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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.

    Emiliana Simon-Thomas on Happiness

    Emiliana Simon-Thomas on Happiness

    Psychologist Emiliana Simon-Thomas of the University of California, Berkeley talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the science of happiness--what research can teach us about happiness.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Tyler Cowen on the Pandemic, Revisited

    Tyler Cowen on the Pandemic, Revisited

    Blogger, author, podcaster, economist Tyler Cowen of George Mason University discusses the lessons learned from the pandemic with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Appearing roughly one year after his first conversation on the pandemic, Cowen revisits the predictions he made then and what he has learned for the next time.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Max Kenner on Crime, Education, and the Bard Prison Initiative

    Max Kenner on Crime, Education, and the Bard Prison Initiative

    Max Kenner, founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative--which offers college degrees to prisoners--talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the program, which replicates the coursework of students at Bard College. The Bard Prison Initiative was profiled in a four-part PBS documentary, College Behind Bars. Kenner talks about the origins of the program, what students experience, and the injustice he sees in both the criminal justice system and the educational system in the United States.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Megan McArdle on Catastrophes and the Pandemic

    Megan McArdle on Catastrophes and the Pandemic

    Whether it's a pandemic or a Texas-sized ice storm that leaves millions of people without power, we'd like to avoid a repetition. Megan McArdle of the Washington Post talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenge of learning the right lessons from the current crisis in order to prevent the next one. McArdle argues that we frequently learn the wrong lessons from the past in trying to prevent the harm from the catastrophes that might be waiting in our future.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Sherry Turkle on Family, Artificial Intelligence, and the Empathy Diaries

    Sherry Turkle on Family, Artificial Intelligence, and the Empathy Diaries

    Psychologist and author Sherry Turkle of MIT talks about her book, The Empathy Diaries, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. The Empathy Diaries is a memoir about Turkle's secretive family and how that secrecy turned Turkle into an acute observer, skilled at revealing the story behind the story. She also chronicles the early days of artificial intelligence and the evolution of the computer. Topics in this conversation include the challenges of family, the role of technology in our lives, the limits of artificial intelligence, and the importance of Bambi.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Leon Kass on Human Flourishing, Living Well, and Aristotle

    Leon Kass on Human Flourishing, Living Well, and Aristotle

    Leon Kass, long-time teacher of classic works at the University of Chicago and now Dean of Faculty at Shalem College in Jerusalem, talks about human flourishing with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Drawing on an essay from his book, Leading a Worthy Life, Kass gives a broad overview of Aristotle's ideas on how to live.

    This episode also discusses the listeners' votes for their Top 10 EconTalk podcast episodes for 2020.

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

Arlie K ,

Engaging and insightful!

It’s clear that Russ puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding unique and knowledgeable guests - the insights they bring to bear is still mind-blowing Every. Single. Time.

bgmando1 ,

Great in-depth discussions

Recently stumbled across across this podcast and have greatly enjoyed these in-depth discussions with such a diverse range of guests. Not afraid to ask tough questions.

Also really enjoyed listening to audiobook version of his Adam Smith Can Change Your Life book. Lots of good food for thought. Thank you!

aAngela Cross ,

Best interview podcasts you’ll ever listen to.

In depth interviews with people on the cutting edge of their expertise .....in absolutely every field. Binge on them all.

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