Buy, Borrow, Steal

Hidden Brain | 22 June 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sufi Amir about ideas from his book House of Debt. Examines the role of debt as a hidden driver of recessions, and how we might create a more stable system. Argues against stimulus packages and low-interest rates intended to encourage borrowing to spend.

How to Make Your Own Luck

Freakonomics Radio | 2 July 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Maria Konnikova about her book The Biggest Bluff. Discusses insights on decisionmaking gleaned from learning to be a professional poker player. Includes excerpts read by Konnikova.

This is the prototype for a potential new podcast from Steven Dubner, which sets a new high standard for an author interview about their book. Email radio@freakonomics.com to offer encouragement.

Cleantech, Globalization, and Climate Change with Ramez Naam

Venture Stories | 25 June 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ramez Naam discussing why clean energy didn’t realize its potential in the 2000s and why now is a good time to invest in clean energy; his market map of opportunities in clean energy and the impact on the space that Moore’s Law is having; the influence of Kevin Kelly and Robert Wright on his thinking; the future of globalization; how to reconcile egalitarianism and meritocracy; and the state of climate change.

Chris Sommers – Adventures at Sea

Infinite Loops | 18 June 2020 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Sommers, the CEO at Unhedged. Mainly a rollicking tale about learning to sail whilst travelling the world – with a smattering of finance thrown in.

Square’s Cofounder on Discovering — and Defending — Innovations

HBR IdeaCast | 17 March 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, about his book The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time. Argues that business innovation is about fearlessly exploring novel solutions and dramatically expanding markets. That helps startups to defend their innovations against industry giants, as Square did against Amazon.

A Tsunami of Misery

Cautionary Tales | 19 June 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tim Harford uses the example of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to highlight the pitfalls of ignoring longer-term ills when taking action against urgent dangers.

John Collison – Growing the Internet Economy

Invest Like the Best | 16 June 2020 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Collison, co-founder of Stripe. Discusses the future of the internet economy, industrial conglomerates, the power of writing well, and financial accounting in the age of intangibles.