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EconTalk

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.


Episodes 217

Catherine Semcer on Poaching, Preserves, and African Wildlife 2019-02-18   Jessica Riskin on Life, Machinery, and the Restless Clock 2019-02-11   Gary Greenberg on the Placebo Effect 2019-02-04   Patrick Collison on Innovation and Scientific Progress 2019-01-28   Jennifer Doleac on Crime 2019-01-21   Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn 2019-01-14   Ed Dolan on Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance 2019-01-07   Sebastian Junger on Tribe 2018-12-31   Mariana Mazzucato on the Value of Everything 2018-12-24   John Horgan on Mind-Body Problems 2018-12-17   Peter Berkowitz on Locke, Liberty, and Liberalism 2018-12-10   Maeve Cohen on Rethinking Economics 2018-12-03   Anat Admati on the Financial Crisis of 2008 2018-11-26   A.J. Jacobs on Thanks a Thousand 2018-11-19   Julia Belluz on Epidemiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2018-11-12   Alan Lightman on Science, Spirituality, and Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine 2018-11-05   Michael Munger on Sharing, Transaction Costs, and Tomorrow 3.0 2018-10-29   Ran Abramitzky on the Mystery of the Kibbutz 2018-10-25   Kevin McKenna on Characters, Plot, and Themes of In the First Circle 2018-10-18   John Gray on the Seven Kinds of Atheism 2018-10-15   Neil Monnery on Hong Kong and the Architect of Prosperity 2018-10-08   Noah Smith on Worker Compensation, Co-determination, and Market Power 2018-10-01   Rodney Brooks on Artificial Intelligence 2018-09-24   Paul Bloom on Cruelty 2018-09-17   Kevin McKenna on Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet Union, and In the First Circle 2018-09-10   Yoram Hazony on the Virtue of Nationalism 2018-09-03   Charlan Nemeth on In Defense of Troublemakers 2018-08-27   Lilliana Mason on Uncivil Agreement 2018-08-20   David Meltzer on the Doctor-Patient Relationship 2018-08-13   Frank Dikotter on Mao's Great Famine 2018-08-06   Alberto Alesina on Immigration and Redistribution 2018-07-30   Teppo Felin on Blindness, Rationality, and Perception 2018-07-23   Russ Roberts on the Information Revolution, Politics, Yeats, and Yelling 2018-07-16   Patrick Deneen on Why Liberalism Failed 2018-07-09   Arnold Kling on Morality, Culture, and Tribalism 2018-07-02   Michael Pollan on Psychedelic Drugs and How to Change Your Mind 2018-06-25   Richard Reinsch on the Enlightenment, Tradition, and Populism 2018-06-18   Moises Velasquez-Manoff on Cows, Carbon Farming, and Climate Change 2018-06-11   Janet Golden on Babies Made Us Modern 2018-06-04   Iain McGilchrist on the Divided Brain and the Master and His Emissary 2018-05-28   Peter Boettke on Public Administration, Liberty, and the Proper Role of Government 2018-05-21   Glen Weyl on Radical Markets 2018-05-21   Joel Peterson on Leadership, Betrayal, and the 10 Laws of Trust 2018-05-07   Ryan Holiday on Conspiracy, Gawker, and the Hulk Hogan Trial 2018-04-30   1 Jonah Goldberg on The Suicide of the West 2018-04-23   Jerry Muller on the Tyranny of Metrics 2018-04-16   Vincent Rajkumar on the High Price of Cancer Drugs 2018-04-09   Michael Munger on Traffic 2018-04-02   1 Edward Glaeser on Joblessness and the War on Work 2018-03-26   Beth Redbird on Licensing 2018-03-19   Arnold Kling on Economics for the 21st Century 2018-03-12   Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Rationality, Risk, and Skin in the Game 2018-03-05   1 