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Conversations with Tyler

By Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Tyler Cowen engages today’s deepest thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between. New conversations every other Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

  1. 1.
    Michael Kremer on Economists as Founders10/21/2020
    49:37
  2. 2.
    Audrey Tang on the Technology of Democracy10/07/2020
    53:25
  3. 3.
    Alex Ross on Music, Culture, and Criticism09/22/2020
    1:01:19
  4. 4.
    Matt Yglesias on Why the Population is Too Damn Low09/09/2020
    1:06:07
  5. 5.
    Jason Furman on Productivity, Competition, and Growth08/26/2020
    1:01:10
  6. 6.
    Nicholas Bloom on Management, Productivity, and Scientific Progress08/12/2020
    1:03:36
  7. 7.
    Nathan Nunn on the Paths to Development07/29/2020
    1:01:45
  8. 8.
    Melissa Dell on the Significance of Persistence07/15/2020
    1:03:26
  1. 9.
    Annie Duke on Poker, Probabilities, and How We Make Decisions07/01/2020
    54:37
  2. 10.
    Rachel Harmon on Policing06/17/2020
    57:41
  3. 11.
    Ashley Mears on Status and Beauty06/03/2020
    1:01:54
  4. 12.
    Paul Romer on a Culture of Science and Working Hard05/20/2020
    59:58
  5. 13.
    Adam Tooze on our Financial Past and Future05/06/2020
    1:05:38
  6. 14.
    Glen Weyl on Fighting COVID-19 and the Role of the Academic Expert04/29/2020
    55:49
  7. 15.
    Philip E. Tetlock on Forecasting and Foraging as a Fox04/22/2020
    54:18
  8. 16.
    Emily St. John Mandel on Fact, Fiction, and the Familiar04/08/2020
    55:40
  9. 17.
    Ross Douthat on Decadence and Dynamism03/25/2020
    1:07:15
  10. 18.
    Russ Roberts and Tyler on COVID-1903/19/2020
    1:19:14
  11. 19.
    John McWhorter on Linguistics, Music, and Race (Live at Mason)03/11/2020
    1:18:50
  12. 20.
    Garett Jones on Democracy (More or Less)02/26/2020
    56:25
  13. 21.
    Tim Harford on Persuasion and Popular Economics02/12/2020
    59:14
  14. 22.
    Ezra Klein on Why We’re Polarized01/29/2020
    1:10:00
  15. 23.
    Reid Hoffman on Systems, Levers, and Quixotic Quests01/15/2020
    1:00:54
  16. 24.
    Slavoj Žižek on His Stubborn Attachment to Communism01/08/2020
    1:26:48
  17. 25.
    Abhijit Banerjee on Theory, Practice, and India12/30/2019
    1:02:05
  18. 26.
    Tyler Looks Back on 2019 (BONUS)12/23/2019
    52:47
  19. 27.
    Esther Duflo on Management, Growth, and Research in Action12/18/2019
    1:01:38
  20. 28.
    Daron Acemoglu on the Struggle Between State and Society12/04/2019
    55:18
  21. 29.
    Mark Zuckerberg Interviews Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen on the Nature and Causes of Progress (Bonus)11/27/2019
    1:08:04
  22. 30.
    Shaka Senghor on Incarceration, Identity, and the Gift of Literacy11/20/2019
    1:00:23
  23. 31.
    Lunch with Fuchsia Dunlop at Mama Chang (Bonus)11/13/2019
    1:16:47
  24. 32.
    Ted Gioia on Music as Cultural Cloud Storage11/06/2019
    1:03:18
  25. 33.
    Henry Farrell on Weaponized Interdependence, Big Tech, and Playing with Ideas10/23/2019
    1:11:05
  26. 34.
    Ben Westhoff on Synthetic Drugs, Dive Bars, and the Evolution of Rap10/09/2019
    1:00:43
  27. 35.
    Alain Bertaud on Cities, Markets, and People09/25/2019
    1:20:25
  28. 36.
    Samantha Power on Learning How to Make a Difference09/11/2019
    1:06:33
  29. 37.
    Hollis Robbins on 19th Century Life and Literature08/28/2019
    50:22
  30. 38.
    Masha Gessen on the Ins and Outs of Russia08/14/2019
    1:08:24
  31. 39.
    Kwame Anthony Appiah on Pictures of the World07/31/2019
    1:01:50
  32. 40.
    Neal Stephenson on Depictions of Reality07/17/2019
    54:54
  33. 41.
    Eric Kaufmann on Immigration, Identity, and the Limits of Individualism07/03/2019
    56:26
  34. 42.
