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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.

If you would like to...

Series Episodes

Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History Of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties

Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History Of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties

The true story of how Germany’s wealthiest business dynasties amassed untold money and power by abetting the atrocities of the Third Reich — and how America looked the other way. Many of them continue to control swathes of the world economy, owning iconic brands whose products blanket the globe, brands like Daimler-Benz, Allianz, Porsche, Volkswagen, and BMW. David de Jong shows how these tycoons seized Jewish businesses, procured slave labourers, and ramped up weapons production to equip Hitler’s army – and how they got away with it.  Join the gang! https://plus.acast.com/s/the-david-mcwilliams-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

46 mins

16 July Finished

Beyond The Wall; Life In The GDR With Katja Hoyer

Beyond The Wall; Life In The GDR With Katja Hoyer

In 1980, Dalkey United went on a football trip to Germany which ended up in East Berlin. A certain economist, festival director and once under 13s centre half was on that schoolboy trip and so began a lifelong fascination with all things East German. Less than ten years after that Dalkey Utd. trip, the country vanished. In her wonderful book, Katja Hoyer argues that amid oppression and frequent hardship, East Germany was home to a rich political, social and cultural landscape, a place far more dynamic than the Cold War caricature often painted in the West. This is one for cold war anoraks, communist nostalgists and the odd few intrepid ones who always know there’s more to the story of any country than first meets the eye.  Join the gang! https://plus.acast.com/s/the-david-mcwilliams-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

51 mins

11 July Finished

From Millers to Influencers: Navigating the New Economy

From Millers to Influencers: Navigating the New Economy

In this week’s episode, we’re journeying from the bustling docks of 17th-century Amsterdam to the modern gig economy, all through the lens of Rembrandt and his old man. Rembrandt’s dad wanted him to have a “real job” – sound familiar? Today’s parents are just as anxious about their kids’ unconventional careers. We dive deep into how technological upheaval has always disrupted legacy jobs, from millers and merchants to telephone operators and typists. We’ll unravel the anxiety driving modern politics, why some jobs vanish while new ones appear, and how this relentless change is both a challenge and an opportunity. Join us to see why every generation fears the future, and why there’s a bit of a Rembrandt in every new wave of change. Join the gang! https://plus.acast.com/s/the-david-mcwilliams-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

31 mins

9 July Finished

A young Irish economist and a Nobel prize winner walk into a bar....

A young Irish economist and a Nobel prize winner walk into a bar....

In May 1991 I walked into Keenan's Bar in Crossmaglen, South Armagh with a superstar American economist who would go on to win the Nobel Prize for a chat about global monetary policy. Joe Stiglitz and myself must have cut two odd figures for the locals...this was South Armagh, at the height of the troubles after all, maybe not the normal chat in Keenans but the barman didn't bat an eyelid. Against the background noise of British Army helicopters taking off from the largest and most fortified base in the North, that conversation changed my professional life. Thirty years later we picked up the discussion where we left off. I hope you enjoy the chat. Maybe it's time to head back to 'Cross for another natter. Join the gang! https://plus.acast.com/s/the-david-mcwilliams-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

35 mins

4 July Finished

Blazers Vs. High Viz Jackets

Blazers Vs. High Viz Jackets

In this episode, we dive into the Aer Lingus strike, putting it in the context of the larger global economic landscape. We ask if this strike is the beginning of a new era in industrial relations. By exploring the historical shifts in labour and capital dynamics, we question whether we're seeing the pendulum swing back in favour of workers after decades of shareholder dominance. We connect the dots between these labour actions and global economic and political trends, offering an analysis on how these disputes might shape future economic policies. Join us as we unravel what these industrial actions mean for the future of work and wealth distribution. Join the gang! https://plus.acast.com/s/the-david-mcwilliams-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

30 mins

2 July Finished

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