The JSP is a weekly exploration of questions that are both important and overlooked. Joe Walker, a former political speechwriter helping to build a Y Combinator-backed startup, hosts refreshingly in-depth conversations. Topics cover capitalism, science, business, culture and politics. Guests include Nobel laureates, former prime ministers, authors, entrepreneurs, investors and thought-leaders. Australia's best long-form podcast. A space for curious contrarians.
#135: The Tyranny Of Merit — Michael Sandel
Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University, where he is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government Theory. His course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television and has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world.
Full transcript available at: josephnoelwalker.com/michael-sandel
#134: The Spectre Of Havoc — Graham Allison
Graham Allison is an American political scientist and the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government Harvard University.
Full transcript available at: josephnoelwalker.com/graham-allison
#133: A General Theory Of Catastrophe — Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is the author of sixteen books, including most recently Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.
Full transcript available at: josephnoelwalker.com/niall-ferguson
#132: Policy In An Age Of Politics — John Hewson
John Hewson is a former Australian politician and was leader of the Liberal Party from 1990 to 1994.
Full transcript available at: josephnoelwalker.com/john-hewson
#131: A Practical Guide To Coping With Uncertainty — John Kay
John Kay is one of Britain's leading economists.
#130: Is Science Reaching Its Limits? — John Horgan
John Horgan is a science journalist and Director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. He was senior writer at Scientific American from 1986-1997 and is the author of the bestselling book The End of Science.
Full transcript available at: josephnoelwalker.com/horgan
Joe’s podcasts are easy to listen to. He has a comfortable interview style and makes for interesting listening. Such diverse topics too.
Jolly Swagman podcast: I always learn something
Joe Walker’s Jolly Swagman podcast is always a high point of my week. I have listened back over previous years episodes and he is consistently good. Whatever the topic, Joe’s knowledge and reading around the topic and his personable interviews of world experts makes for an informative experience. These podcasts have lead to innumerable discussions with my own friends and colleagues and greatly extended my own reading list. They are all good but the podcast about Frank Ramsey is my pick so far this year.
Well done Joe.
The most wide ranging and stimulating podcast I’m aware of. Joe Walker interviews the best minds in the world on subjects as diverse as genetics, philosophy, cosmology and economics. And all this from a guy who hasn’t turned 30.