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Free Forum Q&A - (1) CHRIS ANDERSON, THE LONG TAIL: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More (originally aired August 2006) (2) STEVEN LEVITT, FREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (originally aired August 2005)
June 16, 2016 06:06 PM PDT
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THE LONG TAIL by former editor of WIRED, CHRIS ANDERSON, makes a provocative argument: With no shelf space to pay for and, in the case of purely digital services like iTunes, no manufacturing costs and minimal distribution fees, a hit and a miss are on equal economic footing, both just entries in a database called up on demand. Suddenly, popularity no longer has a monopoly on profitability.

In FREAKONOMICS, STEVEN LEVITT and co-author STEPHEN DUBNER make that point that economics is, at root, the study of incentives - how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. They explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the myths of campaign finance., the telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan. You get the idea.

Free Forum - ALVIN TOFFLER, author - with his wife, Heidi - of FUTURE SHOCK and THE THIRD WAVE about REVOLUTIONARY WEALTH: How It Will Be Created & How It Will Change Our Lives
June 09, 2016 03:20 PM PDT
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(originally aired July 2006)

In their earlier POWERSHIFT, the Tofflers coined the word "prosumer" for people who consume what they themselves produce. Think of all the tasks - from ATM deposits to online airline reservations - that we now do for ourselves. In REVOLUTIONARY WEALTH they expand the concept to reveal how many of our activities - parenting, volunteering, blogging, organizing a neighborhood council, etc. - pump free lunch from the non-money economy into the economy that economists track.

After both working in manufacturing jobs and unions in their youth, Alvin and Heidi Toffler have gone on to write perhaps the most influential work on the future. Alvin Toffler has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, a faculty member at the New School for Social Research, a White House correspondent, an editor at Fortune magazine. Books include Future Shock; The Third Wave, and Powershift.

Free Forum: MICHAEL LEWIS, BOOMERANG: Travels in the New Third World
May 13, 2016 03:43 PM PDT

Free Forum: JOSEPH STIGLITZ Nobel-prize winning economist on FREEFALL: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy
May 13, 2016 03:01 PM PDT
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Free Forum Q&A - RON SCHULTZ, Editor, CREATING GOOD WORK: How to Build a Healthy Economy - with a panel of leading social entrepreneurs
April 27, 2016 09:55 PM PDT
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Originally Aired March 2013

RON SCHULTZ, editor of a new book, CREATING GOOD WORK, brings together essays by social entrepreneurs that share their experiences as well as their insights and advice for others. Ron's invited a few of his book's contributors to join us, and I want to tap each person's individual story while asking some of these bigger questions: What is a social entrepreneur? What's working in the field? Why is it working? What is the larger goal or vision? Why is social entrepreneurship important? What are the big challenges? What lessons have they learned? Where can listeners learn more?

RON SCHULTZ, is the founder and Executive Director of the microfinance/micro- enterprise lending program, Entrepreneurs4Change.

PAUL HERMAN, author, The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World.

JIM FRUCHTERMAN co-founded Calera Recognition Systems, which developed character recognition that allowed computers to read virtually all printed text, and Arkenstone, a nonprofit social enterprise, to produce reading machines for the disabled community.

CARRIE FREEMAN is a partner with SecondMuse focused on applying the art & science of collaboration to solve perplexing problems and create positive impact.

Q&A - On tax weekend, my favorite tax expert DAVID CAY JOHNSTON Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author PERFECTLY LEGAL; FREE LUNCH; FINE PRINT
April 21, 2016 12:01 AM PDT
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Originally Aired April 2011

As millions of Americans are hard at work filing their taxes and the Panama Papers reveal once again how the super-rich avoid paying theirs, listen to my April 2011 conversation with DAVID CAY JOHNSTON, my go-to guest re taxes. People used to joke about how they hated taxes, but they paid them, and we had a solid middle class society. Real wages rose from WWII through 1973. Today the GOP, nationally and in state capitols, is unwilling to consider raising taxes no matter the circumstances, while orporations create shell companies to keep their untaxed profits overseas.

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON worked as an investigative reporter for several newspapers. He was with the Los Angeles Times from 1976 to 1988, and at the New York Times from 1995-2008 where he won a Pulitzer Prize for his innovative coverage of our tax system. His books include Perfectly Legal; Free Lunch; and The Fine Print.

Free Forum Q&A - (1) MUHAMMAD YUNUS Nobel Peace Prizewinner, pioneer of micro-credit (2) VANDANA SHIVA SOIL NOT OIL: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis
March 14, 2016 11:49 PM PDT
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Nobel Peace Prizewinner, pioneer of micro-credit
(originally aired January 2008)

Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis
(originally aired December 2010)

Two visionary change agents: MUHAMMAD YUNUS, Nobel Peace Prizewinner, pioneer of micro-credit, author, BANKER TO THE POOR and CREATING A WORLD WITHOUT POVERTY. VANDANA SHIVA, founder of Navdanya, a movement in India for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights, and author of several books including SOIL NOT OIL: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis.

DISRUPTIVE #5: Molecular Robotics – Building with DNA
March 14, 2016 11:18 PM PDT
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DISRUPTIVE – the podcast from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

We’re learning to take advantage of properties of DNA that have served nature well- but in ways nature may have never pursued. We build with it. We tap its capacity to carry information to enhance our ability to explore the inner life of cells.

In this episode, Wyss faculty members William Shih, Wesley Wong and Peng Yin share what it’s like being on the frontier of science, explain how and why they program DNA, and consider potential applications of their work.

Tap the Unique Power of Story and Narrative
February 22, 2016 09:51 PM PST
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In this podcast, I go solo. Rather than interviewing others, I share with you the best of the work I do to help organizations develop more engaging narratives and tell better stories. Learn why narrative is uniquely powerful as well as the recipe for a good story – whether in a Hollywood screenplay or a one-to-one conversation.

Free Forum Q&A - (1) THOMAS HOMER DIXON, THE UPSIDE OF DOWN: Catastrophe, Creativity, and Renewal (originally aired March 2009) (2) JOE STIGLITZ, $3 TRILLION WAR (originally aired April 2008)
January 29, 2016 04:16 PM PST
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This week as the stock market falls and we're sending more troops to Iraq, you'll hear two previously recorded interviews. First, my March 2009 interview with THOMAS HOMER DIXON, author of THE UPSIDE OF DOWN: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization about how it may take hitting bottom for societies to change. And, in the second half of the show you'll hear my April 2008 conversation with Nobel prize winning economist JOE STIGLITZ about his book, THE $3 TRILLION WAR, on the enormous costs of our tragic adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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