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Monetary Misperceptions, Climate Economics, and the Limits to Growth | Steve Keen
Dec 2 • 61 min
In Episode 112, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Steve Keen, one of the few economists to correctly anticipate the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, as well as the subsequent deflationary forces that would frustrate and confound policymakers in the years…
Nuclear Crisis: How America Lost Post-Soviet Russia | Stephen Cohen
Nov 25 • 94 min
In Episode 111, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Stephen Cohen, one of the world’s foremost Russia experts about why he believes the United States bears much of the responsibility for its fractured relationship with Putin’s Russia and the real prospects of…
The Present Danger: America, China, and the Second Cold War | Kyle Bass
Nov 18 • 55 min
In Episode 110, Demetri Kofinas speaks with investor and founding member of the “Committee on the Present Danger: China,” Kyle Bass about the gathering threat posed to Western, liberal democracies and open societies by the Chinese Communist Party. He…
How Big Tech and Finance Betrayed Us and What We Can Do About It | Rana Foroohar
Nov 11 • 66 min
In Episode 109, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Financial Times Global Business Columnist, Rana Faroohar about her latest book dealing with the worlds of Big Tech and finance. We are living in a dramatic period of societal change driven by a particular set of…
Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost it and Use it in Business and Beyond | Pauline Brown
Nov 4 • 64 min
In Episode 108, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Pauline Brown, the former Chairman of North America for LVMH, the world’s leading luxury goods company. Pauline has over thirty years’ experience acquiring, building, and leading some of the world’s most…
Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation | Andrew Marantz
Oct 28 • 57 min
In Episode 107, Demetri Kofinas speaks with New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz, about his new book “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. In the book, Andrew reveals how the boundaries between…
US Withdrawal and the End of the Rules-Based Global Order | Joshua Landis
Oct 17 • 65 min
In Episode 106 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Joshua Landis, a Middle East scholar and Syria expert about the disorderly withdrawal of American forces from Syria and the larger shift in the balance of power that we are seeing as nations…
US Pullout and Turkish Assault on Kurdish Region of Rojava in Northern Syria | Jake Hanrahan
Oct 15 • 46 min
In Episode 105, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jake Hanrahan about the crisis unfolding in the border region between Syria and Turkey following the US withdrawal of forces from northern Syria. This withdrawal precipitated the subsequent assault by Turkish…
Mike Maloney on the Hidden Secrets of Money, Libertarianism, and Austrian Economics
Oct 14 • 74 min
In Episode 104, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Michael Maloney, perennial entrepreneur and host of the documentary series Hidden Secrets of Money about monetary history, libertarianism, and Austrian economics. Before starting GoldSilver.com, Mike overcame…
Rule Makers and Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World | Michele Gelfand
Oct 7 • 68 min
In Episode 103, Demetri Kofinas speaks with cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand, who argues that the world’s cultures can be classified into two categories by virtue of their norms. She offers a lucid explanation of how and why cultures become tight or…
Financial Fault Lines, Central Banks, and the Law of Unintended Consequences | William White
Sep 30 • 68 min
In Episode 102, Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist and former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, William White, about the state of our market economy and the prospects for a ‘global reset’ of the International Monetary and Financial System. Topics…
The Age of Cryptocurrency and the Remaking of the Modern World | Michael Casey
Sep 23 • 59 min
In Episode 101, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Michael Casey, an acclaimed writer, and researcher in the fields of economics, finance, and digital-currency technology. The two discuss the rise of cryptocurrency, and how surveillance capitalism and a loss of…
Hedera Hashgraph Goes Public as Governing Council Deploys Nodes | Leemon Baird & Mance Harmon
Sep 16 • 99 min
In Episode 100, Demetri speaks with Hedera Hashgraph founders Leemon Baird and Mance Harmon about Open Access, now that the network has officially gone public. This is the go-to-episode for anyone looking to understand the public ledger and why Fortune…
Sources of Financial Instability: Challenges for Monetary and Fiscal Policy | Claudio Borio
Sep 9 • 64 min
In Episode 99, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Claudio Borio about outstanding sources of financial instability and some of the challenges facing Central Banks as the economy and markets begin to show signs of weakness heading towards the end of 2019. Dr.…
9/11 Terror Attacks and the Saudi Connection | Senator Bob Kerrey
Aug 26 • 27 min
I’ve taken the next few weeks off for a much needed summer vacation. I’ll be releasing a few overtime segments while I’m gone that are normally available only to our Patreon subscribers. This segment was recorded with Senator Bob Kerrey, one of the ten…
Hong Kong Revolution: Geopolitical & Financial Implications for China and the World | David Webb
Aug 19 • 60 min
In Episode 98, Demetri Kofinas speaks with famed Hong Kong investor David Webb, an outspoken critic of China’s authoritarian grip over the coastal territory. The first part of their conversation concerns Hong Kong’s political and economic future as an…
