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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. Host Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty and the Hoover Institution, draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. 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.

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Thomas Ricks on Churchill and Orwell


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Author and historian Thomas Ricks talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book, Churchill and Orwell. Ricks makes the case that the odd couple of Winston Churchill and George Orwell played and play an important role in preserving individual libert..


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Don Boudreaux, Michael Munger, and Russ Roberts on Emergent Order


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Why is it that people in large cities like Paris or New York City people sleep peacefully, unworried about whether there will be enough bread or other necessities available for purchase the next morning? No one is in charge--no bread czar. No flour czar. ..


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Christy Ford Chapin on the Evolution of the American Health Care System


Published: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Historian Christy Ford Chapin of University of Maryland Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins and author of Ensuring America's Health talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book--a history of how America's health care system came to be dominated by ..


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David Boaz, P.J. O'Rourke, and George Will on the State of Liberty


Published: Mon, 29 May 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: What is the state of liberty in America? Is liberty increasing or decreasing? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the future? This week EconTalk features David Boaz, P.J. O'Rourke, and George Will discussing these questions and more with EconTalk..


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Lant Pritchett on Poverty, Growth, and Experiments


Published: Mon, 22 May 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: How should we think about growth and poverty? How important is the goal of reducing the proportion of the world's population living on less than a dollar a day? Does poverty persist because people lack skills or because they live in economic systems where..


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Cass Sunstein on #Republic


Published: Mon, 15 May 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Author and legal scholar Cass Sunstein of Harvard University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, #Republic. Sunstein argues that the internet has encouraged people to frequent informational echo chambers where their views are rein..


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Tyler Cowen on The Complacent Class


Published: Mon, 08 May 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Author and economist Tyler Cowen of George Mason University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book, The Complacent Class. Cowen argues that the United States has become complacent and the result is a loss of dynamism in the economy and in Am..


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Jennifer Pahlka on Code for America


Published: Mon, 01 May 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the organization she started. Code for America works with private sector tech people to bring technology to the provision of government services. Pahlka discusses so..


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Elizabeth Pape on Manufacturing and Selling Women's Clothing and Elizabeth Suzann


Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Elizabeth Pape, founder of the women's clothing company Elizabeth Suzann, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about starting and running her company--a manufacturer and seller of high-end women's clothing in Nashville, Tennessee. The conversation chroni..


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Rana Foroohar on the Financial Sector and Makers and Takers


Published: Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Journalist and author Rana Foroohar of the Financial Times talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book, Makers and Takers. Foroohar argues that finance has become an increasingly powerful part of the U.S. economy and has handicapped the growth an..


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Erica Sandberg on Homelessness and Downtown Streets Team


Published: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Podcaster and writer Erica Sandberg talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about homelessness in San Francisco. Sandberg talks about what the city can do about homelessness and her experience with Downtown Streets Team, which gives homeless people in the B..


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Vanessa Williamson on Taxes and Read My Lips


Published: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Are Americans overtaxed? How does the average American feel about the tax system and tax reform? Vanessa Williamson of the Brookings Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book, Read My Lips. Williamson shares the results of her surve..


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Jason Barr on Building the Skyline and the Economics of Skyscrapers


Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Why does the Manhattan skyline look like it does with incredible skyscrapers south of City Hall then almost no tall buildings until midtown? Jason Barr of Rutgers University-Newark and author of Building the Skyline talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts a..


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Andrew Gelman on Social Science, Small Samples, and the Garden of the Forking Paths


Published: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Statistician, blogger, and author Andrew Gelman of Columbia University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges facing psychologists and economists when using small samples. On the surface, finding statistically significant results in a ..


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Robert Whaples on the Economics of Pope Francis


Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Is capitalism part of the poverty problem facing the world or part of the solution? Are human beings doing a good job preserving the earth for future generations? To improve the world, should we improve capitalism or ourselves? Robert Whaples of Wake Fore..


