On this month’s episode Nathan talked to Adam Tooze, history professor at Columbia University, about his new book Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World's Economy. Nathan and Adam wound the clock back to January 2020 to talk about what the world looked like then and the bizarre series of responses- or non-responses- to the coming Coronavirus crisis coming into March of 2020. Then they talked about the first events that really woke the public, and policymakers, up about what was coming and the ad-hoc policy response in March and April in the United States and Europe. From there they turned to how the response looked globally and the successes many- but not all- countries in Asia, South America and Africa had in responding to the crisis. Finally, they meditated on the failure of coordinating an international response and the reprehensible neglect of foreign-denominated debt relief and financial support to those countries unable to weather the financial fallout from the global pandemic depression.
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Produced & Edited by Lina Nehlich