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The Coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting not only our own daily lives but also society itself. This show features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the deeper economic, political, and technological consequences of the pandemic. It's the daily podcast trying to make longterm sense of the chaos of today's global crisis.

Keen On Andrew Keen

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The Coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting not only our own daily lives but also society itself. This show features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the deeper economic, political, and technological consequences of the pandemic. It's the daily podcast trying to make longterm sense of the chaos of today's global crisis.

    Edmund Fawcett: The Fight For Conservatism Today

    Edmund Fawcett: The Fight For Conservatism Today

    On today's episode, Andrew talks with Edmund Fawcett, author of the new book Conservatism, about the fight for a tradition of order and stability and for who is the true conservative, which continues today.
    Edmund Fawcett worked at The Economist for more than three decades, serving as its chief correspondent in Washington, Paris, Berlin, and Brussels, as well as its European and literary editor. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Liberalism: The Life of an Idea (Princeton).
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    • 39 min
    Peter Osnos: Publishing Will Never Die

    Peter Osnos: Publishing Will Never Die

    On today's episode, Andrew Keen talks with Peter Osnos, founder of PublicAffairs, about the recent news that Bertelsmann, the parent of Penguin Random House, will purchase Simon & Schuster and why this does not mean the Amazonization of the publishing industry.
    Between 1966-1984 Peter Osnos was a reporter and foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and served as the newspaper's foreign and national editor. From 1984-1996 he was Vice President, Associate Publisher and senior editor at Random House and publisher of Random House's Times Books division. In 1997, he founded PublicAffairs, an imprint of the Hachette Brook Group specializing in books of journalism, history, biography and social criticism. He served as Publisher and CEO until 2005. Among the authors he has published and or edited are; former President Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, Gen. Wesley Clark, Clark Clifford, former President Bill Clinton, Sam Donaldson, Dorothy Height, Molly Ivins, Vernon Jordan, Stanley Karnow, Wendy Kopp, Jim Lehrer, Scott McClellan, Robert McNamara, Charles Morris, Peggy Noonan, Barack Obama, Tip O’Neill, Nancy Reagan, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Natan Sharansky, George Soros, Donald Trump, Paul Volcker, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and Muhammad Yunus, as well as journalists from America’s leading publications and prominent scholars. Osnos has also been a commentator and host for National Public Radio and a contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. 
    He has also served as Chair of the Trade Division of the Association of American Publishers and on the board of the Human Rights Watch. He was executive director of The Caravan Project, funded by the MacArthur and Carnegie Foundations, which developed a plan for multi-platform publishing of books. He was Vice Chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Chicago News Cooperative and is active in a number of other journalism and human rights organizations. He writes a regular column called Peter Osnos' Platform on Medium.com. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of Brandeis and Columbia Universities. He lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife Susan, a consultant to human rights and philanthropic organizations.
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    • 31 min
    Brian Christian: Does Proposition 25 Symbolize the Great Ethical Questions of the Future?

    Brian Christian: Does Proposition 25 Symbolize the Great Ethical Questions of the Future?

    On todays episode, Andrew Keen talks with Brian Christian about his new book, The Alignment Problem, and the question at the intersection of computer science, ethics, and the law that determines whether a statistical tool can be fair.
    Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a New Yorker favorite book of the year. He is the author, with Tom Griffiths, of Algorithms to Live By, a #1 Audible bestseller, Amazon best science book of the year and MIT Technology Review best book of the year.
    His third book, The Alignment Problem, has just been published in the US and is forthcoming in the UK and in translation in 2021.
    Christian’s writing has been translated into nineteen languages, and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science. Christian has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Radiolab, and The Charlie Rose Show, and has lectured at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, the Santa Fe Institute, and the London School of Economics. His work has won several awards, including fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, publication in Best American Science & Nature Writing, and an award from the Academy of American Poets.

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    • 30 min
    Steve Coll: How to Fix America's Foreign Policy Post-Trump

    Steve Coll: How to Fix America's Foreign Policy Post-Trump

    On today's episode, Andrew Keen talks with Steve Coll about what Donald Trump gets from contesting Joe Biden's presidential victory and the damage to foreign policy Trump's administration has caused.
    Steve Coll, a staff writer, is the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and reports on issues of politics, intelligence, and national security in the United States and abroad. For the magazine, he has written about the education of Osama bin Laden, secret negotiations between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and the hunt for the fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. He was the managing editor of the Washington Post from 1998 to 2005, having earlier been a feature writer, a foreign correspondent, and an editor there; in 1990, he shared a Pulitzer Prize with David Vise for a series of articles about the Securities and Exchange Commission. From 2007 to 2013, he was the president of the New America Foundation.
    Coll is the author of several books, including “Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan”; “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power”; “The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century,” which won the pen/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction; “On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey Into South Asia”; “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the C.I.A., Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,” for which he received an Overseas Press Club Award and a Pulitzer Prize; “Eagle on the Street,” which was based on his reporting on the S.E.C.; “The Taking of Getty Oil”; and “The Deal of the Century: The Breakup of AT&T.”


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    • 32 min
    Tom Zoellner: How Hard Is It to Write About America?

    Tom Zoellner: How Hard Is It to Write About America?

    On today's episode, Andrew talks with Tom Zoellner about his new book, The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America, and reporting from the America today, full of divide and anger -- but, also, hope.

    TOM ZOELLNER is the author and co-author of eight previous nonfiction books, the politics editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books, an associate professor of English at Chapman University and a visiting professor of English at Dartmouth College. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, Men's Health, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other places. He is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Lannan Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.


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    • 27 min
    Charles A. Kupchan: The Full History of American Isolationism

    Charles A. Kupchan: The Full History of American Isolationism

    On today's episode, Andrew talks with professor Charles A. Kupchan about his new book, Isolationism: A History of America's Efforts to Shield Itself from the World, and what lies ahead for the Biden administration.

    Charles A. Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University, and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2014 to 2017, Kupchan served in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President on the National Security Council. He also served on the National Security Council during the Clinton administration. He is the author of The End of the American Era (Knopf), How Enemies Become Friends (Princeton), and No One's World (Oxford).
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Tsideas&77 ,

Long view

Smart guests, thoughtful questions. This podcast has helped me think about the future, in spite of my despair about the present.

GRWalters ,

Always insightful...

Andrew is a "zig in a world of zags" - I recently discovered the podcast(the laggard that I am) and was not disappointed in the least. Well done, civil and informationally expansive. Thank you.

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Informative

Both interesting and informative. Another great piece coming from Andrew.

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