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Crafts, Garicano, and Zingales on the Economic Future of Europe


Published: Mon, 06 Mar 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: What is the future of the European economy? What are the challenges facing Europe? What are the implications of Brexit for the United Kingdom and the rest of the Europe? Nicholas Crafts of the University of Warwick, Luis Garicano of the London School of E..


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Paul Bloom on Empathy


Published: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Psychologist Paul Bloom of Yale University talks about his book Against Empathy with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Bloom argues that empathy--the ability to feel the emotions of others--is a bad guide to charitable giving and public policy. Bloom argues tha..


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Tom Wainwright on Narconomics


Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: When fighting the war on drugs, governments typically devote enormous resources trying to reduce the supply. But is this effective? Journalist and author Tom Wainwright of the Economist and author of Narconomics talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about..


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Jim Epstein on Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and Freedom in Latin America


Published: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Writer, reporter, and film producer Jim Epstein talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about mining Bitcoins in Venezuela as a way to import food. Venezuela is a tragicomic example of how policy can lead to strange and presumably unexpected outcomes. Epste..


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Gary Taubes on the Case Against Sugar


Published: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Sugar appears to have no nutritional value. But is it more than just empty calories? Is it actually bad for us? Author and journalist Gary Taubes talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, The Case Against Sugar. Taubes argues that there..


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George Borjas on Immigration and We Wanted Workers


Published: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: George Borjas of Harvard University and author of We Wanted Workers talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about immigration and the challenges of measuring the impact of increased immigration on American workers and consumers. The discussion also looks at..


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Sam Quinones on Heroin, the Opioid Epidemic, and Dreamland


Published: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: How did heroin spread beyond big cities in America? What's the connection between heroin and America's opioid problem? Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican tow..


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Michael Munger on the Basic Income Guarantee


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the virtues and negatives of a basic guaranteed income--giving every American adult an annual amount of money to guarantee a subsistence level of well-being. How would such a pl..


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Robert Hall on Recession, Stagnation, and Monetary Policy


Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Economist Robert Hall of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current state of the U.S. economy and what we know and don't know about the recovery from the Great Recession. Much of the conversation focuses on the choices fac..


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Mark Warshawsky on Compensation, Health Care Costs, and Inequality


Published: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Economist and author Mark Warshawsky of George Mason Univerity's Mercatus Center talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his work on the role health care benefits play in measuring inequality. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Warshawsky..


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Chris Blattman on Sweatshops


Published: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: If you were a poor person in a poor country, would you prefer steady work in a factory or to be your own boss, buying and selling in the local market? Economist Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about experi..


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Terry Anderson on Native American Economics


Published: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Terry Anderson of PERC talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about economic life for Native Americans. Anderson discusses economic life before the arrival of Europeans and how current policy affects Native Americans living on reservations today...


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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita on the Spoils of War


Published: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: There is a fascinating and depressing positive correlation between the reputation of an American president and the number of people dying in wars while that president is in office. Political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita of NYU and co-author of The Sp..


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Thomas Leonard on Race, Eugenics, and Illiberal Reformers


Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Were the first professional economists racists? Thomas Leonard of Princeton University and author of Illiberal Reformers talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book--a portrait of the progressive movement and its early advocates at the end of the..


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Doug Lemov on Reading


Published: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Doug Lemov of Uncommon School and co-author of Reading Reconsidered talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about reading. Lemov makes the case for the educational importance of critical reading of challenging books and texts. Along the way, he gives listen..


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Erik Hurst on Work, Play, and the Dynamics of U.S. Labor Markets


Published: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Erik Hurst of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the state of the labor market in the United States. Hurst notes dramatic changes in employment rates for men and speculates about the causes. Two factors discussed in deta..


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Tim Harford on the Virtues of Disorder and Messy


Published: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Tim Harford, journalist and author, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, Messy. Harford argues that we have a weakness for order and neat solutions causing us to miss opportunities to find happiness or success with messier, more di..


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David Gelernter on Consciousness, Computers, and the Tides of Mind


Published: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale University and author of The Tides of Mind, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about consciousness and how our minds evolve through the course of the day and as we grow up. Other topics discussed i..


