Sebastian Junger: Meaning from War and Technological Isolation in America – #29

This conversation occurred just after President Trump withdrew US forces from Northern Syria. Steve, Corey and Sebastian debate ISIS and the Kurds. Sebastian argues that men who went to war after 9/11 wanted to experience communal masculinity, as their fathers and grandfathers had in Vietnam and WWII, a tradition dating back millennia. When they came home, they faced the isolation of affluent contemporary American society, leading to high rates of addiction, depression, and suicide. War veterans in less developed countries may be psychologically better off, supported by a more traditional social fabric.

Transcript: Zach Hambrick on Psychometrics and the Science of Expertise – #28

Steve: Thanks for joining us. I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: I’m Corey Washington and we’re your hosts for Manifold. Steve: Well, Corey, we’ve got a special treat today. Our guest is professor Zach Hambrick of the Michigan State University psychology department. Because he’s from Michigan State, we’ve got him right here in the room with us, […]

Transcript – Andrew Hartman: The Culture Wars Then and Now – #27

Steve: Thanks for joining us. I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: I’m Corey Washington and we’re your hosts for Manifold. Corey: This week we interviewed Andrew Hartman, author of The War for the Soul of America. Next week we’re going to be releasing bonus content, mine and Steve’s interview with the editors of two local blogs on […]

Transcript – Bruno Maçães: China, Russia and the Future of Eurasia – #26

Steve: Thanks for joining us, I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: And I’m Corey Washington, and we’re your hosts for Manifold. Steve: Well, Corey, we’ve been at podcasting for about a year now, and I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed it. Corey: Me too, Steve. Steve: And we’ve been enjoying it so much and we’ve had […]

Transcript: Ted Conover on Immigration, Prisons and 21st Century Homesteading – #25

Steve: Thanks for joining us. I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: And I’m Corey Washington, and we’re your hosts for Manifold. Our guest today is Ted Conover. Ted is a pioneer of immersion journalism, intensive form of reporting in which the reporter lives with his subjects experiencing the world as much as possible from their point of […]

Transcript: Jason Snyder on Neurogenesis – #24

Steve: Thanks for joining us. I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: And I’m Corey Washington and we’re your hosts for Manifold. Corey: Our guest today is Dr. Jason Snyder, Assistant Professor of Psychology and member of the Center for Brain Health at the university of British Columbia. Corey: Jason’s research focuses on neurogenesis and specifically how hippocampal […]

Transcript: Timothy Searchinger: Biofuels vs Foods and Major Climate Change Policy Errors – #23

Steve: Thanks for joining us. I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: And I’m Corey Washington. And we’re your hosts for Manifold.Our guest today is Timothy Searchinger. Tim is a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in the Science Technology and Environmental Policy program. Though trained as a lawyer, Tim’s work today encompasses ecology, […]

Transcript: Jamie Metzl on Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity – #22

Steve: Thanks for joining us. I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: and I’m Corey Washington, and we’re host for Manifold. Steve: In our discussion with Jamie, we got onto a side track because he had done PhD dissertation on the genocide in Cambodia. This is a little bit off the main focus of the episode, which was […]

Transcript: Tyler Cowen on Big Business, Socialism, Free Speech, and Stagnant Productivity Growth – #21

Steve: Thanks for joining us. I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: And I’m Corey Washington, and we’re your hosts for Manifold. Steve: Our guest today is Tyler Cowen. Tyler is the Holbert Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He’s an author of the blog, Marginal Revolution, as well as the New York Times column, Economic […]

Transcript: Betsy McKay on Trends in Heart Disease and How to Avoid It – #20

Steve: Thanks for joining us. I’m Steve Hsu. Corey: And I’m Corey Washington, and we’re your hosts for Manifold. Our guest today is Betsy McKay. Betsy is a senior writer on US and global public health at The Wall Street Journal. Betsy joined The Journal in 1996 as part of the Moscow bureau where she […]