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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

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Because none of us is as smart as all of us. Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly is a podcast about the economy, technology and culture. Hosts Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood will use their expertise to connect the dots on the topics they know best, and get help from listeners and experts about the ones they want to know better. The conversation begins January 2017.

Because none of us is as smart as all of us. Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly is a podcast about the economy, technology and culture. Hosts Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood will use their expertise to connect the dots on the topics they know best, and get help from listeners and experts about the ones they want to know better. The conversation begins January 2017.
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Because none of us is as smart as all of us. Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly is a podcast about the economy, technology and culture. Hosts Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood will use their expertise to connect the dots on the topics they know best, and get help from listeners and experts about the ones they want to know better. The conversation begins January 2017.

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Episodes

44: Where are all the "lost Einsteins?"

12/5/2017
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Who are the "lost Einsteins?" That's the question Raj Chetty is trying to answer. He's a professor of economics who works on the Equality of Opportunity Project at Stanford University. The project uses big data sets, like anonymous tax and U.S. Patent records, to figure out who is and who is not innovating in the United States today. You can hear more of Kai's conversation with Raj Chetty on Marketplace.org.

Duration: 00:32:48


43: Andy Weir loves to geek out about space economics

11/28/2017
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Andy Weir really likes to do research. He's a software engineer who wrote "The Martian," which was adapted into a movie a couple years ago starring Matt Damon. Now he has a new book out, "Artemis," about a colony on the moon. We had him on to talk about the economics behind his fictional world and what it might have to do with moral capitalism. On Marketplace.org, you can find Molly's interview with Andy Weir on Marketplace Tech and you can read an excerpt from "Artemis" on our blog. Also...

Duration: 00:31:58


42: Breaking bread without conflict

11/21/2017
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Retired cognitive science and linguistics professor George Lakoff appeared in a previous episode, explaining how your brain reacts to political rhetoric. He's back this week with tips on how to break through to family members this holiday, even if you don't share the same worldview. Also, we talk a lot about avocado toast on this show. Like, a lot. So we wanted to know: What was the avocado toast — the trendy, divisive foodstuff — of the Victorian era? Culinary historian Heather Arndt...

Duration: 00:22:20


41: Do you hear the people sing?

11/14/2017
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As we continue to ask the question of whether free-market capitalism is working for enough people, we found ourselves with another question — what happens when it doesn't? Political and economic disruption follows. New leaders emerge. Movements emerge again, like populism. Sheri Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard College, says, "populism arises at times when existing democratic institutions, governments, political parties, political elites, are seen as not responding to...

Duration: 00:26:33


40: Explainathon 2! The search for more answers

11/7/2017
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It's time for another Make Me Smart Explainathon, where we answer as many of your questions as we can about the things you want to know more about. We also have an answer to our Make Me Smart question from a listener, and we picked the final book for our 2017 Make Me Smart Book Club. It's "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle, which is being adapted for the big screen next year by Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay.

Duration: 00:34:28


39: Distressed human assets

10/31/2017
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One way to improve capitalism? Focus on dignity. That's what Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, believes. He says that the only way to more economic growth is bringing a sense of dignity back to the political conversation, so that the 6.8 million people without jobs in this country, who he calls "distressed human assets," can be matched to the more than six million jobs openings. Also, we're talking about the things that frighten us in our first-ever...

Duration: 00:36:10


38: Confronting Capitalism

10/25/2017
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Ethical capitalism. Moral capitalism. Enlightened capitalism. What are we talking about when we talk about how to change capitalism? Molly talked with Philip Kotler, the S.C. Johnson & Son Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has written more than 50 books about marketing, as well as the book we mentioned on the show, "Confronting Capitalism." Speaking of books, you can vote for the book you want to read for our final Make...

Duration: 00:38:49


37.5: Hold on for one more day...

10/24/2017
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No podcast today, but there will be one Wednesday. Until then, we've got a little preview of our continuing discussion of moral capitalism to whet your appetite ... or make you run for the hills. You decide. Talk with you soon.

Duration: 00:03:43


37: Is it time to take capitalism into the shop for a look under the hood?

10/18/2017
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Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, says financial markets are almost like rogue artificial intelligence, but it doesn't have to be that way. Then: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai finally says no, you actually can't take away a broadcast license (Mr. President). Finally, "The Lego Ninjago Movie" producer Daniel Lin answers our Make Me Smart question.

Duration: 00:30:41


37: Is it time to take capitalism into the shop for a look under the hood?

