Rob Johnson is not your average economist, and this is not your average economics podcast.
Every week, Rob talks about economic and social issues with a guest who probably wasn’t on your Econ 101 reading list, from musicians to activists to rebel economists.
September 24, 2020
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development and Chair of the Lancet’s COVID-19 commission, talks about the many challenges and shortcomings of US policy towards the pandemic, as well as his new book, The Ages of Globalization, and how we can get the ethical foundations of economic thinking back on track.
September 21, 2020
INET’s Strategy Consultant Doug Carmichael talks about how many of our institutions, such as the economics profession, our political system, and our education system, are inadequate for dealing with the multiple crises we face.
September 17, 2020
Former Deputy Finance Minister of Japan, Eisuke Sakakibara, contrasts Japan’s and the US’s response to the pandemic and talks about the different roles and economic strategies of some of the world’s largest countries.
September 14, 2020
Renowned Harvard University professor of philosophy Michael Sandel talks about his new book and how centrist Democrat insensitivity to inequality and the ideology of meritocracy have contributed to right-wing populism, polarization, and distrust in government.
Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan
September 11, 2020
Charles Goodhart, professor emeritus of the financial markets group at the London School of Economics, and Manoj Pradhan, founder of the research firm Talking Heads Macro, talk to Rob about their just released book, The Great Demographic Reversal: Ageing Societies, Waning Inequality, and an Inflation Revival
September 8, 2020
Fred Ledley, professor at Bentley University and co-author of an INET-funded research paper on pharma research funding, discusses the research and how US taxpayers might get more social benefit out of the initial investment they put into all new pharmaceuticals released over the past decade.
September 3, 2020
Louis Kuijs, Head of Asia Economics at Oxford Economics, based in Hong Kong, talks about China’s current economic strategy in the context of the pandemic and how China relates to the US, to the rest of the world, and to Hong Kong, in its effort to expand its influence
Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt
September 1, 2020
Eileen Appelbaum, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Rosemary Batt of Cornell University, talk about an INET-supported study on the dramatic impact that private equity funds are having on everyone’s medical bills and on the healthcare industry as a whole.
August 27, 2020
James Boyce, Senior fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute, talks about the many benefits that carbon dividends and carbon pricing would have for a transition towards a greener and more equitable economy.
August 24, 2020
Robert Borosage, co-founder of the Campaign for America’s Future, talks about the what went well and what did not go well at the Democratic Convention and the Democrats’ failure to recognize that their own economic policies helped bring about Trump
August 21, 2020
Richard Vague, Secretary of Banking and Securities for the state of Pennsylvania and INET board member, discusses with Rob Johnson the need for stronger economic measures, the different economic strategies of the US and China, and the dangers of enormous private debt burdens.
August 17, 2020
Yide Qiao, the Secretary General of Shanghai Development Research Foundation, talks about the political, economic, and military dimensions of US-China relations
John Kay and Mervyn King
August 13, 2020
John Kay, economist at Oxford University, and Mervyn King of the London School of Economics, discuss their recently published book, Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers
August 10, 2020
MIT economic historian Peter Temin talks to Rob Johnson about his next book, Never Together, which looks at the economic history of how Blacks have been systematically excluded from US society
August 7, 2020
Rob Johnson talks to Robert Dugger, former member of the INET Board and founder of Ready Nation, about how society can safeguard its accomplishments and rights for posterity.
August 5, 2020
INET’s Research Director Thomas Ferguson talks to Rob Johnson about the many ways in which money corrupts our politics, contributes to ever-greater inequality, and what can be done about it.
August 3, 2020
Historian Lord Robert Skidelsky reads a letter that John Maynard Keynes wrote to Friedrich Hayek about “The Road to Serfdom,” and then discusses with Rob Johnson the tense relationship between the two famous economists.
July 31, 2020
Sony Kapoor, Managing Director of the Nordic Institute for Finance, Technology, and Sustainability, talks to Rob Johnson about the real problems that the pandemic exposes and whether a Green New Deal is still achievable in this context.
July 29, 2020
Margaret Heffernan, a writer and former CEO, talks to Rob about her latest book, Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together, on the art of thinking about the future in the context of uncertainty.
July 27, 2020
Author and psychologist John O’Neil talks to Rob Johnson about America’s moral and educational crisis.
July 24, 2020
Rob Johnson talks to educator Christine Passarella about her program Kids for Coltrane, and the educational value of the jazz great.
July 22, 2020
Justin Lin, Director of the National School for Economic Development in Beijing, talks to Rob Johnson about how economists can work together internationally for shared prosperity.
July 20, 2020
Dr. Fatima Denton, Director of the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa at the United Nations University, Ghana, talks to Rob Johnson about the need for global cooperation and coordination in the wake of the pandemic.
July 17, 2020
Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, talks to Rob Johnson about the future of Chinese relations with the West, and how the former victim of Western imperialism is trying to get its revenge.
