Pop-up Economics

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01Hotpants V The Knockout Mouse2013011620130120
20130218 (R4)

A brand new Radio 4 series in which Tim Harford tells an audience short stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics.

The presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less" weaves together economic ideas with remarkable personal histories in some unusual locations.

In a shop window on London's Regent Street Tim turns his attention to heated pants - oh yes! - and the business of innovation. We hear the moving story of Mario Capecchi, whose struggle to get funding for his experiments tells us much about where new ideas come from - and how to foster them.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

A brand new Radio 4 series in which Tim Harford tells a pop-up audience short stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics.

The Financial Times' "Undercover Economist" and presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less" weaves together economic ideas with remarkable personal histories in some unusual locations.

At a shop on Regent Street in London we meet Bill Phillips - war hero, engineer, crocodile hunter, creator of an extraordinary water-based computer in the world and...one of the most influential fathers of macroeconomics.

Via a discussion about heated hot pants - oh yes! - Tim turns his attention to the business of innovation. We hear the moving story of Mario Capecchi whose struggle to get funding for his experiments tell us much about where new ideas come from, and how to foster them.

01Hotpants v the knockout mouse2013011620130120

A brand new Radio 4 series in which Tim Harford tells an audience short stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics.

The presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less" weaves together economic ideas with remarkable personal histories in some unusual locations.

In a shop window on London's Regent Street Tim turns his attention to heated pants - oh yes! - and the business of innovation. We hear the moving story of Mario Capecchi, whose struggle to get funding for his experiments tells us much about where new ideas come from - and how to foster them.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

A brand new Radio 4 series in which Tim Harford tells a pop-up audience short stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics.

The Financial Times' "Undercover Economist" and presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less" weaves together economic ideas with remarkable personal histories in some unusual locations.

At a shop on Regent Street in London we meet Bill Phillips - war hero, engineer, crocodile hunter, creator of an extraordinary water-based computer in the world and...one of the most influential fathers of macroeconomics.

Via a discussion about heated hot pants - oh yes! - Tim turns his attention to the business of innovation. We hear the moving story of Mario Capecchi whose struggle to get funding for his experiments tell us much about where new ideas come from, and how to foster them.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

01Hotpants v the knockout mouse2013011620130218

A brand new Radio 4 series in which Tim Harford tells an audience short stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics.

The presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less" weaves together economic ideas with remarkable personal histories in some unusual locations.

In a shop window on London's Regent Street Tim turns his attention to heated pants - oh yes! - and the business of innovation. We hear the moving story of Mario Capecchi, whose struggle to get funding for his experiments tells us much about where new ideas come from - and how to foster them.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

02The Kidney Matchmaker2013012320130127

Tim Harford finds an audience at St Pancras International in London, for this second edition of Pop-Up Economics. Tim tells the extraordinary story of Al Roth, the economist who worked out how to create a clearing-house for kidneys.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Tim Harford finds an audience at a railway station and tells the extraordinary story of Al Roth, the economist who worked out how to create a clearing-house for kidneys.

02The Kidney Matchmaker2013012320130127

Tim Harford finds an audience at St Pancras International in London, for this second edition of Pop-Up Economics. Tim tells the extraordinary story of Al Roth, the economist who worked out how to create a clearing-house for kidneys.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Tim Harford tells short stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics.

03War Games and Armageddon20130130

Tim Harford tells a pop-up audience short stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics.

03War-gaming Armageddon20130130

03War-gaming Armageddon2013013020130203

Tim Harford tells the story of Thomas Schelling, an economist who helped America and the Soviet Union to avoid nuclear war. He reveals how Schelling, a game theorist, became one of the most influential strategists of the 20th century.

Producer: Adele Armstrong

03War-gaming Armageddon2013013020130203

Tim Harford tells the story of Thomas Schelling, an economist who helped America and the Soviet Union to avoid nuclear war. He reveals how Schelling, a game theorist, became one of the most influential strategists of the 20th century.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

04The Indiana Jones of Economics2013020620130218

"I'd really like to re-model all of your economic systems in plumbing," Bill Phillips said to his incredulous tutor.

The tutor agreed and Phillips set to work on a kind of wardrobe-sized fish gym with sluice gates, floats and trap doors where everything was connected and revenues literally flowed from one place to another. It was the first computer anyone had built of any economy, and it was astonishingly accurate.

Tim Harford tells the extraordinary story of how Phillips - war hero, engineer and crocodile-hunter - became one of the fathers of macroeconomics.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

04The Indiana Jones Of Economics2013020620130218

"I'd really like to re-model all of your economic systems in plumbing," Bill Phillips said to his incredulous tutor.

The tutor agreed and Phillips set to work on a kind of wardrobe-sized fish gym with sluice gates, floats and trap doors where everything was connected and revenues literally flowed from one place to another. It was the first computer anyone had built of any economy, and it was astonishingly accurate.

Tim Harford tells the extraordinary story of how Phillips - war hero, engineer and crocodile-hunter - became one of the fathers of macroeconomics.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

05 LASTWhen Geeks Took Over Poker2013021320130218

Tim Harford tells the story of a geek called Jesus.

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson applied game theory to poker and won. Big time.

He became a star, albeit a geek star "whose idea of a trick was to throw a card in a way that sliced through vegetables, whose idea of fun was swing dancing and who even in his forties as a millionaire lived with his mum and dad".

But, as Ferguson would find out, there's always a bigger game.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.