Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn

EconTalk | 14 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian and author Stephen Kotkin about the historical significance of the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Also has insights on Russia, Stalin and the role of culture in politics.

Deirdre McCloskey: Why Poverty Matters More Than Inequality

Analysis | 1 June 2014 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economic historian Deirdre McCloskey on the role of ideas and attitudes in creating modern prosperity and where our priorities should lie today.

Mariana Mazzucato on the Value of Everything

EconTalk | 24 December 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Mariana Mazzucato about her book “The Value of Everything,” which argues that economists have mismeasured value and have failed to appreciate the role of government as innovator. She argues for a more active role for government in the innovation process and for government to share in revenue proportional to its role in the creation of new technology.

George Soros: FT Person of the Year 2018

FT Big Read | 21 December 2018 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Profiles George Soros and explains the thinking behind the FT’s selection of the billionaire philanthropist and liberal standard-bearer as its Person of the Year.

What the West Got Wrong About China

The Daily | 4 December 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The West was certain that China would not pull off its economic experiment. That certainty came from a set of assumptions about how societies function and political freedoms emerge: that economic freedom required political freedom and that the internet would undermine party authority. But those assumptions proved wrong — and China became stronger than ever.

Capitalism and Moral Evolution

On Being with Krista Tippett | 2 June 2016 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses the evolution of culture and conscience with Jonathan Haidt and Melvin Konner. Jonathan Haidt is studying the relationship between capitalism and moral evolution. The liberal view of capitalism as essentially exploitative may remain alive and well, Haidt says, but the ironic truth of history is that capitalism actually generates liberal values as it takes root in societies.

Housing Affordability: Top-Down Design and Spontaneous Order

The Success Project – Development Research Institute | 12 January 2016 | 0h 26m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Alain Bertaud discussing how solutions to creating more affordable housing can arise spontaneously and independent of top-down government planning. Sets out what cities that rely less on planning teach us about the right role for government in improving housing affordability and development overall.

Arnold Kling on The Three Languages of Politics

Cato Daily Podcast | 25 May 2017 | 0h 16m | Listen Later 
Interview with Arnold Kling distilling the framework in “The Three Languages of Politics.” We should assume good intentions as we talk past each other: with progressives focussed on oppressor versus oppressed; conservatives on civilisation versus barbarism; and libertarians on liberty versus coercion.