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Rationally Speaking Podcast
Rationally Speaking Podcast
New York City Skeptics

Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join host Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands... more

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Episodes

Is cash the best way to help the poor? (Michael Faye)

The idea of giving poor people cash, no strings attached, is "very unappealing" for most donors, admits economist Michael Faye... more

23 Dec 2021 · 52 minutes
Humanity on the precipice (Toby Ord)

Humanity could thrive for millions of years -- unless our future is cut short by an existential catastrophe. Oxford... more

10 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Dangerous biological research - is it worth it? (Kevin Esvelt)

Kevin Esvelt, a scientist at MIT, argues that research intended to prevent pandemics is actually putting us in a lot... more

30 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Why we're polarized (Ezra Klein)

Ezra Klein explains how Republican and Democrats in the US became so different from each other, ideologically and demographically, and... more

05 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
The genetic lottery (Kathryn Paige Harden)

Kathryn Paige Harden, author of “The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality” explains what scientists have learned about... more

15 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
How to reason about COVID, and other hard things (Kelsey Piper)

Journalist Kelsey Piper (Future Perfect / Vox) discusses lessons learned from covering COVID: What has she been wrong about, and... more

14 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
"Price gouging" in emergencies

Every time there’s an emergency, the prices of certain goods skyrocket -- like masks and hand sanitizer during COVID -- ... more

19 Aug 2021 · 52 minutes
How to be a data detective (Tim Harford)

When you see a statistic reported in the news, like "10% of University of California Berkeley students were homeless this... more

10 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Are Uber and Lyft drivers being exploited?

How much do Uber and Lyft drivers really earn, after expenses? Are they getting a raw deal by being classified... more

09 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Unfair laws / Why judges should be originalists (William Baude)

Is there any justification for seemingly unjust laws like "qualified immunity," which allows cops to get away with bad behavior?... more

19 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Rationally Speaking Podcast
Is cash the best way to help the poor? (Michael Faye)
Rationally Speaking Podcast