Archive for the ‘History of Economics’ Category

The economy that slavery built (1619 episode 2)   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/podcasts/1619-slavery-cotton-capitalism.html 

This episode of the podcast associated with the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning work The 1619 Project explores the economic systems of cotton plantations and slavery in the U.S. Concepts such as globalization, market structures, the financial system, ‘too big to fail,’ and incentives are all present in this look at the roots of institutional racism. 

Original Air Date: August 30, 2019

Length: 32 minutes 55 seconds

The Long Life of Keynesian Economics   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.imf.org/en/News/Podcasts/All-Podcasts/2017/11/11/the-long-life-of-keynesian-economics

Keynesian economics was particularly popular after the Great Depression. Keynes revolutionized how government involvement in the economy was seen. Keynesian theories are still applied in financial crises today.

Original Air Date: October 16, 2014

Length: 7 minutes

What Would Adam Smith say About Capitalism Today?   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.economist.com/open-fut ture/2018/08/16/what-would-adam-smith-say-about-capitalism-today

Anne McElvoy of The Economist delves into the life of the father of economics, Adam Smith in this podcast. Many of the same issues that Adam Smith discussed in the 1700s are still being disputed today. In the current political economy there are still debates of free trade vs. protectionism, unregulated markets, how much tax is too much tax, and how to make the economy work for every social class.

Discussion Prompt 1: How would the Adam Smith feel about the current degree of government involvement in the economy? Should governments be able to regulate economic markets?

Original Air Date: August 16, 2018

Length: 19 minutes 13 seconds

Why We Work So Much   Leave a comment

by Unknown photographer, bromide print, 1933

Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/07/24/426017148/episode-641-why-we-work-so-much

Summary: John Maynard Keynes believed that in the future people would work less, he was wrong. The Planet Money team explain the reasons why this has yet to change.

Original Air Date: July 24, 2015

Length: 13 mins 11 sec

The Invention Of ‘The Economy’   Leave a comment

They knew it was bad. But they didn't have any way to know just how bad it was.Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/02/28/283477546/the-invention-of-the-economy

Summary: ‘The Economy’ is ever-present in today’s conversations but it was not always this way. This podcast describes the emergence of the phrase ‘The Economy’ and Gross Domestic Product.

Original Air Date: February 28, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 29 seconds

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage   Leave a comment

birth of min wageLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/01/17/263487421/episode-510-the-birth-of-the-minimum-wage

Summary: Planet Money takes us back through time to when the U.S. first set a minimum wage. Historically, the U.S. had rejected any attempts at a minimum wage law, considering them unconstitutional.  But things changed after Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Original Air Date: January 17, 2014

Length: 17 min

A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed   Leave a comment

locked doorLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/20/255839292/episode-505-a-locked-door-a-secret-meeting-and-the-birth-of-the-fed 

Summary: An historical retelling of the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank

Original Air Date: December 20, 2013

Length: 15 min

A Second Look at Capitalism   Leave a comment

on point capitalismLink: http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/04/10/capitalism

Summary: Host Tom Ashbrook interviews History Professors Julia Ott and Louis Hyman to discuss the history of capitalism, its record of economic and social performance, and its future, particularly in the post Cold War context.

Original air date April 10, 2013

Length: 46:01

 

What would the World look like if economists were in charge?   Leave a comment

freakonomics general imageLink: http://www.freakonomics.com/2010/03/24/freakonomics-radio-what-would-the-world-look-like-if-economists-were-in-charge/

Summary: To what extent would the world change if economists ran the world? The podcast interviews Estonian prime minister, Mart Laar, who revamped his economy based on the teachings of  Milton Friedman;  and Friedman’s grandson, Patri Friedman, who want to build cities in the middle of the ocean.

Original Air Date: March 24, 2010

Length: 20 min

What A 16th Century Guild Teaches Us About Competition   2 comments

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/03/27/149484066/the-tuesday-podcast-what-a-16th-century-guild-teaches-us-about-competition

Summary:  Sheilagh Ogilvie, an economic historian at Cambridge University, outlines the importance of guilds in the 16th century and how their political and economic structures  parallel  modern workplaces and markets.

Original air date: March 27, 2012

Length: 30:15 min