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Welcome to Project Syndicate Podcasts – a hub for conversation on the world’s most pressing issues. On Opinion Has It, host Elmira Bayrasli sits down with leading economists, policymakers, Nobel laureates, academics, and more. Listen and subscribe to all episodes from your favorite podcast app. Find Opinion Has It on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Acast, or via RSS Feed.

On The New Postnormal, produced by Polityka Weekly, host Maciej Kuziemski discusses a crucial dimension of the post-pandemic normal with a leading expert or thinker, to discover ways we can build back better. Look for a new episode every other Tuesday here on PS, on Apple Podcasts, or via RSS Feed.

  1. Imprisoned by the Infosphere
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    Imprisoned by the Infosphere

    The New Postnormal Dec 22, 2021 Maciej Kuziemski & Peter Pomerantsev consider how the internet has severed the link between expression and emancipation.

  2. Trouble over Taiwan
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    Trouble over Taiwan

    Opinion Has It Nov 23, 2021 Bonnie Glaser & Elmira Bayrasli assess the conflicting pressures that will determine the island’s fate.

  3. The Politics of Urgency and Inevitability
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    The Politics of Urgency and Inevitability

    The New Postnormal Nov 17, 2021 Ivan Krastev & Maciej Kuziemski examine how climate change and democratic trends produce conflicting political responses.

  4. Debt Wars
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    Debt Wars

    Opinion Has It Nov 9, 2021 Barry Eichengreen & Elmira Bayrasli consider what history can teach us about the purpose, power, and peril of public debt.

  5. The Gig Economy 2.0
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    The Gig Economy 2.0

    The New Postnormal Nov 2, 2021 Jessica Bruder & Maciej Kuziemski discuss the pandemic's consequences for workers.

  6. America’s Afghan Debacle
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    America’s Afghan Debacle

    Opinion Has It Oct 26, 2021 Annie Pforzheimer & Elmira Bayrasli assess the recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the country’s prospects under Taliban rule.

  7. Voting in a Time of Democratic Erosion
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    Voting in a Time of Democratic Erosion

    Opinion Has It Oct 12, 2021 Francesca Binda & Elmira Bayrasli consider what recent elections say about the state of the world’s democracies.

  8. What Is Missing from the Inequality Debate
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    What Is Missing from the Inequality Debate

    The New Postnormal Oct 6, 2021 Peter Singer & Maciej Kuziemski show that no push for equality is complete without accounting for the needs of future generations and other species.

  9. Is Crypto Going Mainstream?
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    Is Crypto Going Mainstream?

    Opinion Has It Sep 28, 2021 Sheila Warren & Elmira Bayrasli consider how digital currencies are reshaping the global monetary system.

  10. Economic Crisis in the Anthropocene
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    Economic Crisis in the Anthropocene

    Opinion Has It Sep 14, 2021 Adam Tooze & Elmira Bayrasli consider what the pandemic should teach us about managing a new era of crises.

  11. Post-Normal Policymaking
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    Post-Normal Policymaking

    The New Postnormal Sep 10, 2021 Silvio O. Funtowicz & Maciej Kuziemski consider how leaders can make decisions under uncertain conditions.

  12. The End of the Indispensable Nation
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    The End of the Indispensable Nation

    Opinion Has It Aug 31, 2021 Stephen Wertheim & Elmira Bayrasli discuss the grim legacy of America's response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

  13. Rage Against Productivity
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    Rage Against Productivity

    The New Postnormal Aug 24, 2021 Jenny Odell & Maciej Kuziemski discuss the individual and systemic importance of reimagining what it means to be productive.

  14. Toward Bretton Woods 2.0?
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    Toward Bretton Woods 2.0?

    Opinion Has It Aug 17, 2021 Harold James, et al. consider where the international monetary order is headed, and whether we can muster the cooperation needed to manage the transition.

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    America’s Childcare Is Unfit for the Postmodern Age

    Bruce Ackerman urges US President Joe Biden to put universal preschool at the center of his re-election campaign.
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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.
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    Trump and the Risk of a US Debt Default

    William L. Silber thinks the former president would be even more reckless if awarded another term this year.
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    Europe’s Red Tape Is Helping Russia

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    The European Union’s cumbersome and narrowly defined regulations for public procurement and spending are not simply inadequate; they are dangerous. They weaken the bloc’s ability to protect itself from a broad range of Russian hybrid attacks while prolonging Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    propose a European Defense Production Act to help fast-track processes for public procurement and spending.
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    What to Look for in Trump’s First Trial

    Eric Posner

    The intricate legal issues and colorful characters in Donald Trump's criminal trials will undoubtedly keep the media and the viewing public enraptured for months to come. But when it comes to the 2024 election, all that really matters is how the defendant appears to a narrow sliver of undecided voters.

    points out that optics, more than the law or the facts, will be what matters most for the election.
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    AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities

    Justina Nixon-Saintil surveys the technology's foreseeable applications in promoting urban sustainable development.
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.
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    As Families Change, So Must the Safety Net

    Neha Bansal urges governments to implement policies that promote intergenerational integration and solidarity.
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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.

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