From Ploughs to Cash Cows: A Short History of Economics

Conversations | 21 February 2024 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Leigh about his book The Shortest History of Economics. Backgrounds the economic forces behind human history. Argues that the most powerful insights come from a handful of big ideas that almost anyone can follow.

See also the interview about his earlier book Randomistas, about using random trials for evidence-based policy.

Posted on by

Linda Jaivin on the Sprawling, Messy History of China

Conversations | 16 August 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Linda Jaivin about her book The Shortest History of China. Discusses the history of China, including the Opium Wars, the fall of the Qing dynasty, Mao, Deng Xiaoping, Xi Jinping, and its deteriorating relationship with Australia.

Posted on by

Mei Fong on China’s One-Child Policy

Conversations | 24 February 2017 | 0h 51m | Listen Later
Interview with Mei Fong about her book One Child: Life, Love and Parenthood in Modern China. Discusses the conception, callous implementation, and troubling aftermath of China’s population control scheme, which rendered it ‘too old, too male, and too few’.

Posted on by

Jeanette Winterson on Making Peace with the Past

Conversations | 12 December 2016 | 0h 50m | Listen Later
Interview with Jeanette Winterson recounting stories from her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Winterson endured a difficult childhood before going on to become one of Britain’s most successful writers. Very very funny.

Posted on by