New episode of Why? Radio is online

The latest episode of Why? Radio is now online. “How Do the Arts Contribute to Capitalism and Economic Development with guest Patrick Kabanda is here.

Famous paintings sell for hundreds of millions of dollars. The most popular musicians become rich off of their fame. Is the only way to value the arts as investments or commodities, or can they be useful in other ways? Is art a product to sell, or are the arts as a whole, a way of developing human capabilities, skills, and even empathy? Can the arts promote equality, help developing countries, or bring about peace and social cohesion? On this episode, we examine these and other questions, looking at creativity through the lenses of economics and public policy.

Patrick Kabanda aims to link the arts and international affairs. He has earned bachelors and master’s degrees at the Julliard School of Music, and a masters of law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has consulted for the World Bank and the United Nations, performs as a musician around the world, and is the author, most recently, of the book The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development.

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