The Story of Economic Genius: Sylvia Nasar

Just when you thought it was safe to ignore the Economists comes a new book that argues there is nothing quite like Economic Genius. Hidden in literature from Dickens to Darwin economic thinking has clobbered the class system, encouraged consumers and celebrated the secular and the scientific. Our look at Game Changers focuses on the long line of Economists who dared to see the world through a different lens.

Part Three of The Current

The Story of Economic Genius: Sylvia Nasar

We started this segment with a clip of the meanest man in London about to get his comeuppance in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol. There are few more harrowing roads to redemption than the one Scrooge is about to travel.

But according to our next guest, Charles Dickens wasn't writing a mere morality play. The not-so-hidden message concerns what Dickens believed to be a powerful new reformer that could improve lives, topple social barriers and bring wealth to the impoverished -- it was the new discipline of economics.

Sylvia Nasar is a professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is best known for her award-winning book A Beautiful Mind. Her new book is called Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius. Sylvia Nasar was in Toronto.

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Last Word - Keystone XL Pipeline Protests

Earlier in the program, we talked about the Northern Gateway pipeline project. And you likely heard about the protests this week on Parliament Hill. Hundreds of demonstrators rallied against another project ... the Keystone XL Pipeline. It would carry raw bitumen from the Alberta oil sands to refineries in Texas.

Steve Patterson watched the demonstrations. He's a stand-up comedian, and if you're a regular CBC Radio listener, you probably know him as the host of The Debaters. Today, Steve Patterson got the last word on pipelines and protests.

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