    Hal Varian on Taking the Academic Approach to Business06/19/2019
    56:32
  35. 43.
    Russ Roberts on Life as an Economics Educator06/05/2019
    1:01:22
  36. 44.
    Ezekiel Emanuel on the Practice of Medicine, Policy, and Life05/22/2019
    1:02:11
  37. 45.
    Karl Ove Knausgård on Literary Freedom05/08/2019
    1:00:04
  38. 46.
    Margaret Atwood on Canada, Writing, and Invention (Live at Mason)04/24/2019
    1:14:38
  39. 47.
    Ed Boyden on Minding your Brain04/10/2019
    1:01:34
  40. 48.
    Emily Wilson on Translations and Language03/27/2019
    56:21
  41. 49.
    Raghuram Rajan on Understanding Community03/13/2019
    56:16
  42. 50.
    Sam Altman on Loving Community, Hating Coworking, and the Hunt for Talent02/27/2019
    1:08:11
  43. 51.
    Jordan Peterson on Mythology, Fame, and Reading People02/13/2019
    53:05
  44. 52.
    Noel Johnson and Mark Koyama on *Persecution and Toleration*01/30/2019
    1:16:10
  45. 53.
    Larissa MacFarquhar on Getting Inside Someone's Head01/16/2019
    1:00:04
  46. 54.
    Rebecca Kukla on Moving through and Responding to the World01/02/2019
    1:00:56
  47. 55.
    Daniel Kahneman on Cutting Through the Noise12/19/2018
    1:09:16
  48. 56.
    Paul Romer on the Unrivaled Joy of Scholarship12/05/2018
    52:38
  49. 57.
    John Nye on Revisionist Economic History and Having Too Many Hobbies11/21/2018
    58:29
  50. 58.
    Eric Schmidt on the Life-Changing Magic of Systematizing, Scaling, and Saying "Thanks" (Live)11/07/2018
    54:50
  51. 59.
    Ben Thompson on Business and Tech10/24/2018
    1:00:07
  52. 60.
    Rob Wiblin interviews Tyler on *Stubborn Attachments*10/16/2018
    2:30:40
  53. 61.
    Paul Krugman on Politics, Inequality, and Following Your Curiosity10/10/2018
    52:55
  54. 62.
    Bruno Maçães on the Spirit of Adventure09/26/2018
    57:44
  55. 63.
    Michele Gelfand on Tight and Loose Cultures09/12/2018
    56:04
  56. 64.
    Claire Lehmann on Speaking Freely08/29/2018
    47:04
  57. 65.
    Michael Pollan on the Science and Sublimity of Psychedelics08/15/2018
    59:20
  58. 66.
    Michelle Dawson on Autism and Atypicality08/01/2018
    53:35
  59. 67.
    Vitalik Buterin on Cryptoeconomics and Markets in Everything07/18/2018
    52:33
  60. 68.
    Juan Pablo Villarino on Travel and Trust07/03/2018
    1:01:26
  61. 69.
    Elisa New on Poetry in America and Beyond06/20/2018
    54:09
  62. 70.
    David Brooks on Youth, Morality, and Loneliness (Live at Mason)06/06/2018
    1:22:30
  63. 71.
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Self-Education and Doing the Math (Plus special guest Bryan Caplan)05/23/2018
    1:37:19
  64. 72.
    Bryan Caplan on Learning across Disciplines (Live at Mason Econ)05/09/2018
    1:11:56
  65. 73.
    Balaji Srinivasan on the Power and Promise of the Blockchain04/25/2018
    54:53
  66. 74.
    Agnes Callard on the Theory of Everything04/11/2018
    59:46
  67. 75.
    Martina Navratilova on Shaping Herself (Live at Mason)03/28/2018
    1:05:47
  68. 76.
    Chris Blattman on Development, Conflict, and Doing What’s Interesting03/14/2018
    1:00:47
  69. 77.
    Robin Hanson on Signaling and Self-Deception (Live at Mason Econ)02/28/2018
    1:05:46
  70. 78.
    Matt Levine Live at Bloomberg HQ02/14/2018
    1:06:01
  71. 79.
    Charles C. Mann on Shaping Tomorrow’s World and the Limits to Growth01/31/2018
    55:40
  72. 80.
    Ross Douthat on Narrative and Religion (Live at Mason)01/17/2018
    1:25:16
  73. 81.
    Andy Weir on the Economics of Sci-Fi and Space12/20/2017
    52:38
  74. 82.
    Doug Irwin on US Trade Policy11/29/2017
    57:05
  75. 83.