What is Bitcoin? | A History and Ontology of the Cryptocurrency with Nic Carter
Aug 12 • 70 min
In Episode 97, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Nic Carter, about the ‘essence’ of Bitcoin: an experiment in social organization that doesn’t play by the rules of the state or by the conventions of modern society. It is a movement that is likely to grow,…
Matt Taibbi | Democratic Contenders, Election 2020, and the Goldman 1MDB Scandal
Aug 5 • 31 min
In this week’s episode of Hidden Forces, I make available the overtime to my episode with journalist Matt Taibbi that aired on February 18th, 2019. In this overtime, Matt Taibbi shares his experience on the campaign trail with Donald Trump in 2016, as…
Raoul Pal | The Fourth Turning: Generational Theory and the Future of Global Money
Jul 29 • 63 min
In Episode 96, Demetri Kofinas speaks with investor and media entrepreneur, Raoul Pal about the future of global money in a multi-polar world. This leads to a discussion about Bitcoin, Libra, and alternative forms of money that could outcompete and…
Ben Hunt | The Narrative Machine: Investing in a World of Tall Tales, Big Games, and Giant Cons
Jul 22 • 79 min
In Episode 95, Demetri Kofinas speaks with investor and author of Epsilon Theory, Ben Hunt, about the power of narrative and how it is used to shape and control our behavior as investors. This episode also includes a series of in-depth discussions about…
Jerry Colonna | Heeding the Call to Adulthood: Lessons on Life and Leadership
Jul 15 • 62 min
In Episode 94, Demetri Kofinas speaks with author of REBOOT, Jerry Colonna about leadership and the art of growing up. This is a deeply personal conversation, but it is also one that draws upon the common wellspring of human experience. Learning to be a…
🔊 Hidden Forces Service Announcement: An Opportunity to Listen and Support the Show
Jul 12 • 1 min
This is a service announcement for regular listeners of Hidden Forces. I have released a nearly 2-hour long recording of my conversation with Leemon Baird and Mance Harmon of Hedera Hashgraph to my Hidden Forces Patreon subscribers that will be…
Stephen Walt | America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy
Jul 8 • 71 min
In Episode 93, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Professor of International Affairs Stephen Walt, about the dismal record of America’s foreign policy elite, how their decisions have accelerated a decline in US primacy, and what can be done to arrest this…
Joshua Wong on the Struggle for Hong Kong and the Future of ‘Greater China’
Jul 7 • 21 min
In this timely Interview, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Hong Kong activist and politician Joshua Wong, who is often referred to by media outlets and the international press as the “leader of the Hong Kong protests.” Joshua shares information about the…
US-China Summit at the G20 Amid Fallout From the Protests in Hong Kong | Ho-Fung Hung
Jun 28 • 36 min
In Episode 92, Demetri speaks with East Asian affairs expert Ho-Fung Hung about the upcoming US-China trade talks taking place at this weekend’s G20 summit, as Xi-Jinping grapples with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Ho is the Henry M. and Elizabeth P.…
David Rosenberg | Betting Against the ‘Powell Put’ and the Return of the ‘Risk-Off’ Trade
Jun 24 • 56 min
In Episode 91, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Chief Economist and Strategist at Gluskin Sheff, David Rosenberg, about the latest Fed rate decision and his outlook for the global economy. In the overtime to this week’s episode, David provides listeners with a…
Ash Carter | Inside the Pentagon: Life at the Center of American Military Power
Jun 17 • 65 min
In Episode 90, Demetri Kofinas speaks with former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter about his experience serving under Barack Obama, the unique challenges of dealing with Congress, and the exigencies of protecting the country in an honest and informed…
Jamie Metzl | Genetic Engineering, Biohacking, and the Future of the Human Species
Jun 3 • 76 min
In Episode 89, Demetri Kofinas speaks with technology futurist and geopolitical expert Jamie Metzl about innovations happening at the cutting edge of genomic science, synthetic biology, and big data. The two also discuss US-China relations, North Korea’s…
Eve Ensler | The Apology: a Conversation about Strength, Vulnerability, and Social Change
May 27 • 77 min
In Episode 88, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Tony Award-winning playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler about her latest book, The Apology, which is a channeled atonement by her father for the years of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse that he…
David Weinberger | Complex Systems, Inexplicable Models, and the Future of Prediction
May 20 • 60 min
In Episode 87, Demetri Kofinas speaks with philosopher David Weinberger about the science of prediction, its evolution, and its implications for a future where machines may provide better predictions than those generated by traditional models, but which…
TSLAQ and the Crowdsourced Short Sale of the Century | TeslaCharts
May 6 • 61 min
In Episode 86, Demetri Kofinas speaks with TeslaCharts, one of the leading members of the online community known as TSLAQ, a collection of largely anonymous Twitter users united together by their commitment to exposing an increasingly dangerous fraud that…
The End of “The Everything Bubble” | Kevin Smith and Otavio Costa
Apr 29 • 47 min
In this Special Episode of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Kevin Smith and Otavio Costa of Crescat Capital about their case for an imminent bear market, a stagflationary economy, and the prospects for gold, stocks, and more.
