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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Ed Dolan on Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

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Sebastian Junger talks about his book Tribe with host Russ Roberts. He explores the human need to be needed and the challenges facing many individuals in modern society who struggle to connect with others. His studies of communal connection include soldiers in a small combat unit and American Indian society in the 19th century.


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 2018-12-24  1h7m

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John Horgan talks about his book, Mind-Body Problems, with host Russ Roberts. He interviewed an array of scientists, philosophers, and others who have worked on consciousness, free-will, and what it means to be human. He argues that no single solution to the problems in these areas is likely to be established by science and that our perspective on these questions is inevitably colored by our personal experiences rather than by scientific evidence...


 2018-12-17  1h17m

Peter Berkowitz on Locke, Liberty, and Liberalism

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