EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Host Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty and the Hoover Institution, draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Topics include healtRead More


Robert Lerman on Apprenticeships

Jul 6, 2020
63 min
Economist Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute talks about apprenticeships with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Lerman argues that apprenticeships--a combination of work experience and classroom learning--have the potential to expand opportunities for...
Jul 6, 2020 • 63 MIN

Vivian Lee on The Long Fix

Jun 29, 2020
64 min
Physician and author Vivian Lee talks about her book The Long Fix with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Lee argues that we can transform health care in the United States, though it may take a while. She argues that the current fee-for-service system...
Jun 29, 2020 • 64 MIN

Agnes Callard on Philosophy, Progress, and Wisdom

Jun 22, 2020
69 min
Philosopher and author Agnes Callard talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the state of philosophy, the power of philosophy, and the search for wisdom and truth. This is a wide-ranging conversation related to the question of how we learn, how...
Jun 22, 2020 • 69 MIN

Diane Ravitch on Slaying Goliath

Jun 15, 2020
62 min
Author and historian Diane Ravitch of New York University talks about her book, Slaying Goliath, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Ravitch argues that the charter school movement is a failure and that it drains needed money from public schools.
Jun 15, 2020 • 62 MIN

Rebecca Henderson on Reimagining Capitalism

Jun 8, 2020
66 min
Author and economist Rebecca Henderson of the Harvard Business School talks about her book Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Henderson argues that the focus on shareholder value threatens to destroy...
Jun 8, 2020 • 66 MIN

Sarah Carr on Charter Schools, Educational Reform, and Hope Against Hope

Jun 1, 2020
60 min
Journalist and author Sarah Carr talks about her book Hope Against Hope with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Carr looked at three schools in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and chronicled their successes, failures, and the challenges...
Jun 1, 2020 • 60 MIN

Martin Gurri on the Revolt of the Public

May 25, 2020
71 min
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...
May 25, 2020 • 71 MIN

Robert Pondiscio on How the Other Half Learns

May 18, 2020
80 min
Author and teacher Robert Pondiscio of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute talks about his book How the Other Half Learns with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Pondiscio shares his experience of being embedded in a Success Academy Charter School in New York...
May 18, 2020 • 80 MIN

Paul Romer on the Pandemic

May 15, 2020
62 min
In this bonus episode of EconTalk, economist and Nobel Laureate Paul Romer discusses the coronavirus pandemic with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Romer argues that the status quo of shutdown and fear of infection is unsustainable. Returning to normal...
May 15, 2020 • 62 MIN

Branko Milanovic on Capitalism, Alone

May 11, 2020
98 min
Economist and author Branko Milanovic of the Graduate Center, CUNY, talks about his book, Capitalism, Alone, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. They discuss inequality, the challenge of corruption in the Chinese system, and Milanovic's claim that in...
May 11, 2020 • 98 MIN

L.A. Paul on Vampires, Life Choices, and Transformation

May 4, 2020
74 min
Philosopher and author L.A. Paul talks about her book Transformative Experience with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Paul explores the uncertainties that surround the transformative experiences that we choose and that happen to us without choosing. How...
May 4, 2020 • 74 MIN

Patrick Collison on Innovation and Scientific Progress

Jan 28, 2019
75 min
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...
Jan 28, 2019 • 75 MIN

Michael Munger on Permissionless Innovation

Oct 30, 2017
67 min
Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about permissionless innovation. Munger argues that the ability to innovate without permission is the most important concept of political economy. Munger defends this claim and...
Oct 30, 2017 • 67 MIN