Great Financial Crisis Ten Years On: Past Role and Current Risks from China | Anne-Stevenson Yang
Apr 22 • 51 min
In Episode 85, Demetri Kofinas speaks with China expert Anne Stevenson-Yang about the imminent dangers facing global financial markets in the event of a break in the renminbi-dollar peg.
Johann Hari | Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and Anxiety
Apr 15 • 77 min
In Episode 84, Demetri Kofinas speaks with celebrated author Johann Hari about his book “Lost Connections” and the silent epidemic of depression and anxiety that is pervading our society and burdening the lives of so many people.
Raghuram Rajan | The Future of Capitalism and the Global Economy
Apr 8 • 49 min
In Episode 83, Demetri Kofinas speaks with the former head of the Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan, about the future of capitalism and the global economy amid rising rates of populism and disintegration in the global order. This is an in-depth conversation…
Nicholas Christakis on the Evolutionary Origins of Ethics, Morality, and a Good Society
Apr 1 • 68 min
In Episode 82, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Dr. Nicholas Christakis about the evolutionary origins of ethics, morality, and a good society. This is an episode full of fascinating stories that weave together insights from the fields of evolutionary…
Loonshots: Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries | Safi Bahcall
Mar 25 • 64 min
In Episode 81, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Safi Bahcall, a physicist, biotech entrepreneur, and the author of “Loonshots,” a book about how to nurture the types of crazy ideas that win wars, cure diseases, and transform industries. Safi tells the stories…
Tesla Financial and Legal Woes as SEC Seeks to Hold Elon Musk in Contempt | Ed McCabe
Mar 13 • 53 min
In this special episode, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Ed McCabe about the latest woes plaguing Tesla after the SEC recently alleged in a federal filing that its CEO Elon Musk, violated a settlement with the agency when he tweeted in February about the…
Neural Interfaces and the Future of Human-Computer Interaction | Thomas Reardon
Mar 11 • 64 min
In Episode 80, Demetri Kofinas speaks with CTRL-labs CEO Thomas Reardon, about his company’s ground-breaking innovations in neural interface design, computational neuroscience, and machine learning. This technology enables you to type without moving, play…
Surveillance Capitalism in the Age of the Unprecedented | Shoshana Zuboff
Feb 25 • 66 min
In Episode 79, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Shoshana Zuboff, about the rise of “Surveillance Capitalism,” a pernicious new economic logic, which robs us of our experiences, dispossess us of our sanctuaries and makes our lives increasingly unlivable.
Matt Taibbi | The News Media and Manufacturing Consent in the 21st Century
Feb 18 • 81 min
In Episode 78, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Matt Taibbi, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, about his ambitious project to update Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent, for the 21st century. The majority of this conversation deals…
Cal Newport | Digital Minimalism: Choosing Life in a Hyperconnected World
Feb 11 • 66 min
In Episode 77, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Cal Newport about Digital Minimalism and the act of “choosing life” in a hyper-connected, surveillance economy governed by algorithms that have been scientifically engineered for addiction, supervision, and…
MAGA Hat Kid and a Modern Morality Play Gone Wrong | Robby Soave
Jan 25 • 61 min
In Episode 76, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Robby Soave, the journalist at the center of what has become the biggest national news story in America, and which concerns a group of Catholic school students from Kentucky who were thrust into the national…
Hyperbitcoinization and Other Arguments by a Bitcoin Maximalist | Pierre Rochard
Jan 21 • 59 min
In Episode 75, Demetri Kofinas speaks with bitcoin maximalist Pierre Rochard, about arguments for hyperbitcoinization, including a conversation about anarcho-capitalism, governance, decentralization, monetary theories of value, lightning network, and the…
Forward Guidance: Investor Concerns and Market Trends for 2019 | Peter Boockvar
Jan 14 • 51 min
In Episode 74, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Peter Boockvar. Peter is Chief Investment Officer for Bleakly Advisory Group and a regular on CNBC. The two discuss recent comments by Fed chairman Powell, the prospect and performance of financial stocks,…
ETC 51% Attack and What It Means for Proof-of-Work and Crypto Exchanges | Haseeb Qureshi
Jan 12 • 45 min
In this Special Episode, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Haseeb Qureshi of MetaStable Capital about the recent 51% attack against Ethereum Classic, its implications for exchanges that continue to list smaller-cap coins like ETC, Dash, Monero, etc., and what…
Quantifying Uncertainty: A History of Financial Theory and its Implications | Daniel Peris
Jan 7 • 63 min
In Episode 73, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Daniel Peris about the history of financial theory, how certain theories like MPT, CAPM, efficient markets, etc., became the dominant paradigm by which investors have come to understand risk, and what happens…
Bob Kerrey | a Contemporary Political History of Policy and War
Dec 31, 2018 • 71 min
In Episode 72, Demetri speaks with US Senator Bob Kerrey, about the economic, cultural, and political transformations that have overtaken American society throughout the course of his life. Senator Kerrey also served as one of the ten members of the 9/11…
Howard Marks Overtime and Subscription Launch Announcement!
