How Should I Be Using A.I. Right Now?

The Ezra Klein Show | 2 April 2024 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ethan Mollick about his book Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with A.I. Discusses how to use A.I. better, which chatbot to choose and techniques for how to get the most useful results, the strange, delightful and slightly unnerving ways that A.I. responds to us, and how you’ll get more out of any chatbot if you think of it as a relationship rather than a tool.

Ethan Mollick’s Substack One Useful Thing is a great read, especially about A.I. See also the Infinite Loops interview with him about his Substack.

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The Deep Conflict Between Our Work and Parenting Ideals

The Ezra Klein Show | 22 March 2024 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Caitlyn Collins about her book Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving. Discusses how work-family policies in Sweden frame spending time with children as a right rather than a privilege, how these policies have transformed the gender norms around parenting, why family-friendly policies across the globe don’t increase birthrates, how cultural pressures to be both an ideal worker and an ideal parent often clash, why many parents feel it’s impossible to have more than one or two children, how cultural discourse has led younger women to “dread” motherhood, and more.

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Birthrates Are Plummeting Worldwide. Why?

The Ezra Klein Show | 19 March 2024 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Sciubba discussing population trends around the world, the different forces that seem to be driving them, and why government policy, despite all kinds of efforts, seems incapable of getting people to have more children. Draws from her book 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death and Migration Shape Our World.

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What Communes and Other Radical Experiments in Living Together Reveal

The Ezra Klein Show | 9 June 2023 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kristen Ghodsee about her book Everyday Utopia: What 2,000 Years of Wild Experiments Can Teach Us About the Good Life. Draws lessons from the social experiments of communes and intentional communities to critique the way existing structures of family and community life leave so many people devoid of care and connection.

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Joseph Henrich on The WEIRDest People in the World

The Ezra Klein Show | 26 May 2023 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Joseph Henrich about his book The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous. Discusses Henrich’s theory of how “cultural evolution” leads to psychological – even genetic – changes in humans, the difference between societies that experience “shame” as a dominant emotion as opposed to “guilt,” the unique power of religion in driving cultural change, how cultural inventions like reading have reshaped human biology, why religious communes tend to outlast secular ones, why Henrich believes there is no static “human nature” aside from our cultural learning abilities, how differences in moral psychology across the United States can predict Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 vote share, why higher levels of immigration tend to lead to far more innovation, and more.

See also episodes with Joseph Henrich on Conversations with Tyler and The Insight.

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The ‘Quiet Catastrophe’ Brewing in Our Social Lives

The Ezra Klein Show | 18 April 2023 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sheila Liming about her book Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time. Discusses how the structures of our lives and physical spaces have made atomization rather than community our society’s default setting, the surprising class differences in how far we live from our families, the social costs of wearing headphones and earbuds in public, how technology has enabled us to avoid the social awkwardness and rejection inherent in building community, the fact that the nuclear family is a historical aberration – and maybe a mistake, how texting and “ghosting” affect the resilience of our core relationships, what we are losing in an era of increased remote work, why some parents are revolting against their kids having sleepovers, and more.

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Three Years, Three Very Different Lenses on China

The Ezra Klein Show | 14 March 2023 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Dan Wang. Discusses the changing narrative about China, drawing from his annual letters. Covers Xi Jinping, covid, China-America relations, Chinese success in solar versus American policy failure in solar, China’s pragmatic approach to economic growth, steering where talent flows, foreign business losing trust in China, semiconductors, Taiwan, and more.

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Rachel Zoffness on The Pain Management Workbook

The Ezra Klein Show | 21 February 2023 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Zoffness about her book The Pain Management Workbook. Argues that pain is more than a physical sensation rooted in the body – it is also produced by the mind and deeply influenced by social context. Offers concrete advice to improve your personal “pain recipe”.

 

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