    Sujatha Gidla on being an Ant amongst the Elephants (Live)11/15/2017
    1:02:43
  76. 84.
    Steve Teles and Brink Lindsey on *The Captured Economy*11/01/2017
    52:42
  77. 85.
    Mary Roach on Disgust, Death, and Danger (Live at Mason)10/18/2017
    1:15:51
  78. 86.
    Larry Summers on Macroeconomics, Mentorship, and Avoiding Complacency (Live)09/20/2017
    1:13:37
  79. 87.
    Dave Barry on Humor, Writing, and Life as a Florida Man08/16/2017
    57:55
  80. 88.
    Dave Rubin on Digital Media, Crowdfunding, and Comedy (Live)08/02/2017
    32:44
  81. 89.
    Atul Gawande on Priorities, Big and Small07/19/2017
    57:32
  82. 90.
    Ben Sasse on the Space between Nebraska and Neverland (Live at Mason)06/28/2017
    1:21:27
  83. 91.
    Edward Luce on The Retreat of Western Liberalism (Live)06/21/2017
    54:22
  84. 92.
    Jill Lepore on Traveling through Time06/14/2017
    1:08:50
  85. 93.
    Tyler Cowen and Steve Davies talk Theresa May, Brexit, and Europe (Live)06/07/2017
    24:01
  86. 94.
    Raj Chetty on Teachers, Social Mobility, and How to Find Answers to Big Questions05/24/2017
    1:02:29
  87. 95.
    Garry Kasparov on AI, Chess, and the Future of Creativity05/10/2017
    1:07:38
  88. 96.
    Patrick Collison has a Few Questions for Tyler (Live at Stripe)04/12/2017
    1:33:44
  89. 97.
    Malcolm Gladwell Wants to Make the World Safe for Mediocrity (Live at Mason)03/15/2017
    1:32:11
  90. 98.
    *The Complacent Class* with Katherine Mangu-Ward (Live at Mason)03/13/2017
    56:18
  91. 99.
    Rabbi David Wolpe on Leadership, Religion, and Identity (Live at Sixth & I)02/15/2017
    1:20:26
  92. 100.
    Chef Mark Miller on Food as the Ultimate Intellectual Exploration01/25/2017
    1:16:03
  93. 101.
    Jhumpa Lahiri on Writing, Translation, and Crossing Between Cultures (Live at Mason)01/11/2017
    1:26:44
  94. 102.
    Joseph Henrich on WEIRD Societies and Life Among Two Strange Tribes (Live at Mason)12/14/2016
    1:25:19
  95. 103.
    Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food, Culture, and Travel11/16/2016
    1:15:10
  96. 104.
    Steven Pinker on Language, Reason, and the Future of Violence (Live at Mason)11/02/2016
    1:26:53
  97. 105.
    Ezra Klein on Media, Politics, and Models of the World10/06/2016
    1:17:11
  98. 106.
    Margalit Fox on Life, Death, and the Best Job in Journalism08/24/2016
    47:57
  99. 107.
    Michael Orthofer on Why Fiction Matters07/27/2016
    56:58
  100. 108.
    Cass Sunstein on Judicial Minimalism, the Supreme Court, and Star Wars (Live at Mason)06/22/2016
    1:17:27
  101. 109.
    Camille Paglia on her Lifestyle of Observation (Live at Mason)04/25/2016
    1:26:53
  102. 110.
    Jonathan Haidt on Morality, Politics, Disgust, and Intellectual Diversity on Campus03/24/2016
    1:02:04
  103. 111.
    Nate Silver on the Supreme Court and the Underrated Stat for Finding Good Food (Live at Mason)02/23/2016
    1:21:26
  104. 112.
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Fighting Bruce Lee, Growing Up in Harlem, and Basketball (Live at Mason)02/02/2016
    1:22:21
  105. 113.
    Cliff Asness on Comics and Why Never to Share a Gym with Cirque du Soleil (Live at Mason)11/18/2015
    1:22:41
  106. 114.
    Dani Rodrik on Premature Deindustrialization and Why the World is Second Best at Best10/01/2015
    1:24:58
  107. 115.
    Luigi Zingales on Italy, Google and Conglomeration, and Donald Trump (Live at Mason)09/16/2015
    1:16:41
  108. 116.
    Jeffrey Sachs on Charter Cities and How to Reform Graduate Economics Education (Live at Mason)03/31/2015
    1:32:16
  109. 117.
    Peter Thiel on Stagnation, Innovation, and What Not to Call your Company (Live at Mason)03/25/2015
    1:20:40

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