Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio
Sep 23, 2020
432. When Your Safety Becomes My Danger
49 min
The families of U.S. troops killed and wounded in Afghanistan are suing several companies that did reconstruction there. Why? These companies, they say, paid the Taliban protection money, which gave them the funding — and opportunity — to attack U.S. soldiers instead. A look at the messy, complicated, and heart-breaking tradeoffs of conflict-zone economies.
Future Perfect
Future Perfect
Rethinking meat
How can we convince people to change their relationship with meat? Melanie Joy has been grappling with this question for a long time. To answer it, she takes us back to other points in history when new technology helped make social change palatable. She digs into how the invention of the washing machine and other household appliances, for example, helped make feminism easier to imagine. Then, she looks to the future, at our latest meat technologies — plant-based meat and lab grown meat — and asks: Could they make it easier for us to move away from meat altogether?  Further listening and reading:  Joy’s books, Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation and Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.  Vox’s Ezra Klein interviewed Joy for an episode of The Ezra Klein Show in 2018. Hear that interview and read her book recommendations here. We always want to hear from you! Please send comments and questions to  Subscribe to Future Perfect on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to automatically get new episodes of the latest season each week. This podcast is made possible thanks to support from Animal Charity Evaluators. They research and promote the most effective ways to help animals. Featuring: Melanie Joy (@DrMelanieJoy) Host: Sigal Samuel (@SigalSamuel), staff writer, Vox  More to explore: Follow all of Future Perfect’s reporting on the Future of Meat. Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them. Follow Us: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22 min
Curiosity Daily
Curiosity Daily
The Stressful Psychology of a Ghosted Email
Learn about how a ghosted email causes different stress than a rude response does, the 15-year grudge match between rival dino hunters known as The Bone Wars, and crown shyness, the forest’s version of social distancing. Ignoring someone's email and drafting a rude response stress people out in similar but different ways by Kelsey Donk What new research reveals about rude workplace emails. (2020). ScienceDaily.  Yuan, Z., Park, Y., & Sliter, M. T. (2020). Put you down versus tune you out: Further understanding active and passive e-mail incivility. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 25(5), 330–344. Zhenyu Yuan,YoungAh Park. (2020, July 21). The Psychological Toll of Rude E-mails. Scientific American.  The Bone Wars Were a 15-Year Grudge Match Between Rival Dino Hunters by Reuben Westmaas The Two Paleontologists Who Had a Bone to Pick with Each Other | Detours | Prehistoric Road Trip. (2020, June 7). WTTW Chicago.  Engber, D. (2013, August 7). A Brilliant Paleontologist, Unfit for Battle in the Bone Wars. Slate Magazine; Slate.  Crown shyness is how trees practice social distancing by Steffie Drucker McVean, A. (2018, September 19). Trees avoid touching each other due to "crown shyness." The results are beautiful webs of leaves. Office for Science and Society.  Osterloff, Emily. (2020) Crown shyness: are trees social distancing too? Nhm.Ac.Uk.  Wu, K. (2020, July 6). Some trees may “social distance” to avoid disease.  MENG, S. X., RUDNICKI, M., LIEFFERS, V. J., REID, D. E. B., & SILINS, U. (2006). Preventing crown collisions increases the crown cover and leaf area of maturing lodgepole pine. Journal of Ecology, 94(3), 681–686.  ‌Crepy, M. A., & Casal, J. J. (2014). Photoreceptor-mediated kin recognition in plants. New Phytologist, 205(1), 329–338.  Ballare, C. L., Sanchez, R. A., Scopel, A. L., Casal, J. J., & Ghersa, C. M. (1987). Early detection of neighbour plants by phytochrome perception of spectral changes in reflected sunlight. Plant, Cell and Environment, 10(7), 551–557.  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Ashley Hamer and Natalia Reagan (filling in for Cody Gough). You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here:  See for privacy information.
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