EconTalk

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EconTalk is a talk show about economics in daily life. Topics include parenting, free trade, book reviews, and the curiosities of everyday decision- making about school, finances, family, politics, and business. Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty and George Mason U., draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Look for related readings and blog comments at http://www.EconTalk.org

Arthur Diamond of the University of Nebraska at Omaha 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.

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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 …
Robert Burton talks about his book, On Being Certain, with host Russ Roberts. He explores our need for certainty and the challenge of being skeptical about what our brain tells us must be true. Where does what Burton calls "the feeling of knowing" come from? Why can memory lead us …
Mauricio Miller talks about his book The Alternative with host Russ Roberts. He argues that we have made poverty tolerable when we should be trying to make it more escapable. This is possible, he argues, if we invest in the poor and encourage them to leverage their skills and social …
Emily Oster on Cribsheet April 29, 2019
Emily Oster talks about her book Cribsheet with host Russ Roberts. She explores what data and evidence can tell us about parenting in areas such as breastfeeding, sleep habits, discipline, vaccination, and food allergies. She finds that some commonly held views are not well supported by the evidence while in …
Nobel Laureate Paul Romer talks with host Russ Roberts about the nature of growth, the role of cities in the economy, and the state of economics. Romer also reflects on his time at the World Bank and why he left his position there as Chief Economist.
Jill Lepore talks about nationalism, populism, and the state of America with host Russ Roberts. She argues that we need a new Americanism, a common story we share and tell ourselves. Topics include the rise of globalization and the challenge of knowing what is true and what is false in …
Robin Feldman talks about her book Drugs, Money, and Secret Handshakes with host Russ Roberts. She argues that the legal and regulatory environment for drug companies encourages them to seek drugs that extend their monopoly often with insufficient benefit for consumers. The prices for those drugs are then protected from …
Jacob Stegenga talks about his book Medical Nihilism with host Russ Roberts. He argues that many medical treatments either fail to achieve their intended goals or achieve them with many negative side effects; and that the approval process for pharmaceuticals exaggerates benefits and underestimates costs. He criticizes the FDA approval …