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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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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

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    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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