A list of EA-related podcasts

post by M_Allcock · 2019-11-27T15:57:22.260Z · EA · GW · 31 comments


  Strongly EA-related podcasts
  Podcasts featuring EA-related episodes

Podcasts are a great way to learn about EA. Here’s a list of the EA-related podcasts I’ve come across over the last few years of my podcast obsession.

I’ve split them up into two categories:

  1. Strongly EA-related podcasts: Podcasts run by EA organisations or otherwise explicitly EA-related.
  2. Podcasts featuring EA-related episodes: Podcasts which are usually not EA-related but have some episodes which are about an EA idea or interviewing an EA-aligned guest.

Please add to the comments any podcasts that I have missed. I am always excited to find out about more interesting podcasts!

Strongly EA-related podcasts

Podcasts featuring EA-related episodes

*Edited to include hyperlinks.


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comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2019-11-27T19:55:04.759Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for compiling this.

I've created a ListenNotes list with all the "Strongly EA-related podcasts" and a few others here. It displays the most recent episode from each of those podcasts and lets you import them all easily to your favorite podcast app.

comment by EdoArad (edoarad) · 2020-12-27T13:26:42.031Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Two more podcasts:

Increments by Ben Chugg [EA · GW] and Vaden Masrani [EA · GW]. 

Vaden Masrani, a PhD student in machine learning at UBC and Ben Chugg, a research fellow at Stanford Law School, get into trouble arguing about everything except machine learning and law. Coherence is somewhere on the horizon. Love, bribes, suggestions, and hate-mail all welcome at incrementspodcast@gmail.com.

Clearer Thinking by Spencer Greenberg of Spark Wave.

Clearer Thinking is the brand-new podcast about ideas that truly matter. If you enjoy learning about powerful, practical concepts and frameworks, or wish you had more deep, intellectual conversations in your life, then we think you'll love this podcast!

comment by EricHerboso · 2019-12-03T08:05:14.075Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Luke Muehlhauser's Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot had an episode interviewing Toby Ord back in January 2011. This is from before the term "effective altruism" was being used to describe the movement. I think it may be the first podcast episode to really discuss what would eventually be called EA, with the second oldest podcast episode being Massimo Pigliucci's interview with Holden Karnofsky on Rationally Speaking in July 2011.

(There was plenty of discussion online about these issues in years prior to this, but as far as I can tell, discussion didn't appear in podcast form until 2011.)

comment by Pablo (Pablo_Stafforini) · 2020-12-24T13:35:48.603Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

New podcast on AI X-risk research: AXRP [EA · GW].

Although this was announced in a separate EA Forum post, I'm adding a comment here so that all EA-related podcasts can be found in the same thread.

Note that I continue to keep this list updated.

comment by Mati_Roy · 2020-01-17T14:41:18.396Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Alignment Newsletter Podcast: http://alignment-newsletter.libsyn.com/

comment by MichaelA · 2020-07-27T00:15:22.714Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Fin Moorhouse and a friend started the podcast Hear This Idea. Fin writes about the podcast here [EA · GW], and says:

A few months ago, I started a podcast with a friend at uni interviewing (mostly) academics in the social sciences and philosophy. Since we're both involved with EA, about half of the episodes ended up addressing topics either relevant to or directly concerning effective altruism.

And a few of the interviewees are EAs whose names I recognise. (Some others maybe be EAs who I just happen to not know of.)

comment by HaydnBelfield · 2019-11-27T22:55:25.441Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

It would be real great if these were hyperlinks...

Would take some time, but might be useful for people gathering EA resources?

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comment by M_Allcock · 2019-11-28T16:38:43.667Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Done. Thanks for the nudge to put a little more time into it.

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comment by HaydnBelfield · 2019-11-28T22:20:38.438Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Nice! Thanks

comment by Stefan_Schubert · 2019-11-28T00:32:56.539Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Yes, agree that it would have been natural to include hyperlinks in this otherwise very helpful post.

Pablo's list does include links.

comment by MichaelA · 2021-01-27T00:33:24.166Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Two book-length series of rationality-related posts by Eliezer Yudkowsky have been made into podcast versions:

(Not sure if those are the most useful links. Personally I just found the podcasts via searching the Apple Podcasts app.)

