Economics

The World Bank
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
76

The World Bank

Economics
Income inequality
Politics
World War II
Poverty
Jul 31, 2020
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18
minutes

It's one of the world's most important financial institutions, but also one of the most controversial.

Discover what the World Bank actually is, how it works, what happens when it gets things right, and what happens when things go badly wrong.

The Resource Curse
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Episode
62

The Resource Curse

Economics
Africa
Gold
Oil
Jun 12, 2020
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16
minutes

When a country finds gold, oil or diamonds, you might think this would be a good thing.

But in many cases, it is a curse for that country, and it would have been better off leaving its natural resources in the ground.

Fair Trade
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
49

Fair Trade

Economics
Food & drink
May 1, 2020
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21
minutes

You recognise the name. You recognise the label.

You've seen it on bananas, chocolate, coffee, and all over thousands of everyday products.

But how much do you really know about Fairtrade?

In today's episode we take a look at how it really works, who benefits, and why some companies are starting up alternatives to Fairtrade.

Tulipmania // When Flowers Cost More Than Houses
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
43

Tulipmania // When Flowers Cost More Than Houses

Economics
Weird history
Apr 10, 2020
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22
minutes

In Holland in the 1600s the price of tulips rose so much that a single bulb reportedly cost more than a townhouse on Amsterdam's grand canal.

In this episode we look at the real story behind one of the greatest bubbles in history.‍

Universal Basic Income
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
33

Universal Basic Income

Economics
Income inequality
US politics
Bernie Sanders
Mar 6, 2020
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19
minutes

What would happen if the government just gave everyone money?

That's the idea of Universal Basic Income, and it's an idea that has supporters from all across the political spectrum.

Today we're going to take a look at how it works, why people love it, why people hate it, and what happens when you just give people money without asking for anything in return.

Why Are So Many Jobs So Pointless? The Rise of the Bullsh*t Job
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Episode
26

Why Are So Many Jobs So Pointless? The Rise of the Bullsh*t Job

Work life
Business
Philosophy
Feb 14, 2020
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21
minutes

Why do so many jobs seem quite so pointless?

Today we're taking a look at the phenomenon of the bullsh*t job, and its effect on us individually and as a society.

Carbon Offsetting
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
20

Carbon Offsetting

Global warming
Economics
Environment
Jan 24, 2020
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17
minutes

You've probably heard of carbon offsetting, and heard people praise it as one potential tool in the fight against climate change.

But how much do you really know about it?

In today's podcast we go into how it really works, why people love it, why others hate it, and discuss whether it's a positive or a negative force in the fight to prevent global warming.

How Did The Russian Oligarchs Get So Rich?
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Episode
6

How Did The Russian Oligarchs Get So Rich?

Corruption
Russia
Oligarchs
The Cold War
Entrepreneurship
Dec 6, 2019
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15
minutes

Ever wondered how the Russian oligarchs actually managed to get so rich?

Today we're going to be taking a look at how 22 men managed to gain control of 39% of Russia's entire economy, while the the rest of the country suffered.

You can then decide whether you agree with Putin, who in 2019 said "We do not have oligarchs in Russia anymore".

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