The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with economist and professor Ha-Joon Chang of the University of Cambridge, author of “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism,” follows below. This interview aired on April 10-11, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is the economist and professor Ha-Joon Chang of the University of Cambridge. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and is also the author of a recent book titled “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.” Ha-Joon, welcome to our program today.
HJC: Thank you for inviting me.
MN: In your book, you debunk many of the myths about capitalism that we often hear in the media and in conventional teachings of economics, myths that are often seen as conventional wisdom. What are some of the biggest myths that you have identified?
On this Holy Week, tune in for the special Easter edition of Dialogos Radio, a broadcast that will be dedicated to this most holy and significant of holidays for the Hellenic culture. This week on our broadcast, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Anastasios Ntanos, a distinguished writer, poet, and professor at the Higher Technological University of Piraeus in Greece. In this interview, Ntanos will talk about Greek Easter, its significance and its traditions, about the role of religion and the Greek Orthodox church in the maintenance of the Greek language and culture, about the threats that Greek culture and the Greek langauge face today, and he will also share his own special message for the millions of Greeks of the diaspora.
In addition to this interview, our broadcast this week will also feature specially-selected music for the Greek Easter holiday. Best wishes to all of our listeners for a Happy Easter…Χρόνια Πολλά, Καλό Πάσχα και Καλή Ανάσταση!
Tune in for this special Easter broadcast this week, only on Dialogos Radio!
We are excited to announce that Dialogos Radio’s recent interview with the renowned economist and professor Richard Wolff has been published in Hot Doc Magazine, Greece’s foremost investigative journalism magazine. In this interview, Wolff discusses and analyzes the ongoing economic situation in Greece, Europe, and the United States, and he offers his proposal for a way out of the economic crisis through the establishment of a new, postcapitalist financial system.
Read this extremely interesting and insightful edition in issue #50 of Hot Doc Magazine, available in newsstands and kiosks throughout Greece, and online by clicking here!
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an informative and detailed interview with the renowned economist and professor Ha-Joon Chang of the University of Cambridge. Chang is also the author of a recently-published book titled “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.”
In this week’s interview, Chang will analyze the current economic situation in Greece, Europe, and worldwide, and he will also share his insights regarding what he identifies as some of the foremost myths regarding capitalism and the so-called free market. In addition, he will reference the historical failure of policies of economic austerity, and he will talk about the new economic “bubble” that he sees in the economies of both Europe and the United States.
Tune in for this exclusive and extremely interesting interview, plus some great Greek music, this week only on Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice-president of the Onassis Foundation and author of “Destiny Prevails,” follows below. This interview aired on April 3-4, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: With us here on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series today is Paul Ioannides, the Honorary Vice-President of the Onassis Foundation’s Board of Directors and author of “Destiny Prevails” an autobiography chronicling his life and experiences fighting the Nazis during World War II as a rebel fighter in the Greek mountains. His later distinguished career as a pilot and executive for Olympic Airways, and his long relationship with the Onassis group and the Onassis family for over five decades. Paul, thank you for joining us today.
You were actually born in Germany in the interwar period but your family soon came back to Greece and you grew up in Athens. Ironically, though, it was your German birth certificate that got you out of trouble on a few occasions during war, I believe. Tell us about your early years.
PI: My father was born in Cyprus. He studied Medicine in France and attended post-graduate studies in Berlin where I was born. My mother died six months after I was born. I was in love with the sea ever since I could remember. I wanted to attend the Naval Academy in order to become an officer. I would not hear of anything else. By the end of 1942, seeing that the German troops were still on my home soil, I felt like I could not contain my anger and I decided that it was not time for studying but only for fighting. So I left home to take to the mountains and joined the Resistance the first days of 1943 with the Greek People’s Liberation Army, known as ELAS.
These are the songs which aired on Dialogos Radio’s April 3-4, 2014 broadcast:
- Sofia Vembo – Tis Elladas Ta Paidia
- Petros Gaitanos – S’Agapo Giati Eisai Oraia
- Eleftheria Arvanitaki – Me To Idio Mako
- Giannis Vardis – S’Agapisa Sto Megisto Vathmo
- Giannis Kotsiras – Ego Den Se Katigoro
This week on Dialogos Radio, we will celebrate the recent Greek Independence Day holiday with a special broadcast. On this week’s program, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice president of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation and author of the recent autobiography titled “Destiny Prevails,” in an intriguing discussion that will touch upon the themes of fighting for freedom and independence.
In this interview, Mr. Ioannidis will share his recollections and experiences as a member of the Greek rebel forces which fought the Nazis during World War II, and how destiny led him to become a pilot, initially with the Hellenic Air Force and later with Olympic Airways. It was at Olympic Airways that he met Aristotle Onassis, with whom he developed a longstanding professional relationship and friendship, which Mr. Ioannidis will discuss in detail in this week’s interview.
Tune in for this exclusive interview plus some great Greek music, this week on Dialogos Radio!
