Conversations with Tyler

Conversations with Tyler

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Tyler Cowen engages today’s deepest thinkers in w…
30 - Sujatha Gidla on being an Ant amongst the Elephants
Nov 15 • 62 min
Sujatha Gidla was an untouchable in India, but moved to the United States at the age of 26 and is now the first Indian woman to be employed as a conductor on the New York City Subway. In her memoir Ants Among Elephants, she explores the antiquities of her…
BONUS - Steve Teles and Brink Lindsey on *The Captured Economy*
Nov 1 • 52 min
What happens when a liberal and a libertarian get together? In the case of Steve Teles and Brink Lindsey, they write a book. And then Tyler separates them for a podcast interview about that book, prisoner’s dilemma style. How much inequality is due to bad…
29 - Mary Roach on Disgust, Death, and Danger
Oct 18 • 75 min
Legal writing was never Mary Roach’s thing. She describes that short-lived stint as an inscrutable “bringing forth of multisyllabic words.” Instead, she’s forged a career by letting curiosity lead the way. The result has been a series of successful…
28 - Larry Summers on Macroeconomics, Mentorship, and Avoiding Complacency
Sep 20 • 73 min
The economist, President Emeritus at Harvard University, and former Treasury Secretary joins Tyler to discuss innovation in higher education, Herman Melville, the Fed, Mexico, Russia, China, the Larry Summers production function, philanthropy and Larry’s…
27 - Dave Barry on Humor, Writing, and Life as a Florida Man
Aug 16 • 57 min
Though most know him first as a humor columnist, Dave Barry’s career has spanned many forms of media, including books, movies, TV, and music. Driving this relentless output, says Barry, is the constant worry he’ll find himself stuck in a rut — or…
BONUS - Dave Rubin on Digital Media, Crowdfunding, and Comedy
Aug 2 • 32 min
Today many YouTube channels have more influence than traditional TV shows. This fact is not lost on Dave Rubin, who started his talk show career in traditional media, but soon decided to strike out on his own. He now hosts The Rubin Report, which has half…
26 - Atul Gawande on Priorities, Big and Small
Jul 19 • 57 min
The surgeon, researcher, and celebrated writer joined Tyler for a conversation on why Watson will never diagnose your illness, what George Church’s narcolepsy teaches us about CRISPR, what’s missing in medical education, Michael Crichton’s cultural…
25 - Ben Sasse on the Space between Nebraska and Neverland
Jun 28 • 81 min
The US senator and former college president joined Tyler for a conversation on adolescence, adulthood, driving for Uber, loving Luther, hate-reading Rousseau, the decline of small towns, backpacking across Europe, America’s peculiar fondness for…
Bonus – Edward Luce on The Retreat of Western Liberalism
Jun 21 • 54 min
Edward Luce has a new book out about the rising crisis in Western liberalism, so naturally Tyler’s first question to him dealt with James II and William of Orange. #gloriousrevolution In this bonus audio recorded at a Mercatus event last week, Tyler and…
24 - Jill Lepore on Traveling through Time
Jun 14 • 68 min
Is time like a line, a stretched out accordion, buried silos, or a flat circle? We concoct many ways to think about the relationship between the present and the past, but according to Jill Lepore one constant endures: “When you’re writing history, you’re…
BONUS - Tyler Cowen and Steve Davies talk Theresa May, Brexit, and Europe
Jun 7 • 24 min
The UK is holding a big election on June 8, so today we’re bringing you some bonus audio on that topic featuring Tyler and Steve Davies of the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs. They talk about how the general election could shape the terms of…
23 - Raj Chetty on Teachers, Social Mobility, and How to Find Answers to Big Questions
May 24 • 62 min
A high school teacher once told Raj Chetty he’d some day serve on the Federal Reserve Board. At the the time Raj thought the comment was silly, since he was busy working in the laboratory on staining techniques for electron microscopy and was set to…
22 - Garry Kasparov on AI, Chess, and the Future of Creativity
May 10 • 67 min
