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.

Prohibition

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy | 30 September 2019 | 0h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
When the US outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, it inadvertently created one of the most successful black markets in the world. Tim Harford considers how much it costs to make something illegal, and what a failed law reveals about the way criminals make their money.

When Meritocracy Wins, Everybody Loses

The Ezra Klein Show | 23 September 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Markovits about ideas from his book The Meritocracy Trap. Argues that meritocracy – a system set-up to expand opportunity, reduce inequality and end aristocracy – has become exactly what it was set up to combat: a mechanism for intergenerational wealth transfer that leaves everyone worse off in the process. Unconvincing on the economics, but valuable perspective on the unnoticed values, practices, arguments, and assumptions that govern our everyday lives.

Sex and Socialism with Kristen Ghodsee

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 10 February 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kristen Ghodsee about her book Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence. Explores the evidence that people have better sex under socialism and why. Also discusses why young people are having less sex and the Soviet approach to gender equality.

Tim Does the Haka in New Zealand

Heritage Explains | 13 September 2019 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Crampton about his essay The Outside of the Asylum. An outsider’s view on what makes life in New Zealand (freedoms, politics and economics) so much saner than elsewhere.

Political Animals with Leah Garcés

The Ezra Klein Show | 9 September 2019 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leah Garcés, Executive President of Mercy for Animals, and the author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. Discusses her work to reduce animal suffering by building coalitions with industrial chicken farmers. A challenging listen for those of us not vegetarian. An object lesson in how to balance condemnation and compromise when seeking to effect social change.

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 12 September 2019 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Bryan Caplan. Starts with the case for open immigration, based on ideas from his book Open Borders. Also discusses UBI; charter cities; his most impactful (and controversial) policy recommendations; populism; Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; gene editing; population growth; Austrian economics; education; and much more.

Cathy O’Neil on Weapons of Math Destruction

EconTalk | 3 October 2016 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cathy O’Neil about the ideas in Weapons of Math Destruction. Argues that the commercial application of big data often harms individuals in unknown ways and that the poor are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Examples discussed include prison sentencing, college rankings, evaluations of teachers, and targeted advertising. O’Neil argues for more transparency and ethical standards when using data.