Elizabeth Anderson on Worker Rights and Private Government 2018-02-26   Jordan Peterson on 12 Rules for Life 2018-02-19   1 Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education 2018-02-12   Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay on the Enemies of Modernity 2018-02-05   Marian Goodell on Burning Man 2018-01-29   John Ioannidis on Statistical Significance, Economics, and Replication 2018-01-22   Bill James on Baseball, Facts, and the Rules of the Game 2018-01-15   Dick Carpenter on Bottleneckers 2018-01-08   Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith on Soonish 2018-01-01   Matt Stoller on Modern Monopolies 2017-12-25   Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles on the Captured Economy 2017-12-18   John Cogan on Entitlements and the High Cost of Good Intentions 2017-12-18   Rachel Laudan on Food Waste 2017-12-04   Simeon Djankov and Matt Warner on the Doing Business Report and Development Aid 2017-11-27   Tim Harford on Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy 2017-11-20   1 Anthony Gill on Tipping 2017-11-13   Dennis Rasmussen on Hume and Smith and The Infidel and the Professor 2017-11-06   Michael Munger on Permissionless Innovation 2017-10-30   1 Jennifer Burns on Ayn Rand and the Goddess of the Market 2017-10-23   Megan McArdle on Internet Shaming and Online Mobs 2017-10-16   Tim O'Reilly on What's the Future 2017-10-09   1 Robert Wright on Meditation, Mindfulness, and Why Buddhism is True 2017-10-02   Philip Auerswald on the Rise of Populism 2017-09-25   Gabriel Zucman on Inequality, Growth, and Distributional National Accounts 2017-09-18   Gillian Hadfield on Law and Rules For a Flat World 2017-09-11   Rob Reich on Foundations and Philanthropy 2017-09-04   Benedict Evans on the Future of Cars 2017-08-28   1 John McWhorter on the Evolution of Language and Words on the Move 2017-08-21   Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Work, Slavery, the Minority Rule, and Skin in the Game 2017-08-14   1 Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments, Prosperity, and the Good Society 2017-08-07   1 Alex Guarnaschelli on Food 2017-07-31   Sally Satel on Organ Donation 2017-07-24   Tamar Haspel on Food Costs, Animal Welfare, and the Honey Bee 2017-07-17   Martha Nussbaum on Alexander Hamilton 2017-07-10   Chris Blattman on Chickens, Cash, and Development Economics 2017-07-03   Robin Feldman on Drug Patents, Generics, and Drug Wars 2017-06-26   Thomas Ricks on Churchill and Orwell 2017-06-19   Don Boudreaux, Michael Munger, and Russ Roberts on Emergent Order 2017-06-12   2 Christy Ford Chapin on the Evolution of the American Health Care System 2017-06-05   David Boaz, P.J. O'Rourke, and George Will on the State of Liberty 2017-05-29   Lant Pritchett on Poverty, Growth, and Experiments 2017-05-22   Cass Sunstein on #Republic 2017-05-15   1 Tyler Cowen on The Complacent Class 2017-05-08   1 Jennifer Pahlka on Code for America 2017-05-01   Elizabeth Pape on Manufacturing and Selling Women's Clothing and Elizabeth Suzann 2017-04-24   Rana Foroohar on the Financial Sector and Makers and Takers 2017-04-17   Erica Sandberg on Homelessness and Downtown Streets Team 2017-04-10   Vanessa Williamson on Taxes and Read My Lips 2017-04-03   Jason Barr on Building the Skyline and the Economics of Skyscrapers 2017-03-27   Andrew Gelman on Social Science, Small Samples, and the Garden of the Forking Paths 2017-03-20   Robert Whaples on the Economics of Pope Francis 2017-03-13   Crafts, Garicano, and