All guests are experts in a particular field, from CEOs and artists in the Baltics to media strategists and leading researchers from around the globe. Listeners get a glimpse into their lives and insights about their respective fields, be they economics, banking, media and others.
Andris Kotans: Insights in the world of investment funds
Andris Kotans, an experienced asset manager, explains the basics of investment funds and how they work. He talks about smart investment and why ethical decisions matter even in the highly competitive financial markets.
Martins Kazaks: What role do central banks play?
Martins Kazaks, the Governor of the Central Bank of Latvia has been a student and teacher of economics for more than 20 years and became Latvian central bank governor in 2019. In this podcast he talks about the role the Central Bank plays in society, what day-to-day operations it performs and how the European Central Bank works thanks to contributions from across the eurozone.
Jeffrey Sommers: The changing shape of the US economy and society
Professor Jeffrey Sommers has studied the US economy and society for decades. In this interview he explains how 50 years of change have led to recent unrest and current problems in the US, both economically and politically. Has 'neoliberalism' failed?
Mark Gamsa: Gold rush on the borders of Russia and China
This week Mike Collier talks to academic and researcher Mark Gamsa about an extraordinary subject that has never been seriously studied until now - an incredible gold rush on the borders of Russia and China reminiscent of the Klondike and Yukon gold rushes, but with its own specific Eurasian characteristics. You will hear why gold mining was an important cross-border, transnational phenomenon, what it involved and whether it still matters.
Arnis Sauka: Can academics influence politicians?
The interactions between the very different worlds of academia and politics take centre stage this week. Arnis Sauka, co-author of some of the most influential research produced in Latvia - the Shadow Economy Index and Ficil Sentiment Index - gives concrete examples of how solid research can help produce better decisions among policymakers.
Olga Kotova: Everything is possible
This week Mike Collier talks to Olga Kotova, well-known entrepreneur about one of her passions: mountain climbing. She relates some interesting tales about how she almost literally stumbled upon the pastime and the changes it made to her attitude to life.