Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s?

Freakonomics Radio | 29 November 2018 | 0h 47m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Examines the role of choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and culture in Trader Joe’s success. Debunks standard marketing fluff: brands, advertising, social media, coupons and loyalty schemes.

Caste in Modern India

The Seen and the Unseen | 22 January 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Shruti Rajagopalan, who applies an economist’s perspective to understanding the persistence of caste in India. Frames caste as a problem of economic freedom, perpetuated by a cultural focus on villages, ameliorated by faster urbanisation.

Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West

Context with Brad Harris | 10 July 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Review of Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West, by Margaret Jacob. Explains how scientific knowledge became integrated into the culture of Europe through the 1600s and 1700s, and how the different social and political conditions of different European countries influenced the application of science to material prosperity. Insight on why Britain’s distinctive approach to the utility of science enabled it to industrialize generations earlier than any other country.

Bill Browder on High Finance, Corruption and Murder in Russia

Hidden Forces | 19 February 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bill Browder, once the largest foreign investor in Russia, but now the leader of a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses. Highlights the story told in the 2015 bestseller Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice.

Why Minsky Matters

Analysis | 24 March 2014 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Backgrounds the ideas of economist Hyman Minsky, who argued that in the good times the seeds of the next crisis are sown as the financial sector engages in riskier and riskier lending in pursuit of profit. Considers what his ideas suggest about the response to the 2008 crisis and current policies. Asks whether mainstream economics has done enough to respond to its failure to predict the crisis and the challenge posed by Minsky’s ideas.

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.