Economics

Episode 26: Economic Booms and Busts with David Murakami

Have you ever wondered why some people work so hard but never see financial success? Are you confused about how an economy works? What industry will have the next big boom? And where will jobs be in the future? Binge Thinking returns for 2018 with 27 year old research economist David Murakami. Growing up in a working class family, David's interest in economics was shaped by seeing how his parents couldn't find financial success despite their best efforts. David shares his journey into academia, and his insights into the political economy in Australia and Japan (where he is currently based). The two also got binge thinking on Australia's mining and service industries, the future of the tech industry in Australia, and his struggle in balancing the burden of knowledge with finding happiness. David previously worked as a Policy Officer for the West Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and was a National Parliamentary Fellow at the ANU in 2016. He currently lives in Tokyo, where he works at the Bank of Japan while completing his Masters research in Macroeonomics at Keio University. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with Music by Big Gigantic.

Join David and Caspar as they Binge Think their way through the booms and busts of the Australian economy and looking forward to the future. 

Join David and Caspar as they Binge Think their way through the booms and busts of the Australian economy and looking forward to the future. 

Episode 11: Progressive Dreams with André Dao

He lawyers. He writes. He’s deputy editor of the New Philosopher magazineand is one of the pioneers of Behind the Wire… and he’s just had a baby! André Dao works tirelessly to document lived experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia’s harsh detention system. His group Behind the Wire has just released a podcast (The Messenger), a book (They Cannot Take the Sky)and curated an exhibition at Australia’s Immigration Museum. Caspar sits down with the formidable Dao, a millennial to take note of. The two talk about André’s insightful piece ‘Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism’ published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. In it, André writes about the constraints of coal-face progressive policy workers versus the hack-tastic attitude of the modern techno-dreamer. Can we solve the world’s problems with an app? Do millennial progressives need to dream big before they lose the future? And what can we all learn from Milton Friedman? Caspar and André binge big dreams and their hurdles. This episode was edited and produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic. 

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review. Their Millennials Strike Back edition was co-edited by Jerath Head features 32 stories from millennial authors on a diverse range of topics. You can find it at Australian bookstores or online at their website.

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Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back