Zingales on the Economic Future of Europe 2017-03-06   Paul Bloom on Empathy 2017-02-27   1 Tom Wainwright on Narconomics 2017-02-20   Jim Epstein on Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and Freedom in Latin America 2017-02-13   Gary Taubes on the Case Against Sugar 2017-02-06   1 George Borjas on Immigration and We Wanted Workers 2017-01-30   Sam Quinones on Heroin, the Opioid Epidemic, and Dreamland 2017-01-23   Michael Munger on the Basic Income Guarantee 2017-01-16   1 Robert Hall on Recession, Stagnation, and Monetary Policy 2017-01-09   Mark Warshawsky on Compensation, Health Care Costs, and Inequality 2017-01-02   Chris Blattman on Sweatshops 2016-12-26   Terry Anderson on Native American Economics 2016-12-19   Bruce Bueno de Mesquita on the Spoils of War 2016-12-12   Thomas Leonard on Race, Eugenics, and Illiberal Reformers 2016-12-05   Doug Lemov on Reading 2016-11-28   Erik Hurst on Work, Play, and the Dynamics of U.S. Labor Markets 2016-11-21   Tim Harford on the Virtues of Disorder and Messy 2016-11-14   1 David Gelernter on Consciousness, Computers, and the Tides of Mind 2016-11-07   Judith Donath on Signaling, Design, and the Social Machine 2016-10-31   Casey Mulligan on Cuba 2016-10-24   Chris Arnade on the Mexican Crisis, TARP, and American Poverty 2016-10-17   1 Angus Deaton on Inequality, Trade, and the Robin Hood Principle 2016-10-10   Cathy O'Neil on Weapons of Math Destruction 2016-10-03   John Cochrane on Economic Growth and Changing the Policy Debate 2016-09-26   Eric Wakin on Archiving, Preservation, and History 2016-09-19   Susan Athey on Machine Learning, Big Data, and Causation 2016-09-12   Terry Moe on the Constitution, the Presidency, and Relic 2016-09-05   Leo Katz on Why the Law is So Perverse 2016-08-29   Munger on Slavery and Racism 2016-08-22   1 Chuck Klosterman on But What If We're Wrong 2016-08-15   1 Adam D'Angelo on Knowledge, Experimentation, and Quora 2016-08-08   Matthew Futterman on Players and the Business of Sports 2016-08-01   Angela Duckworth on Grit 2016-07-25   1 Ryan Holiday on Ego is the Enemy 2016-07-18   1 Jonathan Skinner on Health Care Costs, Technology, and Rising Mortality 2016-07-11   Yuval Levin on The Fractured Republic 2016-07-04   Richard Epstein on Cruises, First-Class Travel, and Inequality 2016-06-27   Kevin Kelly on the Inevitable 2016-06-20   1 Abby Smith Rumsey on Remembering, Forgetting, and When We Are No More 2016-06-13   Jason Zweig on Finance and the Devil's Financial Dictionary 2016-06-06   1 David Beckworth on Money, Monetary Policy, and the Great Recession 2016-05-30   James Bessen on Learning by Doing 2016-05-23   Leif Wenar on Blood Oil 2016-05-16   Pedro Domingos on Machine Learning and the Master Algorithm 2016-05-09   1 Arnold Kling on Specialization and Trade 2016-05-02   Alberto Alesina on Fiscal Policy and Austerity 2016-04-25   Gary Belsky on the Origins of Sports 2016-04-18   Robert Frank on Success and Luck 2016-04-11   1 Richard Jones on Transhumanism 2016-04-04   Jayson Lusk on Food, Technology, and Unnaturally Delicious 2016-03-28   Marina Krakovsky on the Middleman Economy 2016-03-21   David Autor on Trade, China, and U.S. Labor Markets 2016-03-14   Will Davies on the Economics, Economists, and the Limits of Neoliberalism 2016-03-07   Alison Wolf on Women, Inequality and the XX Factor 2016-02-29   Matt Ridley on the Evolution of Everything 2016-02-22   1 Adam Cifu on Ending Medical Reversal 2016-02-15   Adam Ozimek on the Power of Econometrics