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EconTalk: Conversations for the Curious is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by Russ Roberts of Shalem College in Jerusalem. The eclectic guest list includes authors, doctors, psychologists, historians, philosophers, economists, and more. Learn how the health care system really works, the serenity that comes from humility, the challenge of interpreting data, how potato chips are made, what it's like to run an upscale Manhattan restaurant, what caused the 2008 financial crisis, the nature of consciousness, and more. EconTalk has been taking the Monday out of Mondays since 2006. All 750+ episodes are available in the archive. Go to EconTalk.org for transcripts, related resources, and comments.

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EconTalk: Conversations for the Curious is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by Russ Roberts of Shalem College in Jerusalem. The eclectic guest list includes authors, doctors, psychologists, historians, philosophers, economists, and more. Learn how the health care system really works, the serenity that comes from humility, the challenge of interpreting data, how potato chips are made, what it's like to run an upscale Manhattan restaurant, what caused the 2008 financial crisis, the nature of consciousness, and more. EconTalk has been taking the Monday out of Mondays since 2006. All 750+ episodes are available in the archive. Go to EconTalk.org for transcripts, related resources, and comments.

    Michael Munger on Desires, Morality, and Self-Interest

    Michael Munger on Desires, Morality, and Self-Interest

    Economist and author Michael Munger of Duke University talks about human wants and desires with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Human beings have desires about our desires. Can we change what we want? And how should economists and normal human beings think about doing the right thing, what we often call morality? Is acting morally self-interested behavior or is it possible to act selflessly?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    John Cochrane on the Pandemic

    John Cochrane on the Pandemic

    Would the impact of the pandemic have been different if government and policymakers had been more open to more market-based responses and less committed to a top-down approach? Economist John Cochrane of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the pandemic and the policy response. Cochrane believes outcomes would have been much better if governments, in the United States and elsewhere, had embraced approaches that relied more on market forces.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Dana Gioia on Learning, Poetry, and Studying with Miss Bishop

    Dana Gioia on Learning, Poetry, and Studying with Miss Bishop

    Poet and author Dana Gioia talks about his book Studying with Miss Bishop with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. They talk about the craft of being a poet, the business world, mentorship, loss, why poetry no longer seems to matter, and how it might begin to matter again.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Lamorna Ash on Dark, Salt, Clear

    Lamorna Ash on Dark, Salt, Clear

    Lamorna Ash talks about her book Dark, Salt, Clear with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Ash leaves London and moves to the small fishing village of Newlyn, near where her mother grew up on the Cornish coast. In Newlyn, everything revolves around fishing. Ash gets herself a bunk on a trawler and quickly learns how to gut fish with sharp knives on a rocking boat in the middle of the night. And so much more.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Michael McCullough on the Kindness of Strangers

    Michael McCullough on the Kindness of Strangers

    Author and psychologist Michael McCullough of the University of California, San Diego talks about his book The Kindness of Strangers with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. McCullough traces the history of human empathy and tries to explain why we care about the welfare of people we don't even know.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Scott Newstok on How to Think Like Shakespeare

    Scott Newstok on How to Think Like Shakespeare

    Author Scott Newstok of Rhodes College talks about his book, How to Think Like Shakespeare, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Newstok draws on Shakespeare and other great writers and thinkers to explore the nature of education and the life well-lived.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

djmaster444 ,

Remove liberty from the name

The economic topics are interesting- but liberty should be removed from the name - support of corona fascism is not consistent with liberty-

Me26464834 ,

Used to be pretty great

Russ used to push the way I and , I believe, his guests think about economics and the way the world works. Lately he’s been turning into the economist in his own jokes who ignores the $20 bill on the ground because someone would have already picked it up. The realities of American capitalism are increasingly ignored as he sets up an army of straw men for libertarian ideals to knock down.I’m really disappointed to unsubscribe after all these years.

RaviSingh ,

Facts are wrong

Russ, not sure where you were, or where you get your news, but holding China accountable was front and center in the previous administrations platform. Willfull ignorance?

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