Podcast: Economics & Beyond


Camilla Toulmin

May 22, 2020

Camilla Toulmin, former director and associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development, talks to Rob about the role of civil society and education in African development.


Alan Light

Alan Light: The Changing Youth Culture of Music

May 21, 2020


Nelson Barbosa

Nelson Barbosa: How the Pandemic Shook Faith in the Market

May 20, 2020


Folashade Soule

Folashade Soule-Kohndou: Africa in a Pandemic World

May 19, 2020


Ed Pavlic

Ed Pavlic: The Social Challenge of Physical Distancing

May 18, 2020


Cornel West

Cornel West: Sing A Song of Love and Faith in a Pandemic

May 15, 2020


Ashley Monet & Brandon Dixon

Ashley Monet & Brandon Dixon: Artistic Healing and the Future of Detroit

May 14, 2020


Benjamin Grant

Benjamin Grant: Envisioning the Pandemic and the Planet

May 13, 2020


Naomi Klein & Avi Lews

Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis: A High-Tech Coronavirus Dystopia – Technology and Surveillance Meet the Shock Doctrine

May 12, 2020


Dani Rodrik

May 11, 2020

Harvard Kennedy School economist Dani Rodrik talks to Rob about the importance of putting debt payments by developing countries on hold in the face of the pandemic. They also discuss the state of globalization and the US-China relationship.


George Akerlof: Economics’ Sins of Omission

May 10, 2020

Rob talks to Nobel laureate economist George Akerlof about economics’ bias against the “soft” social scientific perspectives of anthropology, sociology, and psychology in favor of “hard” economic models that attempt to replicate iron-clad scientific laws. They also discuss how to reform the economics profession and the needs of a new generation of economists.


Henry Ponder

Henry Ponder: The Past, The Challenges, and the Future of the University

May 8, 2020


Peter Bofinger

Peter Bofinger: Europe’s Economic Crisis and What Needs to Be Done

May 7, 2020


Rohinton Medhora

Rohinton Medhora: The Failure of Global Cooperation in a Time of Crisis

May 6, 2020


Susan Piver

Susan Piver: Buddhist Wisdom to Meet the Challenge of the Pandemic

May 5, 2020