Conversations with Tyler

Conversations with Tyler

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Host Tyler Cowen engages today’s deepest thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between.

Episodes

20 - Malcolm Gladwell Wants to Make the World Safe for Mediocrity  

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 overrated, long-distance running, and Malcolm’s happy risk-averse career going from one “fur-lined rat hole to the next.” Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/malcolm-gladwell-podcast-outliers-tyler-cowen-3abdf99068ee Follow us on social: FB: www.facebook.com/cowenconvos Twitter: twitter.com/cowenconvos

BONUS - *The Complacent Class* with Katherine Mangu-Ward  

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 us on social: FB: www.facebook.com/cowenconvos Twitter: twitter.com/cowenconvos

19 - Rabbi David Wolpe on leadership, religion, and identity  

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 the Sabbath, Srugim, Hasidic philosophy, living in Israel and of course, the durability of creation. Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/rabbi-david-wolpe-leaders-religion-israel-identity-7c159c2ed2d Follow us on social: FB: https://www.facebook.com/cowenconvos Twitter: https://twitter.com/cowenconvos

18 - Chef Mark Miller on food as the ultimate intellectual exploration  

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 along the way, including his pick for the most underrated chili pepper, palate coaching, the best food cities in Asia, Mexico, and Europe, the problems with sous-vide, mezcal versus tequila, the decline of food brands, why Michelin guide is overrated, how to do fast food well, and why the next hipster food trend should be about corn. Want to win a signed copy of Tyler's upcoming book *The Complacent Class*? Just rate and review us on iTunes and visit www.mercatus.org/contest?utm_sour…utm_campaign=CWT Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/mark-miller-chef-chez-panisse-taco-chile-aba3c579e3c2

17 - Jhumpa Lahiri on writing, translation, and crossing between cultures  

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 authors, Indian classical music, architectural influences, and much more. Want to win a signed copy of Tyler's upcoming book *The Complacent Class*? Just rate and review us on iTunes and visit https://www.mercatus.org/contest?utm_source=Podcast&utm_medium=contest&utm_campaign=CWT Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/jhumpa-lahiri-books-novels-in-other-words-6271de0ac8d9

16 - Joseph Henrich on cultural evolution, WEIRD societies, and life among two strange tribes  

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 as his life among different tribes (academic and otherwise), Star Trek, big gods, small gods, China’s missing industrial revolution, the merits of coconut milk, the Flynn effect, American exceptionalism, and why he wants to travel in time to 6th-century Kent. Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/joe-henrich-culture-evolution-weird-psychology-social-norms-9756a97850ce Please help others find the podcast: subscribe, share, star and review!

15 - Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese food, culture, and travel  

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 diversity in Chinese food, and who is one of Tyler’s favorite writers on any subject. She joined Tyler over dinner at one of his favorite restaurants in DC to talk about all aspects of how to truly enjoy Chinese food, including where to visit, how to order, the few key ingredients to keep in your pantry, her favorite Chinese dishes, what Chinese chefs think about Western food, and why you should really learn to love sea cucumbers. For this conversation, Tyler was also joined by Ezra Klein, past CWT guest and editor-in-chief of Vox.com, chef and super-taster Mark Miller, journalist Megan McArdle, and Eva Summer, a graduate student from Shandong province. Their comments can be found in the Q&A near the end of the chat. Watch the peppercorn tasting here: https://youtu.be/qj41dFKLnuE Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/fuchsia-dunlop-sichuan-cuisine-every-grain-of-rice-e13922e8a784 Please help others find the podcast: subscribe, share, star and review!

14 - Steven Pinker on Language, Reason, and the Future of Violence  

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 better understand ourselves.  He recently joined Tyler for a conversation not only on the power of reason, but also the economics of irrational verbs, whether violence will continue to decline, behavioral economics, existential threats, the merits of aerobic exercise, photography, group selection, Fermi’s paradox, Noam Chomsky, universal grammar, free will, the Ed Sullivan show, and why people underrate the passive (or so it is thought). Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/steven-pinker-language-instinct-evolutionary-psychology-darwin-chomsky-linguistics-b792d7cd2a05 Please help others find the podcast: subscribe, share, star and review!

13 – Ezra Klein on Media, Politics, and Models of the World  

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 discourse, the most underrated member of the Obama administration, and why you should never follow his lead on what’s good culture. Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/ezra-klein-tyler-cowen-vox-healthcare-journalism-bias-396196082c31 Note: This podcast is also being released to listeners of The Ezra Klein Show. We encourage CWT listeners to check out his show if you haven’t already. Special thanks also to Panoply for lending us production help for this podcast.

12- Margalit Fox on Life, Death, and the Best Job in Journalism  

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 penned over 1,200 obituaries, covering well-known and obscure subjects with equal aplomb. In her conversation with Tyler Cowen, Fox reveals not only the process for writing an obituary, but her thoughts on life, death, storytelling, puzzle-solving, her favorite cellist, and how it came to be that an economist sang opera 86 times at the Met. Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/margalit-fox-obituary-writer-new-york-times-f4169ede40 Please help others find the podcast: subscribe, share, star and review!

11 - Michael Orthofer on Why Fiction Matters  

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 literature is overrated, what he thinks about authors like Herman Melville, Fyoder Dostoevsky, Goethe, J.K. Rowling, Arno Schmidt, and many others, his recommendations for the best sites for readers, why studying literature at college was such a big disappointment, how much book covers matter, and why his opinion will never be the final word. Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/michael-orthofer-complete-review-fiction-literary-saloon-b028a1ca2620 Reader Q&A Video: https://youtu.be/6U90WqmRwMA Strand shopping video: https://youtu.be/GyI0KBcHY4g Please subscribe, share, star and review!

10 - Cass Sunstein  

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 banned products store, James Joyce, and, oh yeah, Star Wars. Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/cass-sunstein-star-wars-nudge-a7c874f3ce8c For more: conversationswithtyler.com

09 - Camille Paglia  

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 cultural conservative, and much more. Transcript and video: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/a-conversation-with-camille-paglia-a842db2f3c6#.wvdaz2zi2 For more: www.mercatus.org/conversations

08 - Jonathan Haidt  

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  

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 for finding good food. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tMA7F4FA94 Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/nate-silver-conversations-with-tyler-1bdafe685d77#.6slxqosjy If you like this podcast, please give us a rating and review on iTunes!

06 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  

Transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/kareem-abdul-jabbar-conversations-with-tyler-13b6d4719883#.bmkgezjxw 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.

05 - Cliff Asness  

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 a gym with Cirque du Soleil. Video and transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/cliff-asness-986ba8e92b4f

04 - Dani Rodrik  

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. Video and transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/a-conversation-with-dani-rodrik-e02cf8784b9d

03 - Luigi Zingales  

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. Video and transcript: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/watch-a-conversation-with-luigi-zingales-c5ed3601a8f0

The Conversation Continues This Fall  

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 Future of Capitalism September 9, 2015 Dani Rodrik on the Future of Globalization September 24, 2015 Cliff Asness on the Future of Money November 11, 2015 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mercatuscenter?sub_confirmation=1 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/conversations-with-tyler/id983795625?mt=2

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