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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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Catherine Semcer of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the role of incentives in preserving wildlife in Africa. The conversation discusses how allowing limited hunting of big game such as elephants and using revenue from hunting licenses to reward local communities for habitat stewardship has improved both habitat and wildlife populatio…
Historian Jessica Riskin of Stanford University talks about her book The Restless Clock with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. What is the difference between human beings and machines? How has science thought about this distinction? When do we have agency and when are we constrained? Riskin discusses these issues and the implications for how we think about ourselves and the growth of artificial intelli…
Author and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the placebo effect. Is it real? How does the placebo effect influence drug testing? If it's real, what is the underlying mechanism of why it works and how might it be harnessed to improve health care? The conversation concludes with a discussion of how knowledge of the placebo effect has influenced Greenberg's p…

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Qwortec reviewed this podcast on Jun 30th, 2017
"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. "
HTLM22 reviewed this podcast on Nov 21st, 2017
"A show more about how we know what we know and how we should think about what we know. And a little economics. "
fomer reviewed this podcast on Jun 10th, 2017
"Excellent host who reveals his biases and still plays devils advocate. His interviews with leading economists during and after 2009-2011 regarding the great financial crisis are not be missed."

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Jan 5th, 2015
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Feb 18th, 2019
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