On NPR’s Planet Money

If this interests you, I was on NPR’s Planet Money podcast on financial innovation with Tyler Cowen and Felix Salmon.

This was my first media appearance discussing finance with other people. I want to thank the Planet Money crew for editing me in a way that made it look like I didn’t just mumble while the titans went at it. The original was 90 minutes, and was an awesome rambling march through all of finance – I don’t envy them having to edit it down to something usable. Check it out! (And subscribe too; their podcast is fantastic for the gym or the car.)

And I’m still at Baseline Scenario for the rest of the week – hope you check it out.

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4 Responses to On NPR’s Planet Money

  1. David says:

    Yep… your dulcet tones are just what gets me through a long run at the gym. But calling you a financial engineer, they kind of made you out to be a reformed criminal of some sort.
    So how much of that 90 minutes was the two guys talking past each other with different definitions of what counts as financial innovation?

  2. ts says:

    Agree with David– For how much I love and frequent their respective blogs, Salmon and Cowen (at least, in combination with one another) were a tough listen.

    In any case, it’s amazing (but not surprising) that in less than two years of blogging, you’re now writing for the Atlantic and speaking on NPR with those two heavy hitters.

    Not that you need to hear it but, damn, keep up the good work.

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  4. silly things says:

    “some financial innovation is good, more is not necessarily better.”

    This is obviously true for most technology. For example do we really want genetically modified babies? Is the bloatware that is MS Office really net positive to the end users?

    The hard part isn’t taking the general view of the above. The hard part is how to draw the line.

    One way is to try to come up with a way to draw the line that depend on our ability to predict the future. Good luck.

    Another is a system that encourage innovation and experimentation. However, we only let new innovation that has clear the gauntlet out in the public.

    This is the approach the drug industry takes. This doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility of a bad drug but it is a fair trade off for the potential benefit of innovative new drugs.

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