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Money Makes the World Go Around

Cultural discussion programme. Andrew Marr with economists Diane Coyle and Dharshini David, theatre director Anna Ledwich and Icelandic writer Jon Kalman Stefansson.

Andrew Marr discusses money, transformation and the obsession with growth with two leading economists: Diane Coyle and Dharshini David. Professor Coyle argues it's time to rethink the way we measure productivity, while the broadcaster Dharshini David follows the journey of a single dollar in her study of globalisation. The theatre director Anna Ledwich is more interested in the people whose lives revolve around the money markets: her latest play Dry Powder highlights their vulnerability, vision and sheer unadulterated greed. During the financial crisis of 2008, Iceland experienced proportionally the largest banking collapse by any country in economic history. The novelist Jón Kalman Stefánsson is writing a modern Icelandic family saga and explores whether the transformation of his country in the 20th century laid the foundations for its future collapse.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Dharshini David

Dharshini David is an economist and broadcaster.

The Almighty Dollar is published by Elliott and Thompson.

Anna Ledwich

Anna Ledwich is an actor and director.

Dry Powder is on at Hampstead Theatre, London until 3rd March.

Jón Kalman Stefánsson

Jón Kalman Stefánsson is an author. 

About the Size of the Universe, translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton, is published by MacLehose Press.

Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle is an economist and a former advisor to the UK Treasury.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Diane Coyle
Interviewed Guest Dharshini David
Interviewed Guest Anna Ledwich
Interviewed Guest Jon Kalman Stefansson
Producer Katy Hickman