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Mark Blyth, political economist at The Watson Institute at Brown University, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the news. Subscribe now to hear Mark and Carrie cut through the media haze, and provide a thought-provoking, topical, and often hilarious conversation about the world today.

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    • 4.9 • 53 Ratings

Mark Blyth, political economist at The Watson Institute at Brown University, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the news. Subscribe now to hear Mark and Carrie cut through the media haze, and provide a thought-provoking, topical, and often hilarious conversation about the world today.

    05/05/2022 - Despite the Despair, It Was Great Seeing You

    05/05/2022 - Despite the Despair, It Was Great Seeing You

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    The political implications of the Supreme Court’s leaked decision overturning Roe v. Wade
    Bipartisan support in Congress for arming Ukraine, and what the next phase of this war might look like
    Making sense of the Republican Senate Primary in Ohio, and the extent of Trump’s continued influence on the GOP
    China’s struggle with news Covid waves, and the limits of top-down China’s governing model
    Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter. Is he trying to own ‘the public square’ and change the world, or is he just trying to make some money?
    Inflation, recessions, and the limits of the Fed’s ability to fix either.
    Tucker Carlson’s concerns about male fertility
    Watching the world burn and the Met Gala at the same time.

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    • 40 min
    03/28/2022 - The 1970s: Good for Movies, Bad for Inflation

    03/28/2022 - The 1970s: Good for Movies, Bad for Inflation

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    The economic and political ramifications of the war in Ukraine
    Why presidents shouldn’t ad lib foreign policy
    What the 1970s can and can’t teach us about handling inflation today
    The sighs and shrugs of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination hearings
    State legislation restricting LGBTQ and abortion rights, and the Republican ramp-up to the 2022 midterms.
    Are “the movies” over?

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    • 41 min
    02/18/2022 - We Can’t Even Remember if We Have Done This Already

    02/18/2022 - We Can’t Even Remember if We Have Done This Already

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    Making sense of Ukraine and questioning Putin’s motives (and height)
    Joe Rogan and the 'platform conundrum'
    Since when is Canada angry and weird?
    Carrie’s boycotting the Olympics – but NOT for the reasons you’re thinking!
    Will Boris Johnson get a sweet Spotify deal?
    The politics of Biden’s Supreme Court nomination process
    Nostalgia at the Super Bowl
    Luke Skywalker lives on in Boba Fett

    • 43 min
    01/22/2022 - Happy New Year: Mainly Stressful and Painful

    01/22/2022 - Happy New Year: Mainly Stressful and Painful

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode: how to think about Covid in the age of omicron; Biden's stalled legislative agenda; is The January 6 commission the new Mueller Report?; finding hope for American democracy in...Alaska; the charged politics behind how we explain inflation; Russia, Ukraine, the US, and NATO; Boris Johnson's Teflon-like qualities, parties and all; continued misadventures with the Royal family; Djokovic's vaccination drama in Australia.
    You can learn about the Watson Institute's full podcast network https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts (here).

    • 37 min
    12/22/2021 - The Past is a Safe Space

    12/22/2021 - The Past is a Safe Space

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode: living through another pandemic wave; Joe Manchin reveals who he's been all along; union movies at Starbucks, a strike at Kellogg's, and the state of organized labor in the US; making sense of Russia's aggression towards Ukraine; Boris Johnson has seen better days; reflecting on the two biggest stories of the year (one good, one bad).
    You can learn about the Watson Institute's full podcast network https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts (here).

    • 28 min
    12/03/2021 - Is the Economy Really in the Tank, or is David Lynch to Blame?

    12/03/2021 - Is the Economy Really in the Tank, or is David Lynch to Blame?

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode: what we know about the Omnicron variant; the politics behind the Supreme Court's current abortion rights case; Peng Shuai, and the problem of celebrities in authoritarian countries; why we feel bad about our pretty OK economy; the Not-So-Great Resignation; New Dune vs Old Dune.
    You can learn about the Watson Institute's full podcast network https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts (here).

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

a humble artist ,

I always look forward to more

Mark’s witty and wry take on current events and insightful views on economics is so necessary in these times, and the smart back and forth banter with Carrie is a good antidote to some of the other current events blather flooding the podcast spectrum. I wish they would recorded more often!

peterfeher72 ,

Dose of reality

Please do more episodes. I understand that C+M don’t want to become talking heads but we seriously need the reality check and making sense of today’s noise. Gets me through some hard days.

Potter Matt ,

Great critique of modern capitalism and economics

Although I get my hackles up when Mark says “Every family has a loser.” It does bring up the zero sum nature of modern capitalism. That we can judge people as winners and losers in a game is telling.
Mark and Carrie point out that America is a nation of immigrants and discuss the power plays within the US. It may take outsiders to see the whole correctly, and their observations and critiques are ‘spot on’.
The game seems to be: Who can make the most and care the least.
Lastly, I would like to hear Niall Ferguson and Mr. Blyth’s square off. Please?

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