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EconTalk

By EconTalk: Russ Roberts, Library of Economics and Liberty

EconTalk is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by Russ Roberts of Stanford University's Hoover Institution. 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.

  1. 1.
    Daniel Haybron on Happiness11/23/2020
    1:24:01
  2. 2.
    Virginia Postrel on Textiles and the Fabric of Civilization11/16/2020
    1:06:40
  3. 3.
    Steven Levitt on Freakonomics and the State of Economics11/09/2020
    1:33:36
  4. 4.
    Rob Wiblin and Russ Roberts on Charity, Science, and Utilitarianism11/02/2020
    1:47:17
  5. 5.
    Fredrik deBoer on the Cult of Smart10/26/2020
    1:17:09
  6. 6.
    Dwayne Betts on Reading, Prison, and the Million Book Project10/19/2020
    1:32:44
  7. 7.
    Anne Applebaum on the Twilight of Democracy10/12/2020
    1:00:12
  8. 8.
    Zena Hitz on Lost in Thought10/05/2020
    1:29:49
  1. 9.
    Agnes Callard on Aspiration09/28/2020
    1:23:30
  2. 10.
    Lisa Cook on Racism, Patents, and Black Entrepreneurship09/21/2020
    1:08:52
  3. 11.
    Robert Chitester on Milton Friedman and Free to Choose09/14/2020
    1:05:13
  4. 12.
    Margaret Heffernan on Uncharted09/07/2020
    1:04:19
  5. 13.
    Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works08/31/2020
    1:11:08
  6. 14.
    Franklin Zimring on When Police Kill08/24/2020
    1:03:38
  7. 15.
    Michael Munger on the Future of Higher Education08/17/2020
    1:07:55
  8. 16.
    Ben Cohen on the Hot Hand08/10/2020
    1:08:52
  9. 17.
    John Kay and Mervyn King on Radical Uncertainty08/03/2020
    1:14:10
  10. 18.
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the Pandemic07/27/2020
    1:07:44
  11. 19.
    Glenn Loury on Race, Inequality, and America07/20/2020
    57:32
  12. 20.
    Josh Williams on Online Gaming, Blockchain, and Forte07/13/2020
    1:13:56
  13. 21.
    Robert Lerman on Apprenticeships07/06/2020
    1:03:12
  14. 22.
    Vivian Lee on The Long Fix06/29/2020
    1:04:35
  15. 23.
    Agnes Callard on Philosophy, Progress, and Wisdom06/22/2020
    1:09:24
  16. 24.
    Diane Ravitch on Slaying Goliath06/15/2020
    1:02:18
  17. 25.
    Rebecca Henderson on Reimagining Capitalism06/08/2020
    1:06:20
  18. 26.
    Sarah Carr on Charter Schools, Educational Reform, and Hope Against Hope06/01/2020
    1:00:56
  19. 27.
    Martin Gurri on the Revolt of the Public05/25/2020
    1:11:31
  20. 28.
    Robert Pondiscio on How the Other Half Learns05/18/2020
    1:20:46
  21. 29.
    Paul Romer on the Pandemic05/15/2020
    1:02:01
  22. 30.
    Branko Milanovic on Capitalism, Alone05/11/2020
    1:38:07
  23. 31.
    L.A. Paul on Vampires, Life Choices, and Transformation05/04/2020
    1:14:31
  24. 32.
    Alan Lightman on Stardust, Meaning, Religion, and Science04/27/2020
    1:21:14
  25. 33.
    Vinay Prasad on Cancer Drugs, Medical Ethics, and Malignant04/20/2020
    1:18:03
  26. 34.
    Ed Leamer on Manufacturing, Effort, and Inequality04/13/2020
    1:14:05
  27. 35.
    Arnold Kling on the Three Languages of Politics, Revisited04/06/2020
    1:03:14
  28. 36.
    Jenny Schuetz on Land Regulation and the Housing Market03/30/2020
    1:15:12
  29. 37.
    Azra Raza on The First Cell03/23/2020
    1:24:42
  30. 38.
    Tyler Cowen on the COVID-19 Pandemic03/19/2020
    1:19:51
  31. 39.
    Isabella Tree on Wilding03/16/2020
    1:17:44
  32. 40.
