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Episode 208
Featuring Adam Tooze
Demetri Kofinas speaks with renowned historian Adam Tooze about his latest book “Shutdown” and the nature of the forces that the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed, their constancy, and their implications for shaping our social, economic, and political futures.

In Episode 208 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Adam Tooze, professor of history and the director of the European Institute at Columbia University. He’s also a prolific public commentator and author of several prize-winning books including his latest, “Shutdown: How COVID Shook the World Economy.”

In the first part of their conversation, Demetri and Adam work their way through the chain of events that occurred between the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in January 2020 and the inauguration of Joe Biden in January 2021. Effectively the period that we now consider to be the first full year of the pandemic. In Adam’s own words we “wrestle with power and knowledge in time,” in an effort to understand the nature of the forces that this pandemic has unleashed, their constancy, and their implications for shaping not only our children’s futures but more immediately, ours as well.

In the second part of our conversation, Demetri and Adam begin to dissect specific aspects and features of the modern world whether those be the fragility of our debt-financed economy and the neoliberal order, the threat, perceived or imagined to the United States, its citizenry, and its power structure posed by the rise of a potential peer-competitor in the form China, as well as the future of warfare and how to think about the proper relationship between the state and the private sector in the context of the types of polycrises of the Anthropocene that Adam and Demetri discuss during this conversation. It’s a phenomenal episode that you will not want to miss.

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Episode Recorded on 09/09/2021

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Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia he taught at Yale and the University of Cambridge. Adam Tooze is the author of several prize-winning books:  Statistics and the German State, Wages of Destruction, Deluge, Crashed, and now Shutdown. He is a prolific blogger and contributor to newspapers and journals around the world. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and Foreign Policy magazine. In 2019 he was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 global thinkers.

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