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Season 5
Episode 6: Why the Rise of Mega-Companies May Damage the Global Economy
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Profits for the biggest of the big have tripled in just a few decades.
Episode 5: Biden-Powell Duo’s Macro Policy Revolution
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The Democrat’s $1.8 trillion family plan is the latest in a suite of measures that would remake the tax code and social welfare programs.
Episode 4: Covid Changed Work, But Will That Change Last Forever?
Lucy Meakin and Stephanie Flanders
The answer will have big consequences for the global economy.
Episode 3: Why the Moon Landing Is a Great Blueprint for Modern Miracles
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Author and Professor Mariana Mazzucato explains why the obvious solutions to the world’s biggest problems aren’t being implemented.
Episode 2: Forget the Other Letters—The V Shaped Recovery Is Back
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
After a very long, dark year, things are looking up for the U.S. recovery.
Episode 1: Covid’s Long Year of Economic Destruction
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
All over the world, the pandemic’s scars are easy to see. And it’s not over yet.  
Season 4
Episode 1: The Inequality of America’s K-Shaped Recovery
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Some sectors are bouncing back while many others are getting worse.
Episode 2: Which Jobs Are Really Worth Saving?
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The specter of mass unemployment remains eight months after the pandemic began. Now governments have some hard choices to make.
Episode 3: Covid Forced the World to Change in Ways We May Keep
Tom Orlik and Lucy Meakin
But not everyone is happy with the prospect, especially desperate businesses who want things to go back to normal.
Episode 4: How to Build Back Greener After the Pandemic
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The coronavirus has hobbled economies all over the globe. But with that destruction comes new opportunities.
Episode 5: A Look at Donald Trump’s Economic Scorecard
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
While the world waits to see who will be U.S. president for the next four years, what can we say about the nation’s economic record over the previous four?
Episode 6: Lost Opportunities for Asia’s Lockdown Generation
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Thanks to the pandemic, the largest group of young adults in the world may not do better than their parents.
Episode 7: Crisis Rock Stars Rate the World’s Response to Covid-19
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Veterans of previous financial calamities discuss whether Main Street, or just Wall Street, is getting a helping hand.
Episode 8: An Intergenerational Contract for the Pandemic Age
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The coronavirus is exacerbating tensions between those in power, and those who will pay the price for years to come.
Episode 9: What Will Bidenomics Actually Look Like?
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
How the U.S. may stop worrying about debt and instead focus on rethinking fiscal policy.
Episode 10: The Taxing Problem of Global Tech Giants
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Internet companies have long been the target of complaints that they don’t pay their fair share. So how do you build a system for the digital global economy?
Episode 11: How Covid-19 Is Helping Robots Take Your Job
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The need to keep businesses open while protecting workers is accelerating the trend toward automation.
Episode 12: Is the Pandemic the Answer to the Productivity Puzzle?
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane gives his take on 2021.
Episode 13: The Stephanomics Global Preview for 2021
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
What does the new year hold in store for markets and the economy?
Episode 14: How Covid Laid Bare America’s Economic and Political Divides
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The coronavirus has killed 360,000 in the U.S. and upended the lives of millions more.
Episode 15: Covid’s Mental Health Crisis Has Economic Consequences
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Fear of illness, strict lockdowns, isolation and unemployment weighs on the hearts and minds of people all across the globe. 
Episode 16: A Sneak Preview of Janet Yellen’s Treasury
Lucy Meakin and Stephanie Flanders
A familiar face in Washington, she is back to take the reins of the U.S. economy.
Episode 17: World Bank’s Reinhart Says Win the Covid War First, Pay for It Later
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Don’t confuse rebound with recovery.
Series 3
Episode 1: How the Coronavirus Has Broken the Global Economy
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
In a matter of weeks the Covid-19 virus has turned the world upside down. In the start of a new season of Stephanomics, James Mayger and Zhu Lin report from China - the original epicenter of the virus – on how truck drivers there are trying to get back to normal.
