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This is the FT’s business and economics news podcast produced in New York. FT hosts and guests discuss new topics each week – and with more wonkiness, humour and irreverence than you’ll find anywhere else.
Sherry Turkle wants you to put down your phone and talk to someone
The MIT professor and clinical psychologist stops by to discuss her new book, Reclaiming Conversation: the Power of Talk in a Digital Age. We talk about how always-on digital connections are making it harder for people to have conversations, whether with family, friends, romantic partners, classmates or co-workers, and why you keep your smartphone out of your bedroom at night. Read more
Today’s episode includes three clips* from our chat with Angus Deaton, winner of the 2015 Economics Nobel. The excerpted topics include Deaton’s early career and influences, his work on the poverty trap, and his views on the efficacy (or rather inefficacy) of foreign aid schemes. Read more
I’m away this week, but I left Alphachat in the sure hands of the mighty Shannon Bond:
Your weekly instalment of Alphachat is now live:
We’re thrilled to announce that today we are launching a new longform-only* podcast about economics and business — a kind of spinoff from Alphachat, which will continue to run weekly.
We received a lot of suggestions throughout the last two months of producing Alphachat consistently, but the two most common kinds of feedback were directly contradictory. On the one hand, a lot of people asked for more long-and-wonky chats like our hour-long conversation with Joe Stiglitz. On the other hand, many other listeners also wanted a slightly shorter Alphachat: an hour was too long for them. Read more
Alphachat is on iTunes and Stitcher. We’d love your feedback and questions — especially those that we can play on the podcast — so feel free to call us at 917-551-5012 (a US number) or email us at email@example.com. For those who can’t dial a US line but would like a question played on the episode, you can also send us a voice recording via email. Read more
A reminder that we’ll be interviewing Martin Wolf on Alphachat next week, and Martin will also answering listeners’ questions. If you’ve got one, feel free to call us at 917-551-5012 (a US number) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who can’t dial a US line but would like their question played on the episode, you can also send us a voice recording via email. Read more
In which Cardiff is joined by Ella Atkins, professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, to discuss the technology, regulatory issues and potential risks of the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Topic 1: John Authers on index providers
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This podcast was taped on Wednesday, 22 July. We plan to continue tinkering with Alphachat’s format, content and length of time for the rest of the summer. If you have feedback, good or bad, you can leave a comment below, email us at email@example.com, call us at 917-551-5012, or just tweet me at @cardiffgarcia. You can find Alphachat on iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks for listening! Read more
Some quick news first. The honchos who run this joint have given us the resources to produce Alphachats more frequently and regularly, and we plan to spend the rest of the summer tinkering with different ideas for content and length. But we’d also really like to know what you want to hear.
You have a few options: leave ideas in the comments section below, email us at alphachat [at] ft [dot] com, call us at 917-551-5012 (a US phone number), or tweet at me directly at @cardiffgarcia. You can find Alphachat on iTunes and Stitcher. Read more
(Here’s the ubiquitous emergency link in case anyone suffers from tech bork, and the embedded podcast doesn’t appear.)
The latest Alphachat is a discussion about the business of podcasting with FT media correspondent Shannon Bond and Buzzfeed’s Nick Quah, both of whom also offer a few recommendations for FT readers at the end of conversation. Nick writes Hot Pod, an excellent weekly newsletter that chronicles ongoing events in the podcasting world, aggregating the big stories of the week and adding his own reporting and critical commentary.
A time guide below, and a few additional notes after: Read more
This time, we chat with Anat Admati, Professor of Finance and Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business and coauthor of “Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about it”, and Frances Coppola, independent blogger and banking commentator over at Coppola Comment. The theme for the chat, recorded on July 26, is bank capital and building a better banking system.
It’s another Alphachat. How predictable.
This time Cardiff and Izzy talked robots with Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics at The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, about why it’s the next decade of robotics, rather than improbable and distant dystopian/ utopian futures, that we need to worry about. Read more
The latest Alphachat features IMF economist Manmohan Singh, who discussed his work in recent years on the importance of pledged collateral and its reuse in financial markets.
It was a wide-ranging interview that included long stretches of wonky analysis, so we’ve provided a time guide below if you want to jump around and included some relevant links if you want to explore some of these topics further. Read more
We were joined on this podcast by Noah Smith, who writes at Noahpinion and teaches finance at Stony Brook University.
Noah lived in Japan for three years studying economics and still returns often to conduct research. He is very skilled at explaining multilayered subject matter in clear terms, and the discussion ranged across a variety of topics relevant to the Japanese economy, from the potential costs of structural reform to demographics to the surprising commitment by the BOJ.
Thanks again to Noah for his time: Read more
David Keohane and Kate “Frenzy” Mackenzie* are joined by Citi FX strategist Steven Englander to discuss all things Abenomics — the risks and the possible rewards, why Steven is bearish, and what Kate’s baby daughter thinks of it.
In this installment of Alphaville’s traditionally, if not actually, infrequent podcast Robin, Joseph and Cleary Gottlieb lawyer and sovereign debt maven Lee Buchheit discuss Cyprus, capital controls, a new sovereign debt restructuring mechanism and the best place to hang out if you are a restructuring lawyer. Read more
In this installment of Alphaville’s increasingly frequent podcast, Izzy, Simon and David chat about negative rates and whether they are a sensible policy option or a one way ticket down the rabbit hole.