Monday, February 11, 2008

Carnival of Podcasts- Mostly Econ Talks

Harvard's Hausmann Says Stimulus Can Hurt More Than Help

The Benefits of Neuroeconomics
Kevin McCabe, The George Mason University
Jason Zweig, senior writer, Money Magazine
Brooks Robinson, Technology Roundtable Chair, moderator

Easterly on Growth, Poverty, and Aid

The Golden Road (to Unlimited Deflation)?, featuring Lawrence H. White

Diminishing Returns: Income Inequality in the United States
Alan Krueger, Douglas Massey, Viviana Zelizer. Moderator: Stan Katz

Viviana Zelizer on Money and Intimacy

Defense Policy and the Precautionary Principle, featuring Benjamin H. Friedman,

Bush's Budget: Fanciful Accounting
, featuring Chris Edwards

Climate Change Versus Other Risks, featuring Indur M. Goklany

Ken Prewitt about the so-called TED spread, which is the difference between what banks and the U.S. government pay for three-month loans, as well as the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and the outlook for the U.S. economy

Alex Brill, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former adviser to the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, spoke yesterday with Bloomberg's Tom Keene from Washington about the U.S. Congress's $152 billion economic stimulus package and its impact on the U.S. economy

What Makes a Terrorist?
Sir David Omand GCB, Alan B. Krueger, Simon Israel

Making a difference: The role of the Treasury in 21st Century Britain

Matthew Taylor, Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Peter Riddell

Who Runs Britain?
Robert Peston lifts the lid on Britain’s new ruling class and how they affect us.

Steven Pinker

Muhammad Yunus

Thinking Like a Social Scientist
: a lecture by Professor Stuart Corbridge

The Logic of Life

Measuring American Power in Today's Fractured World
Speaker: Professor Paul Kennedy

An Open Economy – the Progressive Response to Global Change
Speaker: John Hutton MP

Iraq: The Way Out
Speaker: Jonathan Steele

Somalia: legal and humanitarian challenges

Speaker: Guillermo Bettocchi

New Industrial Centres and the Rise of the Justice and Development Party to Power in Turkey
Speaker(s): Professor Sevket Pamuk

Thinking Like a Social Scientist
: a lecture by Professor Danny Quah

Cyprus Enters the 'Euro-zone': challenges and implications
Speaker(s): Professor Christopher Pissarides; Michalis Sarris

Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor Ron Anderson

Transit Talk
Megan McArdle talks transportation with her father and special guest podcaster Ryan Avent of The Economist's Free Exchange blog

Doug Holtz-Eakin, John McCain's economics advisor, talks taxes, trade, and the coming fiscal crisis

Barack Obama and the Economic Future of America
Obama's economic advisor, Professor Austan Goolsbee of the University of Chicago, discusses the health care debate, the credit debacle, the Federal Reserve's limitations, and other major issues that will face the next American president.

GlobalBiz: China 1
This week, in the first of a series of programmes from China, Peter Day visits one of the poorest regions of rural China - Ningxia - where he speaks to those being left behind in China’s economic boom and finds out what, if anything, is being done to change their fate.

BBC Start of the Week with Sudhir Venkatesh
Andrew Marr is joined by Sudhir Venkatesh who talks about his book 'Gang Leader for a Day'; Peter Berry discusses his series 'The Last Enemy'; Lisa Appignanesi talks about her book 'Mad, Bad and Sad'; and Mark Leonard discusses his book 'What Does China Think?'.

Rupert's Adventures in China: How Murdoch Lost a Fortune and Found a Wife

The Rise of the Creative Class

Homo sapiens emerged in Africa more than 100,000 years ago and started to disperse to other continents in a big way 60,000 years ago.But why did it then take another 50,000 years before we developed villages and agriculture. Why the big wait?

Moral consequences of economic growth

Weird history
Did the Chinese visit England and America in the 15th century? Did the Mongols really invade Russia? Were there secret visitors to Australia? These are all examples of what Greg Melluish calls weird history, which is a type of history that sounds more like science fiction than a reliable account of the past.

The Emergence of Science, Part 1
In the twenty-first century, science doesn't just explain the world: it dominates the world. Religion, art, human relationships, history - we expect them all to be explained in scientific terms. How did science acquire this dominance over our way of thinking? Today, in the first episode of a two-part special, we examine the rise of science in the western mind.

The Emergence of Science, Part 2
Why did the great scientific revolution occur in the West and not in China or the Arab-Islamic world? This week, in the second part of an interview with Stephen Gaukroger from the University of Sydney, we find out why it happened, where it happened and how science became the bearer of general standards of rationality.

Proust was a neuroscientist

Abraham Lincoln revisited
26 years ago medical historian Dr Jim Leavesley gave his first talk in this time slot and today he revisits the same subject which dealt with the ailments of President Abraham Lincoln. Over the years opinions have changed. It was believed that the President suffered from Marfan's Disease, but did he?

Shara Bailey, who calls herself a dental palaeoanthropologist

Surviving cancer
Because cancer screening procedures and treatments are continuously improving many more people are surviving the disease. However, dealing with the shock of a cancer diagnosis is the first of many challenging and difficult hurdles one faces. We hear some personal experiences in the journey to cancer survival and the latest research on how to meet people's social and emotional needs to ensure a better quality of life during and after treatment.

The knee files - part one
This is the first of two special reports by Associate Professor Alex Barratt on knees and the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis. In part one she sorts out the myths from the evidence about what causes knee arthritis and which of the common treatments really work. There's also information about the effects of lifestyle factors and the latest drug treatments.

The knee files - part two

The Argentine ant and the red imported fire ant are boht competitive species which coexist. They compete intensively. David Holway says they hate each other. Argentine ants will try to prevent fire ants from leaving their nests. In California, control of fire ants has been successful. But they are still present and may increase in number. Present studies are looking at interactions between ants and other species, such as aphids, scales and mealybugs which produce honeydew.

How nerves grow in the body

Yvonne Jones tracks how nerves grow in the body. Through a complex series of communications, the nerves follow a trail of proteins and special glue molucules. The process is observed using X-rays from a synchrotron named Diamond.

The psychological power of forgiveness in South Africa

Robert M. Kimmitt on Sovereign Wealth Funds and the World Economy

The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation

Fundamentals of Chinese medicine

Sharia and UK Law
Professor Shaheen Ali talks about Dr Rowan Williams' recent comments regarding Sharia and English law

Writing numbers -- Rachel Robertson and Toni Jordan
What is it like to write about numbers? To tell a story through characters who count? To make numbers almost another character of the work?
Two writers who have written about people with numbers obsessions are Rachel Robertson and Toni Jordan. But neither Toni nor Rachel are obsessive themselves.

Marketing Lady Chatterley: origins of spin in publishing with Jonathan Rose

The Year of Festivals: Chinese New Year

Mother Maya
Sri Swamini Mayatitananda is one of the few female gurus in the Indian Veda Vyasa lineage. Known as Mother Maya, she survived ovarian cancer in her teenage years and is now a healer, educator and head of Wise Earth School of Ayurveda in North Carolina. And placing the ancient Hindu healing practice of Ayurveda in an Australian context is Raman Das Mahatyagi, a registered Vaidya or Ayurvedic physician.

The Contemplative Life
Encounter visits the monks of the Benedictine Catholic and Theravadin Buddhist orders and discovers that monastic lives are deeply linked to the temporal and spiritual life of the lay community.

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