Robert Hefner on Islam and Citizenship in Indonesia

Rocking Our Priors | 10 June 2024 | 2h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Hefner about his book Islam and Citizenship in Indonesia: Democracy and the Quest for an Inclusive Public Ethics. Discusses Indonesia’s religious history; why Hinduism and Buddhism have largely faded in Indonesia; why madrasas were rare until the 19th century; and what explains the rise in normative Islam.

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Logistic Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth

New Books in Economics | 4 August 2023 | 0h 15m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Yossi Sheffi about his book Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth. Outlines the characteristic “positive feedback loop” of logistics clusters – geographically concentrated sets of logistics-related business activities; how logistics clusters “add value” by generating other industrial activities; why firms should locate their distribution and value-added activities in logistics clusters; and the proper role of government support, in the form of investment, regulation, and trade policy.

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Darrin McMahon on Equality

History Unplugged Podcast | 12 December 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Darrin McMahon about his book Equality: The History of an Elusive Idea. Traces equality’s global origins and spread from the dawn of humanity through the Enlightenment to today. Discusses the ways equality has been reimagined continually, in the great world religions and the politics of the ancient world, by revolutionaries and socialists, Nazis and fascists, and postwar reformers and activists.

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Eliot Cohen on Shakespeare and Power

ChinaTalk | 10 June 2024 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Eliot Cohen about his book The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare on How Leaders Rise, Rule, and Fall. Discusses what Shakespeare can teach us about the nature of power; royal/executive power – what getting it does to you, and why relinquishing it is so hard; court intrigues of yore (and today); timeless techniques for exhorting and manipulating the masses; what makes a great speech; what it means to be an effective leader, and how great leaders know when it’s time to quit. Includes Shakespeare readings by Phil Schneider.

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Climate, Risk, and the Rise of Agriculture

Many Minds | 12 June 2024 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea Matranga about his paper​ The Ant and the Grasshopper: Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture. Discusses his unifying theory of the rise of agriculture in our species; weaknesses of earlier explanations of agriculture, including explanations that focused on climate; the historical datasets he used to test his theory; the downstream effects that agriculture seems to have had; agriculture as a franchise model; Milankovitch Cycles; risk-aversion and consumption-smoothing; interloping in the debates of other disciplines; and how we inevitably project our own concerns onto the past.

See also the GrowthChat episode with Andrea Matranga.

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Oded Galor on the Birth of Modern Prosperity

On Humans | 28 May 2024 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Oded Galor discussing how mankind became so rich so fast, growing taller, and living longer. Part 1 of a 4-part series on the birth of modern prosperity. Draws from his book The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality.

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Arjun Ramani and Thomas Easton Decode India’s Changing Economic Landscape

Ideas of India | 23 May 2024 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Arjun Ramani and Thomas Easton about their six-part special in The Economist, The India Express. Discusses India’s economic prospects, reasons for optimism and pessimism, long run economic growth, whether India is prepared to be a capitalist economy, unemployment versus the informal labour market, education, state capacity problems, industrial policy, and the future for economic journalism.

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