Podcasts

*All podcasts are also available for download on iTunes at iTunes Store>Podcasts>New Books in Brief. Or at my podcast host (podbean) here: http://thebookreporter.podbean.com/

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social_physics_book_pentlandPodcast #53. A Discussion of Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread–The Lessons from a New Science by Alex Pentland

Topic of discussion: How digital sensors and big data are revolutionizing the social sciences. Also, a focus on the one social interaction pattern that has been shown to be most effective in generating creativity and productivity in individuals, groups and cities.

To listen to the podcast click on the link below and press ‘play.’

The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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windfall_book_by_mckenzie_funkPodcast #52. A Discussion of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by Mckenzie Funk

On this episode Cristina and I discuss the new book by Mckenzie Funk called Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming.

Topic of discussion: The 3 ways people are making a profit off climate change, with a focus on 2 technologies that are designed to help us adapt to rising sea levels and stronger storms: storm-surge sea walls, and floating infrastructure.

To listen to the podcast click on the link below and press ‘play.’

The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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the_second_machine_age_by_erik_brynjolfssonPodcast #51. A Discussion of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee

Topic of discussion: How digital technology contributes to the growing gap between the rich and the rest, and what we can do about it.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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smarter_the_new_science_of_building_brain_power_by_dan_hurley_coverPodcast #50. A Discussion of Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power by Dan Hurley

Topic of discussion: The brain-boosting wonders of transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS).

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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happy_city_book_by_charles_montgomeryPodcast #49. A Discussion of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery.

Topic of discussion: The trouble with suburban sprawl.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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life_at_the_speed_of_light_craig_venter_bookPodcast #48. A Discussion of Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life by J. Craig Venter

Topic of discussion: Topic of discussion: How synthetic genomics stands to revolutionize the development, manufacture and dissemination of influenza vaccines.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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the_why_axis_by_uri_gneezy_john_listPodcast #46. A Discussion of The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life by Uri Gneezy and John A. List

Topic of discussion: Applying controlled field experimentation to early childhood education.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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'David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants' by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company; October 1, 2013)Podcast #45. A Discussion of David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell.

Topic of discussion: Advantages that become disadvantages, disadvantages that become advantages, and how underdog armies defeat giants.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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'The Solution Revolution: How Businesses, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems' by William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan (Harvard Business Press Review; September 17, 2013)Podcast #44. A Discussion of The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems by William D. Eggers

Topic of Discussion: How Unilever is doing well by doing good in India, and how governments in the developed world are serving up their social services in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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the_smartest_kids_in_the_world_and_how_they_got_that_way_by_amanda_ripleyPodcast #42. A Discussion of The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley.

Topic of discussion: The South Korean education system and the obsessive studying of South Korean students.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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the_sports_gene_inside_the_science_of_extraordinary_athletic_performance_by_david_epstein_bookPodcast #41. A Discussion of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein

Topic of discussion: Nature and nurture in bone structure, muscle mass, aerobic capacity and motivation to train.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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breakpoint_why_the_web_will_implode_by_jeff_stibel_bookPodcast #40. A Discussion of Breakpoint: Why the Web Will Implode, Search Will Be Obsolete, and Everything Else You Need to Know About Technology Is in Your Brain by Jeff Stibel

Topic of discussion: How complex networks evolve, how the internet has evolved to this point, and how the internet is likely to evolve moving forward.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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jobocalypse_the_end_of_human_jobs_and_how_robots_will_replace_them_by_ben_way_bookPodcast #39. A Discussion of Jobocalypse: The End of Human Jobs and How Robots Will Replace Them by Ben Way

Topic of Discussion: How robots and other automated technologies will increasingly take our jobs, and what we should do about this.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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creation_how_science_is_reinventing_life_itself_by_adam_rutherfordPodcast #38. A Discussion of Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself by Adam Rutherford

Topic of discussion: The latest advances in 2 topics in genetics: 1) answering the question of how life began in the first place; and 2) synthetic biology (genetic engineering 2.0).

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com
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who_owns_the_future_by_jaron_lanier_book_cover

Podcast #36. A Discussion of Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier

Topic of discussion: How the internet destroys jobs, and what we can do to change this.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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the_new_digital_age_by_eric_schmidt_cover_bookPodcast #35. A Discussion of The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business By Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Topic of discussion: Some of the benefits and dangers of the advancement and spread of digital technology, both domestically and internationally.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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The_Infinite_Resource_The_Power_of_Ideas_on_a_Finite_PlanetPodcast #34. A Discussion of The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet by Ramez Naam.

Topic of discussion: Resource shortages, climate change, and how we will overcome these challenges through innovation.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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'Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us' by Michael Moss (Random House; February 26, 2013)Podcast #33. A Discussion of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss.

