Podcast: Economics & Beyond


Protecting People Against COVID-19 Protects the Economy

Nov 30, 2020

Phillip Alvelda, Thomas Ferguson, and John C. Mallery discuss their latest research into how the pandemic is related to the economy and how protecting against the virus also protects societies from economic disaster.


Martin Wolf: On Rebuilding Trust in Uncertain Times, Pt 2

Oct 23, 2020

Financial Times economics commentator Martin Wolf continues the conversation about how societal fragmentation benefits the well-off and that only greater equality can reestablish trust between social groups and the state


Martin Wolf: On Rebuilding Trust in Uncertain Times, Pt 1

Oct 19, 2020

Financial Times economics commentator Martin Wolf discusses how the loss of faith and trust in government and in experts leads many to believe in anything, resulting in disunity and polarization


Chen Long: Information Technology for a More Inclusive Development Strategy

Chen Long: Information Technology for a More Inclusive Development Strategy

Oct 7, 2020


Stephanie Blankenburg

Stephanie Blankenburg: $1 Trillion Debt Relief Needed for Developing World

Oct 5, 2020


Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons: Both Democrats and Republicans Sold Out Ordinary Americans

Oct 1, 2020


Dean Baker

Dean Baker: China and the Problem with Patent Monopolies

Sep 28, 2020


Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs: How the US Botched the Pandemic Response

Sep 24, 2020


Doug Carmichael

Doug Carmichael: On the Need for Real Dialogue to Address the Crises of Our Time

Sep 21, 2020


Eisuke Sakakibara

Sep 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.


Michael Sandel: The Tyranny of Merit

Sep 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 & Manoj Pradhan

Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan: The Upcoming Demographic Shift and What it Means for our Economic Future

Sep 11, 2020


Fred Ledley

Fred Ledley: How US Taxpayers Subsidize Pharma Research and Companies Reap the Profits

Sep 8, 2020


Louis Kuijs

Louis Kuijs: The Contradictions in China's Economic and Foreign Policies

Sep 3, 2020


Eileen Appelbaum & Rosemary Batt

Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt: Private Equity Takeover of Healthcare

Sep 1, 2020


James Boyce

James Boyce: How Carbon Pricing and Carbon Dividends Address Both Climate Change and Social Justice

Aug 27, 2020


Robert Borosage

Robert Borosage: Trump Voters Believe He May Be A Jerk, But He's Their Jerk

Aug 24, 2020


Richard Vague

Richard Vague: China's Greater Preparedness in the Face of Economic Crises

Aug 21, 2020


Yide Qiao

Yide Qiao: US and China - Competitors, Collaborators, or Enemies?

Aug 17, 2020


John Kay and Mervyn King

Aug 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


Peter Temin

Aug 10, 2020

MIT economic historian Peter Temin talks to Rob Johnson about his next book, which looks at the economic history of how Blacks have been systematically excluded from US society


Robert Dugger

Robert Dugger: An Economics for Future Generations

Aug 7, 2020


Thomas Ferguson

Thomas Ferguson: Government for, of, and by the Wealthy

Aug 5, 2020


Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky: Keynes on “The Road to Serfdom”

Aug 3, 2020


Sony Kapoor

Sony Kapoor: The Real Challenge Still Lies Ahead

Jul 31, 2020


Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan: Our Uncharted and Uncertain Future

Jul 29, 2020


John O'Neil

John O’Neil: A WPA of the Mind and Soul

Jul 27, 2020


Christine Passarella

Christine Passarella: What Kids Can Learn From John Coltrane

Jul 24, 2020


Justin Lin

Justin Lin: A New, Structural Economics

Jul 22, 2020


Fatima Denton

Jul 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.


Orville Schell

Jul 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.


Thomas Sugrue

Thomas Sugrue: Why 2020 Is not 1968

Jul 15, 2020


William Spriggs: How Economic Theory and Policy Reinforce Racism

William Spriggs: How Economic Theory and Policy Reinforce Racism

Jul 13, 2020


Thea Lee

Thea Lee: The Roots of the Crisis

Jul 10, 2020


Paul Jay

Paul Jay: Can Capitalism Deal with the Climate & Nuclear Threats?

Jul 8, 2020


David Sirota

David Sirota: Socialism in America

Jul 6, 2020


Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd: Music in a Time of Social Change

Jul 2, 2020


Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O’Neil: Will Colleges Reopen?

Jul 1, 2020


Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney: The Great Crimes of Our Society

Jun 29, 2020


Elaine Brown, Pt. 2

Jun 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.