    Richard Davies on Extreme Economies03/09/2020
    2:04:57
  33. 41.
    Yuval Levin on A Time to Build03/02/2020
    1:08:57
  34. 42.
    Richard Robb on Willful02/24/2020
    1:31:33
  35. 43.
    Peter Singer on The Life You Can Save02/17/2020
    1:06:13
  36. 44.
    Marty Makary on the Price We Pay02/10/2020
    1:20:01
  37. 45.
    Robert Shiller on Narrative Economics02/03/2020
    1:02:22
  38. 46.
    Daniel Klein on Honest Income01/27/2020
    1:23:37
  39. 47.
    Janine Barchas on the Lost Books of Jane Austen01/20/2020
    1:10:50
  40. 48.
    Adam Minter on Secondhand01/13/2020
    1:08:40
  41. 49.
    Melanie Mitchell on Artificial Intelligence01/06/2020
    1:18:46
  42. 50.
    Kimberly Clausing on Open and the Progressive Case for Free Trade12/30/2019
    1:08:42
  43. 51.
    Joe Posnanski on the Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini12/23/2019
    1:25:19
  44. 52.
    Binyamin Appelbaum on the Economists' Hour12/16/2019
    1:09:35
  45. 53.
    Terry Moe on Educational Reform, Katrina, and Hidden Power12/09/2019
    1:10:42
  46. 54.
    Gerd Gigerenzer on Gut Feelings12/02/2019
    1:08:18
  47. 55.
    Susan Mayer on What Money Can't Buy11/25/2019
    1:14:17
  48. 56.
    Keith Smith on Free Market Health Care11/18/2019
    1:23:42
  49. 57.
    Rory Sutherland on Alchemy11/11/2019
    1:24:05
  50. 58.
    Venkatesh Rao on Waldenponding11/04/2019
    1:19:02
  51. 59.
    Michele Gelfand on Rule Makers, Rule Breakers10/28/2019
    1:09:58
  52. 60.
    Susan Houseman on Manufacturing10/21/2019
    1:16:05
  53. 61.
    Andrew McAfee on More from Less10/14/2019
    1:34:17
  54. 62.
    Ryan Holiday on Stillness Is the Key10/07/2019
    1:23:12
  55. 63.
    Sabine Hossenfelder on Physics, Reality, and Lost in Math09/30/2019
    1:06:28
  56. 64.
    Dani Rodrik on Neoliberalism09/23/2019
    1:08:40
  57. 65.
    George Will on the Conservative Sensibility09/16/2019
    1:18:22
  58. 66.
    Daron Acemoglu on Shared Prosperity and Good Jobs09/09/2019
    1:06:33
  59. 67.
    David Deppner on Leadership, Confidence, and Humility09/02/2019
    1:16:09
  60. 68.
    Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography08/26/2019
    1:10:02
  61. 69.
    Tyler Cowen on Big Business08/19/2019
    1:06:24
  62. 70.
    Arthur Diamond on Openness to Creative Destruction08/12/2019
    1:15:44
  63. 71.
    Andy Matuschak on Books and Learning08/05/2019
    1:06:26
  64. 72.
    Shoshana Zuboff on Surveillance Capitalism07/29/2019
    1:33:14
  65. 73.
    Chris Arnade on Dignity07/22/2019
    1:21:42
  66. 74.
    Michael Brendan Dougherty on My Father Left Me Ireland07/15/2019
    1:33:06
  67. 75.
    Arthur Brooks on Love Your Enemies07/08/2019
    1:10:01
  68. 76.
    Adam Cifu on the Case for Being a Medical Conservative07/01/2019
    1:13:46
  69. 77.
    Eric Topol on Deep Medicine06/24/2019
    1:08:25
  70. 78.
    Anja Shortland on Kidnap06/17/2019
    1:17:53
  71. 79.
    Bjorn Lomborg on the Costs and Benefits of Attacking Climate Change06/10/2019
    1:10:52
  72. 80.
    Alain Bertaud on Cities, Planning, and Order Without Design06/03/2019
    1:18:20
  73. 81.
    David Epstein on Mastery, Specialization, and Range05/27/2019
    1:41:54
  74. 82.
