Podcast Episodes 26-30

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Ep. 30: Jenna Robinson: The Higher-Education Arms Race

Fergus Hodgson, 6 March 2017

University tuition rates across the United States have ballooned in recent decades, but that has been to pay for more administrative staff, not more tenured faculty. As campuses offer bells and whistles, parents and prospective students are growing skeptical. More...

Ep. 29: Daniel D'Amico: Myth versus Reality of Mass Incarceration

Fergus Hodgson, 26 February 2017

The United States has a reputation for being the incarceration nation, but is that deserved? Daniel D'Amico demonstrates that this rise of inmates is not unique, and he dispels the notion that US justice stands out for its racial biases. More...

Ep. 28: The War on Cash: Cui Bono?

Fergus Hodgson, 16 February 2017

There is a battle on two fronts that is circling and tightening the strings on cash for transactions. Both intellectual figureheads and policymakers are limiting particular uses of cash and, in some cases, banning higher denominations. More...

Ep. 27: Marco Navarro-Génie: No One Wins a Trade War

Fergus Hodgson, 11 February 2017

The Canadian foreign minister has threatened retaliation if the Trump administration imposes a tariff on imports from the north. Meanwhile, Trump has said he will cancel NAFTA unless there is a significant renegotiation of the treaty. Add the budding wall with Mexico, and a disruptive trade war looms. More...

Ep. 26: Andrés González: The Jig Is Up for Pay to Play in Latin America

Fergus Hodgson, 4 February 2017


The Odebrecht scandal has rocked Latin America with its breadth, implicating 500 elected officials across the region. Andrés González is a professor of international relations at San Francisco University of Quito, Ecuador, and he says that while corruption may remain with us, the rules of the game have changed. This is just the tip of the iceberg waiting to be uncovered, and the old deference towards corruption is fading fast. More...

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