This week in podcasts #6

The Economist Asks – John McWhorter

https://overcast.fm/+J_yQQ1N2s

Good conversation on swearing and its impact. Lane Green from the Economist also joins.


The Ezra Klein Show – Sarah Schulman’s Radical Approach to Conflict, Communication and Change

https://overcast.fm/+oiPV5UjUA

The central argument is that we often mislabel conflict as abuse and view ourselves and act as victims of abuse without recognizing the power that we have in the situation, the way we may be part of and have a responsibility for ending a conflict.

They have a wide ranging talk where they talk LGBTQ, Israel vs Palestine, compassion, and other important subjects where communication needs to be productive.


The Dishcast – Jonathan Rauch On Dangers To Liberalism

https://overcast.fm/+lCkhIkh1g

In this episode we discuss his important new book, The Constitution of Knowledge, and get into some heated exchanges over Trump, the MSM, and Russiagate — Jon as the optimistic liberal and me as the pessimistic conservative.


Village Global’s Venture Stories – Education, The Great Stagnation, and Innovation with Noah Smith

https://overcast.fm/+a0Br3pRkY

Noah Smith, Bloomberg Opinion writer and author of the Noahpinion Substack, joins Erik to discuss:

– Why colleges should try to emulate the Cal State and CUNY systems, which Noah says provide the best value for dollars in education.

– Why the US should want to copy the Japanese and Korean healthcare systems, and the power that a national health insurance program has to drive cost down.

– Why the oil shock precipitated the great stagnation, and the evolution (and non-evolution) of energy sources over the years.

– What climate economics got wrong and why the revolution in green energy is will not only be about reducing carbon emissions but rather the abundance of cheap energy.

– What people get wrong about inflation and monetary policy and how the fed really works.

– What the US should do to increase innovation, and Noah’s take on whether science and commercialization of discoveries is slowing down or not.


Conversations with Tyler – Elijah Millgram on the Philosophical Life

https://overcast.fm/+TSJmAYDnQ

Elijah joined Tyler to discuss Newcomb’s paradox, the reason he doesn’t have an opinion about everything, the philosophy of Dave Barry, style and simulation theory, why philosophers aren’t often consulted about current events, his best stories from TA-ing for Robert Nozick, the sociological correlates of knowing formal logic, the question of whether people are more interested in truth or being interesting, philosophical cycles, what makes Nietzsche important today, the role that meaning can play in a person’s personality and life, Mill on Bentham, the idea of true philosophy as dialogue, the extent to which modern philosophers are truly philosophical, why he views aesthetics as critical to philosophy, and more.


Macro Musings with David Beckworth – Jason Furman on Overheating, Inflation, and Fiscal Policy in an Era of Low Interest Rates

https://overcast.fm/+PVA8IHBO4

The real takeaway here is how J-Fur talks about how he evaluates information and updates his models. Hint: always use more than one. All models are wrong. The Tetlock Superforcasting or Kahneman Noise approach is best.

Good reads of the week #3

https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/05/22/nato-increasingly-sees-its-soldiers-phones-as-a-liability

Mobiles pose a dilemma for defence chiefs. A smartphone ban would hurt recruitment and morale. But a single mobile can betray a big operation “like a fire in the dark”, says Lieutenant-Colonel Rouven Habel, a former commander of NATO’s troops in Lithuania.

When I’ve been asked what a person should for security my go-to has always been to suggest using a 2-factor authentication and a password manager (I like 1Password, others are good as well), never leave your email or other info. I’ve also said that if someone wanted to get in, they would if they are powerful enough. State-sponsored hacking will only get better and when the first cyber war breaks out, we are not prepared. We are French soldiers in red pants against German grey in WW1 prepared.


http://www.robinhobb.com/blog/posts/38429

Never got into the books. The Assassins Apprentice did not work for me on any level. A well-written text on aging. Happy 70th Robin!


https://kottke.org/21/05/the-fashionable-mark-bryan

I am just a normal happily married straight guy that loves Porsche’s, beautiful women, and likes to incorporate a skirt and heels into his daily wardrobe. Clothes and shoes should have no gender.


https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57139434

The research found that working 55 hours or more a week was associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared with a working week of 35 to 40 hours.

Often, the deaths occurred much later in life, sometimes decades later, than the long hours were worked.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57348415

Plans for an artificial island to house 35,000 people and protect the port of Copenhagen from rising sea levels have been approved by Danish MPs.

If construction goes ahead as planned, the majority of the foundations for the island off Denmark’s capital should be in place by 2035, with an aim to fully complete the project by 2070.

That’s some long-term planning, I like it! Seem like this is the normal timeframe for such projects. The port of Rotterdam had a similar project, it took 25 years.

This week in podcasts #2

Access to Excellence Podcast – With Emergent Ventures, Tyler Cowen puts money where his mind is

https://overcast.fm/+X3g1lfZSg

Tay Tay talks to the president of GMU. Didn’t know that EM with its comparatively small endowment out-innovated Yale.


GOOD OL’ GRATEFUL DEADCAST – Workingman’s Dead 50, Episode 1: Uncle John’s Band

https://overcast.fm/+eK1hPL_hQ

Took some time for me to start this one. But it’s all you want. Stories and info on how Workingman’s Dead was made.


Rationally Speaking Podcast – Intellectual honesty, cryptocurrency, & more (Vitalik Buterin)

https://overcast.fm/+a1riHd3_c

Vitalik talks to Julia. Vitalik is in general society overlooked. Thiel fellow that made Ethereum.


All-in Pod – Apple’s hypocrisy, America’s math failure, crypto’s regulatory correction, Clubhouse’s future, UFOs & more

https://overcast.fm/+YlhmfWiQE


The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan – Niall Ferguson On Disasters

https://overcast.fm/+lCkgdakfw

Interesting how Niall views corona up-against other crises. Also nice to hear Niall and Andrew talk about the old Oxford days.


Niall Ferguson on Histories, Networks, and Catastrophes

https://overcast.fm/+S_7l2W-Ho

Niall again on Mindscape. Talks more about his new book Doom here.


Economist Radio – Money Talks: Berkshire after Buffett

https://overcast.fm/+JXrSfM0Bo

Short and sweet about Berkshire after Buffet


The Munk Debates Podcast – Be it resolved: Beethoven, not Mozart, is the world’s greatest composer

https://overcast.fm/+VRow-VmGo

Munk Debates with an unusual one. Not really a debate to be won. The good part is hearing the debaters highlight their composers with flourishing language and a few musical pieces.

This week in podcast # 1

The Ezra Klein Show – How to Have Better Conversations About Hard Things

https://overcast.fm/+oiPXpy6C8

Really good, thought about reading the book based on this conversation.


Editor’s Picks from The Economist – May 3rd 2021

https://overcast.fm/+Bt0cHjd4

The first story about Taiwan is good. The US has started to lose war-games against China. Pair with the Munk Debates podcast on Taiwan defense.


Conversations with Tay Tay on a topic that will only become more prescient – regulation. He talks to Daniel Carpenter.


Modern Finance — Gary Vaynerchuk’s New NFT Project

Gary Vee does NFTs. Its great showcase of the ways NFTs can be used.