    Mary Hirschfeld on Economics, Culture, and Aquinas and the Market05/20/2019
    1:16:52
  75. 83.
    Robert Burton on Being Certain05/13/2019
    1:20:17
  76. 84.
    Mauricio Miller on Poverty, Social Work, and the Alternative05/06/2019
    1:18:06
  77. 85.
    Emily Oster on Cribsheet04/29/2019
    1:06:03
  78. 86.
    Paul Romer on Growth, Cities, and the State of Economics04/22/2019
    1:26:42
  79. 87.
    Jill Lepore on Nationalism, Populism, and the State of America04/15/2019
    1:06:32
  80. 88.
    Robin Feldman on Drugs, Money, and Secret Handshakes04/08/2019
    1:05:15
  81. 89.
    Jacob Stegenga on Medical Nihilism04/01/2019
    1:18:32
  82. 90.
    Daniel Hamermesh on Spending Time03/25/2019
    1:02:48
  83. 91.
    Amy Tuteur on Birth, Natural Parenting, and Push Back03/18/2019
    1:02:33
  84. 92.
    Amy Webb on Artificial Intelligence, Humanity, and the Big Nine03/11/2019
    1:24:45
  85. 93.
    Jacob Vigdor on the Seattle Minimum Wage03/04/2019
    1:13:54
  86. 94.
    Michael Munger on Crony Capitalism02/25/2019
    1:10:11
  87. 95.
    Catherine Semcer on Poaching, Preserves, and African Wildlife02/18/2019
    1:07:30
  88. 96.
    Jessica Riskin on Life, Machinery, and the Restless Clock02/11/2019
    1:04:51
  89. 97.
    Gary Greenberg on the Placebo Effect02/04/2019
    1:01:35
  90. 98.
    Patrick Collison on Innovation and Scientific Progress01/28/2019
    1:15:48
  91. 99.
    Jennifer Doleac on Crime01/21/2019
    1:22:58
  92. 100.
    Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn01/14/2019
    1:00:03
  93. 101.
    Ed Dolan on Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance01/07/2019
    1:04:26
  94. 102.
    Sebastian Junger on Tribe12/31/2018
    1:16:24
  95. 103.
    Mariana Mazzucato on the Value of Everything12/24/2018
    1:07:52
  96. 104.
    John Horgan on Mind-Body Problems12/17/2018
    1:17:10
  97. 105.
    Peter Berkowitz on Locke, Liberty, and Liberalism12/09/2018
    1:20:02
  98. 106.
    Maeve Cohen on Rethinking Economics12/03/2018
    1:02:02
  99. 107.
    Anat Admati on the Financial Crisis of 200811/26/2018
    1:05:57
  100. 108.
    A.J. Jacobs on Thanks a Thousand11/19/2018
    1:01:27
  101. 109.
    Julia Belluz on Epidemiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism11/12/2018
    1:05:21
  102. 110.
    Alan Lightman on Science, Spirituality, and Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine11/05/2018
    1:12:00
  103. 111.
    Michael Munger on Sharing, Transaction Costs, and Tomorrow 3.010/29/2018
    1:10:18
  104. 112.
    Ran Abramitzky on the Mystery of the Kibbutz10/22/2018
    1:06:43
  105. 113.
    Kevin McKenna on Characters, Plot, and Themes of In the First Circle10/18/2018
    1:16:19
  106. 114.
    John Gray on the Seven Kinds of Atheism10/15/2018
    1:36:03
  107. 115.
    Neil Monnery on Hong Kong and the Architect of Prosperity10/08/2018
    1:13:30
  108. 116.
    Noah Smith on Worker Compensation, Co-determination, and Market Power10/01/2018
    1:15:17
  109. 117.
    Rodney Brooks on Artificial Intelligence09/24/2018
    1:05:37
  110. 118.
    Paul Bloom on Cruelty09/17/2018
    1:22:35
  111. 119.
    Kevin McKenna on Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet Union, and In the First Circle09/10/2018
    1:18:37
  112. 120.
    Yoram Hazony on the Virtue of Nationalism09/03/2018
    1:22:34
  113. 121.
    Charlan Nemeth on In Defense of Troublemakers08/27/2018
    1:23:24
  114. 122.
