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Words & Numbers touches on issues of Economics, Political Science, Current Events and Policy. Each Wednesday we'll be sharing a new Words & Numbers podcast featuring Antony Davies Ph.D and James Harrigan Ph.D talking about the economics and political science of current events.

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Words & Numbers touches on issues of Economics, Political Science, Current Events and Policy. Each Wednesday we'll be sharing a new Words & Numbers podcast featuring Antony Davies Ph.D and James Harrigan Ph.D talking about the economics and political science of current events.

    Episode 288: What's a Recession?

    Episode 288: What's a Recession?

    Maybe we’re in a recession, but maybe we’re not. This week, we talk about what a recession is and what it means, practically, for people.
     
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    https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2014/08/26/how-northeastern-gamed-the-college-rankings/
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/liz-cheney-s-political-life-is-likely-ending-and-just-beginning/ar-AA10FNr7
    https://theweek.com/liz-cheney/1015866/inside-the-liz-cheney-presidential-run-speculation
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/spaghetti-sauce-under-threat-water-124539175.html
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    https://reason.com/2022/08/14/spain-bans-a-c-below-80-degrees-during-record-setting-summer-heat/
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    • 37 min
    Episode 287: Secession: Good for me but not for thee?

    Episode 287: Secession: Good for me but not for thee?

    The Founders gave strong philosophical arguments for why secession from Great Britain was right and proper. Yet, when the Confederacy tried to secede from the Union, philosophical arguments against secession were few. Clearly, ending slavery was right and proper. And, the question of secession was, practically speaking, answered with the eradication of slavery. But the question of whether it is right and proper for states to secede remains, at least from a philosophical perspective, unaddressed.




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    https://www.fastcompany.com/90775427/amazon-grandma-alexa-evolution-text-to-speech
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/15/inside-the-war-between-trump-and-his-generals
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    • 43 min
    Episode 286: Balance in Discussing Guns

    Episode 286: Balance in Discussing Guns

    Part of the reason we make little progress on this topic of guns in this country is that the pro- and anti-gun camps talk past each other. This is fueled by a media that tends to show only one side of the story, causing both sides in the debate to become paranoid - one side comes to think that half the country is looking to disarm them, and the other side comes to think that half the country is blind to gun violence. A recent shooting gives us the opportunity to think about the topic from a more balanced perspective.
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    • 35 min
    Episode 285: What’s News in the Economy?

    Episode 285: What’s News in the Economy?

    Oddly, there’s not a lot in the news this week. Given what we’ve all been through the past couple of years, that’s likely a good thing. This week, we sit back and take a casual look at inflation, economic growth, entrepreneurs, standardization, and the gig economy.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenny_Bruce#Death_and_posthumous_pardon
    https://www.npr.org/2022/07/21/1112722821/dave-chappelle-minneapolis-show-canceled
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    https://www.usacarry.com/40-yards-elisjsha-dicken-landed-shots-mall-shooter/
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/19/us/eli-dicken-indiana-mall-shooting-bystander/index.html
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/19/us/armed-bystander-indiana-mall-shooting.html
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/indiana-mall-shooting-elisjsha-dicken-neutralized-gunman-15-seconds/
    https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting
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    • 34 min
    Episode 284: Phasing Out Social Security

    Episode 284: Phasing Out Social Security

    Social Security has become a trillion dollar weight dragging down our economics and politics. On the one hand, according to the Social Security administration itself, the program will be insolvent within a decade. On the other, we can’t shut it down without condemning many elderly to destitution. This week, we talk about a plan that would phase out Social Security, do it without cutting benefits to current retirees, leave future retirees better off, and save the government money. The catch is that the phase-out requires many decades.
     
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    https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-new-york-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-queens-congress-7e1d71dec55714872f60a4f34d02b7d7
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/aoc-laments-insane-cost-of-being-congresswoman
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11022021/Jill-Biden-voices-frustration-Joes-lack-progress-White-House.html
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    • 31 min
    Episode 283: Americans Don’t Trust the Media

    Episode 283: Americans Don’t Trust the Media

    Recently, we talked about polls showing a serious erosion of trust in the branches of government. This week, we focus on the media. It turns out that Americans trust the media about as much as they trust Congress - and it’s amazing how little they trust Congress. Interestingly, there’s a sharp division among party lines.
     
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    • 31 min

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303 Ratings

libertarian John ,

The “Car Talk” of economics and politics

A clear-eyed view of economics, politics, and unintended consequences from a mostly libertarian perspective. James and Antony remind me of “Click and Clack” from Car Talk, both informative and entertaining. Unless you are a “government can solve all of our problems” type, you will enjoy this immensely.

slakeducharme ,

Will Surprise You

It’s both informative and entertaining. Although James is a little too melodramatic - likely doing it for the humor? Antony is ever optimistic and excitable, which is contagious to the minds need to know about todays topics in depth and from a practical perspective.

Howard OKC ,

Antony for president!

I would vote Antony for sure. Followed him from youtube and found this podcast! Lots if insight and makes ton of sense!

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