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.

Economist and author Kimberly Clausing of Reed College talks about her book Open with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Clausing, a self-described progressive, argues that the United States should continue to embrace free trade but she argues for other interventions to soften the impact of trade on workers and communities.

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Joe Posnanski talks about his book The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini with host Russ Roberts. He explores Houdini's enduring fame. Topics include the nature of celebrity, the nature of ambition, parenting, magic, and using public relations to create and sustain reputation and celebrity.
Binyamin Appelbaum talks about his book The Economists' Hour with host Russ Roberts. He blames the triumph of free-market ideology for the rise in inequality and the decline in growth rates over the last half-century. They discuss economic events over that time period and the role of economists in changing …
Terry Moe talks about his book The Politics of Institutional Reform with host Russ Roberts. He explores educational reform in New Orleans public schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When policy-makers turned to charter schools for pragmatic reasons, students enjoyed dramatic improvements in educational outcomes as a result. Moe …
Gerd Gigerenzer talks about his book Gut Feelings with host Russ Roberts. He argues for heuristics--rules of thumb--over more complex models when making real-world decisions, and that many behavioral economics results that appear irrational can be understood as sensible ways of coping with complexity.
Susan Mayer talks about her book What Money Can't Buy with host Russ Roberts. Her research found that giving poor parents money had little measured effect on improving their children's lives. Also discussed is the role of education and parenting practices to help children in poor families.
Keith Smith talks with Russ Roberts about what it's like to run a surgery center that posts prices on the internet and that does not take insurance. He discusses the distortions in the market for healthcare and how a real market for healthcare might function if government took a smaller …
Rory Sutherland talks about his book Alchemy with host Russ Roberts. He makes the case for the magic of advertising and branding in helping markets work well. Consumer choice, public policy, travel, real estate, and corporate decision-making are also discussed using insights from behavioral economics and decades of experience in …
Venkatesh Rao talks about Waldenponding with host Russ Roberts. Rao coined the term to describe retreating from technology akin to Thoreau's extolling the retreat from social contact. He argues it is overrated. Rao sees online intellectual life as an ecosystem that produces new knowledge and discourse. He encourages all of …
Michele Gelfand talks about her book Rule Makers, Rule Breakers with host Russ Roberts. She distinguishes between loose cultures and tight cultures--the degree to which culture and regulation restrict behavior or leave it alone. She explores why some cultures are tighter than others and the challenges societies face when culture …
Susan Houseman talks about the manufacturing sector with host Russ Roberts. She argues that the data surrounding manufacturing growth is driven by computer production while the rest of manufacturing has been stagnant. She also argues that productivity has a small role in reducing manufacturing employment. Trade has been the main …
Andrew McAfee talks about his book, More from Less, with host Russ Roberts. He argues that technology is helping developed nations use fewer resources to produce more output, reducing energy use in total. This "dematerialization" portends a future that was unimaginable to the economists and pundits of the past. McAfee …
Ryan Holiday talks about his latest book, Stillness Is the Key, with host Russ Roberts. Holiday explores how stillness--the cultivation of serenity and focus --can affect how we live and how we perceive life. Topics discussed include the performance artist Marina Abramovic, Winnie the Pooh, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and …
Sabine Hossenfelder talks about her book Lost in Math with host Russ Roberts. She argues that the latest theories in physics have failed to find empirical confirmation. She argues that physicists have become overly enamored with the elegance and aesthetics of their theories and that using beauty to evaluate a …
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.