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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 natur ...
 
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Journalist and author Jonathan Rauch talks about his book The Constitution of Knowledge with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. People come up with ideas all the time. But the vast majority of these ideas aren't worthwhile. Rauch argues that the constitution of knowledge--the norms and institutions for testing the reliability of new ideas and accumulating…
 
Economist and Nobel Laureate James Heckman of the University of Chicago talks about inequality and economic mobility with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Drawing on research on inequality in Denmark with Rasmus Landerso, Heckman argues that despite the efforts of the Danish welfare state to provide equal access to education, there is little difference …
 
Journalist and author Michael Easter talks about his book The Comfort Crisis with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Easter thinks modern life is too easy, too comfortable. To be healthy, he says, we need to move out of our comfort zones and every once in a while try to do something, especially something physically demanding, that we didn't think was poss…
 
Economist Don Boudreaux of George Mason University talks about the pandemic with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Boudreaux argues that a perfect storm of factors created a huge overreaction, including unnecessary lockdowns that accomplished little at a very high cost in physical and emotional health. Instead, Boudreaux argues, we should have focused at…
 
Journalist and author Sebastian Junger talks about his book, Freedom, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. The book and conversation are based on a 400-mile walk Junger took with buddies along railroad rights-of-way, evading police, railroad security, and other wanderers. Junger discusses the ever-present tension between the human desire to be free and…
 
Economist and author Anja Shortland of King's College London talks about her new book, Lost Art, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. When a famous painting disappears into the underworld of stolen art, how does it make its way back into the legitimate world of auction houses and museums? Drawing on the archives of a private database of stolen objects-…
 
Author and economist Donald Shoup of UCLA talks about destructive parking policies with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Shoup argues that most parking policies inflict unseen damage on the economy. He urges cities to charge for curbside parking and use the proceeds to improve the neighborhood beyond the curb. Stroup also explains the surprising harm do…
 
In this episode: hugging again, wearing a cloud redux, dickeys, acceptable sweat, close-talking, generational placemat dislike, rigmarole, Today in Yiddish, cicada shenanigans, to sea in a sieve, dumb colors, offensive almonds, bespoke identical clothing, Extreme Sisters, the Circle, #RHOBH, Dorit’s big lie, messy below deck, Iowa, a brand new show…
 
Author Ian Leslie talks about his book Conflicted with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Leslie argues that, far from being a negative thing, conflict is often the essential ingredient that helps us get to the right answer or best solution. Because some of our best thinking comes in collaboration with others, learning how to disagree civilly when our vie…
 
In this episode: a burrata journey, work travel, college baseball, beat boxing with the disco three, nail dust, annoying Evites, calamities, non-words, group texts, Today in Yiddish, a mohawk record, 15,000 bees, all politics is local, a NSW drone, the scourge of baked raisins, #RHOBH, the extreme pang pang sisters, the Housewife and the Hustler, t…
 
Poor performing sport horses with a difficulty in diagnosis often receive SI injections. And while this can offer some relief, there is hope beyond injections for horses with sacroiliac injuries. In this episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue addresses these injuries with a different perspective than you might commonly find.…
 
Economist Bruce Meyer of the University of Chicago talks about poverty with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. In recent years, a number of scholars have claimed that millions of Americans live in extreme poverty, akin to the standard of living in the poorest countries around the world. Meyer argues that these studies are based on flawed surveys or partic…
 
Journalist and author Jason Riley talks about race with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Riley argues that the challenges facing Black America go beyond racial discrimination and the threat of police violence. He argues that both the history of Black Americans and the current situation has been distorted by activists who benefit from that distorted pict…
 
Sponsored by 100 Mill Street gin, the best gin ever, in this episode: Hibachi discounts, the opposite of fan mail, cards, priceless art, chicken wings, who’s a good boy, sports news, the purrrrrfect currency, a Chicago trifecta, disappointing desserts, the return of #hashtag, extreme sisters, #rhonj, getting called out, local drama, sharing the mic…
 
Podcaster and author Julia Galef talks about her book The Scout Mindset with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Galef urges us to be more rational--to be open-minded about what we might discover about the world--rather than simply defend what we already believe, which she calls the soldier mindset. The conversation is a wide-ranging discussion of our bias…
 
In this episode: a mistaken ice cream, caffeine joy, candy controversy, hootsfa, #RHONJ, #RHOD, #RHONY, #extremesisters, silky pockets of joy, tongue, inflammation, listening in double time, deep seated confusion, getting up for grabs, a pretty good facelift, a mysterious allergy, Today in Yiddish, foraging, a million dollar idea, a generous 18 yea…
 
Philosopher Agnes Callard of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about anger. Is anger something we should vilify and strive to eradicate in ourselves? Or should we accept it as a necessary and appropriate human emotion? Callard takes a fresh look at anger and has much to say about jealousy, desire, and forgiveness as we…
 
