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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 917-551-5012, or just tweet me at @cardiffgarcia. You can find Alphachat on iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks for listening!
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.
(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:
The new Alphachat, featuring Diane Coyle and Tyler Cowen on the economics books of the year, is long on diversity of ideas and vigorous conversation, short on thematic coherence. Longtime readers will know that FT Alphaville loves this combination.
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.