I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Tim Palmer, the author of The Primacy of Doubt. It was really interesting to hear his perspective on climate and weather modeling, stochastic modeling, ensemble models, and all their purposes and values in policy and predictions today. The most surprising bit of information I learned from the interview was about the recent development for aid agencies to run, with probabilistic predictions, the cost/benefit analysis of proactively going in for humanitarian aid before disaster circumstances. This seems like an extremely useful tool to objectively determine the next steps in emergency circumstances.
If I had conducted the interview, I would have asked Tim to explain stochastic models at several different levels of understanding: for a kindergartener, middle schooler, college student, and graduate level, to highlight certain nuances and distill the concept down to a fundamental understanding. I find that these exercises are incredibly useful for solidifying my own learning in a scientific setting.