FT Alphachatterbox

Financial Times

Alphachatterbox is the Financial Times’s long-form conversational podcast. In each episode, host Cardiff Garcia delves deeply into new themes with a different guest from the realms of economics, finance, business, technology, media and more.
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Emily Parker and Clay Shirky on China's accelerating technological development

1:08:03 | Feb 17th, 2016

Writers Emily Parker and Clay Shirky join host Cardiff Garcia to discuss how accelerating technological development in China both complements and often clashes with issues of state control, censorship, and information flows. They tell the stories of ...Show More
Maria Konnikova on psychology, work, and why we all get conned

1:12:41 | Jun 6th, 2016

Maria Konnikova, a writer and author of "The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It... Every Time" talks to host Cardiff Garcia about her work and the challenge of judging the quality of social-science research. The two also discuss big data, open-plan ...Show More
The life and times of Paul Volcker: Part 2

52:36 | May 22nd, 2016

In the second half of the extended interview, former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker discusses his appointment as president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank of New York, his famous tenure as Fed chair in the 1980s, and some of his thoughts ...Show More
The life and times of Paul Volcker: Part 1

50:24 | May 22nd, 2016

The former chairman of the Federal Reserve talks to host Cardiff Garcia about the years prior to his inflation-fighting days of the 1980s, including his economics education, early career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and US treasury, and hi...Show More
Brad DeLong on Hamiltonian economics

1:11:10 | May 9th, 2016

In a comprehensive overview of US economic history, UC Berkeley professor Brad DeLong explains how the Hamiltonian economic principles of pragmatism and experimentation have repeatedly worked, which is also the subject of the book he co-authored with...Show More
Jim Chanos on betting against Wall Street

1:21:48 | Apr 25th, 2016

Short seller Jim Chanos tells host Matt Klein about his illustrious career in investment management, including his bet against Enron before it went bust in 1999. Mr Chanos also discusses the mechanics of short selling, his research process, and some ...Show More
Emily Oster on conventional wisdom

46:42 | Apr 11th, 2016

Brown University economics professor Emily Oster tells Shannon Bond the truth behind so-called conventional wisdom, especially in the realm of pregnancy and prenatal health, the topic of her book Expecting Better. They also discuss Oster's career and...Show More
Charles Kenny on the upside of the west's decline

1:02:33 | Mar 21st, 2016

Economist Charles Kenny tells host Cardiff Garcia why he believes the rise of the rest is good for the western world, the topic of his book The Upside of Down.
Inside the Washington Post

45:03 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Less than three years after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, the newspaper publisher is as much a technology company as it is a digital news operation. Executive editor Marty Baron and chief information officer Shailesh Prakash t...Show More
Special episode: The cultural forces of football

1:03:36 | Feb 12th, 2016

FT columnist Simon Kuper is joined by author-journalists Amy Raphael, Jimmy Burns and David Winner for an in-depth discussion on how culture and soccer shape one another across the world. This podcast is a recording of a live event that took place in...Show More
The life and times of a dissident Cuban economist

30:35 | Dec 21st, 2015

Cuban dissident Miriam Leiva speaks with Cardiff Garcia in Havana about the life of her late husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, an economist with an irrepressible instinct to tell the truth to a government that did not want to hear it – for which he was ...Show More
Claudia Goldin on women in the workforce

55:21 | Dec 11th, 2015

Host Cardiff Garcia travelled to Harvard University to sit down with economic historian and professor Claudia Goldin. In this extended conversation, Ms Goldin discusses her work on the history of women in the workplace since the start of the 20th cen...Show More
Reihan Salam on a modern conservative economic agenda

1:15:00 | Nov 26th, 2015

The conservative commentator and National Review executive editor sits down with host Cardiff Garcia in the FT's New York studio to discuss Mr Salam's data-driven take on modern conservative economic policy, his latest work and a host of other econom...Show More
Esther Duflo on poverty economics

1:01:17 | Nov 13th, 2015

Development economist and 2010 John Bates Clark Medal award winner Esther Duflo sits down with host Cardiff Garcia at MIT to discuss the latest findings in poverty economics, the importance of political institutions, the debates over the usefulness o...Show More
Angus Deaton on his Nobel Prize-winning career, Part 2

42:54 | Oct 29th, 2015

In part two of a discussion, Angus Deaton explains his work on the poverty trap, the controversial debate over the effectiveness of foreign aid, the usefulness of 'randomised control trials', the best ways to help the poor in developing countries, an...Show More
Angus Deaton on his Nobel Prize-winning career, Part 1

48:15 | Oct 29th, 2015

Angus Deaton, this year's winner of the economics Nobel Prize, tells host Cardiff Garcia about his early influences and how he stumbled into economics. He then walks through the methodological work for which he won the Nobel. Music: "Rollin at 5 - 2...Show More
Joseph Stiglitz on rewriting the rules of the American economy

52:58 | Oct 23rd, 2015

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor at Columbia University, sat down to discuss a report from the Roosevelt Institute titled "Rewriting the rules of the American economy: An agenda for growth and shared prosperity" with C...Show More
Greg Ip on 'Foolproofing' the economy

48:39 | Oct 15th, 2015

Cardiff Garcia speaks to economics commentator Greg Ip about his new book, Foolproof: Why safety can be dangerous and how danger makes us safe, and how his theory can be applied to financial systems. Music: "Punch It" by Uncle Bibby.
Martin Wolf Part 2

36:56 | Oct 8th, 2015

In the second half of Cardiff Garcia's interview with Martin Wolf, the two discuss secular stagnation, the problem with macro-prudential policy and what the future might hold for monetary policy. Martin also answers a few listener questions. A full t...Show More
Martin Wolf Part 1

54:08 | Oct 8th, 2015

In the first of a two part, long-form interview with the FT's chief economics commentator Martin Wolf, host Cardiff Garcia asks about his personal background, how it has informed his writing, the importance of macroeconomic imbalances for financial s...Show More
Anne-Marie Slaughter on gender equality at work and home

51:14 | Oct 1st, 2015

Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the newly-published Unfinished Business and head of New America think tank, sits down with Cardiff Garcia and Emiliya Mychasuk. In this extended conversation, Ms Slaughter discusses her ideas for achieving equality bet...Show More
Welcome to Alphachatterbox

00:29 | Oct 1st, 2015

Host Cardiff Garcia introduces the new long-form conversational podcast from the Financial Times.