Trade Talks is a lively and popular podcast about the economics of trade and policy. In each episode, co-hosts Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and Chad P. Bown (Peterson Institute for International Economics) explore trade-related topics from the US-China trade war to disputes over steel and aluminum tariffs, costs and benefits of tariffs, the history of trade among different countries, intellectual property theft, and what’s behind the latest tweets from the White House with top experts like Paul Krugman (New York Times), Bob Woodward (The Washington Post), Pinelopi Goldberg (World Bank), and former US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman.
Trade Talks began September 1, 2017, and has generated over 100 episodes since then, many of them conversations with practitioners, policymakers, scholars, consumer representatives, business and labor groups, and journalists. Keynes and Bown bring a conversational, accessible, and probing tone to cutting edge issues and the long and often exotic history of trade disputes. For anyone who cares about trade and its impact on our life and times, Trade Talks is a must-listen experience.
- Trade Talks was launched a full 5 months and 6 days before President Trump's first tariffs even went into effect.
- Tim Harford of the Financial Times named Trade Talks one of the "best economics podcasts in 2018."
- On June 14, 2018, Trade Talks helped PBS News Hour explain the economics behind President Trump's tariffs on washing machines. This was originally covered in Episode 20.