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The David McWilliams Podcast

Podcast Series The David McWilliams Podcast

The aim of this weekly podcast is to make economics easy, uncomplicated and accessible. With the world at a political, technological and financial tipping point, economics has never been so important to all of us and yet, it’s made inaccessible and complicated by so many.

I’ve always thought what is complicated is rarely important and what is important is rarely complicated.

That will be our motto.

Every week we are going to tease out some big economic or political issue facing us, not just here in Ireland but in Europe and further afield. Globalisation has brought us all together. We all face similar challenges whether you live in Dublin, London, Minnesota or Milan.

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Series Episodes

We don’t know ourselves - A conversation with Fintan O’Toole

We don’t know ourselves - A conversation with Fintan O’Toole

Have things really changed? Is Ireland really that different than it was? What are the personalities that have marked our history? Through a wide ranging conversation with Fintan O’Toole we explore these topics to bring the spirit of Ireland to life in an unexpected way. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1 hour 3 mins

23 June Finished

The future of the internet economy with Stripe co-founder: John Collison

The future of the internet economy with Stripe co-founder: John Collison

Today we’re bringing you a unique conversation that I had with John Collison over the weekend where I got to ask him a wide variety of questions covering innovation, crypto, macro-trends for the internet and even flying cars! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55 mins

21 June Finished

The 2nd Atomic Age

The 2nd Atomic Age

With markets gyrating all over the shop, it's easy to forget the big picture. The price of energy is the foundational price in any economy. Right now it's too high, but it will come down. And, getting it down, plus achieving net zero on carbon emissions are two of the most critical objectives for the entire globe. So how do we get enough clean energy to power the world, and bring down pollution?  Nuclear has to be on the cards and in the mix. Let's explore. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40 mins

16 June Finished

Inflation returns (kinda), what would James Joyce think?

Inflation returns (kinda), what would James Joyce think?

Inflation is back. Don't panic....unless you bought Bitcoin in the past year. Inflation will abate as the policy and the economy adjust, but it may take a bit of time. Plus Bloomonomics - the economics of Ulysses and it's hero Leopold Bloom - what it tells us about creating and fostering civic, mixed living cities - which are the font of most innovation, and economic growth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38 mins

14 June Finished

Platinum Jubilee, Sordid Slavery

Platinum Jubilee, Sordid Slavery

As the UK celebrates the Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee, we forget that monarchies have historically sat on top of an economic system with slaves, colonies and extractive settlements, the objective of which was to steal wholesale from the colonised countries and peoples. The legacy of the colonialism runs deep in many parts of the world. This week we focus on the Caribbean, its traumatic legacy and how the money taken from there fuelled the capital markets of the 18th century and the industrial revolution. Even today, these countries are still seen as colonies in all but name. We explore the difference between "settler" states and "extractive" states and how these ideas still determine how countries progress. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 mins

9 June Finished

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