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Adam Smith said, "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." So join us for interviews with the leading experts on today's biggest issues to learn more about economics, policy, and much more.

The Great Antidote Juliette Sellgren

    • Government
    • 4.9 • 25 Ratings

Adam Smith said, "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." So join us for interviews with the leading experts on today's biggest issues to learn more about economics, policy, and much more.

    David Epstein on Range

    David Epstein on Range

    David Epstein is the author of New York Times #1 bestsellers, Range and The Sports Gene, and an investigative reporter at ProPublica. Today, he talks to us about Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. Listen for generalist success stories! He explains when best to use a generalist approach, in sports, versus a specialist approach, in chess. We talk about how to integrate the generalist approach into schooling and everyday life to improve learning, and he gives me advice on my guitar-learning journey. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Michael Cannon on Employer-Sponsored Health Care

    Michael Cannon on Employer-Sponsored Health Care

    Michael Cannon, Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies, talks to us today about health and health policy, reminding us of their definitions, goals, and importance. Learn about the origin of our current health care system, the different methods of obtaining health care (direct, government provided, employer-sponsored), and specifically employer-sponsored health care, which is the most common source of health insurance. 
    What is “universal health care”? Do we really have a free market for health care? Why is employer-sponsored health care the most common source of heath care in the United States? What are the incentives in that system? What are the effects of the policies that have made this the case? 

    • 58 min
    William B. Allen on The State of Black America

    William B. Allen on The State of Black America

    William B. Allen, resident scholar and former chief operating officer of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, talks to us today about the book he recently edited, The State of Black America. He tells us about his upbringing and the current narrative about racism and policy in the United States. Is it a problem? What should we do about it? 

    • 52 min
    Matthew Mitchell on the Continuing Punishment of Criminal Records

    Matthew Mitchell on the Continuing Punishment of Criminal Records

    Your criminal sentence doesn’t necessarily end when you get out of jail. Criminal records prevent many Americans from entering jobs requiring occupational licensing. 66 million Americans have criminal records; 30% of jobs require occupational licensing. Licensed jobs range from electrician to medical professional to hair braider.


    Matthew Mitchell is a Senior Research Fellow and the Director of the Equal Liberty Initiative at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Today, we briefly recap occupational licensing, what it is, and its effects. Then, we go on to talk about the unequal burden of occupational licensing, particularly on those with criminal records, and potential reforms.

    • 41 min
    Jon Murphy on The Jones Act and Adam Smith

    Jon Murphy on The Jones Act and Adam Smith

    Jon Murphy, recent PhD graduate from George Mason University and incoming instructor at Western Carolina University, talks to us today about Adam Smith’s theoretical and practical exceptions to free trade. We explore whether Smith would have endorsed The Jones Act through his endorsement of Britain’s Navigation Acts. 

    • 42 min
    Weifeng Zhong on China's Propaganda

    Weifeng Zhong on China's Propaganda

    Weifeng Zhong, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, talks to us today about the distinction between misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda. He leads us through his story of discovering the Tiananmen Square Massacre and how it led to the Policy Change Index project. We talk about hopes and fears for the future, along with some differences between the United States and China. 

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

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Fresh, smart and insightful

Intelligent interviews that are right on point- but off the beaten path.

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Learned So Much

Host Juliette is genuinely interested in a wide rang of topics. She allows her guests to be the star, and the guests are top-notch experts. I changed my mind on several issues as a result of hearing an episode, which says a lot about the power of a podcast. Thumbs up!

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