Dec 24, 2018 • 33 min
In this Christmas Day special, Demetri Kofinas shares twenty-five minutes of never-before-heard audio from his conversation with Howard Marks, but not before announcing the long-awaited-for launch of the Hidden Forces subscription service. Subscribers can…
Chinese Commercial Espionage and the Arrest of Huawei’s CFO | James Mulvenon
Dec 17, 2018 • 58 min
In Episode 71, Demetri Kofinas speaks with speaks with James Mulvenon, an expert on Chinese military affairs, cyber issues, and matters of commercial espionage. James has been investigating and writing about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, for…
Andrei Shleifer | Crisis of Beliefs: A New Model of Investor Psychology
Dec 10, 2018 • 52 min
In Episode 70, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Andrei Shleifer, professor of economics at Harvard University and one of the most cited economists in the world. Their conversation centers on the subject of beliefs: how they impact markets and how economists…
Rebecca Goldstein | Why Philosophy Isn’t Going Away: a Conversation on What Matters Most
Dec 3, 2018 • 67 min
In Episode 69, Demetri Kofinas speaks with renowned philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein, about the philosophy of mattering and what makes human life worth living. This is a question that human beings have been grappling with since time immemorial.…
The US-China Trade War: Global Markets in a Multi-Polar World | David Kotok
Nov 26, 2018 • 61 min
In Episode 68, Demetri Kofinas speaks with David Kotok, co-founder and CIO of Cumberland Advisors, about wide-range of issues currently facing the global economy including trade, the US Dollar, European monetary policy, corporate bonds, as well as what…
American Zeitgeist | Commentary on Politics, Culture, and the Winds of Change
Nov 19, 2018 • 33 min
In this week’s episode, Demetri Kofinas conducts an impromptu monologue after a last-minute rescheduling of his interview with a prominent, former US senator, governor, and member of the 9-11 commission. He reflects on some of the subjects he intended to…
Bill Janeway | Venture Capitalism and the Future of the Innovation Economy
Nov 12, 2018 • 89 min
In Episode 67, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Bill Janeway about how a new sort of political economy, driven by the disruptive forces of globalization, financialization, and the information revolution, has made ideological approaches to economic thinking…
Brian McCullough | How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone
Oct 22, 2018 • 71 min
In Episode 66, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Brian McCullough about the history of the World Wide Web. The conversation spans the earliest days of the web beginning with the browser and Netscape’s historic IPO that kicked off the greatest stock market mania…
Dinny McMahon | Debt, Dysfunction, and the End of the Chinese Miracle
Oct 15, 2018 • 61 min
In Episode 65, Demetri Kofinas speaks with China expert and Dinny McMahon, who spent ten years as a financial journalist in China, including six years in Beijing at The Wall Street Journal and four years with Dow Jones Newswires in Shanghai. In this…
Hannah Fry | Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms
Oct 8, 2018 • 59 min
In Episode 64, Demetri Kofinas speaks with mathematician and public educator, Hannah Fry, about our often uncomfortable partnership with machines. It is a discussion meant not only to help further our understanding of how algorithms function, but also to…
Howard Marks | Mastering the Market Cycle: Getting the Odds on Your Side
Oct 2, 2018 • 68 min
In Episode 63, Demetri Kofinas speaks with legendary value investor Howard Marks about the greatest challenge facing the next generation of value investors and what skills he believes they will need in order to survive and thrive in the next market…
Elon Musk and the Fall of the Church of Tesla | Montana Skeptic
Sep 30, 2018 • 57 min
In Episode 62 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Lawrence Fossi, known by his pen name as Montana Skeptic. Fossi started writing about Tesla three years ago under the pseudonym Montana Skeptic. He developed a reputation as one of Tesla’s most…
Collapsing Demand at Tesla amid Elon Musk SEC Fraud Charges | Gordon Johnson
Sep 24, 2018 • 51 min
In Episode 61 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with equity research analyst Gordon Johnson, about a possible Tesla bankruptcy amid the recently announced SEC fraud charges levied against its CEO Elon Musk, by the Department of Justice. Topics…
Bruce Schneier | Cyberattacks and Survival in a Hyperconnected World
Sep 17, 2018 • 64 min
In Episode 60, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Bruce Schneier, about the dangers posed by cyberattacks and how we can learn to survive in spite of them. The public, lacking context, remains blind to the gathering threat. This is, in part, because cybercrime…
Grant Williams | Quantum Uncertainty and Spooky Correlations at the Zero-Bound
Sep 10, 2018 • 67 min
In Episode 59, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Grant Williams about the crisis brewing in emerging markets, the collapse in cryptocurrencies, and the palace intrigues of Elon Musk. All of these phenomena exhibit the common feature of “quantum weirdness at the…
Jonathan Haidt | Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, and the Coddling of the American Mind
Sep 3, 2018 • 61 min
In Episode 58 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jonathan Haidt about a series of strange reports that began to emerge from college campuses in the fall of 2013. Students began asking school administrators to remove material they deemed…
