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July 08 2011


Freakonomics » Hey Baby, Is That a Prius You’re Driving?

Conspicuous conservation is the theme of our latest podcast, called “Hey Baby, Is That a Prius You’re Driving?” It centers around a paper by Alison and Steve Sexton, a pair of Ph.D. economics candidates (who happen to be twins, and who happen to have economist parents), called “Conspicuous Conservation: The Prius Effect and Willingness to Pay for Environmental Bona Fides.” Includes an appearance by Tim Harford.

May 19 2011


Rethinking economic assumptions - RN Future Tense - 19 May 2011

Stagnation, consumption and the value of profit above social capital. Three thinkers question some of the orthodoxies around our economic future. Guests: Umair Haque Director of the Havas Media Lab and author of The New Capitalist Manifesto. Tyler Cowen Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Author of The Great Stagnation. Chandran Nair Founder of the Global Institute For Tomorrow. Author of Consumptionomics. Further Information: Umair Haque's Harvard Business Review blog Global Institute For Tomorrow Marginal Revolution - Tyler Cowen's blog Link to Stan Correy's Background Briefing story - 'Digital revolutionaries under surveillance' (http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/stories/2011/3212869.htm) Publications: Title: The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business Author: Umair Haque Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press Title: Consumptionomics: Asia's role in reshaping capitalism and saving the planet Author: Chandran Nair Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Title: The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick and Will (Eventually) Feel Better Author: Tyler Cowen Publisher: e-book (see URL above) URL: http://mercatus.org/greatstagnation http://www.abc.net.au/rn/futuretense/stories/2011/3216533.htm
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December 15 2010


99% invisible 11: 99% undesigned (but still evil)

Almost everything in modern life is designed to waste energy. The whole system evolved on a false premise that petroleum is cheap and plentiful and will be that way forever. The awesome Lisa Margonelli, author of Oil on The Brain and a fellow at the New America Foundation, talks us through the design of a world that completely disregards the perils of oil consumption and how new designs are meant to make us all more content with the mess we’ve made. From http://invisible99.podbean.com/2010/11/24/99-invisible-11-99-undesigned/

November 03 2010


Mark Bittman | The Food Matters Cookbook: Lose Weight and Heal the Planet with More Than 500 Recipes

Mark Bittman is one of the country's foremost food writers, author of "The Minimalist" food column for The New York Times and of multiple James Beard Award and IACP/Julia Child Award-winning cookbooks, including How to Cook Everything. Selling more than a million copies, the book was described by a Washington Post reviewer as "the new, hip Joy of Cooking." Bittman also appears regularly on NBC's Today Show and NPR's All Things Considered, and has hosted three public television series. His latest cookbook is a follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating, offering recipes that are both healthier for you and for the environment.
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