Rob Johnson is not your average economist, and this is not your average economics podcast. Every week, Rob talks about economic and social issues with a guest who probably wasn’t on your Econ 101 reading list, from musicians to activists to rebel economists. A podcast of The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
Changing the Conversation on the Climate Emergency
David Fenton, the founder of the progressive PR firm Fenton Communications, takes a close look at what needs to be done to improve how we talk about the climate emergency so that everyone listens and acts accordingly
Can Biden Successfully Govern?
American Prospect editor Robert Kuttner talks about how the faith in Democracy and in the state have suffered tremendously over the past two decades, how it can be restored, and what impact this loss of faith will have on the Biden presidency
Linear Relationship Between Money and Election Outcomes Continued in 2020
INET's Research Director Thomas Ferguson discusses the latest analysis he and his colleagues have conducted of campaign spending in the 2020 election cycle. The result dispels the myth that money has lost significance and that Republicans were at a significant disadvantage.
There is no Alternative Beyond Cooperation or Extinction
Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong, talks about the love-hate relationship between the US and China and how both sides must learn to cooperate to address the world's most pressing problems
What the West Can and Cannot Learn from China
Rodney Jones, a long-time Asia analyst, colleague of Rob Johnson's, and currently Principal of Wigram Capital Advisors in New Zealand, discusses how China and other Pacific Rim countries succeeded in containing the Covid-19 pandemic and what this means for the West's rivalry with China
Robert Akerlof: How the Study of Meaning-Making Will Enrich Economic Analysis
Robert Akerlof, economics professor at the University of Warwick, discusses his research into issues of self-esteem and values and how such a focus can greatly improve efforts to make sense of economic activity.
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I’m having a hard time making sense of this podcast, its host and the general tenor of the discussions. This is less New than Eclectic.
Since 2008 it was clear that the sort of economics that was taught and practised was dangerously off but the response should have been to look for original approaches rather than everything in the kitchen sink. Sadly, that’s what we get here.
With the political fallout that followed and now the shock from the pandemic we still have the same old plodding approach of talking to middle of the road thinkers and seeking out tinkering on the margins.
The host was literally eating cereals!
After the host’s introduction, the guest starts talking about the Chinese economy while the host on the background puts his bowl on the table, puts the spoon in the bowl, grabs the cereal box, pulls the plastic bag out, pours the cereal into to the bowl, after the liquid’s added, starts eating! And it doesn’t end there! He goes on eating for like 6-7 mins while you can hear the sound of spoon on the bowl and even his chewing!
Good content, marginal presentation
The host either doesn’t care or doesn’t know that the noise from activities in the background are being recorded. Clicks and chimes from his unsilenced iPhone, rustling papers, crinkling plastic wrappers, and running water are just a few background noises that take an otherwise great podcast down several notches. It is frustrating to listen to, and disrespectful to the audience and the guests.