Joseph Lubin | ConsenSys and the Nature of the Firm in a Decentralized Economy
Aug 19, 2018 • 53 min
In Episode 57 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Joseph Lubin about the progress being made at Consensys and precisely how Joe believes that Ethereum will overcome the scalability challenges that have plagued its network since the earliest days…
Hedera Hashgraph and the Second Internet Revolution | Tom Trowbridge
Aug 12, 2018 • 57 min
In Episode 56, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Hedera Hashgraph President Tom Trowbridge about the latest news from the company that made its splash on the Hidden Forces podcast less than one year ago. Hedera Hashgraph has since raised over $100mln on its way…
Ryan Selkis | Token-Curated Registries: Building the Information Database for a New Financial System
Aug 5, 2018 • 54 min
In Episode 55, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Ryan Selkis about how his company, Messari, is bringing a new level of data gathering and analysis to the crypto space by building what are known as “token-curated registries.” You could say that if Wikipedia and…
Barry Eichengreen | The Legacy of the Great Moderation: Currency, Populism, and Credit
Jul 29, 2018 • 58 min
In Episode 54, Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist Barry Eichengreen about his experience studying currency pegs and exchange rate mechanisms, as the two explore how the legacy of globalization, trade liberalization, and the great moderation laid the…
Gillian Tett | an Anthropologist’s Field Guide to Wall Street and Silicon Valley
Jul 22, 2018 • 45 min
In Episode 53 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Gillian Tett, Managing Editor of the Financial Times US about her experience at the paper and how her background in anthropology has helped her identify financial bubbles in technology and the…
Simon Winchester | a History of Precision Engineering and the Making of the Modern World
Jul 15, 2018 • 56 min
In Episode 52, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Simon Winchester about the importance of precision engineering in the making of the modern world. Our world hinges on our ability to have everything made just so. Precision engineering fuels and sustains modern…
Mind-Body Philosophy: Solving the Hard Problem of Consciousness | Patrick Grim
Jul 8, 2018 • 62 min
In Episode 51, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Patrick Grim, a world-renowned philosopher, and bestselling author, about the roots of human consciousness. The human brain contains three pounds of gray matter, a few neurons, and a handful of synapses. How can…
The Hard Problem of Currency: Are Stablecoins Possible? | Nevin Freeman
Jul 1, 2018 • 51 min
In Episode 50, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Nevin Freeman, the founder of Reserve, a stable-value cryptocurrency project, about the hard problem of currency. It is said that the future of crypto depends on the success of stablecoins. According to Nevin…
Vitalik Buterin and Vlad Zamfir | The Ethereum Roadmap and Solving the Blockchain Scalability Problem
Jun 24, 2018 • 55 min
In Episode 49, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Vitalik Buterin and Vlad Zamfir about the future roadmap for Ethereum. In 2013, Buterin described an ambitious technology that offered an ambitious vision of the future — one that gives us a new way of governing…
Annie Duke | Making a Sure Bet: Optionality, Decision Making, and How to Embrace Uncertainty
Jun 17, 2018 • 61 min
In Episode 48, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Annie Duke and about how we can make smart decisions and ensure our long-term success. How can we tell if we’re making a good choice? How can we make a sure bet and overcome feelings of fear and uncertainty?…
Claude Shannon: The Story of How One Man Created the Information Age | Jimmy Soni
Jun 10, 2018 • 57 min
In Episode 47, Demetri speaks with Jimmy Soni about the father of Information Theory, Claude Shannon. His foundational work, A Mathematical Theory of Communication, showed that information can be quantified, measured, and manipulated. The subsequent…
The Quest for the Nobel: Cosmology, Physics, and the Search for the Origins of the Universe | Brian Keating
Jun 3, 2018 • 72 min
In Episode 46, Demetri speaks with Brian Keating, astrophysicist and author of Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor. Cosmologists stare into the abyss of space in an attempt to uncover the…
Daniel H. Pink | Biological Clock: Why “What” You Do is Just as Important as “When” You Do It
May 20, 2018 • 52 min
In Episode 45 Demetri speaks with Daniel Pink about the science of perfect timing. Life is a never-ending series of “when” decisions. When should we schedule a class? When should we do something creative? When should we start a business? The list goes on…
Collective Achievement: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams | Sam Walker
May 13, 2018 • 66 min
In Episode 44, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Sam Walker about how our love affair with athletic performance is about more than just competition and rivalry. Humans naturally gravitate towards sports. Society’s focus on athletic performance offers us a…
The Rise of Xi Jinping and the Dawn of a New Imperial China | Elizabeth C. Economy
May 6, 2018 • 56 min
In Episode 43 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Elizabeth Economy about the emergence of a new imperial China and the rise of Xi Jinping. Since his reign began in 2012, Xi Jinping has managed to amass an extraordinary amount of power,…
Remaking the Future: Why Education in African Countries is Crucial to Our Survival | Fred Swaniker
Apr 29, 2018 • 61 min