These are the songs which aired on the March 27-28, 2014 broadcast of Dialogos Radio:
- Giannis Poulopoulos – 12 Mandolina
- Litsa Diamanti – Apopse Fila Me
- Dimitris Mitropanos – Ta Kithira Pote Den Tha Ta Vroume
- Giorgos Dalaras – Karavia Sti Steria
- Manolis Lidakis – Tin Edioxa Kai Omos Tin Agapo
- Katerina Kouka – Mykonos
- Eleni Vitali – Mia Gynaika Mborei
- Melina Tanagri – Thanatiforos Piretos
- Tania Tsanaklidou – Ti Sou Hrostao
- Xaris & Panos Katsimihas – Kataggelo
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Vaggelis Pissias, a professor of water resource management at the Higher Technological University of Athens (TEI of Athens) and member of the International Initiative for Peace in Syria. In this interview, Pissias will share details about the proposal put forth by the United Nations and by the United States to dispose of the chemical weapons from Syria in the Mediterranean Sea, off of the southern coast of the island of Crete. Pissias will discuss the potential ecological, environmental, and economic consequences of this planned dumping, and he will talk about the numerous ways in which the local community in Crete and the scientific community in Greece is mobilizing to prevent the disposal of the chemical weapons from taking place in the Mediterranean Sea. This is an issue that has received scant attention in the press and media, both in Greece and internationally, which will be analyzed in detail this week on Dialogos Radio.
Also this week, tune in to hear the second edition of our new special feature, Portes Magazine Exclusives, produced by the Portes Magazine editorial team. In this week’s feature, the internationally-acclaimed theatrical performance Socrates Now will be spotlighted, as well as director and actor Yannis Simonides.
Tune in for these two special features, plus some great Greek music, on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with the economist Richard Wolff follows below. This interview aired on March 20-21, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is the well-known economist Richard Wolff, and Richard, thank you first of all for joining us. To begin, let’s talk first about the current economic situation in Greece. We hear talk about how the situation in Greece is turning around, that the country now has a primary budget surplus, that the economy is recovering. How do you respond to this?
This week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an exclusive interview with the renowned economist and professor Richard Wolff. Wolff is a visiting professor at the New School in New York City, and in the past, he has taught at Yale, athe University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at the City University of New York and at the Sorbonne I. The author of several books, Wolff also hosts a popular weekly radio program where he analyzes economic news and issues.
In the interview we will air this week, Wolff will talk about the current economic situation in Greece, the Eurozone, and the United States, about the true causes of the global financial crisis, the real reasons why economic austerity measures are being implemented in Greece and in other countries, and he will share his insights and proposals for a new, post-capitalist economic system.
Hear this special and exclusive interview this week, only on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with professor Savas Piperidis of the Technical University of Crete, who is part of the team which has created the Greek-made electric vehicle “Eco Racer” follows below. This interview aired on February 13-14, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
ΜΝ: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Savas Piperidis of the Technical University of Crete. Mr. Piperidis, thank you for joining us today, and to begin, share with us a few words about the vehicle known as the Eco Racer, and how the idea for it first developed.
SP: Thank you for the invitation. This vehicle, the Eco Racer, developed out of our love for automobiles. In 2008, two laboratories here at the Technical University of Crete worked together with the goal of developing a single-seat vehicle which would have very low fuel consumption. That’s how the idea began, and since then this concept has developed, and today, after three different models that we developed, we have created our current model, which is an electric vehicle which runs on hydrogen.
This week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will be featuring an interview with professor Savas Piperidis of the Technical University of Crete in Greece, who is part of a team of researchers and students who have developed an entirely Greek-made environmentally-friendly electronic vehicle by the name of Eco Racer. The Eco Racer has earned numerous awards and distinctions in international competitions, and in this interview, Piperidis will talk about the unique technological innovations and technical characteristics of the Eco Racer, the competitions that the Eco Racer has participated in, and the difficulties that the team has faced in manufacturing and marketing the vehicle to the general public, due to the Greek bureaucracy.
Tune in for this extremely interesting interview plus some great Greek music, only on this week’s broadcasts of Dialogos Radio!
This week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will present a special musical dedication and interview featuring the rembetiko music band Rembet Asker. Rembetiko is a style of music created by Greece’s urban poor in the early 20th century which has been described as “Greek blues.” In this week’s broadcast, we will feature several songs by the band, plus an interview with Rembet Asker’s lead singer, Christina Bethani, who will talk about the band and its music, their extensive research into the history and origins of rembetiko, the unique musical properties of rembetiko, and the modern-day significance of this music.
Stay tuned for this extra special musical dedication and broadcast, only on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!
The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Brown University professor and economist Mark Blyth, on the historical failure of economic austerity policies, follows below. This interview aired on January 30-31, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is Mark Blyth, a professor of international political economy, and the author of a recent book titled “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.” Professor, thank you for joining us today.
MB: It’s very nice to be with you.
MN: To get us started, share with our listeners a few words about the history of the idea of economic austerity, of the theories, if you will, that this idea is based upon.