Mundia and Modia (E44)

A conversation with polymath David Boxenhorn about the two worlds we simultaneously live in: Mundia, the natural world of immutable laws, and Modia, the ever-changing social world.

Murder in Canada (E43)

A conversation with criminologist Tanya Trussler about violent crime in Canada. Professor Trussler teaches in Mount Royal University's sociology department.

Fathers and Sons (E42)

A conversation with Christopher "Wally" Wallace, a former gangster and ex-con with a history of violence. After getting shot by a crack dealer, Wally decided to turn his life around for his infant son and become the father he never had. He's spent the last few decades helping messed up guys turn their lives around. Wally has a unique, if decidedly rough-at-the-edges, perspective on what's wrong with men and boys in the 21st-century West.

Complex Systems (E41)

A conversation with Yaneer Bar-Yam, president of the New England Complex Systems Institute, about markets, pandemics, ecosystems, climate change, uncertainty, invasive species, and much else.

A Man In Full (E40)

A conversation with Andrew Mcclymont, a larger than life character who grew up in a farm in rural Australia, and went on to harvest crocodile eggs, fly helicopters, put out forest fires, work on oil rigs and lead mines, and much else. If you consult a list of the twenty most dangerous jobs, you'll find that Andrew has probably done at least half of them.

Virtue Signaling (E39)

A conversation with journalist and essayist Joshua Ostroff about the meaning of the concept of virtue signaling - Joshua has written for the Globe & Mail, The Walrus, CBC, and Vice.

Bin Laden's Legacy (E38)

A conversation with counter-terrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross about why we're still losing the War on Terror, the differences between ISIS and al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden's legacy.

The Coddling of the American Mind (E35)

A conversation with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt about his new book, coauthored with Greg Lukianoff, The Coddling of the American Mind (2018), a timely investigation into the new "safety culture" on campus and the dangers it poses to free speech, mental health, education, and ultimately democracy.

Intersectionality (E33)

Amy Kaler is a sociology professor who has been teaching on intersectionality for years. In this episode of the podcast, she talks with us about what intersectionality is, what it isn't, and what problems it solves. Jonathan Haidt maintains that intersectionality is useful in theory but harmful in practice. Kaler responds to this criticism.

When All Else Fails (E32)

Jason Brennan is a Georgetown philosophy professor who has written extensively on democracy, capitalism, and libertarianism. In this episode of the podcast, he talks with us about his forthcoming book, When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice

 

 

In Transition (E31)

Dr. Shuvo Ghosh is a pediatrician who has been working with trans kids and their parents for 16 years. He separates fact from fiction on this overly political issue.

Gardeners of Eden (E30)

Helga Ingeborg Vierich, an anthropologist who's done extensive field research in Africa, talks with us about sustainable hunter-gatherer ecosystem management practices such as seed-spreading, permaculture, selective burning, partial domestication of wild animals, and species-specific hunting bans.

Faces of Death (E29)

Jaffer Ali is a serial entrepreneur and marketing guru. Jaffer talks with us about what's wrong with the mainstream media; how to use social media intelligently; the enigmatic nature of business success; and what we can learn about Trump's antifragile appeal from the marketing of the Faces of Death series.

Portrait of the Artist (E28)

Bevan Ramsay is an accomplished New York City artist who talks with us about being, and pretending to be, an artist; why becoming an artist is a terrible idea; why artists shouldn't talk about their art; and much else.

Heterodox Quillette (E27)

Jonathan Kay talks with us about his recent move to Quillette; Heterodox Academy's conference in New York City; the controversy surrounding the Montreal Jazz Festival's cancellation of the SLAV show; and the struggle to remain fair and objective in profoundly partisan times.

A Celebration of What Works (E26)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb talks with us about why scale matters, why localism is better than globalism, why journalists get on his nerves, how intellectual-yet-idiots get us into trouble, why stated beliefs habitually fail to reveal underlying preferences, and much else.