Oded Galor on The Journey of Humanity

Top Traders Unplugged | 14 September 2022 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Oded Galor about his book The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality. Discusses unified growth theory; the historical roots of inequality in geography, culture, and human diversity; the Malthusian trap; and the costs and benefits of diversity for a society.

Brad DeLong on Slouching Towards Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 5 September 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Brad DeLong about his book Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century. Discusses the competing political and economic systems that dominated the “long 20th century” from 1870 to 2010, and how we managed to create such enormous wealth and still be left with such intractable problems.

Marian Tupy & Gale Pooley on Superabundance

The Michael Shermer Show | 30 August 2022 | 1h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marian Tupy and Gale Pooley about their book Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet. Discusses the evidence that resource abundance increases faster than population – with the average human being creating more value than they consume.

The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, Revisited

The New Bazaar | 28 July 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Benjamin Friedman about his 2005 book The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. Argues that sustained economic growth not only leads to higher living standards but also can make a society more virtuous. Discusses the events since 2005 that confirm or complicate its arguments, and the relationship between economic growth and issues like inequality, social mobility, and the environment. Also discusses the main themes in his book Religion and the Rise of Capitalism – and why our thinking about the economy remains influenced by religious schisms that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Steven Johnson Wants to Know How Enlightenment Happens

The TED Interview | 23 June 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Steven Johnson about his books. Discusses where ideas come from, how optimism benefits creative ideation, the complex and even controversial process of discovery, and the beauty of the “adjacent possible”.

Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin on How the World Became Rich

GrowthChat | 2 May 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin about their book How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Economic Growth. Discusses the many theories of why modern economic growth happened when and where it did; how the past can provide a guide for how countries can escape poverty; and how a society’s past, its institutions and culture play a key role in shaping how it develops.

I recommend Davis Kedrosky’s review of How the World Became Rich.

The Future Economy

Risk Talking | 16 May 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Joel Mokyr discussing the past, present, and future of innovation and the modern economy; the industrial revolution; the intellectual underpinnings of economic growth; the future of work in an increasingly technologized world; and whether today’s stifling political environment threatens our prosperity. Draws from his book A Culture of Growth.

This is the first episode of a new podcast about economics, hosted by Allison Schrager.

Naushad Forbes on Building Innovation in Industry

Ideas of India | 12 May 2022 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Naushad Forbes about his book The Struggle and the Promise: Restoring India’s Potential. Discusses why Indian companies spend so little on R&D, how companies learn and innovate, protectionism versus open markets, cronyism, Parsi exceptionalism, higher education reforms and more.