Podcast: Economics & Beyond
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: How the Pandemic Shook Faith in the Market
Folashade Soule-Kohndou: Africa in a Pandemic World
Ed Pavlic: The Social Challenge of Physical Distancing
Cornel West: Sing A Song of Love and Faith in a Pandemic
Ashley Monet & Brandon Dixon: Artistic Healing and the Future of Detroit
Benjamin Grant: Envisioning the Pandemic and the Planet
Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis: A High-Tech Coronavirus Dystopia – Technology and Surveillance Meet the Shock Doctrine
Dani Rodrik: The Future of Developing Countries and Globalization After the Pandemic
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.
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: Europe’s Economic Crisis and What Needs to Be Done
Rohinton Medhora: The Failure of Global Cooperation in a Time of Crisis
Susan Piver: Buddhist Wisdom to Meet the Challenge of the Pandemic
Andrew Sheng: Will the Pandemic Spark a New Scientific Revolution?