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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, theRead more

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Daniel Haybron on Happiness

Nov 23 • 01:24:01

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Patrick Collison on Innovation and Scientific Progress

Jan 28 • 01:15:48

Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of Stripe, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the pace of innovation. Collison argues that despite enormous increases in the numbers of scientists and researchers, the pace of progress in scientific and technological understanding does not seem to be increasing accordingly. The conversation looks at the challenge of measuring i...

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Michael Munger on Permissionless Innovation

Oct 30 • 01:07:51

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Andresen on BitCoin and Virtual Currency

Apr 4 • 57:50

Gavin Andresen, Principal of the BitCoin Virtual Currency Project, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about BitCoin, an innovative attempt to create a decentralized electronic currency. Andresen explains the origins of BitCoin, how new currency gets created, how you can acquire BitCoins and the prospects for BitCoin's future. Can it compete with government-sanctioned mo...

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William MacAskill on Effective Altruism and Doing Good Better

Sep 7 • 01:09:12

How much care do you take when you make a donation to a charity? What careers make the biggest difference when it comes to helping others? William MacAskill of Oxford University and the author of Doing Good Better talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the book and the idea of effective altruism. MacAskill urges donors to spend their money more effectively and argues ...

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the Pandemic

Jul 27 • 01:07:44

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Rob Wiblin and Russ Roberts on Charity, Science, and Utilitarianism

Nov 2 • 01:47:17

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Ben Cohen on the Hot Hand

Aug 10 • 01:08:52

Journalist and author Ben Cohen talks about his book, The Hot Hand, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. At times in sports and elsewhere in life, a person seems to be "on fire," playing at an unusually high level. Is this real or an illusion? Cohen takes the listener through the scientific literature on this question and spreads a very wide net to look at the phenomenon of be...

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Agnes Callard on Aspiration

Sep 28 • 01:23:30

Where do our deepest personal values come from? Can we choose those values? Philosopher and author Agnes Callard of the University of Chicago talks about her book, Aspiration, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Callard explores the challenge of aspiration--who we are versus who we would like to become. How does aspiration work? How can we transform ourselves when we cannot k...

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Martin Gurri on the Revolt of the Public

May 25 • 01:11:31

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 ar...

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