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Get an edge with the Hidden Forces podcast. Media entrepreneur and financial analyst Demetri Kofinas uses a financial and cultural lens to help you draw meaningful connections, challenge consensus narratives, and formulate solutions to complex problems—empowering you to make smarter decisions.

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How the US Navy Creates Prosperity & Why We'll Miss It | Gregg Easterbrook

Dec 6 • 49:34

In Episode 222 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Gregg Easterbrook. Gregg was a staff writer, national correspondent, and contributing editor at The Atlantic and has authored thirteen books about a variety of subjects including climate change, globalization, philosophy, and American football....

Jim Grant on What Inflation Means for Asset Values, Crypto, and Meme Stocks

Nov 29 • 51:32

In Episode 221 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jim Grant, the founder of Grant's Interest Rate Observer: a legend in the business of investor education and financial media....

What Happened to the American Economy & How to Fix It | Julius Krein

Nov 22 • 01:00:09

In Episode 220 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Julius Krein, the editor of American Affairs, a quarterly journal of policy and political-economy that delves into the deeper sociopolitical, cultural, and economic issues facing America and other Western countries....

The Lab-Leak Hypothesis & the Origin of Covid-19 | Alina Chan & Matt Ridley

Nov 15 • 01:06:04

In Episode 219 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Matt Ridley and Alina Chan. Alina is a Canadian molecular biologist specializing in gene therapy and cell engineering at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Matt is a British science journalist who has written countless bestselling books on subjects ranging from evolution, to innovation, to genomic science....

The Age of A.I. and Our Human Future | Eric Schmidt & Dan Huttenlocher

Nov 11 • 46:56

In Episode 218 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher. Eric is co-founder of Schmidt Futures and the former CEO & Chairman of Google and Daniel is the inaugural dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. They are the co-authors, along with Henry Kissinger, of a phenomenal new book titled, “The Age of AI And Our Human Future...

A Memoir of Illness, Discovery, & the Body Politic | Ross Douthat

Nov 8 • 59:28

In Episode 217 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with New York Times Op-Ed columnist Ross Douthat about his five-year struggle with a disease that in his own words, officially, doesn't exist. It’s a story about personal suffering but also about what happens when we become terribly ill only to realize that even the doctors who are willing to treat us can only do so m...

Index Funds, ETF’s, & the Passive Investing Revolution | Robin Wigglesworth

Oct 25 • 48:15

In Episode 216 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Robin Wigglesworth, the Financial Times global finance correspondent and author of “Trillions,” a book which chronicles the origins, history, and future of the index fund, arguably the most disruptive financial innovation of the last 50 years....

Andrew Yang on His Forward Party and the Rise of a New Political Consensus

Oct 18 • 46:17

In Episode 215 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with 2020 Presidential candidate and Founder of the Forward Party, Andrew Yang. Yang is perhaps best known for popularizing the idea of universal basic income, what he called “the freedom dividend” during his run for president in 2020. He recently launched “the Forward Party,” a political party focused on breaking wha...

Uncontrolled Spread: How COVID-19 Crushed Us & How to Fight the Next Pandemic | Scott Gottlieb

Oct 11 • 58:03

In Episode 214 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Scott Gottlieb. Dr. Gottlieb is a physician who served as the head of the FDA from 2017 to 2019. He currently serves on the boards of Pfizer and Illumina and is a regular contributor to CNBC where he has become one of the most recognizable faces in America. His recently published book, “Uncontrolled Spread,” exam...

How Washington Works in the New Gilded Age | David Wessel

Oct 4 • 42:02

In Episode 213 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with David Wessel, a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. David is also the author of a new book titled, “Only the Rich Can Play: How Washington Works in the New Gilded Age.”...

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