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).
Ervin Laszlo: We Are in the Midst of a Global Transformation (pt. 1 of 2)
Prolific author and philosopher Ervin Laszlo discusses his most recent books, in which he outlines how the latest discoveries in science converge with spiritual insights and point to the ways in which society might evolve in ways that will help overcome contemporary crises.
Andre Perry: We Need a Reparative Culture
Andre Perry, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of the book, Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Properties in America's Black Cities, discusses the on-going problem of how real estate dynamics continue to maintain racial injustice in cities across United States, and how we need a "reparative culture" to address the problem
Richard Vague: Myths and Landmarks in US Economic History
Economic historian and INET board member Richard Vague, talks about his latest book, The Illustrated Business History of the United States, which reveals a number of misconceptions and myths about the development of the US economy
Jeffrey Sachs: America vs. Everyone
Jeff Sachs talks with Rob Johnson about US-China relations, the tragedy of modern geopolitics, and how our current race to the bottom could be reversed.
How China Escaped Shock Therapy
Isabella Weber, assistant professor of economics at UMass Amherst, discusses her new book on how China managed its transition from central planning to markets
Running Out of Time: Saving the World’s Oceans
World Ocean Observatory founder Peter Neill talks about the dire emergency in which the world’s oceans currently find themselves in and what must be done to save them.
Every interview is eye-opening
I get a surprise every time I listen to an interview. Such deep and daring thinkers and Rob Johnson is a great host, making wonderful connections from economics to humanity, to art and music.
Excellent podcast that discusses relevant topics in a very educated and well thought out manner. Rob Johnson and his guests are very informed and knowledgeable and present thought provoking and mind expanding points of view from their real life experiences. America needs a podcast like this at a time when so much of the country is polarized to help expand our minds. Thank you Rob!
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.