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

    Sarah Carr on Charter Schools, Educational Reform, and Hope Against Hope

    Sarah Carr on Charter Schools, Educational Reform, and Hope Against Hope

    Journalist and author Sarah Carr talks about her book Hope Against Hope with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Carr looked at three schools in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and chronicled their successes, failures, and the challenges facing educational reform in the poorest parts of America.

    • 1 hr
    Martin Gurri on the Revolt of the Public

    Martin Gurri on the Revolt of the Public

    Author Martin Gurri, Visiting Fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center, talks about his book The Revolt of the Public with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Gurri argues that a digital tsunami--the increase in information that the web provides--has destabilized authority and many institutions. He talks about the amorphous nature of recent populist protest movements around the world and where we might be headed politically and culturally.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Robert Pondiscio on How the Other Half Learns

    Robert Pondiscio on How the Other Half Learns

    Author and teacher Robert Pondiscio of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute talks about his book How the Other Half Learns with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Pondiscio shares his experience of being embedded in a Success Academy Charter School in New York City for a year--lessons about teaching, education policy, and student achievement.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Paul Romer on the Pandemic

    Paul Romer on the Pandemic

    In this bonus episode of EconTalk, economist and Nobel Laureate Paul Romer discusses the coronavirus pandemic with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Romer argues that the status quo of shutdown and fear of infection is unsustainable. Returning to normal requires an inexpensive, quick, and relatively painless test. Such tests are now available. The challenge is in relaxing certain regulations and then creating a supply chain of production and availability. Romer then explains how such a test could ease a return to something like normalcy for many sectors of the economy. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the dynamics of the labor market in the current situation.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Branko Milanovic on Capitalism, Alone

    Branko Milanovic on Capitalism, Alone

    Economist and author Branko Milanovic of the Graduate Center, CUNY, talks about his book, Capitalism, Alone, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. They discuss inequality, the challenge of corruption in the Chinese system, and Milanovic's claim that in American capitalism, the texture of daily life is increasingly affected by the sharing economy and other opportunities.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    L.A. Paul on Vampires, Life Choices, and Transformation

    L.A. Paul on Vampires, Life Choices, and Transformation

    Philosopher and author L.A. Paul talks about her book Transformative Experience with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Paul explores the uncertainties that surround the transformative experiences that we choose and that happen to us without choosing. How should we think about the morality and personal impact of these kinds of experiences, especially when some decisions are very hard or impossible to reverse? Examples include becoming a vampire, having children, religion, and other life experiences and choices.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

SNZ_86 ,

Just the best

I have never listened to someone who acknowledges his own biases (right now it’s hip to say “priors”) while also being critical but pleasant with his guests (who are often putting forward a thesis of some kind, typically a recent book). Never trying to “win” the argument, but rather to have a productive conversation about complex issues in a complex world where it’s hard to know what is True. A Hayekian in the best sense...

JF Greco ,

Simply the best

Everyone complaining that Russ talks too much on his own podcast...give me a break. Compared with other podcasts, he is far more equitable and even-handed. Keep it up, Russ! This is the only podcast that is worth every single person's time.

JCArmenta ,

Stop Interrupting!

Although, I thought the caliber of guest was impressive, I couldn’t enjoy the episode due to the host’s constant interruptions.

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