Downward social mobility

Analysis | 16 February 2015 | 0h 28m                                                                                     ln-Listen Later
Explores the implications of downward social mobility. Politicians worry that insufficient people from less-privileged backgrounds get the opportunity to move up in life. But are we prepared to accept that others must necessarily lose out – and move in the opposite direction?

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Ireland: austerity poster child or “beautiful freak”?

FT Alphachat | 16 June 2017

ab70ec7c837c4356aacd63280a0711d9Fascinating insights on Ireland’s recession. Explains that the openness of Ireland’s economy, with relatively large imports and exports, was more determinative of the shape of the recession than decisions around the extent of austerity. Lessons for New Zealand given the parallels, including overseas borrowing to push up property prices. (0h 58m)

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How to Become Great at Just About Anything

Freakonomics Radio | 28 April 2016

276d5f24255d4b22b3666ad43fff0df5Anders Ericsson’s work was popularised by Malcolm Gladwell’s notion of the ten thousand hour rule. Now Ericsson has his own book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise“, making the case that talent is over-rated and that deliberate practice is the key to success. Includes what Ericsson feels Gladwell got wrong about his work. (0h 51m)

Catherine Hoke — The Master of Second Chances

The Tim Ferriss Show | 21 Jan 2018

8ba3f71cb5b345e291d2b66ef280e4bfA tear-jerker, with so many reasons to listen. Interview with Catherine Hoke, founder of the non-profit Defy Ventures, which transforms prisoners’ hustle into entrepreneurship. Hoke is the author of A Second Chance: For You, for Me, and for the Rest of Us. Deals bravely with her redemption after her own second chance. (2h 26m)

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