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Donald Cohen and Allen Mikaelian, "The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back" (New Press, 2021)

Dec 6 • 36:21

As people reach for social justice and better lives, they create public goods--free education, public health, open parks, clean water, and many others--that must be kept out of the market. When private interests take over, they strip public goods of their power to lift people up, creating instead a tool to diminish democracy, further inequality, and separate us from each o...

69 Recall this Buck 4: Daniel Souleles on Private Equity (JP, EF)

Dec 2 • 38:51

In this installment of our Recall this Buck series (check out our earlier conversations with Thomas PikettyPeter Brown and Christine Desan), John and Elizabeth talk with Daniel Souleles, anthropologist at the Copenhagen Business School and author of Songs of Profit, Songs of Loss: Private Equity, Wealth, and Inequality (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press 2019). Dan's...

Paul Collier, "The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties" (Harper, 2019)

Nov 30 • 59:50

Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of Britain and other Western societies: thriving cities versus the provinces; the high-skilled elite versus the less educated. As these divides deepen, we have lost the sense of ethical, reciprocal obligations to others that were crucial to the rise of post-war prosperity — and are inherently aligned with how humans are meant to ...

Nika Kabiri, "Money off the Table: Decision Science and the Secret to Smarter Investing" (Houndstooth Press, 2020)

Nov 11 • 36:07

Today I talked to Nika Kabiri about her new book Money off the Table: Decision Science and the Secret to Smarter Investing (Houndstooth Press, 2020)....

Michele Wucker, "You Are What You Risk: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World" (Pegasus Books, 2021)

Nov 4 • 35:39

Today I talked to Michele Wucker about her new book You Are What You Risk: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World (Pegasus Books, 2021)...

Scott Sumner, "The Money Illusion: Market Monetarism, the Great Recession, and the Future of Monetary Policy" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

Oct 27 • 01:16:43

Is it possible that the consensus around what caused the 2008 Great Recession is almost entirely wrong? It's happened before. Just as Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz led the economics community in the 1960s to reevaluate its view of what caused the Great Depression, the same may be happening now to our understanding of the first economic crisis of this century....

Alex Pentland and Alexander Lipton, "Building the New Economy: Data As Capital" (MIT Press, 2021)

Oct 25 • 59:44

Data is now central to the economy, government, and health systems—so why are data and the AI systems that interpret the data in the hands of so few people? Alex Pentland and Alexander Lipton's Building the New Economy: Data As Capital (MIT Press, 2021) calls for us to reinvent the ways that data and artificial intelligence are used in civic and government systems. Arguing...

The Economics of Higher Education

Oct 18 • 54:03

Marco Dondi, "Outgrowing Capitalism: Rethinking Money to Reshape Society and Pursue Purpose" (Fast Company Press, 2021)

Oct 18 • 01:12:01

It's time to rethink how we create and allocate money...

Jeffrey C. Hooke, "The Myth of Private Equity: An Inside Look at Wall Street's Transformative Investments" (Columbia Business School, 2021)

Oct 13 • 39:19

Jeffrey Hooke's The Myth of Private Equity: An Inside Look at Wall Street's Transformative Investments (Columbia Business School, 2021) is a scathing indictment of the high-flying world of private equity. Piece by piece, Hooke takes apart the PE value proposition and shows, instead of the claimed "higher returns and lower volatility", a startling record of poor performance...

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