Chasing the Dragon: Fentanyl, China, and the Opioid Crisis

ChinaEconTalk | 23 October 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic. Describes his investigation of the industry developing and manufacturing recreational drugs in China for export to the West.

Michael Spence on Inequality & Growth

Masters in Business | 25 October 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economist and Nobel laureate Michael Spence discussing information signalling, how economies develop and grow, the impacts of technology, government institutions and intellectual capital.

Susan Houseman on Manufacturing

EconTalk | 21 October 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Susan Houseman of the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research challenging the standard narrative about the US manufacturing sector. Houseman argues that conclusions about the growth of manufacturing are driven overwhelmingly by computer production while the rest of manufacturing has been stagnant. She also argues that productivity has a small role in reducing manufacturing employment and that trade has been the main cause of employment reductions.

The Roots of Progress with Robert Tracinski and Jason Crawford

Venture Stories | 17 October 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Tracinski and Jason Crawford discussing economic progress: the sustainability of capitalism; society moving from biological to artificial resources; automation; growth and its relationship to democracy; and the role of business in ensuring the welfare of people.

Jonathan Tepper – Variant Perception of Capitalism

Capital Allocators | 7 October 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Tepper, founder of Variant Perception, an economic research group, and author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Starts with Tepper’s unusual upbringing and approach to economic forecasting. Then concentrates on arguments from The Myth of Capitalism, discussing the history, causes, and ramifications of the absence of competition in U.S. industries, natural and unnatural monopolies, examples in the tech giants, funeral home operators, airports, and hospitals, and what can be done to counter this negative trend.

Foreign Aid and Growth with William Easterly

The Neoliberal Podcast | 13 September 2019 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Easterly on the ineffectiveness of foreign aid. Discusses why foreign aid has often failed to deliver on promises, how poor countries really develop, and the links between political liberalism and economic growth. Draws on ideas from his books The Elusive Quest for Growth, The Tyranny of Experts, and The White Man’s Burden.

Gary Klein on Pre-Mortem Analysis

Capital Allocators | 23 September 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gary Klein about tools to improve decision-making, including the Shadow Box technique, Cognitive After-Action Reviews, and Pre-Mortems. Dives deep on Pre-Mortem analysis, starting with its history in the Air Force, what it is, how it works, when it falls short, and the benefits of reducing overconfidence, time efficiency, increasing candor, and making groups smarter. Also critiques other risk mitigation techniques such as devil’s advocates, red teams, and risk assessment.

Bethany McLean on Saudi America

Reader’s Corner | 4 January 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bethany McLean about her book Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World. Fracking has upended the global energy map, transforming America into the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas. But McLean sets out that fracking has grown with cheap money and capital raising without delivering the promised returns.