EconTalk

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EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, parenting, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty (econlib.org) and the Hoover Institution, draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Look for related readings and the complete archive of previous shows at EconTalk.org, where you can also comment on the podcasts and ask questions.

Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder talks about her book Lost in Math with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Hossenfelder argues that the latest theories in physics have failed to find empirical confirmation. Particles that were predicted to be discovered by the mathematics have failed to show up. Whether or not there is a multiverse has no observable consequences. Hossenfelder argues that physicists have become overly enamored with the elegance and aesthetics of their theories and that using beauty to evaluate a model is unscientific. The conversation includes a discussion of similar challenges in economics.

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Dani Rodrik talks about neoliberalism with host Russ Roberts. He argues that a dogmatic embrace of markets has increased inequality and limited who benefits from economic growth. He argues for a more interventionist approach to the economy with the goal of better-paying jobs and more widely shared prosperity.
George Will talks about his new book, The Conservative Sensibility, with host Russ Roberts. Will argues for a conservative vision that embraces the dynamic nature of life. Topics include the current political landscape, the American founding, James Madison's vision of government vs. Woodrow Wilson's, Hayek, and of course, a little ...
Daron Acemoglu discusses with host Russ Roberts the challenge of shared prosperity and the policies that could bring about a more inclusive economy. Acemoglu argues for the importance of good jobs over redistribution and makes the case for the policies that could lead to jobs and opportunities across skill levels.
David Deppner talks with host Russ Roberts about about an email he sent Russ wondering how Russ might reconcile his passion for humility and honesty with the demands put upon leaders to inspire followers with confidence in their vision. Can a great leader or manager be humble in public? Or ...
Andrew Roberts talks about the life of Winston Churchill and the art of biography with host Russ Roberts. How did Churchill deal with the mistakes he inevitably made in a long career? Was he prescient or just the right man in the right place at the right time? Was he ...
Tyler Cowen talks about his book, Big Business, with host Russ Roberts. He argues that big corporations in America are underrated and under-appreciated. He even defends the financial sector while adding some caveats along the way. This is a lively and contrarian look at a timely issue.
Arthur Diamond talks about his book, Openness to Creative Destruction, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Diamond sings the sometimes forgotten virtues of innovation and entrepreneurship and argues that they should be taught more prominently as a central part of economics.
Andy Matuschak talks about his essay "Why Books Don't Work" with host Russ Roberts. Matuschak argues that most books rely on transmissionism, the idea that an author can share an idea in print and the reader will absorb it. And yet after reading a non-fiction book, most readers will struggle ...
Shoshana Zuboff talks about her book Surveillance Capitalism with host Russ Roberts. She argues that the monetization of search engines and social networks by Google, Facebook, and other large tech firms threatens privacy and democracy.
Chris Arnade on Dignity July 22, 2019
Chris Arnade talks about his book, Dignity, with host Russ Roberts. Arnade quit his Wall Street trading job and criss-crossed America photographing and getting to know the addicted and homeless who struggle to find work and to survive. The conversation centers on what Arnade learned about Americans and about himself.
Michael Brendan Dougherty talks about his book My Father Left Me Ireland with host Russ Roberts. He talks about the role of cultural and national roots and the challenges of cultural freedom in America. What makes us feel part of something? Do you feel American or just someone who happens ...
Arthur Brooks talks about his book Love Your Enemies with host Russ Roberts. He argues that contempt is destroying our political conversations and it's not good for us at the personal level either. Brooks makes the case for humility and tolerance. Along the way he discusses parenting, his past as ...
Adam Cifu talks about being a medical conservative with host Russ Roberts. He encourages doctors to appreciate the complexity of medical care and the reality that many medical techniques advocated by experts are not always beneficial or cost-effective. The conversation explores the challenges of finding reliable evidence to support medical ...
Eric Topol talks about his book Deep Medicine with host Russ Roberts. He argues that doctors spend too little face-to-face time with patients, and using artificial intelligence and machine learning is a chance to emphasize the human side of medicine and expand the power of human connection in healing. Topol ...
Anja Shortland on Kidnap June 17, 2019
Anja Shortland talks about her book Kidnap with host Russ Roberts. Kidnapping is relatively common in parts of the world where government authority is weak. Shortland explores this strange, frightening, but surprisingly orderly world. The interaction between kidnappers, victims, and insurance companies creates a somewhat predictable set of prices for ...
Bjorn Lomborg talks with host Russ Roberts about the costs and benefits of attacking climate change. He argues that we should always be aware of tradeoffs and effectiveness when assessing policies to reduce global warming. He advocates for realistic solutions that consider the potential to improve human life in other ...
Alain Bertaud talks about his book Order Without Design with host Russ Roberts. He explores the role of zoning and planning alongside the emergent factors that affect the growth of cities. He emphasizes cities as places for people to work and looks at how preferences and choices shape cities. He ...
David Epstein talks about his book Range with host Russ Roberts. He explores the costs of specialization and the value of breadth in helping to create mastery in our careers and lives. What are the best backgrounds for solving problems? Can mastery be achieved without specialization at a young age? ...
Mary Hirschfeld talks about her book, Aquinas and the Market, with host Russ Roberts. She looks at the nature of our economic activity as buyers and sellers and whether our pursuit of economic growth and material wellbeing comes at a cost. She encourages a skeptical stance about the ability of ...