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EconTalk: Conversations for the Curious is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by Russ Roberts of Shalem College in Jerusalem and Stanford's Hoover Institution. 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 900+ 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 and Stanford's Hoover Institution. 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 900+ episodes are available in the archive. Go to EconTalk.org for transcripts, related resources, and comments.

    Rituals Without Religion (with Michael Norton)

    Rituals Without Religion (with Michael Norton)

    While religion may play less of a role in many people's lives, rituals--the lifeblood of religion--remain central to the human experience. Listen as Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School explains how and why rituals remain at the center of our lives--they give meaning to life-cycle events and secular holidays, calm our fears, and give us a sense of control when the pressure to perform can otherwise overwhelm us.

    • 1 hr
    A User's Guide to Our Emotional Thermostat (with Adam Mastroianni)

    A User's Guide to Our Emotional Thermostat (with Adam Mastroianni)

    Can you be too happy? Psychologist Adam Mastroianni talks with EconTalk's Russ Roberts about our emotional control systems, which seem to work at bringing both sadness and happiness back to a steady baseline. Too much happiness is--perhaps surprisingly--not necessarily a good thing. They also explore whether our general level of happiness is really related to events in our lives or connected to something much larger than ourselves.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    What Does "Unbiased" Mean in the Digital World? (with Megan McArdle)

    What Does "Unbiased" Mean in the Digital World? (with Megan McArdle)

    Listen as Megan McArdle and EconTalk's Russ Roberts use Google's new AI entrant Gemini as the starting point for a discussion about the future of our culture in the shadow of AI bias. They also discuss the tension between rules and discretion in Western society and why the ultimate answer to AI bias can't be found in technology.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Voices from Gaza (with Ahmed Alkhatib)

    Voices from Gaza (with Ahmed Alkhatib)

    Ahmed Fouad Alkhatib spent much of his childhood in Gaza before becoming an American citizen. He has lost dozens of family members and both his childhood homes in Israel's war in Gaza. But he hasn't lost hope for peace and the future of the Palestinian people. Listen as he describes the reality of life in Gaza under Hamas rule, and what he believes most Gazans think of Hamas. He also shares his thoughts on how to save Israel's hostages, and how Palestinians can thrive once the war is over.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Living with Exponential Change (with Azeem Azhar)

    Living with Exponential Change (with Azeem Azhar)

    The world of today would seem alien to someone living 30 years ago: people seduced by their screens in private and public and now AI blurring the lines between humans and the machine. Author and technologist Azeem Azhar chronicles the pace of change and asks whether the human experience can cope with that pace while preserving what is fundamentally human.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    How to Avoid Lying With Statistics (with Jeremy Weber)

    How to Avoid Lying With Statistics (with Jeremy Weber)

    There's often a gap between the textbook treatment of statistics and the cookbook treatment--how to cook up the numbers when you're in the kitchen of the real world. Jeremy Weber of the University of Pittsburgh and the author of Statistics for Public Policy hopes his book can close that gap. He talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how to use numbers thoughtfully and honestly.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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Smarter with Age

Regarding April 1 episode. Yes you are! Young people as a group are dumb and wrong. Ask any insurer.

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Voices from Gaza

Thanks for this excellent podcast, Russ. Really good. From a Wyoming listener 😉

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Dennis Karpf

Superb, deep, analytical and moral discussion with leading thinkers on all social, scientific and human interactions in the economy and marketplace. In short, great meta thinking with Russ as wonderful interlocutor.

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