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LMD podcast: Ibrahim Warde on HSBC scandals

Continue Reading · 9 March 2015 · economics, history and politics, podcasts

Food adulteration is nothing new

With horse meat cropping up all over the place in food in the UK at the moment, I went back to the interview I recorded in 2008 for Princeton University Press with Bee Wilson about her book Swindled: From Poison Sweets to Ersatz Coffee. As the book makes clear, (justifiable) concern about what’s in our […]

Continue Reading · 8 February 2013 · economics, food and drink, history and politics
Peter Nolan Is China Buying the World

Peter Nolan: Is China Buying the World?

China is the world’s second biggest economy and its largest exporter. It possesses the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves and has 29 firms in the FT 500 list of the world’s largest companies. ‘China’s Rise’ preoccupies the global media, which carry regular articles suggesting that it is using its financial resources to ‘buy the world’. […]

Continue Reading · 22 May 2012 · economics, history and politics, podcasts
Merchants of Culture second edition

Merchants of Culture – new edition for a changing industry

When John Thompson‘s Merchants of Culture appeared in the summer of 2010, it was the first serious study of the publishing industry in many years. Thompson compared himself to an anthropologist studying his subjects in order to explain a field of human activity that strikes many outsiders as baffling and often irrational. The industry recognized […]

Continue Reading · 9 May 2012 · economics, podcasts, social sciences, technology and communication
Daniel Miller Consumption and its Consequences

Consumption and its consequences: “rethinking our relationship to the material world”

My guest in this programme is Professor of Material Culture at UCL, Daniel Miller. Daniel appeared in an earlier Polity Books podcast to talk about his previous book, Tales from Facebook, which looked at how people really use Facebook as a form of social interaction, as opposed to how media commentators would have us think […]

Continue Reading · 27 March 2012 · economics, podcasts, social sciences

Alex Callinicos on Bonfire of Illusions

Continue Reading · 5 September 2010 · economics, history and politics, video

Le Monde diplomatique podcast – James K. Galbraith

This morning I spoke to leading US economist James K. Galbraith on the phone from Athens for this month’s Le Monde diplomatique podcast. James is professor of government/business relations at the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He’s the author of six books, including The Predator State: How Conservatives […]

Continue Reading · 9 June 2010 · economics, history and politics, podcasts