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.
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.
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.
The Ezra Klein Show | 25 July 2017 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her work focused on how we think and argue, as well as the cognitive biases and traps that keep us from hearing what we’re really saying, hearing what others are really saying, and preferring answers that make us feel good to answers that are true. Discusses what she’s learned about thinking more clearly and arguing better, signalling, motivated reasoning, probabilistic debating, which identities help us find truth, and how to make online arguments less terrible.
The Ezra Klein Show | 23 September 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Markovits about ideas from his book The Meritocracy Trap. Argues that meritocracy – a system set-up to expand opportunity, reduce inequality and end aristocracy – has become exactly what it was set up to combat: a mechanism for intergenerational wealth transfer that leaves everyone worse off in the process. Unconvincing on the economics, but valuable perspective on the unnoticed values, practices, arguments, and assumptions that govern our everyday lives.
The Ezra Klein Show | 9 September 2019 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leah Garcés, Executive President of Mercy for Animals, and the author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. Discusses her work to reduce animal suffering by building coalitions with industrial chicken farmers. A challenging listen for those of us not vegetarian. An object lesson in how to balance condemnation and compromise when seeking to effect social change.