Ones and Tooze
What NATO Expansion Means for Europe and the World
Season 1, Ep. 40
NATO is enlarging its rapid response force from 40,000 to 300,000, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine—a huge expansion. But who will foot the bill and how will the force operate in practice? Adam and Cameron discuss these and other questions in the first segment of the episode. Then, to mark the July 4th holiday, they dive into the history and economics of...hot dogs.
How Flying Got to be so Miserable
Season 1, Ep. 39
On this episode, Adam and Cameron explain why flight disruptions and cancellations are the new normal. They also discuss the economics of summer vacation.
The Fed Interest Rate Hike
Season 1, Ep. 38
It has been a rocky week for the U.S. economy, with record high inflation reports and the Federal Reserve increasing benchmark interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point. This is the steepest hike in close to thirty years. In this episode, Adam and Cam make sense of this spike and ponder what the Biden administration should do to curb inflation – if anything.Later on, they set their eyes on Colombia, which has a presidential election on Sunday. For the first time in Colombia, there's a high likelihood they may elect a left-wing president. Adam and Cam analyze why right-wing economics have been such a large part of Colombian history and what presidential candidate Gustavo Petro’s proposed policies could do for the country.
Why the Ukraine War has Germany Worried About Bunkers
Season 1, Ep. 37
In this episode, Cameron and Adam dive deep into the economics of bunkers. Mostly seen as relics of the Cold War, they now are gaining renewed interest with the conflict in Ukraine. Then, the two discuss the Faroe Islands, a self-governing archipelago in the North Atlantic ocean. Despite its tiny size and dreary climate, it has managed to thrive economically with a robust fishing industry.
How Banning Abortion Affects the Economic Lives of Women
Season 1, Ep. 36
With the U.S. Supreme Court apparently poised to overturn abortion rights, Adam and Cameron discuss the potential economic impact on women. Later on the show, they look at the economic indicators that characterized the 1970s—inflation, high energy prices, and slower growth—and discuss whether our national feeling of déjà vu is warranted.
The Impact of School Shootings
Season 1, Ep. 35
It was hard not to think about the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. In this week’s show, Cam and Adam look at where funding for school safety actually goes and what emerging research tells us about the long-term impact of school shootings on children’s futures. Later in the show, with Adam in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, Adam and Cam consider what makes the Swiss economy special.
What Does a Crypto Crash Portend for the Economy?
Season 1, Ep. 34
With the collapse of stablecoin and the blow to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin hosts Adam Tooze and Cameron Abadi take another look at crypto markets and parse out what's behind their instability. Plus, a look at the link between air conditioning and productivity and why climate change is making cooling technology increasingly vital.
Why Low Unemployment Isn’t Better News
Season 1, Ep. 33
The U.S. unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, the lowest it’s been since the pandemic began in March 2020. So why aren’t we celebrating that? Adam and Cam dig into the other things bumming people out about the economy, as well as how low unemployment and inflation impact each other. In this first segment, Adam and Cam also answer the show’s first-ever listener audio question! After that, they look at Africa’s population boom and the economic questions that come along with it.
Why the U.S. Stock Market is Tanking
Season 1, Ep. 32
The U.S. stock market has dropped more in recent days than any other period since March 2020, the beginning of the pandemic. Adam and Cameron analyze why this is happening, beyond obvious reasons like the Fed interest rate increasing, and how much we should worry about it. Later in the show, they look at the economics behind the arms race in the war in Ukraine.