In this episode: league play, draft fun facts, water highs and lows, pet talent, disappointing ice cream, Yiddish revisited, that’s not what prodigal means, worry-free for more than a century, a critical shortage, the magic of lutefisk, same same, naughty voiceovers, college year lies, a beautiful Ojai sisterhood, and our interview with the best fo…
 
Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania talks about her book How to Change with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. What can we learn from research in psychology and behavioral economics about breaking the habits we want to change? Is that research reliable? And should Russ Roberts accept being overweight o…
 
In this episode: reliving the 80s, Fantastik is fantastic! Officially the worst word, lame Oscars, glue accidents, incipient vs. insipid, very confusing Yiddish, disappointing desserts, FBI secrets for making friends, a virtual defendant, garage sale gold, being counted, #RHOD, Extreme Sisters, murder mystery hosts, Twinsburg twins return, vacuumin…
 
Author and poet Roya Hakakian talks about her latest book, A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Hakakian was born in Iran and came to the United States as a 19 year-old, not speaking any English, and carrying only the things she could stuff in her backpack. She tells Russ about the love a…
 
In this episode: cicadas in love, fur art, the best broth ever, disappointing cake, justice at last, Today in Yiddish, Christopher Meloni, orbisculation, the Hyperbole bump, blemishes, broth, Darius the rabbit, lego thievery, 90 Day Fiancé, Stephanie’s own tell-all, #RHOD, brushes with fame, crazy classes, and our interview with the best movie star…
 
Sociologist and author Mark Rank talks about his book, Poorly Understood, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Rank looks at a wide variety of aspects of poverty. He argues that many widely-held views on poverty are inaccurate, and in particular he argues that most Americans will be poor at some point in their lives. This is a wide-ranging and lively c…
 
In this episode: iconic tracksuits, a curious lizard, remarkable oranges, the best basketball players ever, awkward dancing, the jucy lucy—yes, that’s how it’s spelled—lizard encounters, precocious motorists, not the seven wonders of the world, #RHOSLC, undignified press releases, local drama, the saddest wedding in history, etymology vs. entomolog…
 
It can be scary to hear the words 'suspensory ligament injury.' But in today's episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue brings some hope to the discussion. She talks specifically about these injuries often being secondary to something else, which can provide for more options when moving forward.By DeClue Equine
 
In today's episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue is focused on the importance of communicating well with others based on the strong communication you've built with your horse. She also discusses the prevalence of suicide within the veterinary community and how we can be supportive of each other during times of extreme stress, trauma, and burnout.…
 
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…
 
In this episode: perfect lighting, a day for nougat, music tracks, Today in Yiddish, gasconade, a border battle, donut incentives, very overdue, the magic of bookstores, reliving the beginning, #sisterwives, #90dayfiance, #RHONJ, taglines, quarantined in Serbia, marzipan, fake French accents, next in fashion, dating while fishing, snowplow naming, …
 
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 lea…
 
In this episode: sheetpan dining and consequent controversy, tootsie rolls, a public service announcement, Venus thin skin, conservatorships, terroir, today in Yiddish, disappointing desserts, Wendy Williams’ awkward moment, a bus mystery solved, lottery ticket rediscovery, another world record Amy did not win, royal news, RHONJ, 90 Day Fiancé, RHO…
 
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 intellig…
 
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 l…
 
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 behav…
 
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 outco…
 
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 rock…
 
In this episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue aims to help riders, owners, and trainers take notice of things going on with your horse and point them out to your veterinarian. Taking special note of the subtle things you see in the day-to-day and asking about them can make a big difference in proper diagnosis.By DeClue Equine
 
In this episode: sweatsuit shaming, Ouch—that’s my kidney! Certified freak, the best deodorant ever, Southern Charm, swearing for health, modern spacing, Today in Yiddish, cannolis are weird, trust accounts, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, snowy owls, a very hot pepper record, Bigfoot hunting season, veeps, an Adderall, theory, an unexpected sha…
 
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. See also the Transcript/Highlights and Delve Deeper/Additional readings materials --all available a…
 
Economist and author Gary Shiffman of Georgetown University talks about his book, The Economics of Violence, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Shiffman argues that we should view terrorism, insurgency, and crime as being less about ideology and more about personal expression and entrepreneurship. He argues that approaching these problems as economis…
 
Economist and author Don Boudreaux of George Mason University discusses the life and work of the economist James Buchanan with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Buchanan received the Nobel Prize in 1986 for his work creating and developing public choice--the field which applies the tools of economics to politicians and political behavior. After discussin…
 
Author Michael Blastland talks about his book The Hidden Half with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Blastland argues that the deeper you delve into science, medicine, astrophysics--pick a topic--the more you realize there is a lot we don't understand. Things we can't explain. Blastland believes we would all do well to admit that and stop pretending that…
 
In this episode: the return of Bigfoot, charcuterie chalets, Amy in the national spotlight, fudge failure, it’s chip-ote-lay, stanning stuff, nomophobia, sober-curiosity, new books, enough Yiddish for a month, an Oregon big cat, the quest for a new world record, disappointing desserts, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making the Team, #RHOSLC, Oklahoma,…
 
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