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Alphachat is the conversational podcast about business and economics produced by the Financial Times in New York. Each week, FT hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with more wonkiness, humour and irreverence than you'll find anywhere else

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Alphachat is the conversational podcast about business and economics produced by the Financial Times in New York. Each week, FT hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with more wonkiness, humour and irreverence than you'll find anywhere else

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225 Ratings
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By EHewitt - Oct 27 2017
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Intelligent, interesting topics, Cardiff Garcia a fantastic host. Great investment of time.

Love the podcast

By Quixotism22 - Oct 17 2017
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Cardiff is the best - he gives one of the smartest interviews around

iTunes Ratings

225 Ratings
Average Ratings
189
16
8
6
6

AlphaChat

By EHewitt - Oct 27 2017
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Intelligent, interesting topics, Cardiff Garcia a fantastic host. Great investment of time.

Love the podcast

By Quixotism22 - Oct 17 2017
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Cardiff is the best - he gives one of the smartest interviews around
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FT Alphachat

Latest release on Jun 28, 2019

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Alphachat is the conversational podcast about business and economics produced by the Financial Times in New York. Each week, FT hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with more wonkiness, humour and irreverence than you'll find anywhere else

Rank #1: Alphachat: Lee Buchheit edition, featuring Lee Buchheit

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FT capital markets correspondent Robin Wigglesworth and FT Alphaville reporter Joseph Cotterill talk to Lee Buchheit, Cleary Gottlieb lawyer and sovereign debt restructuring expert. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 16 2013

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Rank #2: Robert Shiller: market narratives are 'like diseases'

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A bonus episode from the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Atlanta this past weekend. Brendan Greeley caught up with Yale economist and Nobel laureate Robert Shiller, who argues that if you want to understand markets you have to understand stories — how they start and how they spread. They talked about the stories driving share prices down in December, about Jim Cramer and about the narrative power of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Jan 08 2019

21mins

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Rank #3: Credit and crises, and the economic shocks of 2016 thus far

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During normal economic cycles, increasing credit hides an economy's deeper problems, but when a financial crisis hits, all of that credit flips from shock absorber to shock multiplier. Professor of economics Alan Taylor explains his research. Then, FT journalists discuss some of the biggest shocks of 2016, including the change in perception at the Fed over what type of monetary policy would benefit the US economy. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 24 2016

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Rank #4: Alphachatterbox: Gavyn Davies and Tyler Cowen on the productivity puzzle

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FT Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska leads Gavyn Davies, chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management and an FT blogger, and Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University, in a discussion on the forces causing productivity stagnation. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. This conversation was recorded at the FT Festival of Finance on July 1, 2016 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 29 2016

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Rank #5: A trip through Trumpland

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Sociologist Arlie Hochschild spent five years in the Louisiana bayou as part of her study of the American right. Hochschild tells host Cardiff Garcia how Donald Trump's nomination has appealed to the Louisiana residents who feel their story has increasingly been ignored. Visit
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Sep 06 2016

24mins

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Rank #6: China's debt and the Trump media paradox

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Peking University professor Michael Pettis visits the FT to discuss the role that debt plays in the rebalancing of the Chinese economy. Then, Trump's bombastic stump speeches and interviews have been a ratings boon for US media. Global media editor Matt Garrahan joins hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia to explain how the 'Trump Effect' has impacted conservative talk radio and television shows. Go to FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Yeyey and Minden. Clips courtesy of The Laura Ingraham Show and The Rush Limbaugh Show. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 05 2016

49mins

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Rank #7: The lasting damage of China's one-child policy and Theranos's precipitous fall from grace

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More than 30 years after China instituted the one-child policy to temper population growth, the country's demographics have greatly transformed. Author Mei Fong joins hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia to talk about the societal and economic implications of the policy, the subject of her book "One Child". Later, the blood testing device developed by Theranos was expected to disrupt the healthcare sector, but that seems less likely now that it has run into regulatory trouble. FT journalists David Crow and Sujeet Indap discuss. Go to FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 12 2016

46mins

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Rank #8: Introducing Behind The Money

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Alphachat is going on a brief hiatus. When we come back in a few weeks we're going to have some great new interviews. But before we take this short break, we wanted to share a new FT podcast called Behind The Money. Each week host (and Alphachat producer) Aimee Keane will take you inside the big business and financial stories of the moment, with the help of other FT reporters. You can subscribe to Behind The Money on all of the usual podcast platforms. 

