Economics & Beyond with Rob Johnson
Thomas Piketty: Quality of Life for Billions of People is at Stake

Thomas Piketty: Quality of Life for Billions of People is at Stake

June 16, 2022

World-renowned economist and inequality researcher Thomas Piketty in conversation with Rob Johnson, about Piketty’s just-released book, A Brief History of Equality.

Gary Gerstle: The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order

Gary Gerstle: The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order

June 9, 2022

Cambridge University's American History professor Gary Gerstle discusses his most recent book, about how the neoliberal order came about, why it is faltering, and the indeterminacy of what comes next.

Jeffrey Sachs: Peace is the Result of Diplomacy, Never of War

Jeffrey Sachs: Peace is the Result of Diplomacy, Never of War

June 2, 2022

Columbia University's renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs talks about the lessons he has learned from consulting with governments around the world, about how global problems, such as the war in Ukraine, will only be solved via efforts to understand the other side, never through force.

Chen Long: Creating a Digital Circular Economy for Net Zero

Chen Long: Creating a Digital Circular Economy for Net Zero

May 19, 2022

Luohan Academy's Director Chen Long discusses the academy's latest report, on the benefits of creating a "digital circular economy," which would go a long way towards reaching net zero carbon emissions and addressing the climate crisis.

Report link: https://www.luohanacademy.com/insights/bc89734b94adf00c

Peter Temin: Black and White America Always on Separate Trajectories

Peter Temin: Black and White America Always on Separate Trajectories

May 5, 2022

MIT economic historian Peter Temin discusses his new INET-CUP book, Never Together: The Economic History of a Segregated America, in which he shows how efforts to bridge the gap between races were always undermined, resulting in constant economic hardship for Black people.

Norman Solomon: The Ukraine War and the Madness of Militarism

Norman Solomon: The Ukraine War and the Madness of Militarism

April 28, 2022

Author and peace activist Norman Solomon talks about the double standards in US foreign policy that have smoothed the path for Russia's inexcusable invasion of Ukraine. The role of the military-industrial-complex in the US is one of the main reasons we lack a single standard for the use of military force and human rights, says Solomon.

Joanna Chiu—China vs. West: New World Disorder

Joanna Chiu—China vs. West: New World Disorder

April 21, 2022

The Toronto Star journalist Joanna Chiu discusses her book, China Unbound: A New World Disorder, which argues that we need to go beyond the typical over-simplifications of democratic West versus autocratic China if we hope to engage China in a way that seriously addresses issues such as human rights, climate change, and economic development.

Kishore Mahbubani: The Return of Asia in the 21st Century

Kishore Mahbubani: The Return of Asia in the 21st Century

April 14, 2022

Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, discusses his latest book, The Asian 21st Century, in which he relates US decline to the rise of plutocracy and Asia's renewed rise - after having fallen behind in the last 200 years - to its growing sense of dynamism, optimism, and diversity.

This is the 200th episode of the podcast Economics and Beyond with Rob Johnson.

Richard Kozul-Wright & Kevin Gallagher: Re-orienting Global Finance Towards Ecological and Social Goals

Richard Kozul-Wright & Kevin Gallagher: Re-orienting Global Finance Towards Ecological and Social Goals

April 11, 2022

UNCTAD Director Richard Kozul-Wright and Kevin Gallagher, Global Development Policy professor at Boston University, discuss their book, The Case for a New Bretton Woods. Ever since the post-war economic order was dismantled beginning in the 1980s, a re-design of the global economic order has become increasingly urgent in light of the social and ecological crises that we face.

Peter Barnes: The Problem of Ownership in Capitalism

Peter Barnes: The Problem of Ownership in Capitalism

April 7, 2022

Peter Barnes, the entrepreneur and author of the recently published book, Ours: The Case for Universal Property, talks about how new conceptions of property - a universal commons - could fundamentally transform capitalism to make it more ecologically and socially sustainable.

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