The chess grandmaster, political activist, and author joins Tyler for a conversation on artificial intelligence, Russia, Putin, how education must change, favorite cities for chess, the most likely challenger to Magnus Carlsen, Tolstoy v. Dostoevsky, the…
21 - Patrick Collison has a Few Questions for Tyler
Apr 12 • 93 min
A few months ago, Tyler asked Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe, to be on the show. Patrick agreed, but only under the condition that the be the one to do the interviewing. Thus, what follows is the conversation Patrick wanted to have with Tyler, not the…
20 - Malcolm Gladwell Wants to Make the World Safe for Mediocrity
Mar 15 • 92 min
Journalist, author, and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell joins Tyler for a conversation on Joyce Gladwell, Caribbean identity, satire as a weapon, Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden, Harvard’s under-theorized endowment, why early childhood intervention is…
BONUS - *The Complacent Class* with Katherine Mangu-Ward
Mar 13 • 56 min
In this bonus episode, Editor-in-chief of Reason Katherine Mangu-Ward interviews Tyler about *The Complacent Class.* Make sure to listen all the way to the end for an answer Katherine describes as #PeakTyler. Follow Katherine Mangu-Ward:…
19 - Rabbi David Wolpe on Leadership, Religion, and Identity
Feb 15 • 80 min
Named one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of our time, Rabbi David Wolpe joins Tyler in a conversation on flawed leaders, Jewish identity in the modern world, the many portrayals of David, what’s missing in rabbinical training, playing chess on…
18 - Chef Mark Miller on Food as the Ultimate Intellectual Exploration
Jan 25 • 76 min
Mark Miller is often called the founder of modern southwestern cuisine, but his unique anthropological approach to food has led him to explore cuisines in over 100 countries around the world. He joins Tyler for a conversation on all that he’s learned…
17 - Jhumpa Lahiri on Writing, Translation, and Crossing Between Cultures
Jan 11 • 86 min
Author, teacher, and translator Jhumpa Lahiri joins Tyler for a conversation on identity, Rhode Island, writing as problem solving, reading across languages, the badness of book covers, Elena Ferrante, Bengali culture, the magic of Calcutta, Italian…
16 - Joseph Henrich on Cultural Evolution, WEIRD Societies, and Life Among Two Strange Tribes
Dec 14, 2016 • 85 min
To anthropologist Joseph Henrich, intelligence is overrated. Social learning, and its ability to influence biological evolution over time, is what really sets our species apart. He joined Tyler for a conversation on his work on cultural evolution, as well…
15 - Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food, Culture, and Travel
Nov 16, 2016 • 75 min
For centuries, China has treated its cuisine with a reverence and delight that is only just starting to emerge with Western “foodie” culture. No one understands this better than Fuchsia Dunlop, who has spent her career learning about the fantastic…
14 - Steven Pinker on Language, Reason, and the Future of Violence
Nov 2, 2016 • 86 min
Steven Pinker has spent an entire academic career thinking deeply about language, cognition, and human nature. Driving it all, he says, is an Enlightenment belief that the world is intelligible, science can progress, and through rational inquiry we can…
13 – Ezra Klein on Media, Politics, and Models of the World
Oct 6, 2016 • 77 min
Ezra Klein, editor-in-chief of Vox.com, joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on biases in digital media, the morality of meat-eating, how working for large organizations has changed his worldview, the psychographics of CEOs, what’s missing in public…
12- Margalit Fox on Life, Death, and the Best Job in Journalism
Aug 24, 2016 • 47 min
The stereotypical obituary is a formulaic recitation of facts — dry, boring, and without craft. But Margalit Fox has shown the genre can produce some of the most memorable and moving stories in journalism. Exploiting its “pure narrative arc,” Fox has…
11 - Michael Orthofer on Why Fiction Matters
Jul 27, 2016 • 56 min