Episode 2: Governments Try to Spend Their Way Out of Coronavirus Shock
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Modern Monetary Theory may be having its moment, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Episode 3: The IMF’s Chief Economist on Lessons From the ‘Great Lockdown’
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Gita Gopinath, in her second year as the IMF’s chief economist, is projecting the worst global downturn since the Great Depression. She talks with Stephanie Flanders about what the international community needs to do now and what lessons policymakers should take away from the Covid-19 pandemic and its fallout.
Episode 4: China’s Uneven Reopening Shows Fear Might Hold Back Economies
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Going back to work seems less scary than shopping or eating out.
Episode 5: Waffle House Signals U.S. Reopening, But It Won’t Be Simple
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Luring customers out of their homes and into a public setting will be difficult as long as the coronavirus remains a threat.
Episode 6: How the Pandemic Jobs Bust Hurts Some More Than Others
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
When the U.S. economy goes south, the last in are usually the first out.
Episode 7: Rich Nations May Face a World Without Cheap Migrant Labor
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Thanks to the coronavirus, workers are headed home or stranded abroad. Will they return when the pandemic is over?
Episode 8: For the Coronavirus Economy, This Time Truly Is Different
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
But the news isn’t all bad: New professions are appearing along the path to recovery.
Episode 9: A 70,000 Year View on the Covid-19 Crisis
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
What the global pandemic may mean for international relations, and maybe a better future.
Episode 10: Madrid’s Restaurants Face a Hard Road in the Post-Covid World
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Travel is limited, outdoor dining mandatory and police decide how many tables are allowed.
Episode 11: Black Joblessness Shows Fed Must Look at Inequality
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The surprise jobs numbers last week hid another grim reality about the coronavirus recession.
Episode 12: Covid-19’s Fresh Injustice for Black-Owned American Businesses
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
During the pandemic, they are closing at more than twice the rate of those run by white entrepreneurs.
Episode 13: Stiglitz, Roubini and the Post-Pandemic Future of Capitalism
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The two famous economists have very different takes on what comes next.
Episode 14: Why Europe Finds It Hard to Break Chinese Supply Chains
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
The pandemic’s rupture of global trade networks has companies and governments looking closer to home. It may not be that easy.
Episode 15: What a Visit to Wuhan Can Teach Us About the Recovery
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
There may be no better place to learn how to restart an economy.
Episode 16: Can ‘Creative Destruction’ Work During a Pandemic?
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
Some think governments should let teetering firms go bust. But this may not be the time.
Episode 17: What Top Economists Take From the Covid-19 Crisis
Stephanie Flanders and Lucy Meakin
What are the generational implications of closing down economies to protect the most vulnerable?
Series 2
Episode 1: The Trade War Has Already Caused a Recession for America’s Factories
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Senior trade reporter Shawn Donnan heads to the front lines of the US-China trade war in Wisconsin, and Stephanie talks through its global impact with Penny Goldberg, chief economist at the World Bank.
Episode 2: Why Are Women Having So Few Babies and What Does It Mean for the Global Economy?
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Growth has been slowing around the developed world — not just in recent months but for decades. One potential reason is that women are having fewer babies.
Episode 3: A Newly Minted Nobel Laureate on Making Economics More of a Science
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
The macroeconomic kind of economist tends to get the most attention - talking about growth, inflation and whether interest rates should go up or down. But it’s the micro economists working away quietly on smaller parts of the economy who have typically done most to change the world.
Episode 4: Understanding Debt, Default and the IMF in Argentina
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Why does the International Monetary Fund keep lending to a troubled country like Argentina? And what's the future of the IMF anyway? That's the focus of this week's episode, which covers some of the hottest topics during last week's annual meeting of the fund, which brought together officials from 189 countries along with experts from around the world.
Episode 5: How the Trade War Is Reshaping Supply Chains From Los Angeles to Vietnam
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Economies represent the ultimate sum of millions of people and businesses making millions of decisions. And if enough of those businesses are frozen on how to respond to the U.S.-China trade war -- like the owner of a Los Angeles cosmetics company featured in this week's episode -- then the U.S. economy will be in trouble.
Episode 6: What the Sanders or Warren Wealth Tax Means for Inequality in the U.S.