I found Rationality: From AI to Zombies very useful and quite interesting, and HPMOR fairly useful and very surprisingly engaging. I've ranked them [EA(p) · GW(p)] as the 4th and 30th (respectively) most useful EA-related books I've read so far.

comment by Aaron Gertler (aarongertler) · 2020-08-12T09:00:23.314Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Founders Pledge now has a podcast, featuring interviews with their members and researchers: https://founderspledge.com/stories/category/podcasts

comment by Milan_Griffes · 2019-11-27T16:23:12.924Z · EA(p) · GW(p)
  • Conversations with Tyler
  • The Portal with Eric Weinstein
comment by MichaelA · 2021-01-24T02:52:53.544Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Something I'm surprised neither I nor anyone else has mentioned yet: the Slate Star Codex Podcast. This consists almost entirely of audio versions of SSC articles, along with a handful of recordings of SSC meetups (presentations + Q&As). 

(I think this is my second favourite EA-related podcast, with the 80k podcast being first.)

comment by vanessa16 · 2020-03-13T22:29:46.442Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Sorry for the late comment. I've recently been listening to, and enjoying, The End of the World with Josh Clark. It seems like a really solid and approachable introduction to existential risks. It starts by covering why x-risks might be things that we should be concerned about, and then talks about AI, biosecurity and other possible threats. Includes interviews with Nick Bostrom, Toby Ord, Anders Sandberg, Robin Hanson and others :)

comment by MichaelA · 2020-08-01T00:40:42.292Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Recent addition: Founders Pledge have started a podcast called How I Give.

comment by MichaelA · 2020-06-11T02:20:31.281Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

There's also the podcast NonProphets:

NonProphets is a podcast about forecasting by three superforecasters. We earned the right to be called superforecasters by being among the top forecasters in the Good Judgment Project, an experimental forecasting tournament sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. We now forecast professionally for Good Judgment, Inc.

I came across it because one of the three hosts is Robert de Neufville, who works with the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute.

I've only listened to one episode so far, but several seem fairly EA-related (e.g., one with Shahar Avin from CSER talking about AI), as one might expect given de Neufville's involvement.

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comment by M_Allcock · 2020-06-11T14:52:30.673Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Ace! this is the first time I've heard of that podcast. Thanks for sharing.

comment by EdoArad (edoarad) · 2020-04-14T08:25:04.934Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

A new podcast transcription of Nate Soares Replacing Guilt - https://anchor.fm/guilt

comment by M_Allcock · 2019-12-03T18:56:46.182Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Sentience Institute released a new podcast on effective animal advocacy just today!

comment by MichaelA · 2020-11-01T17:23:40.334Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

There's also the podcast Utilitarian. Only two episodes so far, but one is with Anders Sandberg, and the podcast's creator posted about that episode on the Forum [EA · GW], so this can probably be considered an EA-related podcast.

(I'm currently halfway through the Anders episode, and enjoying it so far.)

comment by OlyaBabe · 2020-05-03T09:42:46.875Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Very Bad Wizards: The One with Peter Singer (released in April, 2020)

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comment by EdoArad (edoarad) · 2020-05-03T09:48:23.242Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I like that podcast a lot! I suggest to skip directly to 31:20, the second part where Singer comes in, unless you are interested in half an hour of discussion about typography :)

comment by david_reinstein · 2021-02-06T04:59:33.277Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for this. I've integrated this list as well as @pablo's and a couple I added ('Not Overthinking' and 'Great.com Talks With') into an Airtable

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or you can on collaborate this base HERE

comment by Marco · 2020-04-22T06:19:22.225Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Why on Earth are you promoting Bjorn Lomberg, who has a history of misrepresenting climate science, here?

I think I'm done with this movement...

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comment by Aaron Gertler (aarongertler) · 2020-04-22T22:03:16.371Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

One person on a forum recommending a podcast doesn't entail that podcast being recommended by the movement as a whole; this is true even if a large EA-aligned organization recommends something, let alone an individual creating a list of resources they like.

To the extent that Lomborg's name comes up on the Forum elsewhere, he seems to be regarded as a controversial figure; see this discussion [EA(p) · GW(p)], for example.

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comment by Marco · 2020-06-10T17:18:21.853Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

There are several articles on 80000 hours and on GWWC's websites in which they promote him though. I find it sickening and intellectually dishonest

comment by MichaelA · 2021-01-06T03:17:41.882Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

There's now a podcast version of Nate Soares' series of posts Replacing Guilt.