The Roots of Progress with Robert Tracinski and Jason Crawford

Venture Stories | 17 October 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Tracinski and Jason Crawford discussing economic progress: the sustainability of capitalism; society moving from biological to artificial resources; automation; growth and its relationship to democracy; and the role of business in ensuring the welfare of people.

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 12 September 2019 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Bryan Caplan. Starts with the case for open immigration, based on ideas from his book Open Borders. Also discusses UBI; charter cities; his most impactful (and controversial) policy recommendations; populism; Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; gene editing; population growth; Austrian economics; education; and much more.

Robert Cottrell on the Future of Reading

Venture Stories | 22 August 2019 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Cottrell, editor of The Browser. Background on The Browser, the bond between readers and writers, future business models, long-form writing, algorithmic curation, and machine translation opening up non-English writing.

What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 13 June 2019 | 1h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with economist Arnold Kling. Insightful perspectives throughout. Neoclassical economics ignores the role of cultural context in setting value; hides the complexity of large scale society, leading to overconfidence, as manifested in regulation; and fails to communicate how free markets address the problems of complexity, coordination and innovation.

The Case For Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

Venture Stories | 17 March 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Makes the case for a 30-day reset to clarify what is most valuable for you. Covers social media, the importance of solitude for thinking time, and the necessity of removing the merely good to make room for the excellent.

The Present and Future of Crypto

Venture Stories | 16 November 2018 | 1h 04m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion about crypto technology with Naval Ravikant, CEO and co-founder of AngelList, and Balaji Srinivasan, CTO of Coinbase. Overviews the history of organizing societies and the role of centralized decision-makers; provides an accessible introduction to crypto technology; and offers understandable clues to the future possibilities for the technology.