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
The 2020 U.S. presidential election may be a year away but one policy idea is already stirring fierce debate: a big-time tax on the richest Americans. Katia Dmitrieva reports on why Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to implement a wealth tax, and how it might work. Many economists have also been warming to the idea of taxing wealth.
Episode 7: Is It Curtains for the U.S.-China Economic Relationship?
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
The trade war may be hiding longer-term risks for American technology.
Episode 8: These Are the Biggest Challenges Facing the Global Economy
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
This week’s episode of Stephanomics comes to you from Beijing, where Bloomberg hosted the second annual New Economy Forum, bringing together global leaders to discuss how to solve the world’s biggest challenges.
Episode 9: Why Superyacht Sales Are Key to the Global Economy
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
What does the business of flashy superyachts for the megarich have to do with the health of the U.S. economy? A lot, it turns out. They’re often seen as a barometer of consumer spending, and as the holiday shopping season gets in full swing, all eyes are on American wallets.
Episode 10: There’s More At Stake Than Just Brexit In the U.K. Election
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Will the Conservatives loosen the purse strings and spur a growth revival? Can Labour realize its vision of radically reshaping the U.K. economy? How will the course of Brexit be altered?
Episode 11: Paul Volcker: Remembering Softer Side of an Inflation Warrior
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who died this week at age 92, was an imposing public figure—in height as well as stature. He was best known for his bold moves in the U.S. war against inflation, and for his dedication to public service. But there was more to the man, as Bloomberg Markets editor Christine Harper discovered as she worked with Volcker to co-write his 2018 memoir, “Keeping At It.”
Episode 12: How the Trade War Is Putting Christmas In a Brand New Light
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
America slapped tariffs on holiday lights made in China, the world’s dominant supplier. So Bloomberg reporter Michelle Jamrisko went to Hanoi to find out whether the numbers are really true—the ones that show exports of Christmas lights from Vietnam are surging as a result.
Episode 13: The Global Economic Preview for 2020
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Stephanie Flanders and economist Tom Orlik lead a roundtable discussing what will, and probably won’t, happen in the new year.
Episode 14: Too Much Education Can Be Bad for Your Economic Health
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
In Greece, anyway. The government there is struggling to attract the kinds of workers it needs most.
Episode 15: How One State Is Trying to Close America’s Huge Education Gap
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
With school funding left to state and local governments, less fortunate communities face an uphill battle.
Episode 16: Three Perspectives On the Biggest Issues at Davos
Stephanie Flanders
Stephanie Flanders discusses the most pressing topics at this week’s World Economic Forum.
Episode 17: Global Virus, Global Trade—Global Impact
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
How a crisis can bring bickering nations together.
Bonus Episode: Thomas Piketty’s New Book Is About a Lot More Than Capitalism
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
The author of “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” a controversial 2014 book on capitalism and the wealthy, says “Capital and Ideology” takes a broader view.
Series 1
Episode 1: What Fortnite Teaches Us About Globalization
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Fortnite may be the biggest video-game phenomenon with more than 200 million registered players. It's also a good place to start if you want to understand globalization -- and the new directions the global economy is taking today.
Episode 2: This Country Is Winning the Trade War
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
The trade war between the U.S. and China is taking a toll on growth in the world's two largest economies, but there's another nation where the tariff battle is producing a clear winner: Vietnam.
Episode 3: How Tech Actually Saves Jobs
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Of the many forces driving the wave of hiring across the U.S. in recent years, technology is typically not on the list because automation and artificial intelligence tend to be seen as job-killing rather than job-enhancing. Craig Torres visits a hospital where new technologies are actually creating the need for more — not fewer — employees.
Episode 4: Can Free Markets Revive Brazil?
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Will a dose of free-market policies -- from a populist politician, no less -- finally bring Latin America's biggest economy back to life? On this week's episode of Stephanomics, Bruce Douglas visits the region's busiest port to get a taste of what's ailing Brazil -- and the possible cure.
Episode 5: Can't Stop, Won't Stop (Working)
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Many older Americans are living longer and are happy to keep working. Others can't afford to retire. Those are just a couple of the reasons why people over age 65 are swelling the ranks of U.S. employees in recent decades. On this week's episode of Stephanomics, Matthew Boesler takes a closer look at this phenomenon and how it's reshaping the world's largest economy.
