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Alphachat is the conversational podcast about business and economics produced by the Financial Times in New York. Each week, FT hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with more wonkiness, humour and irreverence than you'll find anywhere else

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Alphachat is the conversational podcast about business and economics produced by the Financial Times in New York. Each week, FT hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with more wonkiness, humour and irreverence than you'll find anywhere else

    Angela Nagle on the online culture wars

    Angela Nagle on the online culture wars

    Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right, talks to FT Alphaville's Jemima Kelly about the online culture wars and the rise of the alt-right. 
     
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    • 37 min
    Nouriel Roubini on the US-China Thucydides Trap

    Nouriel Roubini on the US-China Thucydides Trap

    A number of geopolitical and financial risks are stalking the global economy, pointing to a possible recession in 2020. According to Nouriel Roubini, what is key among these risks is the US-China trade war and general protectionism in the global market. Izabella Kaminska talks to the economist and New York University Stern School of Business professor.
     
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    • 42 min
    Jay Shambaugh on the tools to fight the next recession

    Jay Shambaugh on the tools to fight the next recession

    The economist and Brookings Institution senior fellow talks to FT contributor Megan Greene about the fiscal policies that lawmakers could arrange now that would automatically kick in when some of the early signs of a slowdown start to appear.
     
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    Joel Mokyr and the curse of Adam

    Joel Mokyr and the curse of Adam

    Man must work. But how man works matters. Brendan Greeley sat down with Joel Mokyr, an economist and economic historian at Northwestern University, at an event on the future of work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Policymakers tend to focus on the binary question of a job — do people have one, or not. But the quality of that work, the questions of meaning and satisfaction, are important to people, in a way that has political consequences. They wandered all the way back to Adam Smith, and eventually the curse of Adam himself, to talk about how the meaning and definition of "work" has changed, and why that matters now.
     
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    • 49 min
    Will Davies on populism, data and experts

    Will Davies on populism, data and experts

    The political economist sits down with Alphaville's Jamie Powell and Thomas Hale to discuss how we should think about expertise in a post-truth world.
     
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    • 42 min
    Robert Kaplan on jobs, oil and credit

    Robert Kaplan on jobs, oil and credit

    The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas sits down with Brendan Greeley to discuss what a tight labour market could mean for retraining workers, what fracking has done to the price of oil and why he prefers to keep an eye on credit spreads instead of equity markets.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

Savage Andre ,

Best Business & Economics Podcast

Just listen.

Nan's so dkdbdbsnsn ,

Worth listening to, not just hearing

Most podcasts I “listen” to really just serve as a background noise more preferable to the city’s harsh tune while I get from point A to point B. With even the best podcasts I may only actively engage every 10 or 15 minutes if something piques my interest. Not so with FT Alphachat. I won’t claim every episode is perfect, but this is the best podcast I listen to by an enormous margin. With the exception of some of the episodes and guests concerned with culture (Facebook/Google is evil! The internet will destroy liberal democracy! etc), it is sophisticated without being pompous and articulate without being glib. If I could only listen to one podcast the rest of my life this would be it. Please keep it up and figure out a way to make the Scottish?/Irish? guy immortal.

Timchi24 ,

Great after the recent rebirth

Started up again after the departure of the previous host, back to being the best economics podcast out there. They get great guests like Adam Tooze and Peter Norton to really dive deep into a topic. These aren’t superficial discussions, you get so much out of them. Thanks for the good work!

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