In Episode 42, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Fred Swaniker about the future of African leadership and education in the 21st century. By 2050, almost a quarter of the world’s population will live in African countries. Helping these individuals succeed and…
Jim Holt | Metaphysics, the Philosophy of Science, and Why the World Exists
Apr 22, 2018 • 63 min
In Episode 41, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jim Holt about the philosophy of science, ethics, and metaphysics. Jim Holt is on a quest to understand the universe. Why does the world exist? What is infinity? Is time real? Unfortunately, answering the…
Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms | Crowdsourcing and the New Power Reshaping Business, Politics, and Society
Apr 15, 2018 • 60 min
In Episode 40, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms about the forces reshaping politics, business, and society. Recently, our world has borne witness to a dramatic shift in power. Control no longer rests in the hands of the wealthy…
Elon Musk and the Cult of Tesla: Are We Seeing a Bubble Bursting in Tech? | Mark Spiegel
Apr 8, 2018 • 64 min
In Episode 39, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Mark Spiegel about how Elon Musk may very well be the personification of a bubble in tech. Elon Musk is widely heralded as the hero of the 21st century. He seems to be single-handedly revolutionizing…
Tesla Bankruptcy: Has the Road to Profitability Closed for Good? | Charley Grant
Apr 1, 2018 • 45 min
In Episode 38, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Charley Grant about whether or not Tesla can avoid an inexorable spiral towards bankruptcy. Tesla brought green cars to the forefront of our collective consciousness and put electric vehicles on the path to…
Josh Wolfe | Investing in the Future: Meditations on Passion, Randomness, and Optionality
Mar 25, 2018 • 83 min
In Episode 37, Demetri speaks with Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Lux Capital, a venture firm that specializes in the hard sciences. Josh shares his unique perspective on investing in this philosophical discussion that ranges from the material to the…
Leemon Baird | Hedera Hashgraph: A Revolutionary New Public Ledger and Governance Framework
Mar 18, 2018 • 80 min
In Episode 36 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas interviews Leemon Baird about the launch of Hedera Hashgraph, a public ledger built atop the hashgraph consensus protocol that aims to serve as the trust layer of the modern Internet. Hedera implements…
Banking on Bitcoin | Solving the Problem of Credit Using Distributed Applications
Mar 4, 2018 • 55 min
In Episode 35, Demetri speaks with Alex Mashinsky, founder, and CEO of Celsius, a next generation lending wallet that aims to be the ‘Killer App’ of the cryptocurrency revolution. In this conversation, we examine the mechanics behind the Celsius Network,…
Brian Kelly | Investing in Cryptocurrency: a Financial Markets Perspective on Bitcoin
Feb 25, 2018 • 57 min
Episode 34 of Hidden Forces features author, investor, and contributor to CNBC’s Fast Money Brian Kelly. Demetri and Brian explore familiar topics like the problem of scalability, exchange & regulatory risk, cash-settled futures & ETF’s, and how bitcoin…
Bill Browder and the Fall of Glasnost: A Tale of Murder and Corruption in Russia
Feb 18, 2018 • 68 min
In Episode 33, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Bill Browder about how his wealth was plundered by Russian oligarchs and placed in the hands of Vladimir Putin. Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia. When he was deported, his $4.5bn in assets…
Ari Paul | How the Top Crypto Funds Are Trading and Investing in Cryptocurrency
Feb 11, 2018 • 66 min
In Episode 32, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Ari Paul, co-founder, and CIO of BlockTower Capital, a crypto hedge fund focused on the cryptocurrency space about how are crypto funds are managing risk, what some of the most interesting and creative investment…
Chris Burniske | How Do You Value a Cryptocurrency? Cryptoeconomics and How to Build a Financial Model for Valuing Cryptoassets
Jan 28, 2018 • 69 min
In Episode 31 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Chris Burniske about how to value a cryptocurrency. What are some of the early indicators of success or failure in a cryptoventure? How do we differentiate between the different currencies,…
Tim O’Reilly | We Can Predict the Future Only by Learning to Map the Present
Jan 21, 2018 • 65 min
In Episode 30, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Tim O’Reilly about mapmaking in the 21st century. If we want to better navigate the world, and if we want to accurately anticipate and predict the future, we must start by building better maps of the present. Tim…
The Iranian Protests and the Forces Driving Change Across the Middle East | Hooman Majd
Jan 7, 2018 • 71 min
In Episode 29, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Hooman Majd about how to interpret the Iranian protests within the wider political, cultural, and financial dimensions of the greater Middle East. The story of the Iranian protests is about far more than just one…
Industrial Society and Its Future | Machine Intelligence, Encryption, and the Will to Power
Dec 31, 2017 • 26 min
In Episode 28 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas lays out his vision for a possible future driven by the emergent forces we have been covering in 2017. What is the goal of the machine? What do we seek to accomplish with our technologies? What are the…
Gary Shilling | Regulatory Reform and the Impact of the Trump Tax Plan on the U.S. Economy
Dec 17, 2017 • 64 min
