Tim Harford: Pop-Up Ideas

Tim Harford: Pop-Up Ideas

Tim Harford – in the company of Malcolm Gladwell, David Kilcullen and Gillian Tett – uses key ideas in anthropology and the social sciences to tell fascinating stories about how we - and the world – work.

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All episodes (13)

  • Tim Harford: Simon Garfield: Maps And Mistakes 01 Jan 2014

    Wed, 1 Jan 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Simon Garfield on the mistakes and deceptions in some of our best-loved maps. "How boring would the world be," he asks, "if we knew precisely where everything was?"

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  • Jared Diamond: How Geography Creates History 25 December 2013

    Wed, 25 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The geographer and polymath Jared Diamond argues that apparently slight differences in geography can have profound consequences for the culture and history of nations.

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  • Tim Harford: Jerry Brotton - Mapping History 18 Dec 2013

    Wed, 18 Dec 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Professor Jerry Brotton argues that how we see the world depends entirely on where we stand on it and says each period in history gets the map it deserves.

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  • Tim Harford: The Power Of Maps 11 Dec 2013

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    1/3. Tim Harford returns with a new series of Pop Up Ideas. This time Tim and his guests tell intriguing stories inspired by maps.

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  • Tim Harford: Tragedy of the Commons 30 Jul 2013

    Tue, 30 Jul 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Common Tragedy: Exploring the term 'The Tragedy of the Commons', a term coined by the American ecologist Garrett Hardin. Tim Harford compares Hardin's work to that of the American political economist Elinor Ostrom, to reflect on the impact of mankind on the world around us.

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  • David Kilcullen: Feral Cities 23 Jul 2013

    Tue, 23 Jul 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Feral Cities: As a counter-insurgency expert David Kilcullen's idea have been described as 'revolutionizing military thinking throughout the West'. Here talks about how future instability will emanate from rapidly-growing coastal megacities.Through the personal story of a Somali commander he met in Mogadishu, David tells how the urban overstretch that tore Mogadishu apart in the 90s - is happening to cities all over Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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  • Gillian Tett: The Anthropology of Economics 16 Jul 2013

    Tue, 16 Jul 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The Anthropology of Economics: Having studied anthropology and living among Tajik families Gillian Tett went on to become a financial journalist. She describes how her background in anthropology led her to predict the financial crisis in 2008

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  • Malcolm Gladwell: Listening in Vietnam 09 Jul 2013

    Tue, 9 Jul 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Listening in Vietnam: Malcolm Gladwell tells the powerful story of how listening carefully could have shortened the Vietnam War.

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  • Tim Harford: The day the geeks took over poker 13 Feb 2013

    Wed, 13 Feb 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Tim tells the story of Chris Ferguson who applied game theory to poker and won - big time. But, as Ferguson would find out, there's always a bigger game.

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  • Tim Harford: The Indiana Jones of Economics 06 Feb 2013

    Wed, 6 Feb 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Tim Harford tells the story of Bill Phillips - war hero, engineer, crocodile-hunter, and one of the fathers of macro-economics.

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  • Tim Harford: War Games and Armageddon 30 Jan 2013

    Wed, 30 Jan 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Tim Harford tells the story of Thomas Schelling, an economist who helped America and the Soviet Union to avoid nuclear war.

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  • Tim Harford: The Kidney Matchmaker 23 Jan 13

    Wed, 23 Jan 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Tim tells the story of Al Roth, who worked out how to create a clearing-house for kidneys.

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  • Tim Harford: Hotpants vs The Knockout Mouse 16 Jan 2013

    Wed, 16 Jan 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Tim Harford weaves together economic ideas with remarkable personal histories in some unusual locations. The presenter of Radio 4's More or Less speaks to an audience from a shop window on London's Regent Street, and turns his attention to heated pants and the business of innovation. He tells the moving story of Mario Capecchi, whose struggle to get funding for his experiments tells us much about where new ideas come from, and how to foster them.

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