I talk with mathematician Jordan Ellenberg about how random walks and Markov chains help us understand political gerrymandering.
Mindscape Ask Me Anything episode for June 2021.
I talk with Simon DeDeo about the competing values of different kinds of explanations, from science to conspiracy theories.
I talk with physicist Lee Smolin about time, the universe, and the future of physics.
I talk with political scientist Henry Farrell about ways in which democracy is a good algorithm for solving problems.
I talk with science historian Rachel Laudan about the rise of world cuisines and how they intersect with politics and society.
Ask Me Anything episode for May 2021.
I talk with mathematician Emily Riehl about what topology and category theory are all about.
I talk with historian Niall Ferguson about human society as a complex network, and what that means for how we deal with catastrophes.
I talk about the recent anomalies in particle physics, whether we should trust them and what they might mean for physics beyond the Standard Model.
I talk with Julia Galef about why rationality is a good thing, and how we can all get better at it.
Ask Me Anything episode for April 2021.
I talk with writer Charlie Jane Anders about the techniques that go into good storytelling.
I talk with sociologist Zeynep Tufekci about how we get information and what we pay attention to in our networked age.
I talk with neuroscientist Dean Buonomano about how the brain reconstructs time and other aspects of reality.
I talk with philosopher Elizabeth Anderson about what equality should mean, and how it applies to employment and the work ethic.
I talk with Daryl Morey about the theory of being an NBA general manager, from analytics and game theory to psychological biases.
Ask Me Anything episode for March 2021.
I talk with Justin Clarke-Doane about the philosophical similarities and differences between mathematics and morality.
I talk with sociologist Roderick Graham about how hot-button issues, from race to cultural conservatism, play out in cyberspace.
In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible events of when an adventurous group of teens found themselves...
I talk to classicist Shadi Bartsch about the classics in the modern world, from Vergil's Aeneid to how China thinks about Plato.
Ask Me Anything episode for February 2021.
I talk with psychoneurobiologist Robert Sapolsky about why human beings behave the way they do.
I talk with science journalist Ziya Tong about how what we see and think about shapes how we live in the world.