Michael Orthofer, one of the world’s most prolific book reviewers, joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on — what else? — books. Read to discover why Michael believes everyone should read more fiction, how we should choose books, why American popular…
10 - Cass Sunstein on Judicial Minimalism, the Supreme Court, and Star Wars
Jun 22, 2016 • 77 min
Cass Sunstein joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on judicial minimalism, Bob Dylan’s best album, the metaphysics of nudging, Byatt’s Possession, the ideal size of the Supreme Court, Hayek, why people should choose their own path, the benefits of a…
09 - Camille Paglia on her Lifestyle of Observation and the Brilliance of David Bowie
Apr 25, 2016 • 86 min
Camille Paglia joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on the brilliance of Bowie, lamb vindaloo, her lifestyle of observation, why writers need real jobs, Star Wars, Harold Bloom, Amelia Earhart, Edmund Spenser, Brazil, why she is most definitely not a…
08 - Jonathan Haidt on Morality, Politics, Disgust, and Intellectual Diversity on Campus
Mar 25, 2016 • 62 min
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on morality, politics, disgust, how to maintain free speech on campus, the enriching effects of LSD, antiparsimonialism, and why economists set all the interesting variables to zero.…
07 - Nate Silver on Supreme Court Picks and the Most Underrated Statistic for Finding Good Food
Feb 23, 2016 • 81 min
Nate Silver joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on data, forecasting, My Bloody Valentine, the social value of gambling, Donald Trump and the presidential field, vacation advice, Supreme Court picks, the wisdom of Björk, and the most underrated statistic…
06 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Fighting Bruce Lee, Growing Up in Harlem, and of course, Basketball
Feb 2, 2016 • 82 min
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on segregation, Islam, Harlem vs. LA, Earl Manigault, jazz, fighting Bruce Lee, Kareem’s conservatism, dancing with Thelonious Monk, and why no one today can shoot a skyhook. Transcript and links:…
05 - Cliff Asness on Marvel vs. DC, Bubble Logic, and Why Never to Share a Gym with Cirque du Soleil
Nov 18, 2015 • 82 min
Tyler and investment strategist Cliff Asness discuss momentum and value investing strategies, disagreeing with Eugene Fama, Marvel vs. DC, the inscrutability of risk, high frequency trading, the economics of Ayn Rand, bubble logic, and why never to share…
04 - Dani Rodrik on Premature Industrialization and Why the World is Second Best at Best
Oct 1, 2015 • 84 min
Tyler and Dani Rodrik discuss premature deindustrialization, the world’s trilemmas, the political economy of John le Carré, what’s so special about manufacturing, Orhan Pamuk, RCTs, and why the world is second best at best. Transcript and links:…
03 - Luigi Zingales on Italy, Google and Conglomeration, and Donald Trump
Sep 16, 2015 • 76 min
In the third event of this series, Tyler and Luigi Zingales discuss Italy, Donald Trump, Antonio Gramsci, Google and conglomeration, Luchino Visconti, Starbucks, and the surprisingly high productivity of Italian cafés. Transcript and links:…
The Conversation Continues This Fall
Jul 1, 2015 • 1 min
Tyler is hosting three more top thinkers this fall. Seats are limited, so don’t miss your chance to catch each conversation in person! RSVP: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/upcoming-conversations-with-tyler-f125d8d56ae3 Luigi Zingales on the…
02 - Jeffrey Sachs on Charter Cities, Paul Krugman, and How to Reform Graduate Economics Education
Apr 2, 2015 • 92 min
Tyler Cowen and Jeffrey Sachs discuss the resource curse, why Russia failed and Poland succeeded, charter cities, Sach’s China optimism, JFK, Paul Rosenstein-Rodan, whether Africa will be able to overcome the middle income trap, Paul Krugman, Sach’s…
01 - Peter Thiel on Stagnation, Innovation, and What Not to Call your Company
Mar 27, 2015 • 80 min
Peter Thiel and Tyler Cowen, both New York Times bestselling authors, are among today’s top global thought leaders and influential innovators. Listen as these two engage in a serious dialogue on the ideas and policies that will shape the future of…