Podcasts I listen to

I listen to a few podcasts on a regular basis. Here is a description of these, along with links to a few of the episodes I enjoyed.

Making Sense with Sam Harriss

  • Universal basic income. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang about universal basic income. They discuss the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, the arguments for and against UBI.
  • The science of meditation. Sam talk with Golemand and Davidson about the current scientific understanding of meditation practice. They speak about the original stigma associated with meditation, the history of introspection in eastern and western cultures, the recent collaboration between Buddhism and western science, the difference between altered states and altered traits, an alternate conception of mental health.
  • Yuval Noah Harari and Sam talk about the need for stories, the power of technology to erase the boundary between fact and fiction, wealth inequality, the problem of finding meaning in a world without work, religion as a virtual reality game, the difference between pain and suffering, the future of globalism, and other topics.

Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers and the host of the Waking Up Podcast. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.

Freakonomics

Freakonomics is a ground-breaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple, unasked question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality.

Farnam Street

DataFramed

A podcast for data scientist and quant analysts.

Flippening

A podcast for cryptocurrency investors.

  • Understanding China’s Largest Blockchain Fund. Eric Meltzer is a partner at INBlockchain, China’s oldest and largest institutional crypto asset and blockchain fund. To give you a sense of INBlockchain’s size and scope, consider that they recently announced a $1.6 Billion dollar fund with 30% coming from the Hangzhou government.
  • Programmable Tokenized Debt. “In chapter one, we discuss the history and origins of debt from the origin of the human species, up until around the year 2000. We also discuss the web 2.0 peer to peer lending solutions that preceded Dharma, such as prosper and lending club. In the second chapter, we discuss the history and development of Crypto Asset Technology that has paved the way for programmable, tokenized debt.”
  • Tokenize The World: A Security Token Audio Documentary

 

Podcasts I listen to