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May 25 2018

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Rank #9: The quant episode

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In an episode dedicated to investing and quantitative analysis, hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia are joined by US markets editor Robin Wigglesworth to discuss quirky new alternative data that money managers use to make investment decisions. Robin also offers some insight into what first quarter earnings indicate for corporate performance in 2016. Then, the FT's John Authers talks to Meb Faber of Cambria Investment Management about cloning the strategies of the world's most famous and aggressive active investors, the subject of Faber's recent book Invest with the House. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Minden. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 15 2016

43mins

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Rank #10: Tyler Cowen's stubborn attachments

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Economist and polymathic author Tyler Cowen talks to Cardiff about his essay, "Stubborn Attachments", in which he shares his vision for a free and prosperous society - and the philosophical foundations necessary to build it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 28 2017

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Rank #11: What's going on in hedge fund land?

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Many investors are questioning the benefit of allocating chunks of their money to hedge funds after recent bouts of financial market turbulence and poor performance. The FT's US financial correspondent Mary Childs joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the big players and their idiosyncratic personalities, contentious issues like fees and benchmarking metrics, and the institutional lack of diversity among top fund managers. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Minden. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 03 2016

37mins

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Rank #12: Adam Tooze on Davos, econ 101 and the unexpected importance of China in the global economy

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Adam Tooze, economic historian and author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, joins the FT’s Brendan Greeley and Brown University’s Mark Blyth to discuss how our politics got us to where we are today, why our ideas about how the economy works may not be fit for purpose, and the key role that China played during the Great Recession and continues to play today. They also discuss the central importance of global capital flows for understanding our world and why global liquidity may be much more fragile than we like to think.

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Feb 01 2019

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Rank #13: Sir Paul Tucker on the legitimacy of the central bank

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The economist and former deputy governor of the Bank of England joins the FT's John Authers to debate the power of government agencies and the unelected officials leading them, including those at the helm of institutions like the Federal Reserve. It's the subject of his recent book, Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State. Music by Podington Bear. 

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May 18 2018

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Rank #14: Should Amazon be broken up?

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Lina Khan, a writer and fellow at New America, joins FT Alphaville's Alex Scaggs to discuss how the tech company's unique organisational structure and business strategy raise possible antitrust issues that current law isn't particularly well designed to address. It's the subject of Khan's paper, "Amazon's antitrust paradox", recently published in the Yale Law Journal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 31 2017

43mins

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Rank #15: How short-termism is misunderstood, millennials won't leave home and a battle of two Wall St bankers

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Corporate short-termism, or a company's tendency to reduce internal investment and focus on share price and dividend payments, is widely criticised by economists and politicians for its effect on the stock market. Michael Mauboussin, head of global financial strategies at Credit Suisse, explains his skepticism about this consensus. Then, a recent Goldman Sachs report suggests more millennials lived in their parents' homes in 2015 than the year before, despite a strengthening jobs market. The FT's Anna Nicolaou joins Cardiff and Shannon to discuss what's holding millennials back despite the fact that they are not unemployed. Finally, Lex writer Sujeet Indap shares a tale of two Wall St bankers. Music by Podington Bear and Broke For Free.
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Jan 29 2016

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Rank #16: Tackling the housing 'trilemma', and the business of MMA

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What are the economic and social tradeoffs of deciding where to live and how can one measure these? An economist at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis joins Cardiff Garcia and Kara Scannell to discuss a system he developed for this exact purpose. Then, how did a failing business promoting mixed martial arts grow to become a global brand valued at $4bn? Cardiff talks the economics of the sport with John S. Nash, a writer for the UFC and MMA industry website Bloodyelbow.com. Visit
FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Minden. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 22 2016

48mins

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Rank #17: Benn Steil on The Marshall Plan

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Economist and award-winning author Benn Steil talks to Matt Klein about the history of the post-World War II European recovery plan, implemented by then secretary of state George C Marshall as a means of defending against communist authoritarianism. It's the subject of Steil's new book, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War


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Apr 06 2018

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Rank #18: The economics of "social capital"

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The FT's Cardiff Garcia talks to writer Ryan Avent about the importance of social capital in an increasingly digitised and labour-abundant economy. The two also discuss recent shifts in global monetary policy. Ryan is a columnist at The Economist and author of the new book, "The Wealth of Humans". Visit FT.com/Alphachatfor show notes and links. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 30 2016

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Rank #19: The science behind our addictions to social media and tech

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Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist and author known for his work on the addictive properties of sugar and its effect on the brain, joins Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska to discuss his latest book, which applies his work on addiction to the technological realm. The book is called The Hacking of the American Mind. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 22 2017

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Rank #20: On the verge of a productivity boom?

