Monthly Archives: December 2010

Mike Munger, “Franchising, Vertical Integration, and the Auto Industry” (MP3 audio),

The franchise relationship in the automobile industry has had a long tradition that has been shaken up with changes in the economy. Michael Munger of Duke University, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about franchising, particularly car dealerships. Munger highlights

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Bernard-Henri Levy, “A stand against the new barbarism” (MP3 audio), Tavis Smiley, 2008/09/16

Since the foundations of American democracy have ties to the French, the views of a prominent philosopher can provide insights from an external perspective. A philosopher, activist and filmmaker, Bernard-Henri Lévy is also one of the most respected writers in

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Charles Platt, “Working at Wal-Mart” (MP3 audio), Econtalk, 2009/06/15

What’s an economist’s view on working at Walmart?  Every associate has full visibility to Walmart data, and there’s a authority runs to the to floor. Charles Platt, author and journalist, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts what it was like

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John Ralston Saul, “Canada’s Metis foundation” (MP3 audio), The Agenda, TV Ontario, 2008/10/17

In the view of John Ralston Saul, the character of Canada didn’t come from the French and the English, but from the Metis. Imagining Canada as rooted in the encounter with North America’s native people: author John Ralston Saul on

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Hugh McGuire, “The Future of Books” (MP3 audio), CBC Spark Plus, 2009/06/08

How will digital technologies impact books? Hugh McGuire … has a long history at the crossroads of book culture and technology. He founded Librivox, a volunteer-based service, which takes public domain books and turns them into audiobooks. He’s also co-founder

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Mark Baker, “REST” (MP3 audio, Jon Udell’s Interviews with Innovators, IT Conversations, 2009/02/18

Representational State Transfer, or REST, is an Internet design approach that become foundational in much development work. Mark Baker has always worked with distributed systems, starting with DCE and CORBA. When he learned about the Web’s REST architectural style, he

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Andrea Reimer, “Open cities” (MP3 audio), CBC Spark Plus, 2009/05/27

Vancouver was an earlier pioneer in providing open government data on the web. Vancouver City Council passed a motion (PDF) to endorse the principles of “making its data open and accessible to everyone where possible, adopting open standards for that

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