The thirty-first episode of GREAT PODVERSATIONS features KURT ANDERSEN and DARON ACEMOGLU discussing Andersen’s latest book Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America.
KURT ANDERSEN is the bestselling author of the novels Heyday, Turn of the Century, and True Believers.
In Evil Geniuses, Andersen offers a fresh perspective on America’s undoing, unsparingly assigning blame—to the radical right in economics and the law, the high priests of high finance, a complacent and complicit Establishment, and liberal “useful idiots,” among whom he includes himself. Evil Geniuses is a deeply researched and brilliantly woven cultural, economic, and political chronicle.
“The one book everyone must read as we figure out how to rebuild our country.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci
Andersen contributes to Vanity Fair and The New York Times and was the host and co-creator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award–winning public radio show and podcast. He also writes for television, film, and the stage, and regularly appears as a commentator on MSNBC. Andersen co-founded Spy magazine, served as editor in chief of New York Magazine, and was a cultural columnist and critic for Time and The New Yorker.
DARON ACEMOGLU is an Institute Professor at MIT and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, the British Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists. He is also a member of the Group of Thirty.
He is the author of five books, including The New York Times bestseller Why Nations Fail: Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (joint with James A. Robinson), Introduction to Modern Economic Growth, and The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (with James A. Robinson).
Acemoglu’s academic work covers a wide range of areas, including political economy, economic development, economic growth, technological change, inequality, labor economics and economics of networks. He has received numerous awards including the inaugural T. W. Schultz Prize from the University of Chicago, the Carnegie Fellowship in 2017, the Global Economy Prize in 2019, and the CME Group-Mathematical and Statistical Research Institute Prize in 2021.
Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America by Kurt Andersen
The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
Original air date: 11/5/2021
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