Russ Roberts

education, science, "society & culture"
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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Best Episodes

Andresen on BitCoin and Virtual Currency

Apr 4, 2011

"Gavin Andresen on Econ Talk in 2011"




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 theRead more

Daniel Haybron on Happiness

Nov 23, 2020

"On optimizing life around other factors than happiness"



Philosopher and author Daniel Haybron of St. Louis University talks about his book, Happiness, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Happiness turns out to be a little more complicated than it sounds. Haybron discusses the good life and different philosophical perspectives on how to achieve happiness.

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William MacAskill on Effective Altruism and Doing Good Better

Sep 7, 2015

"What is effective altruism?"



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 effectiveRead more

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

Nov 2, 2020

"Utilitarianism and the risks of expanding the moral circle "



Rob Wiblin, host of the 80,000 Hours podcast, interviews EconTalk host Russ Roberts about charity, the reliability of data to inform decision-making, and utilitarianism.

Patrick Collison on Innovation and Scientific Progress

Jan 28, 2019

"Patrick Collison making a case for economic growth"


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 beRead more

Michael Blastland on the Hidden Half

Dec 28, 2020

"Michael Blastland on what he means by the Hidden Half"



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. Blastwood believes we wouldRead more

Agnes Callard on Aspiration

Sep 28, 2020

"Plato vs Aristotle on the point of life"


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 toRead more

Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works

Aug 31, 2020

"Invention to innovation!"


What's the difference between invention and innovation? Could it be that innovation--the process of making a breakthrough invention available, affordable, and reliable--is actually the hard part? In this week's EconTalk episode, author Matt Ridley talks about his book How Innovation Works withRead more

Joel Peterson on Leadership, Betrayal, and the 10 Laws of Trust

May 7, 2018

" Southwest Airlines: What’s behind their culture?"

How did the CEO of a real estate development company become chairman of an airline? How can a competent manager learn to trust his subordinates? Joel Peterson, chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways and author of The 10 Laws of Trust, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his career atRead more
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