Podcast: Economics & Beyond


The Big Myth of Market Fundamentalism

Mar 16, 2023

Historians Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University) and Erik Conway (Caltech) talk to Rob about their just released book, The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market.


The Golden Age of Fraud in Finance

Feb 23, 2023


Survival of the Richest

Feb 16, 2023


Iconik: Beyond ESG

Feb 2, 2023


The World After Capital

Aug 9, 2022

We are in the midst of another global transformation, but this time we might have the tools to get it right.


China vs. West: New World Disorder

Apr 21, 2022

The Toronto Star journalist Joanna Chiu discusses her book, China Unbound: A New World Disorder, which argues that we need to go beyond the typical over-simplifications of democratic West versus autocratic China if we hope to engage China in a way that seriously addresses issues such as human rights, climate change, and economic development.


The Return of Asia in the 21st Century

Apr 14, 2022

Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, discusses his latest book, The Asian 21st Century, in which he relates US decline to the rise of plutocracy and Asia’s renewed rise - after having fallen behind in the last 200 years - to its growing sense of dynamism, optimism, and diversity. This is the 200th episode of the podcast Economics and Beyond with Rob Johnson.


US Healthcare Strangled by Massive Insurance Profits and Money in Politics

Feb 17, 2022

Former health insurance executive turned whistleblower and investigative journalist Wendell Potter discusses the many ways in which the private health insurance system of the US is not serving anyone well except the insurance companies’ owners


A Global Green New Deal

Feb 10, 2022

Rob Johnson interviewed Columbia University historian Adam Tooze in early 2020 about his work on financial history and how it relates to the Green New Deal.


Our Own Worst Enemy

Nov 24, 2021

Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College, columnist for USA Today, and contributing writer at The Atlantic, discusses his new book, Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy, and how a decline in civic virtue has generated a dangerous illiberalism.


Innovation in the Service of Society

Nov 18, 2021

Dan Breznitz, author of the book Innovation in Real Places, Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World, and professor of public policy at the University of Toronto, talks about how innovation ought to be guided if it is to be successful in addressing our most pressing problems.


Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World's Economy

Sep 13, 2021

Adam Tooze, director of Columbia University’s European Institute, discusses his new book with Rob Johnson.