    Lilliana Mason on Uncivil Agreement08/20/2018
    1:10:17
  115. 123.
    David Meltzer on the Doctor-Patient Relationship08/13/2018
    1:08:45
  116. 124.
    Frank Dikotter on Mao's Great Famine08/06/2018
    1:12:47
  117. 125.
    Alberto Alesina on Immigration and Redistribution07/30/2018
    1:06:14
  118. 126.
    Teppo Felin on Blindness, Rationality, and Perception07/23/2018
    1:04:30
  119. 127.
    Russ Roberts on the Information Revolution, Politics, Yeats, and Yelling07/16/2018
    1:01:30
  120. 128.
    Patrick Deneen on Why Liberalism Failed07/09/2018
    1:14:58
  121. 129.
    Arnold Kling on Morality, Culture, and Tribalism07/02/2018
    1:06:52
  122. 130.
    Michael Pollan on Psychedelic Drugs and How to Change Your Mind06/25/2018
    1:12:27
  123. 131.
    Richard Reinsch on the Enlightenment, Tradition, and Populism06/18/2018
    1:06:41
  124. 132.
    Moises Velasquez-Manoff on Cows, Carbon Farming, and Climate Change06/11/2018
    1:14:20
  125. 133.
    Janet Golden on Babies Made Us Modern06/04/2018
    1:03:03
  126. 134.
    Iain McGilchrist on the Divided Brain and the Master and His Emissary05/28/2018
    1:26:08
  127. 135.
    Glen Weyl on Radical Markets05/21/2018
    1:03:27
  128. 136.
    Peter Boettke on Public Administration, Liberty, and the Proper Role of Government05/20/2018
    1:12:46
  129. 137.
    Joel Peterson on Leadership, Betrayal, and the 10 Laws of Trust05/07/2018
    1:13:16
  130. 138.
    Ryan Holiday on Conspiracy, Gawker, and the Hulk Hogan Trial04/30/2018
    1:17:50
  131. 139.
    Jonah Goldberg on The Suicide of the West04/23/2018
    1:27:24
  132. 140.
    Jerry Muller on the Tyranny of Metrics04/16/2018
    1:04:45
  133. 141.
    Vincent Rajkumar on the High Price of Cancer Drugs04/09/2018
    1:12:38
  134. 142.
    Michael Munger on Traffic04/02/2018
    1:14:08
  135. 143.
    Edward Glaeser on Joblessness and the War on Work03/26/2018
    1:06:05
  136. 144.
    Beth Redbird on Licensing03/19/2018
    1:02:28
  137. 145.
    Arnold Kling on Economics for the 21st Century03/12/2018
    1:04:50
  138. 146.
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Rationality, Risk, and Skin in the Game03/05/2018
    1:14:26
  139. 147.
    Elizabeth Anderson on Worker Rights and Private Government02/26/2018
    1:07:04
  140. 148.
    Jordan Peterson on 12 Rules for Life02/19/2018
    1:18:22
  141. 149.
    Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education02/12/2018
    1:11:27
  142. 150.
    Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay on the Enemies of Modernity02/05/2018
    1:09:26
  143. 151.
    Marian Goodell on Burning Man01/29/2018
    1:12:34
  144. 152.
    John Ioannidis on Statistical Significance, Economics, and Replication01/22/2018
    1:05:11
  145. 153.
    Bill James on Baseball, Facts, and the Rules of the Game01/14/2018
    1:02:20
  146. 154.
    Dick Carpenter on Bottleneckers01/08/2018
    1:14:58
  147. 155.
    Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith on Soonish01/01/2018
    1:10:27
  148. 156.
    Matt Stoller on Modern Monopolies12/25/2017
    1:10:11
  149. 157.
    Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles on the Captured Economy12/18/2017
    1:09:34
  150. 158.
    John Cogan on Entitlements and the High Cost of Good Intentions12/12/2017
    1:06:07
  151. 159.
    Rachel Laudan on Food Waste12/04/2017
    1:01:49
  152. 160.
    Simeon Djankov and Matt Warner on the Doing Business Report and Development Aid11/27/2017
    1:15:26
  153. 161.
    Tim Harford on Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy11/20/2017
    1:08:50
  154. 162.
    Anthony Gill on Tipping11/13/2017
    1:05:42
  155. 163.
