I frequently appear in the media to discuss topics related to my writings. Here are links to some of my favorite mentions and appearances:
Trade Talks, a popular podcast on international trade, invited me to talk about how the container revolutionized global trade. The result was a lively episode released in June 2020.
In June 2017, the Washington Post drew on my book The Great A&P to provide readers some history of grocery retailing in conjunction with Amazon.com’s announced purchase of Whole Foods. Amazon, the writer implied, may become the modern-day A&P.
Alexis Madrigal, a journalist in the San Francisco Bay area, has done a terrific series of podcasts on the history of container shipping and its consequences. I was interviewed for the first of these. He’s come up with some very unusual sources, and the entire series is well worth listening to.
The Politics Guys, who have an interesting website, interviewed me early in 2017 about An Extraordinary Time and the prospects for economic growth. Here’s the podcast:
Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace recently interviewed me about An Extraordinary Time. The interview was aired after the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that economic growth is 2016 was slower than some people thought it should be; in the interview, I explained why the government has little ability to make the economy grow faster in the long run.
In December 2016, I joined Jim Puplava’s Financial Sense podcast to discuss An Extraordinary Time. Our discussion focused on the role of innovation in economic growth.
Foreign Affairs.com invited me to record a podcast about An Extraordinary Time. Among other things, interviewer Park MacDougald and I discuss the role of international trade in raising productivity growth. A transcript is available here, along with a link to the audio.
BBC radio interviewed me in 2016 for a program exploring why there is so much international trade in food. I found it a very interesting show.
In September 2016, Wired asked me how quickly the bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin shipping company would be resolved. My response was not particularly optimistic; the container shipping industry faces more consolidation ahead.
A marketing expert named Patrick Armitage, whom I’ve never met, wrote about how hard it is to stay motivated to write. Believe me, I understand. It was kind of him to use The Box as an example of how even a seemingly boring topic can turn out to be riveting.
Gizmodo pointed to the shopping container as an example of disruptive innovation to which Silicon Valley should pay attention. Bill Gates made the same point in 2013, when he pointed out that software and shipping containers have much in common.
In the New York Review of Books, Steve Coll had some very kind words about The Great A&P. Interestingly, the Weekly Standard, at the other end of the ideological spectrum, loved the book as well, and James Surowiecki of The New Yorker seconded my claim that big businesses contribute more to productivity growth than small ones. It’s great to see that people with such diverse viewpoints find the book valuable.
Back in 2011, I was on Fresh Air to discuss how the state of retailing and how the Great A&P changed the way we shop. You can listen to the interview here.
Around the same time, NPR‘s Renee Montagne did a segment on how George L. and John A. Hartford, the brothers who ran A&P, revolutionized modern retailing.
The New York Times quoted me in its obituary of Keith Tantlinger, the engineering genius who created the modern shipping container and many related innovations. I’m proud that The Box helped call attention to Tantlinger’s achievements. Without them, the modern economy would not have been possible.
When The Box was published, I had an intense discussion about how this low-tech innovation helped reshape the world economy on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC.