Barbara O’Brien on Race, Reform and Wrongful Conviction Rate Estimates- #30

Our guest, Barbara O’Brien, explains why we don’t know much about conviction error outside of murder cases, making error rates for the vast majority of crimes: misdemeanors, sexual assaults, armed robbery, etc. a “dark ocean”. She explains factors that contribute to wrongful convictions including mistaken cross-racial identification in sexual assault cases. Barbara also talks about the surprising frequency of “rain damage” to evidence rooms and why Texas leads the way in both executions and criminal justice reform. The two consider why having your death sentence commuted to life in prison means you are actually less likely to ever to be released.

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 […]

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

Originally from Portugal, Bruno Maçães earned a PhD in Political Science at Harvard under Harvey Mansfield, and served as Portugal’s Secretary of State for European Affairs from 2013-2015. He is regarded as a leading geopolitical thinker with deep insights concerning the future of Eurasia and relations between the West and China. He is the author of two widely acclaimed books published in 2018: The Dawn of Eurasia and Belt and Road.

Topics discussed include: China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Middle Income Trap, A Chinese World Order, Techno-Optimism in East and West, China-Russia alliance and geopolitics, the future of Eurasia and the EU.

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 […]