Topic of Discussion: The health problems associated with salt, sugar and fat; the recommended daily quotas of these foods; and how much of them is popping up in the processed foods that we eat.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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contagious_why_things_catch_on_by_jonah_berger_front_cover_dustjacketPodcast #32. A Discussion of Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

Topic of discussion: An introduction to the STEPPS of contagiousness: social currency; triggers; emotion; public; practical value; and stories.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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'Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think' by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; March 5, 2013)Podcast #31. A Discussion of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

Topic of discussion: An explanation of big data, as well as a few examples (including Google Flu Trends, and targeted advertising).

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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The Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived by Chip WalterPodcast #30. A Discussion of Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived by Chip Walter

Topic of discussion: The conflict between bipedal walking and big brains in the evolution of our species, and how this conflict was resolved.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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'The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change' by Al GorePodcast #29. A Discussion of The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change by Al Gore

On this episode Cristina and I discuss the intensification of robosourcing (automation), and how this will impact the world of work in the new global economy.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond

Podcast #27: A Discussion of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies by Jared Diamond

On this episode Cristina and I discuss: Cooperation, conflict and conflict resolution in traditional societies

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download on iTunes.

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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Diversity by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Podcast #26: A Discussion of Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

On this episode Cristina and I discuss: Antifragility (primarily as it pertain to the body)

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanPodcast #24. A Discussion of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Topic of discussion: The difference between fast thinking and slow thinking (System 1 and System 2), and the ways that fast thinking leads us astray.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don't by Nate Silver

Podcast #22: A Discussion of the Most Interesting Idea(s) to Come out of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail–but Some Don’t by Nate Silver

On this episode Cristina and I discuss: Bayes theorem

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

Podcast #20: A Discussion of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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'Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep' by David K. RandallPodcast #18: A Discussion of Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Podcast #17: A Discussion of The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Podcast #16: A Discussion of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely, with your co-hosts Aaron and Cristina.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Podcast #14-15: The Economic Debate: End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman Vs. The Real Crash by Peter Schiff, with your co-hosts Aaron and Cristina.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan CainPodcast #13: A Discussion of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Podcast #12: A Discussion of Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer, with your co-hosts Aaron and Cristina.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Podcast #11: A Discussion of The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson, with your co-hosts Aaron and Cristina.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Podcast #9: A Discussion of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, with your co-hosts Aaron and Cristina.

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The Podcast

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

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Podcast #8: A Discussion of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, with your co-hosts Aaron and Cristina.

To listen to the podcast click on the link below and press ‘play’ (the podcast is in two parts, both about a half an hour long)

The Podcast Part I

The Podcast Part II

*The podcast is also available for download at iTunes and at thebookreporter.podbean.com

9 thoughts on “Podcasts

  1. Aaron and Christina you both are great. It was really insightful to listen to these podcasts and it was delivered in a fun and interesting way. I really don’t have little time to sit back and read about books so this is a fantastic and convenient way to listen to insightful book reviews. You guys are great and have great chemistry for live broadcasts. Let me know if you do any additional live shows on Satellite Radio or some other communication medium. Looking forward to more podcasts.

    • Hey Matt. Thanks for the compliments. We intend to keep doing podcasts for each of the books that I summarize. The podcasts are also available on itunes (free of charge, of course) so you can download them and listen to them wherever you go. Just go to itunes and search ‘new books in brief’ in the ‘podcasts’ section. Cheers.

      Aaron,
      The Book Reporter

  2. Sorry for the typo on Cristina and also I meant to say ‘any’ instead of ‘little’ in the third sentence. Anyway, thanks a bunch for the podcasts.

    • Thanks Bryan. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to release the podcasts as quickly as I’d hoped lately, and so I’m falling behind a bit in this regard. Thankfully, summer holidays are coming up soon, and so I should be able to catch up in the near future.

      Cheers,
      Aaron

  3. I’m really enjoying listening to your podcasts – you guys have great chemistry on air and an approach that is very easy to follow without being too stuffy.

    Sometimes the background noise in the recordings can be a bit distracting, is there any way to find somewhere a bit quieter for future recordings? I especially notice this on the Power of Habit recording.

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    • Thanks Sarah. I’m happy you’re liking the podcasts. I think you’re quite right that they contain far too much background noise, and Cris and I have recently taken measures to make sure it’s reduced as much as possible. I hope you like the results!!

      Cheers,
      Aaron

    • Thanks Tyler, I’m glad you like the site. ‘Louder Than Words’ was actually a book that I very strongly considered covering when it first came out. In the end, I opted for ‘Regenesis’ by George Church instead (sorry). The issue now is that the book is a few months old, so it’s kinda out of my range. Having said that, I do cover a lot of psychology books (it’s one of my favorite subjects), and I am interested in the topic, so there’s a good chance I’ll cover a similar book at some point. Stay tuned!

      Cheers,
      Aaron

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