Zach Carter on John Maynard Keynes and His Legacies

Tides of History | 28 May 2020 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zach Carter about his book The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes. Discusses the life and legacy of one of the most important figures of the 20th century, creating the economic structures and ideas that defined the Second World War and its aftermath.

The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War

Cold War Conversations | 10 April 2020 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Archie Brown about his book The Human Factor, Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War. Argues that it was the personal relationships between Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher that brought about the end of the Cold War – not the economic and military outperformance of the USA.

Angrynomics with Mark Blyth

Economics Detective Radio | 29 June 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Blyth, co-author (with Eric Lonergan) of Angrynomics. Explores the rising tide of anger, sometimes righteous and useful, sometimes destructive and ill-targeted, and proposes radical new solutions for an increasingly polarized and confusing world.

What Dan Romero Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 16 July 2020 | 1h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Romero, formerly of Coinbase, discussing startups and lessons from scaling Coinbase; some of the best books he’s read; communism and why socialism seems popular with young people today; the history of technology; crypto; and where he agrees or disagrees with prominent Silicon Valley figures.

The Powerball Revolution

Revisionist History | 2 July 2020 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell makes the counterintuitive case that it would be better to elect political representatives by lottery rather than ballot.

Are Humans Fundamentally Good? (with Rutger Bregman)

The Ezra Klein Show | 1 June 2020 | 1h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rutger Bregman about his book Humankind: A Hopeful History. Argues that human nature is kinder, friendlier, and more decent than generally thought and that a new world could be built atop that understanding. Discusses the deeply social, egalitarian lives of hunter-gatherers; whether the advent of human civilization was a huge mistake; whether humans have a common nature; the implications of the Holocaust; whether we can build a society without CEOs, politicians, and bureaucrats; and more.

Friedrich Von Hayek – The Road to Serfdom

Philosophize This! | 12 February 2020 | 0h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the economic philosophies of Friedrich Hayek set out in The Road to Serfdom. Backgrounds the historical context of centrally planned governments fighting WWII. Hayek argued that the economy emerges from billions of transactions that can’t be planned, predicted, or ever fully known. Since Government can’t understand enough, it shouldn’t seek to control the economy. but should maximise freedom so that the economy can self-order to embody free choices.

The Great Society: A New History with Amity Shlaes

Uncommon Knowledge | 24 March 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Amity Shlaes about her book, Great Society: A New History. Backgrounds the history of the Kennedy/Johnson initiatives to reduce rural and urban poverty – policies and ideas that are again in vogue. Describes how the new benefits entrenched poverty, notwithstanding the good intentions.