Elisabeth Anderson on Agents of Reform

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 11 April 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elisabeth Anderson about her book Agents of Reform: Child Labor and the Origins of the Welfare State. Argues that the modern welfare state emerged out of the passage of child labour laws, rather than the later labour movement and policymakers’ efforts to appeal to working-class voters. Contrasts the advocacy of child labour laws in Germany, France, Belgium, Massachusetts, and Illinois, drawing lessons about how institutional change is effected.

Rick Emerson on Unmask Alice

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 27 July 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rick Emerson about his book Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World’s Most Notorious Diaries. Explains how “Go Ask Alice”, the supposed diary of a middle-class drug addict, with its portrayal of sex, drugs and teenage self-destruction, demonised LSD, and led to the war on drugs.

Leopoldo López on Activism Under Autocratic Regimes

Conversations with Tyler | 27 July 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Leopoldo López discussing Venezuela’s recent political and economic history, the effectiveness of sanctions, his experiences in politics and activism, how happiness is about finding purpose, how he organized a protest from prison, the ideal daily routine of a political prisoner, how extreme sports prepared him for prison, his work to improve the lives of the Venezuelan people, and more.

Larry Summers on Inflation And Mistakes

The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan | 29 July 2022 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Larry Summers about the US economy of the last 30 years and the inflation of today. Suggests the macroeconomic response was too little in 2008 and much too much in 2020. The working class would benefit from increased housing supply, with fewer zoning restrictions, and increased investment in infrastructure.

Nick Wallis – The Great Post Office Scandal

Books Podcast | 1 July 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nick Wallis about his book The Great Post Office Scandal. Describes how the UK Post Office prosecuted, financially ruined, and imprisoned innocent people to cover up a multimillion pound IT disaster.

A salutary reminder of the capriciousness of bureaucracy.

The Arbitrary Lines of Zoning ft. M Nolan Gray

The Neoliberal Podcast | 17 June 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nolan Gray about his book Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It. Discusses how the modern system of zoning developed in the 20th century; the impact of zoning on cities; the role of zoning in the housing affordability crisis; and whether we should reform or abolish the systems of zoning that hold us back.

What Did Acemoglu Get Wrong?

Rocking Our Priors | 28 July 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Daron Acemoglu and Alice Evans discuss what (if anything) Acemoglu got wrong in his books and papers on political economy, whether democracy is really good for growth at low levels of development, the role of religion in economic development, whether culture shapes institutions, whether wages are socially determined, and whether climate breakdown is making him more of a geographical determinist.

The Past and Future of Polling ft. G Elliott Morris

The Neoliberal Podcast | 14 July 2022 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with G Elliott Morris about his book Strength in Numbers: How Polls Work and Why We Need Them. Discusses the state of the polling industry, the philosophical case for why polling is important, the history of polls getting things wrong, polling misses in recent elections, and how election modellers and pollsters are trying to correct for those misses.