Here is a link to my conversation with Russ Roberts on EconTalk about Poverty, Inc., humanitarianism and the institutions of justice. It came out Monday and you can listen here on the EconTalk Website or download it from Itunes.
If you don’t know EconTalk I can’t recommend it highly enough. Russ has wonderful interviews and conversations with some of the world’s top economists–including most of the living Nobel Prize winners–and a host of other interesting people. I was delighted to be on his show. He has had everyone from Angus Deaton, Edmund Phelps, Jeffrey Sachs and William Easterly to organic farmers and technology pioneers. You can see the archives of interviews here.
Russ is also the author of a lovely book called How Adam Smith can Change Your Life, which I also recommend. Most people know Smith’s famous book On the Wealth of Nations, but here Roberts focuses on his Theory of Moral Sentiments. He talks about how to make the world a better place (and how not to), the benefits and negatives of technology, the dangers of money, our desire to be loved and lovely and how we can fool ourselves to be so, the reality of trade-offs and the need for humility in the face of complex topics.