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26. Jonathan Snow: So What Exactly Happened to all the Bees? And Why?

On this episode we discuss the ominous question, Why are the bees disappearing and are humans to blame?

We have a fascinating conversation on everything from the cellular stress responses of the honey bee, to how bug populations in general seem to be dwindling down, to what humans can do top help bolster the bee population.

Jonathan Snow
Jonathan Snow

Jonathan Snow is an assistant professor of biology who studies the cellular stress responses of the honey bee. Attaching the question of why the honey bee has face an increased rate of die off as of late.

24. Linda Allen: An Alternative Theory For Explaining the Magnitude of the Great Recession.

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Linda Allen is a professor of finance at Baruch college who maintains interests in the field of financial risk.

We have a fascinating discussion on the 07-08 crisis focusing on an alternative theory to why the magnitude of The Great Recession was so pronounced. We also discuss some lessons you can take away from the crash and doing your due diligence.

23. Nizan Packin: The Positives & Negatives of Our Inevitable Fintech Future.

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Nizan Packin is an associate professor at the Zicklin school of business who focuses on law and finance. In particular holding interests in fintech, big data, net banks, and how they all come together. 

We have a fascinating conversation on how big data and algorithms are playing a much more prominent role in financial decision making.

We discuss regulatory arbitrage, technology firms becoming banks, and the positive and negative impacts of our fintech future. 

22. Anwar Shaikh: Starting Off on The Wrong Foot. Is Economics Predicated on The Wrong Basic Assumptions?

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Professor Anwar Shaikh is a heterodox professor of economics whose book Capitalism: Capital, Conflict, Crisis is our main topic of discussion.

We go down a fascinating road on his main thesis that what drives capitalism and its cyclical nature can be explained by intrinsic forces such as the profit motive for corporations.

This, as opposed to the current orthodox view that the rational actor, who care only about their consumption, makes the world go round in a sense.

The talk encompasses subtopics ranging from his background as a social activist to how his theory of capitalism differs from orthodox theory, to how the lay person should view capitalism.

13. Bryant Simon: Is Our Drive to Make Things Cheaper Killing Us?

Bryant Simon is a history professor with interests in everything from Southern History to Food Studies.

The conversation starts with a fascinating overview of historic topics such as white workers in the south during the new deal era, the racial segregation of Atlantic City in the early to mid 20th century and the Hamlet Fire, a tragic incident that illustrates the shortcomings of how cheap our society has become. 

The second part of the conversation focuses on how The United States willingness to save money comes above all else, but at a cost. As such we touch  on everything from climate change to a wholistic lack of regulation and how the drive to make things less expensive and pay people less isn’t inherent to the countries identity.  

The conversation finishes by discussing why studying history is important and why society shouldn’t overlook those who study the humanities 

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10. Donald Harris: Navigating the Ins & Outs of Intellectual Property Law / How Long Should My Patent Be?

Donald Harris is a Law professor and associate dean of academic affairs at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He maintains an interest in intellectual property law. Professor Harris talks to us about the trade-offs a society needs to make between innovation and well being, what patent law and copyright law are, the need for providing incentives in the market, what intellectual property piracy is, and much more.

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8. Gareth Roberts: What, How, & Why is a Language?

Gareth Roberts is a professor within the field of linguists with focuses on things like language evolution and language change. We have a fascinating conversation on everything from how language works to how it evolves over to time, to what exactly linguists actually do. We also touch on sign language, artificial languages, and more.

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6. Paul H. Robinson: Engineering a Criminal Code, The Dynamics of Morality, & The Influence of Identity Politics

Law professor Paul H. Robinson on how we as a society could better engineer a criminal code, the topic of crime control, the dynamics of morality over time, our approach to criminal justice as a nation, the importance of legitimacy regarding a set of laws, and the influence of identity politics in the classroom.

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2. Steve Newman: On Unions, University Football Stadiums, and the Humanities

Steve Newman, english professor and president of the Temple Association of University Professionals, talks to us about the importance of listening to communities, why unions matter, controversies around the proposed Temple University football stadium in North Philadelphia, and the necessity of the humanities in today’s society.

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