Monthly Archives: February 2014

…and on the television!

To wrap it all up, on 25 February, I was invited onto Toronto Global TV’s breakfast show. Here’s the video and here I am!

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Not to mention a trip to Sun TV for Michael Coren’s discussion and topical issues show The Arena…

PR on The Arena with Michael Coren

 

 

 

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…on the radio…

While I was in Canada, I was lucky enough to find my way onto CBC Radio. Anna Maria Tremonti invited me onto her programme The Current – one of Canada’s most popular talk shows – for a half hour chat about economics and society. Find all about it here – it seemed to go down well, and Facebook was clocking up likes in the hundreds.

Later I had a chance to argue with conservative Canadian shock jock Jerry Agar, a free market fan of the best kind. But we parted friends:

PR with Jerry Agar

The show podcast (25 February) is available here. I’m the final segment, the closing AGARment, boom boom.

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In Canada, in the lecture room…

Fresh back from a short trip to Toronto, 23-26 February, courtesy of my incredibly hospitable publishers Random House Canada and the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto. Thank you to all for making me so at home. Here’s the cover of the Canadian book, available here.

Canada cover

While I was there I gave a lecture at Rotman School of Business as part of the School’s public events series. I spoke on the topic ‘How economics became the world’s prime mover’. Thanks to all who ventured out in the polar weather – minus 15C outside – a great audience and some interesting discussion: 

PR at Rotman Talk

 

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‘The True Cost of Economics’ at the RSA

On 13 February 2014 I had the honour of giving a lecture at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) in London on ‘The True Cost of Economics’. You can find audio podcasts, including the Q&A, and downloadable video on the RSA’s website.

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‘Relationshopping’ for Valentines Day in the Guardian

Never able to resist a cheap entry, here’s a short comment piece in the Guardian’s Comment is Free, about the notion of Relationshopping – see very amusing comment below the line – and what psychological science can tell us about the limits of relationship prediction.

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And a couple more…

A short review in the Irish Times, and a thoughtful review by Jeremy Williams at his Make Wealth History blog

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In the Sundays! (Sport and Times)

Coverage in the Sundays – a game of two halves. First of all, a pretty hostile review from Stephanie Flanders, former BBC Economics Editor and now JP Morgan Chief Strategist, in the Sunday Times. Here’s a pdf of the review: I Spend Therefore I Am, Sunday Times, 16th Feb. Flanders’ main complaint is that I take too broad a view of economics – well, that’s made clear throughout the book. ‘The true cost of calculatively rational, profit seeking, technical valuation methods derived from economic’s wouldn’t have made such a good title. She claims that we need instrumental rationality in, for example, the health service – granted, we do, but we need other forms of value, democratically discussed, as well. And she argues that we have choice. We do indeed, but what’s of interest is how these choices are made: we aren’t just ‘brains in jars’, as they say in science studies.

On the better side, four stars in the Sunday Sport. The review concludes, ‘Loads of economists are queueing up to slag this book off, which alone makes it an economically sound buy’. Nuff said. The review here:

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THE book of the week and podcast

On Wednesday 12 February, I stopped into the offices of Times Higher Education to meet Karen Shook, the paper’s book editor, and to record a books podcast. Karen has a very disarming way about her, and soon had me holding forth on all sorts of things: the limits of social science and the menace of Freakanomics, most of all. The podcast, available here, accompanies a very generous review and placed I Spend Therefore I Am as book of the week. Thank you Karen and all at THE!

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LSE lecture available as podcast

On 11 February I gave a lecture at the LSE, in the splendid Hong Kong lecture theatre. It was part of the public lecture series and quite an honour to be listed in the same programme as some of the great lights of global social science. I chose the provocative title ‘Economics, the enemy?’ and the hall was packed – yes, they were turning people away at the door. The podcast is now available, and you can listen to it here. As you can hear that quite clearly in the recording it was a tough audience, but the questions were excellent and I had some good feedback afterwards.

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BBC News Meet the Author

I celebrated publication day with this interview on BBC News’ Meet the Author, hosted by the delightful Nick Higham. It’s available on iplayer until 12 February, and you can find it here. Otherwise, here’s the two of us in full flow.

Capture from meet the author 6 Feb

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