32 episodes

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).

Economics & Beyond with Rob Johnson Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)

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    • 4.7, 19 Ratings

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).

    Rana Foroohar: The Surveillance Economy

    Rana Foroohar: The Surveillance Economy

    Financial Times columnist Rana Foroohar talks to Rob Johnson about how the pandemic opens the door to more surveillance technology from Silicon Valley, but also to a growing consensus on reigning in Wall Street excess.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    James Manyika: Towards a 21st Century Social Contract

    James Manyika: Towards a 21st Century Social Contract

    James Manyika, Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute, talks to Rob Johnson about the merits of protecting people, not jobs, in the face of the pandemic and automation.

    • 46 min
    Jacqueline Edwards: Technology, Inspired Learning and Opportunity

    Jacqueline Edwards: Technology, Inspired Learning and Opportunity

    Education innovator Jacqueline Edwards talks to Rob Johnson about how technology has the potential to bring people from less fortunate backgrounds onto an inspired path of learning that creates opportunity and portends a better future for humanity.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Isiah Thomas: Finding Strength through Vulnerability

    Isiah Thomas: Finding Strength through Vulnerability

    NBA Legend Isiah Thomas talks with Rob Johnson about race, politics, compassion and the dreadful  plantation model of Sports and Entertainment.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Camilla Toulmin on African Development

    Camilla Toulmin on African Development

    Camilla Toulmin, former director and associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development, talks to Rob about the role of civil society and education in African development.

    • 54 min
    Alan Light: The Changing Youth Culture of Music

    Alan Light: The Changing Youth Culture of Music

    Alan Light, veteran music journalist and host of “In The Light” on SiriusXM, talks to Rob Johnson about the social and political role of music and its relationship to youth culture over time. Light and Rob discuss how the silo-ization of music subcultures has faded in the streaming era, and how social media influencers are challenging musicians for the central place in youth culture.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

sidneyhart ,

Sidney Hart

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.

Ray Taino ,

Illumination in times of uncertainty

Thought provoking and insightful commentary that gets to the core of what’s really going on in society.

YoungScholarListener ,

Economics with Heart and Soul

This podcast speaks to the heart. Very compelling guests, and an inspiring host. Perfect way to face the gravity of our societal challenges without losing faith.

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