    Dennis Rasmussen on Hume and Smith and The Infidel and the Professor11/06/2017
    1:11:36
  156. 164.
    Michael Munger on Permissionless Innovation10/30/2017
    1:07:51
  157. 165.
    Jennifer Burns on Ayn Rand and the Goddess of the Market10/23/2017
    1:04:38
  158. 166.
    Megan McArdle on Internet Shaming and Online Mobs10/16/2017
    1:14:31
  159. 167.
    Tim O'Reilly on What's the Future10/09/2017
    1:02:46
  160. 168.
    Robert Wright on Meditation, Mindfulness, and Why Buddhism is True10/02/2017
    1:06:58
  161. 169.
    Philip Auerswald on the Rise of Populism09/25/2017
    1:19:40
  162. 170.
    Gabriel Zucman on Inequality, Growth, and Distributional National Accounts09/18/2017
    1:12:35
  163. 171.
    Gillian Hadfield on Law and Rules For a Flat World09/11/2017
    1:07:17
  164. 172.
    Rob Reich on Foundations and Philanthropy09/03/2017
    1:03:33
  165. 173.
    Benedict Evans on the Future of Cars08/28/2017
    1:07:24
  166. 174.
    John McWhorter on the Evolution of Language and Words on the Move08/21/2017
    1:04:42
  167. 175.
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Work, Slavery, the Minority Rule, and Skin in the Game08/14/2017
    1:24:39
  168. 176.
    Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments, Prosperity, and the Good Society08/07/2017
    1:00:45
  169. 177.
    Alex Guarnaschelli on Food07/31/2017
    1:03:55
  170. 178.
    Sally Satel on Organ Donation07/24/2017
    1:00:12
  171. 179.
    Tamar Haspel on Food Costs, Animal Welfare, and the Honey Bee07/17/2017
    1:01:51
  172. 180.
    Martha Nussbaum on Alexander Hamilton07/10/2017
    1:01:58
  173. 181.
    Chris Blattman on Chickens, Cash, and Development Economics07/03/2017
    1:03:40
  174. 182.
    Robin Feldman on Drug Patents, Generics, and Drug Wars06/26/2017
    1:05:21
  175. 183.
    Thomas Ricks on Churchill and Orwell06/19/2017
    1:05:47
  176. 184.
    Don Boudreaux, Michael Munger, and Russ Roberts on Emergent Order06/12/2017
    1:13:39
  177. 185.
    Christy Ford Chapin on the Evolution of the American Health Care System06/05/2017
    1:05:52
  178. 186.
    David Boaz, P.J. O'Rourke, and George Will on the State of Liberty05/29/2017
    1:04:51
  179. 187.
    Lant Pritchett on Poverty, Growth, and Experiments05/22/2017
    1:03:14
  180. 188.
    Cass Sunstein on #Republic05/15/2017
    1:07:14
  181. 189.
    Tyler Cowen on The Complacent Class05/08/2017
    1:06:01
  182. 190.
    Jennifer Pahlka on Code for America05/01/2017
    59:36
  183. 191.
    Elizabeth Pape on Manufacturing and Selling Women's Clothing and Elizabeth Suzann04/24/2017
    1:15:53
  184. 192.
    Rana Foroohar on the Financial Sector and Makers and Takers04/17/2017
    1:03:45
  185. 193.
    Erica Sandberg on Homelessness and Downtown Streets Team04/10/2017
    57:40
  186. 194.
    Vanessa Williamson on Taxes and Read My Lips04/03/2017
    1:08:38
  187. 195.
    Jason Barr on Building the Skyline and the Economics of Skyscrapers03/27/2017
    1:17:36
  188. 196.
    Andrew Gelman on Social Science, Small Samples, and the Garden of the Forking Paths03/20/2017
    1:07:41
  189. 197.
    Robert Whaples on the Economics of Pope Francis03/13/2017
    58:18
  190. 198.
    Crafts, Garicano, and Zingales on the Economic Future of Europe03/06/2017
    1:02:42
  191. 199.
    Paul Bloom on Empathy02/27/2017
    1:08:24
  192. 200.
    Tom Wainwright on Narconomics02/20/2017
    1:11:21

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