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Economist Michael Mandel joins Cardiff Garcia to talk about the research that he and co-author Bret Swanson have published on "the coming productivity boom" -- an optimistic case for productivity growth based on the application of information technology in physical industries such as manufacturing and healthcare. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 23 2017

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Angela Nagle on the online culture wars

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Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right, talks to FT Alphaville's Jemima Kelly about the online culture wars and the rise of the alt-right. 

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Jun 28 2019

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Nouriel Roubini on the US-China Thucydides Trap

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A number of geopolitical and financial risks are stalking the global economy, pointing to a possible recession in 2020. According to Nouriel Roubini, what is key among these risks is the US-China trade war and general protectionism in the global market. Izabella Kaminska talks to the economist and New York University Stern School of Business professor.

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Jun 21 2019

42mins

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Jay Shambaugh on the tools to fight the next recession

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The economist and Brookings Institution senior fellow talks to FT contributor Megan Greene about the fiscal policies that lawmakers could arrange now that would automatically kick in when some of the early signs of a slowdown start to appear.

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Jun 14 2019

41mins

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Joel Mokyr and the curse of Adam

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Man must work. But how man works matters. Brendan Greeley sat down with Joel Mokyr, an economist and economic historian at Northwestern University, at an event on the future of work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Policymakers tend to focus on the binary question of a job — do people have one, or not. But the quality of that work, the questions of meaning and satisfaction, are important to people, in a way that has political consequences. They wandered all the way back to Adam Smith, and eventually the curse of Adam himself, to talk about how the meaning and definition of "work" has changed, and why that matters now.

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Jun 07 2019

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Will Davies on populism, data and experts

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The political economist sits down with Alphaville's Jamie Powell and Thomas Hale to discuss how we should think about expertise in a post-truth world.

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May 31 2019

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Robert Kaplan on jobs, oil and credit

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The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas sits down with Brendan Greeley to discuss what a tight labour market could mean for retraining workers, what fracking has done to the price of oil and why he prefers to keep an eye on credit spreads instead of equity markets.

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May 24 2019

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Ajay Royan searches for the next growth frontier

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What if the vast majority of the high-growth tech unicorns emerging from Silicon Valley are not really technology or innovation companies? What if they are highly politicised, zero-sum enterprises? That's what Ajay Royan, the Indian-born Canadian who co-founded Mithral Capital, along with Peter Thiel, thinks might be the problem at the heart of the Silicon Valley investment proposition. Izabella Kaminska asks him how his fund is trying to differentiate itself from that model by focusing on unleveraged growth opportunities instead.

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May 17 2019

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Banking culture since the crisis

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How has banking culture changed since the global financial crisis and what areas still need work? Brendan Greeley talks with three economics experts who posed that question in a recent report put out by the Group of Thirty consultants. He is joined by Elizabeth St-Onge of Oliver Wyman, Nicholas Le Pan, former superintendent of financial institutions for Canada, and Stuart Mackintosh, executive director of the Group of Thirty.

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May 10 2019

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Kimberly Clausing makes the case for open economies

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Economist Kimberly Clausing tells Brendan Greeley and Mark Blyth why greater trade, capital flows and immigration are the solution to more equitably dividing the economic pie. It's the subject of her book, "Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital".

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May 03 2019

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Alphachat Live! Raghuram Rajan and Ashley Putnam on community

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Until recently, economists have ignored the idea that communities matter for economic outcomes, leaving those questions to sociologists. But there is too much evidence to ignore: where you live has a profound influence on how you turn out. In a live conversation recorded at Penn Social, a bar in Washington DC, Raghuram Rajan, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, talks about his new book, "The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave Communities Behind". He is joined by Ashley Putnam, director of the Economic Growth & Mobility Project at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, who has run community-level economic growth projects in New York City and across Philadelphia's Fed district. Brendan Greeley hosts.

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Apr 26 2019

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The IMF's Tobias Adrian on stability

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Tobias Adrian, formerly of the New York Fed, runs the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund. Brendan and Colby sat down with him after publication of the IMF's Global Financial Stability Report. They talked about collateralised loan obligations, of course, but also about China and how the US faces risks just like any other country when hot capital flows in. 

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Apr 19 2019

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Bonus: IMF's Vitor Gaspar on debt

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On the occasion of the release of the International Monetary Fund's Fiscal Monitor, Brendan talked to Vitor Gaspar, who runs the fund's Fiscal Affairs Department. Mr Gaspar, formerly of the Banco de Portugal, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, drew a distinction between "good" and "bad" spending. He also argued that a "competitive" economy isn't just an economy that pays low wages, and threaded a fine needle on whether Europe needs more infrastructure investment. And he responded to the contention by his friend Olivier Blanchard, former chief economist of the IMF, that debt isn't necessarily always bad. 

