The discussion was spurred by the publication of by “Straight Up,” by Afshin Molavi of Oxford Analytica and and the New America Foundation. The article was recently published in Foreign Policy journal, and currently may be read free of charge at http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/09/03/straight_up_johnnie_walker_global_middle_class.
In “Straight Up,” Molavi, who also participated in the radio show, considered globalization through the lens of Johnnie Walker whisky.
You may listen to or download the broadcast at: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/keep-walking3a-johnnie-walker/5099380.
AlcoholRevews.com’s postings on Johnnie Walker may be found at: http://alcoholreviews.com/tag/johnnie-walker/.
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