation with Anne Helen Petersen and Derek Thompson about their essays on millennial burnout and workism. Discusses what happens when work becomes an identity, capitalism becomes a religion, and productivity becomes the way we measure human value.

Malcolm Gladwell on the Danger of Joining Consensus Opinions

The Ezra Klein Show | 23 August 2016 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Malcolm Gladwell delving into his process to generate contrarian perspectives. Topics include: Gladwell’s early career; how Canadians are disinclined to escalate conflicts; the value and nature of boredom in childhood; how people reflexively pile on to convenient narratives; why podcasting is different from writing for the page/screen; how the internet will one day seem like an experiment gone completely awry; and the importance of people who are above average though not exceptional.

The Prospects for Cell- and Plant-Based Meat

The Ezra Klein Show | 28 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bruce Friedrich, head of the Good Food Institute, which invests in, advises on, and advocates for the plant- and cell-based meat industries. Overviews the potential for food production technology that’s better for the planet, better for animals, and better for our health.

Robert Sapolsky on the Toxic Intersection of Poverty and Stress

The Ezra Klein Show | 25 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with neuroscientist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky based on his book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Principally about how the stress of poverty affects people’s minds but also covers whether free will is a myth, why he believes the prison system is incompatible with modern neuroscience, and inferences about politics from studying baboons.

Frances Lee on Why Bipartisanship is Irrational

The Ezra Klein Show | 21 January 2019 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with political scientist Frances Lee, author of Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign. Suggests that the bipartisanship required structurally by America’s governance arrangements is irrational when there is not a long-term majority party.

Where Jonathan Haidt Thinks the American Mind Went Wrong

The Ezra Klein Show | 26 November 2018 | 1h 53m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt on the ideas in The Coddling of the American Mind. Insightful on the costs of being overly protective and focusing on injustice. Debates the right balance between nurturing antifragility in the face of injustice versus entrenching societal injustice.