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Rationally Speaking is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience. Rationally Speaking was co-created with Massimo Pigliucci, is produced by Benny Pollak and recorded in the heart of Greenwich Village.

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Sunday
Jan082017

RS 175 - Chris Blattman on "Do sweatshops reduce poverty?"

Release date: January 8th, 2017

Chris Blattman

This episode explores the economics and ethics of low-paying factories (which some might call "sweatshops") in Ethiopia. Do they make their workers better off, relative to those people's outside options? Professor Chris Blattman has run some well-designed randomized controlled trials exploring this question, and he discusses what surprised him and how he's updated his views from his research. Julia and Chris also discuss an innovative program to reduce crime in Liberia using cognitive behavioral therapy.

Chris's Paper: "Occupational Choice in Early Industrializing Societies: Experimental Evidence on the Income and Health Effects of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Work"

Chris's Blog Post: "Books development economists and aid workers seldom read but should?"

Chris's Pick #1: "The Anti-Politics Machine" by James Ferguson

Chris's Pick #2: "Seeing like a State" by James Scott

Chris's Pick #3: "The Art of Not Being Governed" by James Scott

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

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Saturday
Dec242016

Happy Holidays!

Best wishes to all our listeners for a safe and happy holiday season. We are taking a short break, but we'll be back with new episodes starting January 8th.

Sunday
Dec112016

RS 174 - John Ioannidis on "What happened to Evidence-based medicine?"

Release date: December 11th, 2016

John Ioannidis

Over the last two decades, the Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) movement has transformed medical science, pushing doctors to rely less on intuition or "common wisdom" in choosing treatments, and more on evidence from studies. Sounds great -- but has EBM become a victim of its own success? This episode features John Ioannidis, Stanford professor of medicine, health and policy, and statistics, and author of the famous paper, "Why Most Published Research Findings are False." John and Julia discuss how EBM has been "hijacked," by whom, and what do do about it.

John's Pick: "The Odyssey" by Homer

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

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