July 15, 2020
Thomas Sugrue, Professor of History at NYU, talks to Rob Johnson about why the multiracial protests against police brutality make 2020 different from 1968.
July 13, 2020
William Spriggs, the AFL-CIO’s chief economist, talks about the inadequacies of the pandemic economic rescue package and how mainstream economic theory continues to fail everyone, but especially Blacks
July 10, 2020
Thea Lee, President of the Economic Policy Institute, talks to Rob Johnson about the roots of the COVID-19 economic crisis in America’s dysfunctional labor market.
July 8, 2020
Documentarian Paul Jay talks to Rob Johnson about how major investment fund managers, such as BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street, exercise enormous control over public companies, where they use voting rights to stymie efforts to curb climate change.
July 6, 2020
David Sirota, Jacobin Magazine editor-at-large and former speechwriter for Bernie Sanders, talks to Rob Johnson about the future of democratic socialism in America after the Sanders campaign.
July 2, 2020
Rob Johnson talks to music producer Joe Boyd about the musical inflection point of the 1960’s, and how social change affects art and artists.
July 1, 2020
Cathy O’Neil, founder of O’Neil Risk Consulting and Algorithmic Audit and author of the book Weapons of Math Destruction, talks to Rob Johnson about the crisis facing universities in the pandemic.
June 29, 2020
Alex Gibney, documentarian and director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, talks to Rob Johnson about the crimes perpetuated by American government and society today, including systemic racism, police brutality, and neglect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elaine Brown, Pt. 2
June 26, 2020
In the second of a two-part interview, Rob Johnson talks to author, activist, and former Black Panther Party chairwoman Elaine Brown about her music, her housing work and entrepreneurship in Oakland, CA, and the political moment.
Elaine Brown, Pt. 1
June 24, 2020
In the first of a two-part interview, Rob Johnson talks to author, activist, and former Black Panther Party chairwoman Elaine Brown about the killing of George Floyd and the protests sweeping the U.S. in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
June 22, 2020
Brian Barnier, Director of Analytics at ValueBridge Advisors, talks to Rob Johnson about how the pandemic could change the mission of central banks..
June 19, 2020
Michael Pettis, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, talks to Rob Johnson about how trade wars really are class wars and how nationalist conflict is shaping US-China relations and fracturing Europe.
June 18, 2020
UC Berkeley political theorist Wendy Brown talks to Rob Johnson about how the pandemic and protests against police brutality lay bare a crisis of neoliberalism.
June 17, 2020
Chong-En Bai, professor of economics at Tsinghua University, talks to Rob about how the U.S. can improve global governance, and what lays ahead for China’s relationships with the U.S., Europe, and India.
June 16, 2020
Financial Times Asia editor Jamil Anderlini talks to Rob about the lasting legacy of the Opium Wars on Chinese foreign policy, and the future of Hong Kong.
June 15, 2020
William Overholt, Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, talks to Rob Johnson about how China expanded its power over Hong Kong, and the state of US-China relations.
June 12, 2020
Zach Carter, Huffington Post reporter and author of the new book, The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, talks to Rob Johnson about Keynes’s vision of maintaining democracy in times of crisis.
Lynn Parramore & Jeffrey Spear
June 11, 2020
INET Senior Research Analyst Lynn Parramore and NYU Professor of English Jeffrey Spear talk to Rob Johnson about what Victorian art critic John Ruskin’s writings on the collective have to do with the protests that have come in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
June 10, 2020
Filmmaker Warrington Hudlin taks to Rob Johnson about the protests against police brutality, the long history of racial oppression in the U.S., and his adaptation of Les Misérables set in the outskirts of contemporary Paris.
June 10, 2020
Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel talks to Rob Johnson about the implications of the wave of protests sweeping the U.S. and their role in fomenting a spirit of civic activism.
June 8, 2020
Journalist and author Sarah Kendzior talks to Rob Johnson about how the Uzbekistan’s experience of authoritarianism within a nominally democratic framework could be the future of the U.S.
June 5, 2020
New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos talks to Rob Johnson about his recent article, “How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump,” as well as the state of US-China relations.
June 4, 2020
Gaël Giraud, founder and leader of the Georgetown University Center for Environmental Justice, talks to Rob Johnson about how liberal democracies will fare in facing the pandemic, whether we could see a rise in authoritarian governments, and why economics needs to take climate change into account.
Yanis Varoufakis & Danae Stratou
June 3, 2020
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and artist Danae Stratou talk to Rob Johnson about Europe’s failures for working people, both before and during the pandemic.
Arjun Jayadev & Achal Prabhala
June 2, 2020
INET Senior Economist Arjun Jayadev and Shuttleworth Foundation fellow Achal Prabhala talk to Rob Johnson about the global need for access to affordable pharmaceuticals, especially in India and the rest of the developing world.