Part of the Alphachatterbox series
Alan Greenspan’s reputation over five decades in public life has gone through wilder swings than the value of technology stocks or Las Vegas real estate during his tenure as Federal Reserve chairman. Sebastian Mallaby has produced the definitive account of Greenspan’s life, career, and the context in which he operated: The Man Who Knew. Mallaby recently came by the FT office to record a wide-ranging conversation about this accomplishment.
This episode is a two-part chat with Paul Volcker. In the first part we discuss his intellectual influences and early career, during which he shuffled between the New York Fed, Chase Manhattan, and the US Treasury department. We end with his under-appreciated role in the conclusion of the Bretton Woods monetary system during his time as Treasury undersecretary for monetary affairs in the early 1970s.
Clay Shirky and Emily Parker on Xiaomi, technology and information flows in China (updated with transcript)
Click above for the full transcript of my recent podcast episode with Clay Shirky, author of Little Rice: Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream, and Emily Parker, author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are.
Alphachatterbox is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. We’re pleased to present this special edition of Alphachatterbox, our longform podcast. The episode is a recording of a recent panel about football and culture hosted by our colleague Simon Kuper.
Conservative commentator and National Review executive editor Reihan Salam recently stopped by the FT’s New York studio to chat with Cardiff about his data-driven take on a modern conservative economic policy. The two discuss Reihan’s most recent paper, “Rethinking American Conservatism”, which was serves as a follow up to the book he co-authored with Ross Douthat, Grand New Party, as well as a host of other economic topics.
The podcast crew traveled to Princeton this week to speak with Angus Deaton, winner of this year’s economics Nobel, about his early influences and career, the academic work for which he won the prize, his popular writing on poverty and inequality, and quite a bit more. Parts 1 & 2 below, followed by a time guide and a few additional thoughts and links for further reading. UPDATE: a transcript of this chat can be found below at the end of the post.
The podcast crew traveled to Princeton this week to speak with Angus Deaton, winner of this year’s economics Nobel, about his early influences and career, the academic work for which he won the prize, his popular writing on poverty and inequality, and quite a bit more. The links are here — Part 1 and Part 2 — and below is a time guide and a few additional thoughts and links for further reading. We’ll upload a transcript of the chat next week once it’s ready, and then republish this post.
We invited Greg Ip, the chief economics commentator at our vicious rival The Wall Street Journal, into our offices for a duel to the death. But my lightsaber ran out of batteries and Greg’s kung-fu fighting was rusty, so instead we settled for a chat about his new book, Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe.
Episode 2 of Alphachatterbox is a 90-minute conversation, split into two parts, with the FT’s chief economics commentator Martin Wolf. We cover a lot of ground with Martin, who recently finished a new afterword (not yet published) to his 2014 book, The Shifts and the Shocks.