Economics
Animal Studies November 27, 2020

Animal Traffic

Lively Capital in the Global Exotic Pet Trade

Rosemary-Claire Collard

Hosted by Mark Molloy
Parrots and snakes, wild cats and monkeys---exotic pets can now be found everywhere from skyscraper apartments and fenced suburban backyards to roadside petting zoos. In Animal Traffic: Lively Capital in …

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Dan Hill's EQ Spotlight November 27, 2020

Engaged

Designing for Behavior Change

Amy Bucher

Hosted by Dan Hill
In her new book Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change (Rosenfeld Media, 2020), Amy Bucher analyzes both the barriers and levers to achieving behavioral change. Among the barriers are cognitive biases, like a …
Asian Review of Books November 25, 2020

Blockchain Chicken Farm

And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside

Xiaowei Wang

Hosted by Nicholas Gordon
Most of our discussions about how “technology will change the world” focus on the global cities that drive the world economy. Even when we talk about China, we focus on …
Dan Hill's EQ Spotlight November 19, 2020

What's Your Problem?

To Solve Your Toughest Problems, Change the Problems You Solve

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg

Hosted by Dan Hill
Stop Solving the Wrong Problem! In this episode we discuss Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg's book What's Your Problem?: To Solve Your Toughest Problems, Change the Problems You Solve (HBR Press, 2020) and focus on …
Economics November 17, 2020

Reversing Climate Change

How Carbon Removals Can Resolve Climate Change and Fix the Economy

Graciela Chichilnisky

Hosted by Sidney Michelini
Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky’s new book Reversing Climate Change: How Carbon Removals Can Resolve Climate Change and Fix the Economy is perhaps the single best thing I have read about climate …
Economics November 17, 2020

The Pandemic Information Gap and the Brutal Economics of Covid-19

Joshua Gans

Hosted by Tim Jones
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March, a self-isolating and easily distracted economist resolved to take himself in hand. "I decided I would do what I was good at …
Middle Eastern Studies November 10, 2020

Oilcraft

The Myths of Scarcity and Security That Haunt U.S. Energy Policy

Robert Vitalis

Hosted by Nancy Ko
We've heard and rehearsed the conventional wisdom about oil: that the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf is what guarantees access to this strategic resource; that the "special" relationship …
Critical Theory November 9, 2020

The Asset Economy

Lisa Adkins, Martijn Konings and Melinda Cooper

Hosted by Tim Jones
“The key element shaping inequality is no longer the employment relationship but rather whether one is able to buy assets that appreciate at a faster rate than both inflation and …
World Affairs November 6, 2020

Capitalisms

Towards a Global History

Kaveh Yazdani and Dilip M. Menon

Hosted by Alexandra Ortolja-Baird
Capitalisms: Towards a Global History (Oxford University Press, 2020), edited by Kaveh Yazdani and Dilip M. Menon, aims to decenter work on the history of capitalism by looking at the …
Education November 5, 2020

Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines

Jamie Merisotis

Hosted by Dan Hill
Are robots going to be our overlords? In Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines (RosettaBooks, 2020), Jamie Merisotis says they don't have to be. We can make them …
European Studies November 5, 2020

Money and Life

Ewald Nowotny

Hosted by Tim Jones
In September 2008, Ewald Nowotny joined the governing council of the European Central Bank. Just two weeks later, Lehman Brothers filed the largest bankruptcy in US history - so triggering …
Chinese Studies November 4, 2020

Tea War

A History of Capitalism in China and India

Andrew B. Liu

Hosted by Lukas Rieppel
After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. It is beloved by consumers in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, and it comes in a bewildering …
Political Science November 2, 2020

The Industrialists

How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism

Jennifer Delton

Hosted by Susan Liebell
Historians often portray the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as a conservative force in debates over free enterprise, battles against unions and government regulation, and the rise of capitalism in …
American Studies October 29, 2020

Dead Tree Media

Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth-Century North America

Michael Stamm

Hosted by Dexter Fergie
Michael Stamm’s book Dead Tree Media: Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth-Century North America (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018) begins with the simple but thought-provoking premise that, not too long ago, newspapers …
American Studies October 28, 2020

Liberty From All Masters

The New American Autocracy vs. the Will of the People

Barry C. Lynn

Hosted by Arya Hariharan
Americans are obsessed with liberty, mad about liberty. On any day, we can tune into arguments about how much liberty we need to buy a gun or get an abortion …
Economics October 22, 2020

Seeking Virtue in Finance

Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry

JC de Swaan

Hosted by Daniel Peris
JC de Swaan does not shy from a challenge. In his new book, Seeking Virtue in Finance: Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry (Cambridge University Press, 2020), de Swaan …
East Asian Studies October 21, 2020

Trade Wars Are Class Wars

How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace

Michael Pettis and Matthew C. Klein

Hosted by Nicholas Gordon
Trade imbalances have long been a sticking point in international economics, most recently between the United States and China. The conversation about persistent trade imbalances tends to take on a …
Indian Ocean World October 19, 2020

The Making of an Indian Ocean World-Economy, 1250–1650

Princes, Paddy fields, and Bazaars

Ravi Palat

Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi
Ravi Palat’s The Making of an Indian Ocean World-Economy, 1250–1650: Princes, Paddy fields, and Bazaars (Palgrave, 2015) counters eurocentric notions of long-term historical change by drawing upon the histories of …
Communications October 14, 2020

Alchemy

The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life

Rory Sutherland

Hosted by Dan Hill
What are the limitations of relying on logic as an upfront filter in pursuing ideas? Find out as I talk to Rory Sutherland about his new books Alchemy: The Dark …
Economics October 12, 2020

Uncharted

How to Map and Navigate the Future Together

Margaret Heffernan

Hosted by Andrea Bernardi
Today I spoke with Dr Margaret Heffernan about her latest book, Uncharted: How to Map and Navigate the Future Together (Simon and Schuster, 2020). Margaret produced programmes for the BBC …