Joel Kotkin: The Coming of NeoFeudalism

The Power Hungry Podcast | 11 August 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Joel Kotkin about his book The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class. Discusses the rise of the technocratic elite, the importance of homeownership, suburbs in the time of covid-19, California’s regressive energy policies, and what he calls “the betrayal of the middle and working-class” by policymakers.

Max Kenner on Crime, Education, and the Bard Prison Initiative

EconTalk | 29 March 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Kenner, the founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which was profiled in a four-part PBS documentary, College Behind Bars. Discusses the program, which replicates the coursework of students at Bard College to offer college degrees to prisoners. Kenner talks about the origins of the program, what students experience, and the injustice he sees in both the criminal justice system and the educational system in the United States.

Michela Wrong: Do Not Disturb

The Book Club | 24 March 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michela Wrong about her book Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad. While Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has basked in the approval of Western donors, Michela Wrong argues, his burnished image conceals a history of sadism, repression and violent tyranny. Discusses what our goodies-and-baddies account of Rwanda’s genocide missed, and why it urgently needs correcting.

Dying from Despair in the USA: A Discussion with Anne Case

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 15 March 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Case about ideas from her book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, co-authored with Angus Deaton. Backgrounds the increasing deaths from pain and despair for American adults without a degree. Ties this to the weakening position of labour, the growing power of corporations, and the lack of affordable health care.

Cameron Murray on Grey Corruption and the ‘Game of Mates’

Speaking with… | 28 July 2017 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cameron Murray about his book Game Of Mates: How Favours Bleed the Nation, co-authored with Paul Frijters. Explores the murky world of “grey gifts”: favours and promises given to bureaucrats and politicians in order to secure favourable decisions and judgements (land rezoning, planning approvals, etc). Discusses how these arrangements occur, who benefits, who foots the bill and the potential solutions. Focusses on Australia, but the prescription and solutions to grey corruption apply everywhere.

Bill Gates on How Business Leaders Can Fight Climate Change

HBR IdeaCast | 16 February 2021 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bill Gates about his book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need. Makes the case for aggressive action to get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and insists that regulation isn’t enough. Argues that businesses need to pave the way forward by investing much more heavily in climate-friendly innovation.

David Baddiel – Jews Don’t Count

The TLS Podcast | 29 January 2021 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Baddiel about his book Jews Don’t Count. Explores the insidious, pervasive, exclusionary nature of ‘progressive’ antisemitism and how and why one of the most persecuted minorities in history continues to be overlooked.

Adam Tooze and Matt Klein on Trade Wars are Class Wars

ChinaTalk | 11 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Tooze and Matt Klein discuss Klein’s book Trade Wars Are Class Wars. Discusses Ricardo’s comparative advantage in a globalized age, why Stalin’s embrace of “socialism in one country” was a response to the hegemonic power of British (and American) capital, whether a Bolshevik Revolution is the best way to solve global inequality, how intra-elite conflict drives sovereignty-limiting engagement in international organizations, vaccines, Europe’s carbon markets, Keynes’ “bancor”, the Strategic Shiraz Reserve, and more.