Ray Dalio on Navigating Debt Crises

Masters in Business | 8 November 2018 | 0h 55m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. Discusses the ideas in his book, Big Debt Crises, which breaks down and systematises debt crises.

Sam Quinones on Heroin, the Opioid Epidemic, and Dreamland

EconTalk | 23 January 2017 | 1h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, about the explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America. That, in turn, became entangled with the growth in the use of pain-killers as recreational drugs. Drawing on the investigative reporting that culminated in his book, Quinones lays out the recent history and economics of the growth in heroin and pain-killer usage and the lost lives along the way.

The Lazarus Drug

Hidden Brain | 29 October 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose within seconds and has been hailed by first responders and public health researchers. But earlier this year, two economists released a study that suggested naloxone might be leading some users to engage in riskier behaviour — and causing more deaths than it saves. Explores with researchers, drug users and families the mental calculus of opioid use, and why there’s still so much to understand about addiction.

Relentless: How One Guy Brought the Internet to America’s Schools

Without Fail | 5 November 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Purports to be the story of how Evan Marwell helped to bring high-speed Internet to American school children – thanks to a bit of luck and a lot of perseverance. Inadvertently tells another story about government bureaucracy.

Jim O’Shaughnessy – Premeditated Success

Invest Like the Best | 21 March 2017 | 1h 05m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The host interviews his father, an earlier pioneer at quantitatively evaluating factor investment techniques. It’s strong on that: but O’Shaughnessy inspires with his example of how to lead a good life and be a good parent.

Ed Thorp

The Meb Faber Show | 8 February 2016 | 0h 58m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with the Ed Thorp: professor, mathematician; fund manager with one of the best track records; best-selling author of Beat the Dealer and A Man for All Markets; creator of the first wearable computer; and the father of card counting.

Ireland: Austerity Poster Child

FT Alphachat | 15 June 2017 | 0h 58m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Fascinating insights on Ireland’s recession. Explains that the openness of Ireland’s economy, with relatively large imports and exports as a share of the economy, was more determinative of the shape of the recession than decisions around the extent of austerity. Lessons for New Zealand given the parallels including overseas borrowing pushing up property prices.

Michael Munger on Sharing, Transaction Costs, and Tomorrow 3.0

EconTalk | 29 October 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Economist Michael Munger talks about his book, Tomorrow 3.0. Munger uses the rise of companies like Uber and AirBnB to illustrate the role of transaction costs in understanding the sharing economy. Users and providers can find each other more easily through their smartphones, increasing opportunity. Munger expects these costs to fall elsewhere and predicts an expansion of the sharing economy to a wide array of items in our daily lives.