Media diet (2)

Some books and podcast episodes I liked recently. Articles will come in Media Diet (3), sometime soon.

Books

Books that I liked recently:

  • William MacAskill, Doing Good Better (also see Alexey Guzey’s critique here)
  • Juno Mac and Molly Smith, Revolting Prostitutes
  • Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, Rationality: From AI to Zombies
  • Hillary Clinton, What Happened

Books that I’m currently reading:

  • Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, Where India Goes

Books that I plan to read soon:

  • Sujatha Gidla, Ants Among Elephants
  • Philip Bobbit, Terror and Consent
  • Michelle Obama, Becoming

Podcasts

The Ezra Klein Show:

  • Sendhil Mullainathan on the cognitive cost of poverty
  • Cory Booker #1 on hope in politics
  • Elizabeth Warren on how she plans to get her policies passed
  • Patrick Deneen on why liberalism has failed

Rationally Speaking with Julia Galef:

  • Jason Brennan on the case for epistocracy
  • David Roodman #2 on research on deworming programs
  • Chris Blattman on whether sweatshops reduce poverty
  • Kelsey Piper on journalism and effective altruism

Conversations with Tyler:

  • Hal Varian on technology, economics, and companies
  • Raghuram Rajan on “understanding community”
  • Russ Roberts on a lot of things
  • Paul Romer on development, technological progress, dyslexia, and other things
  • Claire Lehmann on Quillette, political correctness, and American-versus-Australian culture
  • Robin Hanson on the role of signaling in everyday decisions and futarchy
  • Sujatha Gidla on caste
  • Dani Rodrik on trade, premature deindustrialization, and development
  • Peter Thiel on a lot of things

The 80,000 Hours Podcast:

  • Hilary Greaves on metaphysics, moral philosophy, and global priorities research
  • Amanda Askell on philosophy as a profession and the ethics of infinity
  • Persis Eskander on wild animal suffering
  • Glen Weyl on “radical markets” and social movements
  • Rachel Glennerster on effective interventions to reduce poverty
  • James Snowden on GiveWell
  • Bryan Caplan on education, authoritarianism, and immigration policy
  • Lewis Bollard on factory farming

The Weeds:

  • The Green New Deal
  • Cory Booker’s “baby bonds” proposal
  • America’s housing crises
  • Gentrification
  • K–12 education reform in the United States
  • Immigration policy

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