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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. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, parenting, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty ( and the Hoover Institution, draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Look for related readings and the complete archive of previous shows at, where you can also comment on the podcasts and ask questions.
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The second podcast I started listening to, and the longest tenured podcast that I listen to. It’s called Econtalk, but Russ has guests discussing far more than just economics. The most educational podcast I’ve ever listened to. Can’t recommend it enough.
This is the podcast you listen to if you want to get smart.
This might not be what you think it is. Some of the episodes are about academic economics and economic concepts, but many are interviews with non-economists or economists about a wide range of other topics like health, political science, culture, and the methods and place of science in our understanding of the world. The host is an admittedly Libertarian leaning Chicago-trained economist but even if you turned off by that, give it a shot. He's very fair, and openly acknowledges his biases which I feel have softened over the years as well. I've learned a lot from Russ, mostly in terms of his skepticism about what we think we know about complex topics and how we think we came to that knowledge.

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    Apr 28th, 2008
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    Mar 2nd, 2020
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