The Transformative Power of Restorative Justice

The Ezra Klein Show | 18 June 2020 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sujatha Baliga, director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice. Advocates for criminal justice focused on repairing breaches rather than exacting retribution. Restorative justice asks: Who was harmed? What do they need? And whose obligation is it to meet those needs? This delivers profoundly different results, both for victims and perpetrators, with more satisfied survivors, reduced recidivism, and lower costs.

Are Humans Fundamentally Good? (with Rutger Bregman)

The Ezra Klein Show | 1 June 2020 | 1h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rutger Bregman about his book Humankind: A Hopeful History. Argues that human nature is kinder, friendlier, and more decent than generally thought and that a new world could be built atop that understanding. Discusses the deeply social, egalitarian lives of hunter-gatherers; whether the advent of human civilization was a huge mistake; whether humans have a common nature; the implications of the Holocaust; whether we can build a society without CEOs, politicians, and bureaucrats; and more.

A Former Prosecutor’s Case for Prison Abolition

The Ezra Klein Show | 8 June 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Paul Butler about ideas to do with his book Chokehold: Policing Black Men. Argues that the chokehold is a metaphor for understanding how racial oppression functions in the US criminal justice system – coercing submission that is self-reinforcing. Makes the case that the criminal legal system is not broken and in need of repair; but is working exactly as designed, and needs to be completely reimagined.

Barbara Ehrenreich on UBI, Class Conflict, and Collective Joy

The Ezra Klein Show | 24 February 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich discussing ideas from her books, which have covered a vast range of topics, from the precarity of middle-class existence, to the psychological and sociological roots of collective joy, to human mortality, to her own attempt, as an atheist, to grapple with mystical experiences.

The Geoengineering Question

The Ezra Klein Show | 19 December 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jane Flegal discussing the technology and anthropology of geoengineering. Covers the state of the technology, its advantages and disadvantages, and issues with its governance.

When Doing the Right Thing Makes You a Criminal

The Ezra Klein Show | 5 December 2019 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wayne Hsiung about his journey from academic and corporate lawyer to facing prison for his work rescuing sick, injured animals from slaughterhouses. Challenging, inspiring and deeply thoughtful.

Peter Singer on the Lives You Can Save

The Ezra Klein Show | 2 December 2019 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Singer about his book The Life You Can Save. Covers his drowning child thought experiment, ethical philosophy, why moral reasoning is a social act, the ethics of caring most about those closest to you, AI risk, open borders, and where our obligations to others end.

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

The Ezra Klein Show | 25 November 2019 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gretchen McCulloch, author of Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. Explains that the way we’ve come to speak on the internet – from emojis to exclamation points – is not random or arbitrary, but part of a broader attempt to make our written communication more vibrant, meaningful, and, genuinely human. Far from ‘ruining’ the written English language, internet-speak, McCulloch argues, is revolutionizing language in unprecedented, and ultimately positive, ways.