Episode 6: China's Millennials Are Changing the World
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Where are there more millennials than in North America, Europe and the Middle East combined, who are vastly different from their parents' generation? China, of course. Kevin Hamlin reports on how these young people are redefining the world's second-biggest economy -- and also the world.
Episode 7: Reinventing Germany's Economy
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Germany's engineering prowess has driven the nation's economic success for decades. Now that model is being questioned thanks to rising protectionism, slowing global growth, new technologies and Germany's own underinvestment in its infrastructure.
Episode 8: The Streak Down Under
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
The longest economic expansion in the developed world may not be much longer for this world -- and that fear helped drive the shock election result in Australia last week.
Episode 9: Trade War Footing
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
On this week's episode, former Obama administration official Wendy Cutler draws on her deep experience as a trade negotiator to offer her views on the tariff standoff between the U.S. and China.
Episode 10: A Four Day Workweek Could Be Coming to the U.K.
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
If you live in the U.K., your workweek could soon be a day shorter if the political winds tilt more heavily toward the left. Jess Shankleman reports on how the proposal is gaining momentum and how it might affect Britain, then Bloomberg Opinion columnist Noah Smith joins host Stephanie Flanders for a deeper look at the economic questions raised by the four-day week.
Episode 11: Europe Better Positioned to Handle Shift to Automation, Says Nobel Winner Pissarides
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Workers around the globe are in for a shock in coming decades as automation transforms the workplace and maybe destroys their jobs. But for Nobel-winning economist Christopher Pissarides, it's not all dismal. Host Stephanie Flanders has an extended talk with the London School of Economics professor about the upsides of automation and how Europe may actually be well-positioned to survive this transition.
Episode 12: Top Women in Economics Say There’s More Room for Diverse Voices in Their Field
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
Hear a special recording of Stephanie's engaging live panel discussion this week in London with two of the city's most prominent economic voices, HSBC Chief Economist Janet Henry and the Chief Economic Advisor to the UK Treasury, Clare Lombardelli. They discuss an increasingly hazy outlook for the world economy and offer their unique perspective on women and diversity in the economics profession -- or lack thereof.
Episode 13: India – All Growth, No Jobs
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
The world’s second most-populous economy has seen a step change in its economic performance in the past 20 years but job growth keeps coming up short. Less than half of the working-age population is in work or even looking for a job -- and nearly 80% of women are not in the workforce at all.
Episode 14: How The Rise of Populism Impacts the Global Economy
Scott Lanman and Stephanie Flanders
This week we bring you a special conversation between host Stephanie Flanders and Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf. They try to make sense of the rise in populism in recent years, what it means for the global economy, and whether it spells the end of liberal democracy. The event was recorded in London on July 1.
Episode 15: How the Little Olives on Your Pizza Are One of the Trade Wars Biggest Losers
Stephanie Flanders
Donald Trump’s trade policies have created winners and losers around the world. Among the big losers so far, count Spanish olive farmers. Their exports to the U.S. were hit with a huge tariff last year. U.S. officials claimed they had been undercutting California olive growers by selling Spanish olives on the cheap. Though barely a blip on the global trade war, it has been very bad news for the olive groves of southern Spain. But business is booming for Europe’s aluminum industry, especially its exports to the U.S., despite President Trump’s tariffs. What gives?
Episode 16: The View From Paris Is Increasingly Vert, Not Jaune
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
The yellow-vest protests that shook France last year may be over, but the forces of political and economic anger continue to ripple around the world. Stephanie visits the City of Lights to speak with two key figures about how the country is faring and how major nations' finance chiefs are tackling these issues -- as well as Facebook's proposed digital currency, Libra -- at this week's Group of Seven meeting in France.
Episode 17: The Battle Over the Global Economy: Past and Present
Stephanie Flanders and Scott Lanman
Under pressure from President Donald Trump, Mexico is cracking down on migrants coming from its own southern neighbor, Guatemala. But the hit to the local economy could have unanticipated consequences for the U.S. Also, this month marks 75 years since the Allied powers gathered at the Mount Washington hotel to lay the groundwork for the post-World War II economic order.
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