10/17/2017
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Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, says financial markets are almost like a rogue AI, but it doesn't have to be that way. Then: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai finally says no, you actually can't take away a broadcast license (Mr. President). Finally "The Lego Ninjago Movie" producer Daniel Lin answers our Make Me Smart question.

Duration: 00:20:55


36: "The Man in the High Castle" has a lot on his mind

10/10/2017
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"Blade Runner." "Total Recall." "Minority Report." These are big-budget movies from big-name directors, but they all sprung from the mind of author Philip K. Dick. He also wrote "The Man in the High Castle," our second Make Me Smart book club selection. Author, journalist and podcaster Erik Davis is our guide on this mind-bending journey — along with all of you, of course. Plus, we get some insight into alternate realities and computer simulations from philosopher Nick Bostrom. You can...

Duration: 00:51:58


34.5: No new show this week

10/3/2017
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There's no new Make Me Smart podcast this week. But we did answer that one remaining question about the sequester, from last week's Explainathon. It's called "What You Need To Know About The Sequester And Trump" and it's right there on our site. You also still have time to send us your thoughts about our book club selection, "The Man In The High Castle" by Phillip K. Dick.

Duration: 00:01:40


34: Explainathon!

9/26/2017
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Why is voice recognition not out of this world? Why do companies whisper their earnings estimates? And should the government run the credit agencies? These are just a few of the things you asked us to explain in our first ever Explainathon. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and look for more answers on the blog later this week!

Duration: 00:40:20


33: Equifax and the future of your data

9/19/2017
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In the wake of the Equifax hack (and the one before that, and the one before that ... ), how should you think about credit, data security and online privacy? And what could the European Union teach American companies about protecting your data? Then: "Outlander" showrunner Ronald D. Moore answers our Make Me Smart question, and we answer some of your questions about #NoConfederate and our interview with April Reign. Mentioned on the show: If you want to learn more about the history of...

Duration: 00:30:37


32: April Reign, #OscarsSoWhite and the art of influence

9/12/2017
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The power of social influence is the power to capture your attention. This week, we look at the role of an individual and an institution in shaping what you think you know and why it matters. Facebook wants you to pay attention to its ads, but what about the buyers of those ads and their influence? April Reign, creator of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag wants you to know how to use influence to change a conversation. Case in point: #NoConfederate.

Duration: 00:32:17


31: What's a CEO's statement worth to this White House?

9/5/2017
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The Trump administration announced it's ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era rule protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation if they arrived as children. Now Congress has to decide whether to pass legislation to maintain the program. Businesses have lined up in favor of DACA, but the question is: What can companies do besides public statements and letters? We follow the corporate money. And Tim Leong tells us what it was like to create the...

Duration: 00:42:25


30: The price of too much pavement

8/29/2017
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Houston's natural topography combined with the infrastructure for six million people creates a flood risk, according to Sam Brody. He's a professor of Marine Sciences and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University at Galveston. And, he says, the city of Houston floods a lot. Brody and colleagues have spent years warning city officials about the damage brought on by too much pavement."We've come a long way," he says, "and a lot has been done, but I think it's time for a real shift in our...

Duration: 00:24:10


27.5: Where's my podcast?

8/15/2017
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We won't have a Make Me Smart podcast in the feed today, but we will have one tomorrow. We'll be talking with Marketplace correspondent Scott Tong about globalization; we'll hear your thoughts about our bitcoin episode; and we're going to announce our next selection for the Make Me Smart book club. To pass the time, head over to our site. If you're new to the show, you can check out our back episodes. And we've got a post up right now explaining some more about bitcoins and where they came...

Duration: 00:00:45


27: Where are all the bitcoins?

8/8/2017
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What do you need to know to understand the new language of money? Bitcoin? Blockchain? And Ethereum? Laura Shin, senior editor at Forbes magazine and host of the "Unchained" podcast, makes us smart about cryptocurrency and how it might transform your financial life. To learn even more, read Shin's cover story on Forbes about initial coin offerings — think Kickstarter crossed with digital currency. Also, we've got a two-part answer to the Make Me Smart question from Maureen Chiquet, former...

Duration: 00:27:55


26: Too much is never enough

8/1/2017
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What do Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations," a science fiction book about Mars and a ride share company have in common? Each one has something to say about the idea of endless economic growth. And so does Kenneth Rogoff, professor of public policy and economics at Harvard University. He makes us smart about the concept of endless economic growth. Whom does it help, whom does it harm? Plus we've got the nominations for the next Make Me Smart Book Club pick. So take a look at the choices...

Duration: 00:43:48

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