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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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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

iTunes Ratings

225 Ratings
Average Ratings
189
16
8
6
6

AlphaChat

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

Love the podcast

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

Latest release on Jun 28, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 6 days ago

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: 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

39mins

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Rank #3: Stephen Kotkin on Stalin's economics

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Historian Stephen Kotkin joins Alphaville's Matt Klein to discuss how Joseph Stalin's violent commitment to Marxist-Leninism shaped Soviet society in the 1930s. It's the subject of Kotkin's latest book, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 27 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: Keynes vs Hayek: NOW who's winning?

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Cardiff Garcia sits down with Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics, to
discuss which economist's ideas are ascendant in the post-crisis cycle, and why both will matter during the Trump administration. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 02 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #8: The Trump economy

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The US Alphaville team breaks down the potential macroeconomic and financial-market effects of a Trump presidency, with special guest Aswath Damodaran, professor of finance at New York University. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 11 2016

43mins

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Rank #9: 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
FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 06 2016

24mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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

1hr 17mins

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Rank #12: 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

56mins

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Rank #13: ENCORE: Keynes v Hayek

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In this encore episode, writer Nicholas Wapshott talks to Cardiff Garcia about his 2011 book "Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics". The two discuss which economist's ideas are ascendant in the post-crisis cycle, and why both will matter during the Trump administration. Music by Podington Bear.

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Jan 12 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Jim Millstein on lessons from the financial crisis

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The former chief restructuring officer of the US joins Lex's Sujeet Indap to talk about the financialisation of American businesses, the causes of the 2008 crisis and the outcomes of the government response and reforms. Music by Podington Bear. 

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May 04 2018

48mins

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Rank #16: Unorthodox economics

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Author and crowd-funded economist Steve Keen joins Izzy Kaminska to talk about his criticism of neoclassical economics, and whether the global financial system can avoid another crisis.


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Dec 08 2017

48mins

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Rank #17: Forecasting the next-generation political economy

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Forecasts about geopolitics and economics are often distorted by flawed institutional incentives and a range of cognitive biases. Dan Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, tells Cardiff Garcia and Mary Childs how forecasters typically go wrong, and he outlines what he calls the five "known unknowns" that will frame the political economy of the next generation. The three also discuss the foreign policy views of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Visit
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Sep 14 2016

44mins

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Rank #18: Dan Drezner on the economics of ideas

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In this encore episode, Dan Drezner, writer and professor of international politics, discusses his book, "The Ideas Industry: how pessimists, partisans and plutocrats are transforming the marketplace of ideas" with former host Cardiff Garcia. They also talk about the global populist wave, identity-based politics, and how to resist the temptation to say yes to everything. This episode was originally published on September 29, 2017.


Music by Podington Bear.

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May 11 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #19: Why Davos is more than one big party, privacy in an age of security and convenient tech and the economics of ageing

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The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos next week, replete with captains of industry and world leaders. The FT's US managing editor Gillian Tett and Fusion's senior editor Felix Salmon join host Cardiff Garcia to debate the merits of the gathering of the rich and powerful in the Swiss Alps. They also discuss the theme of privacy in an age of enhanced security measures and new technology. Finally, with the workforces of several developed countries expected to shrink in the near future, Alphaville's Matt Klein dissects the economics of ageing populations. Go to ft.com/alphachat for show notes. Music by Podington Bear and Kevin MacLeod. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 15 2016

50mins

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Rank #20: 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

50mins

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