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The Knock-On Effect #27 - Why Big Soda’s Political Strategy Matters

Published On: Dec 6, 2018

Why will local efforts to curb obesity mean more states will ban grocery taxes? Justine and Alex discuss – also touching on taxpayer-subsidized soda purchases, Big Soda’s tobacco-like tactics, the trouble with slippery slope arguments, and the relative quality of different states’ tap water.

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The Knock-On Effect #26 - Inflation, Inequality and Bitcoin

Published On: Nov 29, 2018

Does inflation increase or decrease wealth inequality? Alex recently got into a Twitter feud on that very subject, but guest co-host Jake Merl sets him straight. They also touch on Fed policy, the quality of government data, and the perils of replying to tweets while walking.

The Knock-On Effect #25 - Urbanization, Obesity, and India’s Exports

Published On: Nov 22, 2018

Why does rapid population growth in urban centers mean we may see more exports from India? Alex and Justine discuss — also touching on the worldwide obesity epidemic, the state of the world in 1800, and the general decline of sexual activity.

The Knock-On Effect #24 - Why Fruit Patents Matter

Published On: Nov 15, 2018

What does China’s shifting attitude toward intellectual property mean for the fruit industry? Justine and Alex discuss — also touching on the Bacardi family and the quest for the next celebrity apple.

The Knock-On Effect #23 - Are Bear Markets Actually Good?

Published On: Nov 8, 2018

Real Vision’s Ash Bennington joins Alex to reflect on a trope frequently heard in the cryptocurrency world these days: “The best projects are built in bear markets.” Plus: The differences between crypto conferences and muni bond conferences, why Bitcoin Cash has become a punchline, and what Alex learned from an Aria bellhop.