Living with the Constitution (with A.J. Jacobs)

EconTalk | 6 May 2024 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with A.J. Jacobs about his book The Year of Living Constitutionally: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Constitution’s Original Meaning. Discusses his year living in line with the US Constitution; the original conceptions of the most cherished amendments; the office of the President, and the Supreme Court; how one can be an originalist and still believe in gender equity; his family’s experience writing its own constitution; and explains why his research made him more optimistic about the future of American democracy.

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The Age of Discovery Through American-Indian Eyes

History Unplugged Podcast | 16 April 2024 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kathleen DuVal about her book Native Nations: A Millennium in North America. Backgrounds that a millennium ago North American cities rivalled urban centres around the world in size and explains that in the centuries immediately after the arrival of Europeans indigenous people maintained the upper hand in trade and used Europeans in pursuit of their own interests.

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Get Into the Trenches | Christopher Rufo

Aporia Podcast | 12 August 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christopher Rufo about his book America’s Cultural Revolution: How the Radical Left Conquered Everything. Discusses his mission to challenge and then overthrow the left-wing ideological regime that has dominated American life for a generation.

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Angus Deaton on Life in America

The New Bazaar | 11 September 2023 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Angus Deaton about his book Economics in America: An Immigrant Economist Explores the Land of Inequality. Describes his origins in Scotland, his studies at Cambridge, and his decades as an economist. Reflects on a lifetime of practicing economics, and the good and bad of the economics profession. Shares observations about the American economy, his ambivalence towards the US, his adopted country—the many great things, including the lives that he and his family have led – and some of the devastatingly grim things about US life for so many others.

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Jean Pfaelzer on California, a Slave State

New Books in History | 23 June 2023 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jean Pfaelzer about her book California, a Slave State. Discusses the history of slavery in California: Spanish invaders capturing Indigenous people to build the chain of Catholic missions; Russian otter hunters shipping enslaved Alaska native people to California; plantation slaves marched across the plains for the Gold Rush; kidnapped Chinese girls sold in caged brothels in early San Francisco; and today’s trade in humans lured by promises of jobs but instead imprisoned in sweatshops and remote marijuana grows or sold as nannies and sex workers.

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False Narratives – A Path to a World of Conflict ft. Stephen Roach

Top Traders Unplugged | 19 April 2023 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Stephen Roach about his book Accidental Conflict: America, China and the Clash of False Narratives. Delves into the deteriorating relationship between China and the US, offering insight into the complexity of the relationship and how it can be mended. Unravels the narratives that led to this new Cold War and suggests a path towards interdependency and healthier economies.

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Abolish Poverty: Matthew Desmond on How We Can Do It

The Next Big Idea | 23 March 2023 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matthew Desmond about his book Poverty, by America. Argues that affluent Americans are complicit in keeping poor people poor – prioritising the subsidisation of the middle class over alleviating poverty. Sets out a programme to end poverty in America.

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Matt Stoller – Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy

New Books in Economics | 3 August 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Stoller about his book Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy. Traces the development and then unwinding of protections against concentrated financial power in the United States, arguing that concentrated financial power leads to populism and authoritarianism.

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