105 episodes

Joe Walker hosts refreshingly in-depth conversations with founders, scientists, scholars, economists, and public intellectuals.

(Formerly 'The Jolly Swagman Podcast'.)

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 640 Ratings

Joe Walker hosts refreshingly in-depth conversations with founders, scientists, scholars, economists, and public intellectuals.

(Formerly 'The Jolly Swagman Podcast'.)

    Lucy Turnbull — Urbanism, YIMBYism, and Solutions to Australia's Housing Crisis (Bonus Live Episode)

    Lucy Turnbull — Urbanism, YIMBYism, and Solutions to Australia's Housing Crisis (Bonus Live Episode)

    Lucy Turnbull is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist.
    She was the first female Lord Mayor of Sydney, from 2003-4.
    From 2015-20, she was the inaugural Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, tasked with delivering strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney.
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    • 46 min
    Bryan Caplan — The Economics of Housing Abundance

    Bryan Caplan — The Economics of Housing Abundance

    Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University. A bestselling author, his books include The Case Against Education, Open Borders, and Build, Baby, Build: The Science and Ethics of Housing Deregulation.
    Full transcript available at: josephnoelwalker.com/bryan-caplan-155
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    • 1 hr 50 min
    2023 Retrospective — A Listener Interviews Me

    2023 Retrospective — A Listener Interviews Me

    In this special episode, the tables are turned as I'm interviewed by a listener of the show, DJ Thornton from Sydney. We reflect on the progress of the show in 2023, what I learned from this year's guests, and what's in store for 2024.
    Full transcript available at: josephnoelwalker.com
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    David Deutsch & Steven Pinker (First Ever Public Dialogue) — AGI, P(Doom), & The Enemies of Progress

    David Deutsch & Steven Pinker (First Ever Public Dialogue) — AGI, P(Doom), & The Enemies of Progress

    At a time when the Enlightenment is under attack from without and within, I bring together two of the most thoughtful defenders of progress and reason, for their first ever public dialogue.
    Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. I think of him as providing the strongest empirical defence of the Enlightenment (as seen in his book Enlightenment Now).
    David Deutsch is a British physicist at the University of Oxford, and the father of quantum computing. I think of him as having produced the most compelling first principles defence of the Enlightenment (as seen in his book The Beginning of Infinity).
    Full transcript available at: https://josephnoelwalker.com/153-deutsch-pinker-dialogue.
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Shruti Rajagopalan — On Spotting Talent, And Making Sense of Rising India

    Shruti Rajagopalan — On Spotting Talent, And Making Sense of Rising India

    Shruti Rajagopalan is an Indian-American economist. She leads the Indian political economy research program and Emergent Ventures India at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She also hosts the Ideas of India podcast.
    Full transcript available at: jnwpod.com
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    • 2 hrs 45 min
    Raghuram Rajan — Debt, Monetary Policy, and Unintended Consequences

    Raghuram Rajan — Debt, Monetary Policy, and Unintended Consequences

    What were the deep causes of the global financial crisis and great recession? Has unconventional monetary policy in the wake of the crisis done more harm than good? And should monetary policy target financial stability?
    I discuss these questions and more with Indian economist and Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Raghuram Rajan.
    Raghuram Rajan was chief economist at the IMF from 2003 to 2006, and from 2013 to 2016 he was Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. As RBI Governor, he notably introduced India's inflation-targeting scheme, among many other achievements.
    Full transcript available at: josephnoelwalker.com/151-raghuram-rajan
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    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
640 Ratings

640 Ratings

DFC@TMS ,

A New Drinking Game?

Definitely a twist on the drinking game would be to take a swig every time one of Joe’s world-expert guests responds with, “That’s a fascinating question” or “I’ve never been asked that question before” – or similar.

Seriously, the number of times a world expert in their field has to pause and think long and hard before responding to Joe’s questions is the best testament to the depth of research and insight Joe brings to each episode. Honestly, for me, this is the pinnacle of of what differentiates podcasts from other media – long, fascinating conversations where audience, interviewer and interviewee are all a bit smarter at the end.

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Don’t listen to Becky Listens - listen to this podcast

This is a great podcast with a diverse array of topics, as well as diversity of gender.
Ignore the petty and pathetic one star reviews like ‘Becky Listens’ this podcast is already being better.

Berty Ramshackle ,

Great guests and questions

Not sure why the “Jolly Swagman” but it doesn’t matter. Interesting guests and great questions.

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