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Judith Donath on Signaling, Design, and the Social Machine


Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Judith Donath, author of The Social Machine, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her book--an examination of signaling, online identity, and online community. Donath argues that design elements in technology play a key role in our int..


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Casey Mulligan on Cuba


Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about life in Cuba. Mulligan, who recently returned from a trip to Cuba, discusses the economy, the standard of living and some of the peculiarities of communist control...


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Chris Arnade on the Mexican Crisis, TARP, and American Poverty


Published: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Chris Arnade, former Wall Street trader turned photographer and social chronicler, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about what he learned from the front lines of the financial industry in the 1990s and 2000s when everything slowly and then very quick..


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Angus Deaton on Inequality, Trade, and the Robin Hood Principle


Published: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Nobel Laureate in Economics Angus Deaton of Princeton University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the economics of trade and aid. Deaton wonders if economists should re-think the widely-held view that redistribution from rich nations to poor na..


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Cathy O'Neil on Weapons of Math Destruction


Published: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Cathy O'Neil, data scientist and author of Weapons of Math Destruction talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her book. O'Neil argues that the commercial application of big data often harms individuals in unknown ways. She argues that th..


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John Cochrane on Economic Growth and Changing the Policy Debate


Published: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: How are those in favor of bigger government and those who want smaller government like a couple stuck in a bad marriage? Economist John Cochrane of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how to take a differen..


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Eric Wakin on Archiving, Preservation, and History


Published: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: What does an x-ray of Hitler's skull have in common with a jar of Ronald Reagan's jelly beans? They are both part of the Hoover Institution archives. Eric Wakin, Director of the Library and Archives of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University talks w..


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Susan Athey on Machine Learning, Big Data, and Causation


Published: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Can machine learning improve the use of data and evidence for understanding economics and public policy? Susan Athey of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how machine learning can be used in conjunction with traditional econom..


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Terry Moe on the Constitution, the Presidency, and Relic


Published: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Are there many Americans today who wish the President of the United States had more power relative to the other branches of Congress? Terry Moe is one of them. In this week's EconTalk episode, Moe--a professor of political science at Stanford University a..


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Leo Katz on Why the Law is So Perverse


Published: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Leo Katz, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book, Why the Law Is So Perverse. Katz argues that certain seemingly inexplicable features of the law are the result of conflicts between multipl..


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Munger on Slavery and Racism


Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how attitudes in the American South toward slavery evolved over time and what we can learn from that evolution about the role culture plays in our lives...


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Chuck Klosterman on But What If We're Wrong


Published: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Chuck Klosterman, author of But What If We're Wrong, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the possibility that things we hold to be undeniably true may turn out to be totally false in the future. This wide-ranging conversation covers music and lite..


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Adam D'Angelo on Knowledge, Experimentation, and Quora


Published: Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Adam D'Angelo, CEO of the question and answer website, Quora, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the history, evolution, and challenges of Quora. Along the way they discuss the aggregation of knowledge and the power of experiments for improving t..


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Matthew Futterman on Players and the Business of Sports


Published: Mon, 01 Aug 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Fifty years ago, many of the best players in the National Football League took jobs in the off-season to augment the salaries they earned playing football. Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal and author of Players talks with EconTalk host Russ Ro..


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Angela Duckworth on Grit


Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: How important is grit relative to talent? Can grit be taught? Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance talks with with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the nature of success in work, play..


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Ryan Holiday on Ego is the Enemy


Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: How does our attitude toward ourselves affect our success or failure in the world of business or in friendship? Ryan Holiday, author of Ego Is the Enemy, talks with Econtalk host Russ Roberts about the role of ego in business, our personal lives, and worl..


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Jonathan Skinner on Health Care Costs, Technology, and Rising Mortality


Published: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:30:00 EST
Summary: Technology and innovation usually mean higher quality and lower prices. Is health care different? Jonathan Skinner of Dartmouth College talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how technology and innovation affect the cost and efficacy of health care. ..


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