The Maxim Institute Podcast is a chance for you to be a part of the conversations our team have as we do research and analysis of politics and policy in New Zealand. From behind the scenes chats about our research, to in depth discussion with our event speakers and experts from New Zealand and around the world, these podcasts will dig in to the deeper ideas that shape the way we live together.
Book Club 7 | The Quest for Community
In the fight against COVID-19, we have seen nations employ varying approaches that shed light on the role of the State, the individual, and communities in different societies. Some responses are agreeable, and others questionable. All, however, highlight the deeper complexities underpinning these relationships.
American sociologist Robert Nisbet’s The Quest for Community provides a framework for understanding the intricacies and tensions between central government, the rise of individualism, and the decline of community.
In this podcast Communications Officer Jason Heale sits down with Researcher 'Ala Teu and Research Manager Kieran Madden to talk about what Nisbet has to say, and how it's particularly relevant for us today.
21. The Urgent Case for Accessible Palliative Care
As much as we try to ignore it, death is inevitable. Unfortunately, with access to palliative care services limited, a good death is not. Maxim Institute has just released its new discussion paper—Ending Well – The Urgent Case for Accessible Palliative Care—arguing that access to this care must be made available now to brace for the coming tsunami of people in need.
In this podcast Executive Director Tim Wilson sits down with Senior Researcher and author of the paper Danielle van Dalen, and palliative medicine specialist Professor Leeroy William. They discuss a wide range of issues from a good death, to ageing populations, and why the need for good palliative care is so urgent.
20. Paul Henderson on Artificial Intelligence - Part One
Whether it’s Netflix recommendations or your phone suggesting how you might want to finish your sentences, AI or artificial intelligence is already deeply embedded in the way we live and get things done.
But what might these benign digital improvements be learning about us, and what will this data end up being used for? How smart, and how powerful might machine intelligence get in the coming years? And what are the implications for the way we live and think of issues like privacy, security, and what it means to be a human being?
Maxim Institute Senior Fellow Paul Henderson has been studying machine intelligence for six years and has just submitted his DPhil thesis on human and artificial intelligence, and moral reasoning. In our conversation, he’ll outline some of the big developments that are happening in AI, and how they might come to affect the way we live in the next ten to fifteen years, and beyond.
This is the first part of our conversation, which will be followed by additional podcasts on this subject in the coming months.
Book Club 6 | Breaking Bread with the Dead
Author Alan Jacobs wants us to keep reading into the past. In his latest book "Breaking Bread with the Dead" he argues that we stand to gain far more than we lose if we continue to wrestle with great historic texts that may seem out of touch or even offensive to current tastes.
For this podcast, Maxim Institute Executive Director Tim Wilson hosts a wide ranging conversation on Jacob's thesis with Research Manager Kieran Madden.
19. Ven Dr Lyndon Drake & Julian Wood on debt, COVID-19 recovery and where to from here?
Last month we hosted Ven Dr Lyndon Drake and Maxim Institute Senior Researcher Julian Wood at the MIC 13 event | On debt, our COVID-19 recovery, and where to from here?
This podcast is a recording of the event, including the audience Q+A, so sound quality isn't our usual standard. Julian and Lyndon both make valuable contributions arguing and discussing New Zealand's debt, government responses to COVID-19, the housing crisis, interest rates, and the K-shaped recovery.
We hope you enjoy the listen as much as we enjoyed the event.
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Book Club 5 | Together
For the Maxim Institute Book Club this month we have been reading Vivek Murthy's book on human connection, loneliness and how our health and wellbeing is intimately intertwined with community, love, belonging and purpose.
We are joined by Maxim Institute Researchers Kieran Madden and Danielle van Dalen in this conversation diving deep into the books themes, responses and questions.
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Excellent - NZ Needs More Of These
Great to see another long-form podcast on NZ social issues. Really enjoy the choice of guests so far too. A good complement to other podcasts like RNZ’s The Detail.