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Apr 18 2019

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Odette Lienau on the most complicated debt restructuring in history

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Law professor Odette Lienau joins Colby and Brendan on the sidelines of the IMF spring meetings in Washington, DC to discuss the sovereign debt crises in Venezuela, Argentina and Mozambique. They also discuss why vulture funds could do some good.

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Apr 12 2019

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Yanis Varoufakis: "Democracy is a very fragile flower"

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Alphaville's Jemima Kelly and Izabella Kaminska sat down with Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece and current organiser of a trans-European group of what he calls "radical Europeanists" — in favor of union, without deflation or austerity. Mr Varoufakis answers criticism from the left, pointing out that even if the euro or the EU were poorly conceived, leaving them now would have catastrophic consequences for the poor. He gives a brief history of economic thought, connecting Joseph Schumpeter back to Karl Marx, saying it's not so clear that leftists know what Marx, a globalist, would be saying today. Oh, and also: Pamela Anderson. 

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Apr 05 2019

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Brexit: Too late now to get the milk out of the tea

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No matter what the British Parliament decides, for almost three years the UK, Ireland and the EU have been dealing with the reality of the Leave vote. Positions have hardened, investments have been foregone, and all the countries involved have become different places, in ways that cannot be undone. Brendan Greeley of FT Alphaville and Mark Blyth of the Rhodes Center at Brown discuss consequences with Stephen Kinsella, economist at the University of Limerick and Megan Greene, chief economist at Manulife Asset Management.

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Mar 29 2019

42mins

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Immigration: comparing this wave to the last

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Leah Boustan of Princeton and Maggie Peters of UCLA look at the wave of migrants to the US from Central America and compare it to the last great wave, from Europe in the late 19th century. Some things are the same: immigrant families are adopting "American" names at the same rates as before, for example. Some things are different: the speed of communication and container shipping mean that American companies prefer to get cheap labour through outsourcing, and won't lobby for increased immigration. 

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Mar 22 2019

42mins

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Andrew Keen on the internet: misery is not the answer

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Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur and more recently How to Fix the Future, sits down with FT Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska. They both tell the history of their own disenchantment with the internet, and discuss why the Elon Musk story has turned into a Shakespearean tragedy, while Jeff Bezos is more of a Bond villain. "When you do away with gatekeepers you get anarchy," says Mr Keen, but dystopian misery isn't the answer, either. 

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Mar 15 2019

31mins

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Waltraud Schelkle and Ashoka Mody: Is the eurozone fixable?

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Forget Brexit. Growth in the eurozone is slowing down, but not equally for all countries. Which leaves the continent with the same question it's had for a decade: is it capable of making policy flexible enough for all of its economies? Waltraud Schelkle of the London School of Economics argues that Europe's currencies always swung with the deutschmark, so the European Central Bank offers some level of control. Ashoka Mody of Princeton says the euro will never be flexible enough to let countries like Italy make adjustments. 

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Mar 08 2019

39mins

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What China wants: Brad Setser, and Freya Beamish

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Even if the trade talks are settled, long-term friction will remain between China and the United States. China has an industrial policy which will see it strive to make more advanced products, such as aircraft and medical devices. The US wants to keep selling these kinds of high-value manufactured goods to China. It remains a fundamental issue for the two world economic powers. FT Alphaville's Brendan Greeley speaks first with Brad Stetser, the former US Treasury economist and China watcher, and then is joined by Colby Smith to hear from Freya Beamish, China expert at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

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Mar 01 2019

45mins

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Germany's China shock

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Answering the question of whether Germany's export-driven model will ever change, and whether Germany's obsession with saving and budget surpluses will ever change. And how to say "Groundhog Day" in German. Wade Jacoby of Brigham Young University and Megan Greene of Manulife Investments join FTAlphaville's Brendan Greeley and Mark Blyth from the Rhodes Center. 

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Feb 22 2019

37mins

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iTunes Ratings

225 Ratings
Average Ratings
189
16
8
6
6

AlphaChat

By EHewitt - Oct 27 2017
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Intelligent, interesting topics, Cardiff Garcia a fantastic host. Great investment of time.

Love the podcast

By Quixotism22 - Oct 17 2017
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Cardiff is the best - he gives one of the smartest interviews around