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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.
Going bust is painful. But when you are a country it is particularly awful.
While people and companies have recourse to established legal frameworks that govern their bankruptcies, struggling countries have to tackle debts in what is close to a legal limbo.
As a result, both countries and their creditors are uniquely vulnerable. The former have no formal bankruptcy protection that it can use for an orderly restructuring of its debts, but the latter have few ways to compel a stubborn state to heel (at least in the post-gunboat diplomacy era). The result is a delicate balance — and when it breaks down, it can lead to an unholy mess. Read more
Introduction — preview of longform interview with Emily Oster
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Here comes Super Tuesday
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Notes for today’s show: Read more
A segment-by-segment guide of this week’s show: Read more
The rise and fall of BlackBerry Read more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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