and Data 2016-02-08   Timothy Taylor on Government vs. Business 2016-02-01   James Heckman on Facts, Evidence, and the State of Econometrics 2016-01-25   Josh Luber on Sneakers, Sneakerheads, and the Second-hand Market 2016-01-18   Greg Ip on Foolproof 2016-01-11   Robert Frank on Dinner Table Economics 2016-01-04   1 Noah Smith on Whether Economics is a Science 2015-12-28   Philip Tetlock on Superforecasting 2015-12-21   1 George Selgin on Monetary Policy and the Great Recession 2015-12-14   Canice Prendergast on How Prices Can Improve a Food Fight (and Help the Poor) 2015-12-07   David Mindell on Our Robots, Ourselves 2015-11-30   Michael Munger on EconTalk's 500th Episode 2015-11-23   1 Brian Nosek on the Reproducibility Project 2015-11-16   Robert Aronowitz on Risky Medicine 2015-11-09   Michael Matheson Miller on Poverty, Inc 2015-11-02   Cesar Hidalgo on Why Information Grows 2015-10-26   Yuval Harari on Sapiens 2015-10-19   1 Pete Boettke on Katrina, Ten Years After 2015-10-12   Tim O'Reilly on Technology and Work 2015-10-05   1 Pete Geddes on the American Prairie Reserve 2015-09-28   Tina Rosenberg on the Kidney Market in Iran 2015-09-21   Mitch Weiss on the Business of Broadway 2015-09-14   William MacAskill on Effective Altruism and Doing Good Better 2015-09-07   1 Paul Robinson on Cooperation, Punishment and the Criminal Justice System 2015-08-31   Jesse Ausubel on Agriculture, Technology, and the Return of Nature 2015-08-24   Rachel Laudan on the History of Food and Cuisine 2015-08-17   Summer Brennan on Wilderness, Politics and the Oyster War 2015-08-10   Roger Berkowitz on Fish, Food, and Legal Sea Foods 2015-08-03   Eric Hanushek on the Education, Skills, and the Millennium Development Goals 2015-07-27   Wences Casares on Bitcoin and Xapo 2015-07-20   Lee Ohanian, Arnold Kling, and John Cochrane on the Future of Freedom, Democracy, and Prosperity 2015-07-13   Alvin Roth on Matching Markets 2015-07-06   1 Matt Ridley on Climate Change 2015-06-29   1 Morten Jerven on African Economic Growth 2015-06-22   Adam Davidson on Hollywood and the Future of Work 2015-06-15   Nathaniel Popper on Bitcoin and Digital Gold 2015-06-08   Martin Weitzman on Climate Change 2015-06-01   Bent Flyvbjerg on Megaprojects 2015-05-25   Nicholas Vincent on the Magna Carta 2015-05-18   Eric Topol on the Power of Patients in a Digital World 2015-05-11   Michael O'Hare on Art Museums 2015-05-04   Leonard Wong on Honesty and Ethics in the Military 2015-04-27   Scott Sumner on Interest Rates 2015-04-20   Phil Rosenzweig on Leadership, Decisions, and Behavioral Economics 2015-04-13   Vernon Smith and James Otteson on Adam Smith 2015-04-06   David Skarbek on Prison Gangs and the Social Order of the Underworld 2015-03-30   Campbell Harvey on Randomness, Skill, and Investment Strategies 2015-03-23   Paul Romer on Urban Growth 2015-03-16   Lawrence H. White on Monetary Constitutions 2015-03-09   David Zetland on Water 2015-03-02   Michael Munger on Choosing in Groups 2015-02-23   1 Benn Steil on the Battle of Bretton Woods 2015-02-16   Daniel Sumner on the Political Economy of Agriculture 2015-02-09   Luigi Zingales on the Costs and Benefits of the Financial Sector 2015-02-02   Alex Tabarrok on Private Cities 2015-01-26   1 Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the Precautionary Principle and Genetically Modified Organisms 2015-01-19   Greg Page on Food, Agriculture, and Cargill 2015-01-12   Joshua Greene on Moral Tribes, Moral Dilemmas, and Utilitarianism 2015-01-05