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.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb talks about the pandemic with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Topics discussed include how to handle the rest of this pandemic and the next one, the power of the mask, geronticide, and soul in the game.

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Economist and author Glenn Loury of Brown University talks with host Russ Roberts about race in America.
Josh Williams, co-founder and CEO of the blockchain gaming company Forte, talks with host Russ Roberts about the state of online gaming and the potential of a blockchain-based gaming platform to create market economies with property rights within online games.
Robert Lerman talks about apprenticeships with host Russ Roberts. He argues that apprenticeships--a combination of work experience and classroom learning --have the potential to expand opportunities for young people who don't want to attend college.
Vivian Lee talks about her book The Long Fix with host Russ Roberts. Lee argues that we can transform U.S. health care, though it may take a while. She argues that the current fee-for-service system incentivizes doctors to provide services rather than keep patients healthy and that these are not …
Agnes Callard talks with host Russ Roberts about the state and power of philosophy and the search for wisdom and truth. This is a wide-ranging conversation related to how we learn, how to behave ethically, and the role of religion and philosophy in encouraging good behavior.
Diane Ravitch talks about her book, Slaying Goliath, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Ravitch argues that the charter school movement is a failure and that it drains needed money from public schools.
Rebecca Henderson talks about her book Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire with host Russ Roberts. She argues that the focus on shareholder value threatens to destroy capitalism from within. She also argues that business leaders need to manage their companies differently in order to create a more humane …
Journalist and author Sarah Carr talks about her book Hope Against Hope with host Russ Roberts. Carr looked at three schools in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and chronicled their successes, failures, and the challenges facing educational reform in the poorest parts of America.
Martin Gurri talks about his book The Revolt of the Public with host Russ Roberts. He argues that a digital tsunami--increased information provided by the web--has destabilized authority and institutions. The amorphous nature of recent populist protest movements around the world and where we might be headed politically and culturally …
Robert Pondiscio talks about his book How the Other Half Learns with host Russ Roberts. He shares his experience of being embedded in a Success Academy Charter School in NYC for a year--lessons about teaching, education policy, and student achievement.
Paul Romer, Nobel Laureate, discusses the coronavirus pandemic with host Russ Roberts. He argues that the status quo of shutdown and fear of infection is unsustainable. Returning to normal requires an inexpensive, quick, and relatively painless test. The challenge is in relaxing certain regulations and then creating a supply chain …
Branko Milanovic talks about his book, Capitalism, Alone with host Russ Roberts. They discuss inequality, the challenge of corruption in the Chinese system, and Milanovic's claim that the sharing economy increasingly affects the texture of daily life in American capitalism.
L.A. Paul talks about her book Transformative Experience with host Russ Roberts. She explores the uncertainties surrounding the transformative experiences that we choose and that happen to us without choosing. How should we think about the morality and personal impact of these kinds of experiences, especially when some decisions are …
Physicist and author Alan Lightman talks with host Russ Roberts about the origins of the universe, meaning, transcendence, and the relationship between science and religion.
Vinay Prasad talks about his book Malignant with host Russ Roberts. Prasad lays out the conflicts of interest and scientific challenges that make cancer- fighting drugs so disappointing at times. He also discusses how policy changes might improve the incentives facing doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and patients.
Ed Leamer talks about manufacturing, effort, and inequality with host Russ Roberts. The conversation draws on Leamer's recent empirical work on how measured inequality is affected by the work effort of Americans at different levels of education. The conversation ends with a discussion of how education can be transformed when …
Arnold Kling talks about the revised edition of his book The Three Languages of Politics. He talks about the changed political landscape in the United States and around the world and how his ideas have changed since the book was first published in 2013. The talk was given in front …
Jenny Schuetz of the Brookings Institution talks with host Russ Roberts about zoning, boarding houses, real estate development, and the housing market.
Azra Raza talks about her book The First Cell with host Russ Roberts. She argues that we have made little progress in fighting cancer over the last 50 years. She suggests an alternative approach that might better take account human complexity and the way that cancer morphs and spreads differently …