In Episode 27, Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist Gary Shilling, who famously called the bottom in what has become a 36-year bull market in US Treasuries, about the ramifications of Donald Trump’s economic policies. How will the Trump tax plan and…
Climate Science, Climate Models, and Climate Change. What Is Driving The Earth’s Warming? | NASA’s Gavin Schmidt
Dec 10, 2017 • 72 min
In Episode 26, we explore the terrain of a warming planet with NASA’s Chief Climate Scientist Gavin Schmidt. Whether is the prototypical complex system. Edward Lorenz, one of the pioneers of chaos theory, was a meteorologist. So why is climate change so…
Lacy Hunt | What Are The Global Macro Forces Driving The 21st Century? The Demographics of Deflation and Financial Repression
Nov 26, 2017 • 61 min
In Episode 25 Demetri Kofinas speaks with former Chief US Economist for HSBC, Lacy Hunt, about the macro forces driving the global economy in the 21st century. This conversation relies on a panoply of data, statistics, and econometrics – bank lending,…
Jeffrey Rosen | Constitutional Law In The 21st Century – Privacy, Personhood, and Freedom
Nov 5, 2017 • 48 min
In Episode 24, Demetri speaks with Jeffrey Rosen, the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator. Their conversation examines the landscape of constitutional law in the 21st century. How do we interpret a more than 200-year-old document…
Heather Berlin | a Theory of Mind and the Neural Basis of Consciousness
Oct 29, 2017 • 71 min
In Episode 23 Demetri speaks with Heather Berlin, a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, about the neural basis of consciousness. The two consider a theory of mind rooted in a…
Mance Harmon | the Hashgraph Consensus Algorithm: A Panel Discussion With The Founders Of The Future Internet
Oct 22, 2017 • 82 min
This is the complete audio from “The Future Is Not Blockchain. It’s Hashgraph” panel hosted by Demetri Kofinas on Thursday, October 19, 2017. In it, members of the hashgraph consensus algorithm’s founding team, including the CEO of Swirlds, Mance Harmon,…
Lemon Baird | the Future Is Not Blockchain. It’s Hedera Hashgraph
Oct 15, 2017 • 53 min
In Episode 22, Demetri speaks with Leemon Baird, the founder and creator of Hedera Hashgraph, a distributed ledger technology that may have solved the problem of scale in distributed consensus. Its properties of speed, security, and fairness could expand…
John Borthwick | Design Philosophy, Superintelligence, Relativism, and Simulation
Oct 2, 2017 • 57 min
In Episode 21 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with John Borthwick about design philosophy, superintelligence, relativism, and simulation. How do we develop a design philosophy for our machines without losing sight of our humanity? Who are we…
Public Intellectuals, Thought Leaders, and the Marketplace of Ideas | Daniel Drezner
Sep 25, 2017 • 55 min
In Episode 20 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Daniel Drezner about the state of intellectual thought in American society. Where does one go in order to find good information? How does one measure the value of an idea if he or she cannot…
Geoffrey West | Natural vs. Socioeconomic Systems: a Unified Theory of Sustainability
Sep 11, 2017 • 77 min
In Episode 19 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Geoffrey West about some of the most remarkable insights coming out of the fields of complexity science and computational biology. Are there limits to growth? What are the universal costs…
Samuel Bowles | The Origins of Economic Man and the Moral Economy
Aug 21, 2017 • 61 min
In Episode 18, Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist Samuel Bowles about behavioral psychology, moral philosophy, and the history of economic thought. The two cover the works of Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek, John Nash, and Milton Friedman, in search of the…
Robert Johnson | Political Economy, Technocracy, and the New Gilded Age
Aug 7, 2017 • 71 min
In Episode 17, Demetri Kofinas speaks with famed investor and founder of INET, Robert Johnson about our political economy, rising levels of inequality, and the failures of technocracy. How does money drive politics? How have markets and the economy…
The Chinese Financial System and the Prospects for a Hard Landing in China | Anne Stevenson-Yang
Jul 24, 2017 • 58 min
In Episode 16 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Anne Stevenson-Yang about the state of the Chinese economy. Total debt in China recently surpassed 300% of GDP. In the first 7 years since the financial crisis, bank liabilities in the Chinese…
Genomics, Machine Learning, and the Future of Big Data in Medicine | Eric Schadt
Jul 10, 2017 • 64 min
In Episode 15, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Dr. Eric Schadt, founding director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology about the progress we have made in the 15 years since mapping of the human genome. How has our ability to sequence new…
The Measure of All Things: Phenomenology, Design, and the Human Experience | Christian Madsbjerg
Jun 26, 2017 • 56 min
In Episode 14 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Christian Madsbjerg, the founder of ReD Associates, a consultancy group focused on helping companies bridge the qualitative divide between themselves, their products, and their customers.…
Jim Grant | A History of Interest Rates and Why They Matter for Your Financial Future
Jun 12, 2017 • 58 min
In Episode 13 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with James Grant about the history of interest rates and their importance for the healthy functioning of a capitalist economy. How is the rate of interest determined? What are the consequences,…
Steve Keen | Can Five Hundred Years of Economic Theory Help Us Predict the Next Financial Crisis?
