Podcast: Economics & Beyond


Alan Light

May 21, 2020

Alan Light, veteran music journalist and host of “In The Light” on SiriusXM, talks to Rob Johnson about the social and political role of music and its relationship to youth culture over time. Light and Rob discuss how the silo-ization of music subcultures has faded in the streaming era, and how social media influencers are challenging musicians for the central place in youth culture.


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

Dani Rodrik: The Future of Developing Countries and Globalization After the Pandemic

May 11, 2020


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

May 8, 2020

Dr. Henry Ponder, former President of Talladega College, Benedict College, and Fisk University, talks to Rob about the responsibility of leaders and the future of American universities after the pandemic.


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


Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng: Will the Pandemic Spark a New Scientific Revolution?

May 4, 2020