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Episode 6

Nathan Myhrvold: “I Am Interested in Lots of Things, and That’s Actually a Bad Strategy.” (Replay)

…the world with clean energy and how to optimize pizza-baking. Find out what makes Nathan Myhrvold’s fertile mind tick, and which of his many ideas Steve Levitt likes the most….

Episode 6

Nathan Myhrvold: “I Am Interested in Lots of Things, and That’s Actually a Bad Strategy”

…the world with clean energy and how to optimize pizza-baking. Find out what makes Nathan Myhrvold’s fertile mind tick, and which of his many ideas Steve Levitt likes the most….

Nathan Myhrvold, Mad Chef

Nathan Myhrvold is the Intellectual Ventures chieftain we wrote about in SuperFreakonomics; I.V. has plans to thwart, inter alia, hurricanes, malaria, and global warming. (He has also written for this…



Episode 19

Waiter, There’s a Physicist In My Soup, Part I

…food” movement. In this episode, you’ll hear the chieftains of the two camps square off: Alice Waters for the slow foodies and Nathan Myhrvold for the mad scientists. Bon appetit!…

Nathan Myhrvold on Geoengineering (and Penguin Poo)

In a Fareed Zakaria interview on CNN.com, Nathan Myhrvold discusses the geoengineering solutions we wrote about in SuperFreakonomics. (And, Nathan being Nathan, there is a brief discussion of penguin poo.)…



Episode 70

Eating and Tweeting

Does the future of food lie in its past — or inside a tank of liquid nitrogen? Also: how anti-social can you be on a social network? This is a…

Episode 52

Weird Recycling

Clever ways to not waste our waste.

Episode 346

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet

The environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption. The technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. A debate that’s been around for decades…

Episode 346

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Replay)

The environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption. The technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. A debate that’s been around for decades…


Episode 196

Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?

The White House is hosting an anti-terror summit next week. Summits being what they are, we try to offer some useful advice.

Episode 446

“We Get All Our Great Stuff from Europe — Including Witch Hunting.”

We’ve collected some of our favorite moments from People I (Mostly) Admire, the latest show from the Freakonomics Radio Network. Host Steve Levitt seeks advice from scientists and inventors, memory…


Episode 20

Waiter, There’s a Physicist in My Soup, Part 2

What do a computer hacker, an Indiana farm boy, and Napoleon Bonaparte have in common? The past, present, and future of food science.

Contest Answer: What Was That Yellow Object?

…at an Athabasca oil sands mining facility. It was taken by Nathan Myhrvold and described in SuperFreakonomics as a place that Myhrvold thought might be an appropriate base station for…




Episode 59

Who Gives the Worst Advice?

Steve usually asks his guests for advice, whether they’re magicians or Nobel laureates. After nearly 60 episodes, is any of it worth following — or should we just ask listeners…

Ken Caldeira's Carbon Solution

…the end of this story, just skip ahead to the bottom of this post. Otherwise, here’s the background: Caldeira is working with Nathan Myhrvold and other scientists at the firm…



U.S. Nuclear Power to China?

…one built will be not on US soil? MYHRVOLD: Virtually certain. DUBNER: Where do you think it would be? MYHRVOLD: Well, there are two natural places to build the first…



The Anti-Malarial Bug Zapper

Readers of SuperFreakonomics will be familiar with Nathan Myhrvold‘s Intellectual Ventures, an invention company researching fixes for, inter alia, global warming and malaria. The book touches briefly on one of…



Should We Be Searching for Dinosaur Vomit?

…dinosaur footprints, dinosaur eggs, imprints of dinosaur feathers, and even fossilize dinosaur scat. In a new paper, Nathan Myhrvold suggests there may be yet another treasure trove of information to…




Will the Icelandic Volcano Cool off the Planet?

…drastic climate effects. That’s what inspired some scientists, including Nathan Myhrvold, to suggest that if global warming gets out of hand, one solution might be to intentionally distribute sulfur dioxide…



Geoengineering Is in the Air

…some of the oldest and least practical modes of geoengineering as opposed to the ideas put forth by Nathan Myhrvold and his team at Intellectual Ventures (see this recent Myhrvold



FREAK-est Links

Just published: Rough Beasts, Charles Siebert‘s new e-book on the Zanesville Zoo Massacre. Chris Sprigman on software patents. 36 bizarre economic indicators. (HT: V. Brenner) Nathan Myhrvold‘s absurdly prolific and…



FREAK-est Links

…dealt with recessions. Nathan Myhrvold on risk and the state of the Earth. Killer paychecks: You’re more likely to die shortly after you get paid. Why restructuring Greek debt is…



Eating Polar Bears Is Okay in Greenland

This is our third and final guest post from the very polymathic Nathan Myhrvold. The first two were Icelandic travelogues; this one takes us to Greenland. It includes some of…



Elf Problems

…an elf in their lifetime. Not long ago, we ran Nathan Myhrvold‘s compelling photos of Iceland. Sadly, there are no elves in the frames … or so you think. [%comments]…



The New Yorker Geoengineers Itself

…on scientists Ken Caldeira and Nathan Myhrvold. Let me be clear: I have no problem whatsoever with Specter’s piece. It is very well done, includes plenty of original reporting in…