Jun 5, 2017 • 58 min
In Episode 12, Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist Steve Keen about the history of economic thought from the time of the physiocrats to the present day. Where did our ideas of rational preference, utility maximization, and market equilibrium come from?…
Philosophical Mathematics and the Incompleteness of Formal Systems | Ray Monk
May 22, 2017 • 69 min
In Episode 11, Demetri Kofinas speaks with philosopher Ray Monk about the philosophical foundations of mathematics. Where did this system of knowledge come from? What are Euclid’s axioms? What are Plato’s forms? How did our notions of mathematics evolve…
Diplomacy, Politics, and Foreign Policy. Anarchism for the 21st Century | Carne Ross
May 15, 2017 • 82 min
In Episode 10, Demetri Kofinas speaks with diplomat Carne Ross about the limits of modern diplomacy and how national politics constrain our capacity for addressing global problems. How much are politicians, technocrats, and global elites responsible for…
Sebastian Mallaby | A History of the Federal Reserve and the Chairmanship of Alan Greenspan
May 8, 2017 • 68 min
In Episode 9, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s biographer, Sebastian Mallaby. The chairmanship of Alan Greenspan lasted from the crisis of 1987 to the peak of the American housing market in 2006. How responsible was he…
Life, Death, and Rebirth: What I Found When I Lost My Mind
Apr 24, 2017 • 22 min
In this special episode, Demetri Kofinas plays a documentary created about him by CBC Radio One’s “The Current.” Demetri is the very fortunate survivor of a brain tumor for which he underwent both surgery, as well as radiation therapy. Demetri lived with…
Combating Cyberterrorism and Cybercrime in the 21st Century | Josh Corman
Apr 17, 2017 • 106 min
In Episode 8 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with cybersecurity expert Josh Corman about the risks to our hospitals, medical devices, and industrial control systems from a cyberattack. What are the vulnerabilities in our connected devices, cars,…
W. Brian Arthur | Complexity Economics, Complexity Science, and Chaos Theory
Apr 10, 2017 • 98 min
In Episode 7, Demetri Kofinas speaks with one of the pioneers in complexity science, W. Brian Arthur. The two explore the interdisciplinary history of complexity theory. This is a history replete with the work of mathematicians, physicists, philosophers,…
Space Warfare and the Weaponization of Outer Space | Joan Johnson-Freese
Apr 3, 2017 • 65 min
In Episode 6, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Joan Freese, professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College about the prospects of war in space. The militarization of space with its ASAT’s, Kinetic Orbital Strikes, and Kinetic Kill Vehicles,…
Christopher Cole | How Do We Profit from the Unknown? Financial Volatility at the Edge of Crisis.
Mar 27, 2017 • 92 min
In Episode 5 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with fund manager Christopher Cole about the unprecedented levels of mean reversion we have seen in financial volatility in recent years. The concepts discussed in this episode may appear complicated…
Television History and Culture in America (1946-2009) | Television Historian Gary Edgerton
Mar 20, 2017 • 63 min
In Episode 4 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with historian of television culture Gary Edgerton, about the way in which television fundamentally transformed American society and culture from the end of World War II, until the very early part…
Art, Finance, Technology, and the Development of the Postmodern Self | Philosopher Mark C. Taylor
Mar 13, 2017 • 104 min
In Episode 3 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with philosopher and theologian Mark C. Taylor about postmodernism, exploring topics ranging from religion, to finance, to art, to technology. They delve into non-linearity, information networks,…
Jim Rickards | Can Complexity Science, Bayesian Inference Theory, and History Help Predict the Next Financial Crisis?
Mar 6, 2017 • 91 min
In Episode 2 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jim Rickards, as the two explore the history of finance and the deregulation of financial markets. They address one of economics professions’ greatest weaknesses, namely, the desperate need for…
How will Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Automation Impact the Future of Work? | David Kirkpatrick
Feb 27, 2017 • 91 min
In Episode 1 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with David Kirkpatrick about some of the most pressing challenges in artificial intelligence, surveillance, and cybersecurity. They cover blockchain technology, black box algorithms and the future of…
Hidden Forces Launch Trailer
Feb 12, 2017 • 0 min
What drives the changes we see in the world? What are the underlying forces influencing our lives? My name is Demetri Kofinas. I’ve spent the better part of my life asking these questions. I built my career in media obsessing over them. For me, this has…