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Does Market Failure Justify Government Intervention? (with Michael Munger)

Economics students are often taught that government should intervene when there is market failure. But what about government failure? Should we expect government intervention to outperform market outcomes? Listen as Duke University economist Michael Munger explores the history of how economists have thought about this dilemma and possible ways to find a third or even […] The post Does Market Failure Justify Government Intervention? (with Michael Munger) appeared first on Econlib.

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How the Constitution Can Bring Us Together (with Yuval Levin)

Can a document unify a nation? Yuval Levin of the American Enterprise Institute and author of American Covenant argues that the Constitution unified the United States at the founding of the country and that understanding the Constitution can help bring the country together today. Listen as Levin speaks with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts about how the Constitution not […] The post How the Constitution Can Bring Us Together (with Yuval Levin) appeared first on Econlib.

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Injustice and the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (with Dwayne Betts)

When poet, lawyer, and MacArthur Fellow Dwayne Betts was imprisoned for nine years at the age of 16 for carjacking, he only wept twice. One of those times was when he read Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In this powerful conversation with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts, Betts explains why he cried, what he […] The post Injustice and the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (with Dwayne Betts) appeared first on Econlib.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Covid Vaccine (with Vinay Prasad)

The Covid vaccine saved many lives but so many mistakes were made in how public health officials discussed it, implemented it, and assessed its effectiveness. Epidemiologist Vinay Prasad of the University of California, San Francisco talks with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts about what went wrong, the costs of the mistakes that were made, and what we […] The post The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Covid Vaccine (with Vinay Prasad) appeared first on Econlib.

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Purpose, Pleasure, and Meaning in a World Without Work (with Nicholas Bostrom)

If you didn’t have to work to enjoy material abundance, would you do it anyway? If an algorithm or a pill could achieve better results, would you bother shopping or going to the gym? These are the kinds of questions we’ll need to ask ourselves if AI makes all human labor and other traditional ways […] The post Purpose, Pleasure, and Meaning in a World Without Work (with Nicholas Bostrom) appeared first on Econlib.

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Glenn Loury Tells All

Economist and social critic Glenn Loury talks about his memoir, Late Admissions, with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts. In a wide-ranging and blunt conversation, Loury discusses his childhood, his at-times brilliant academic work, his roller-coaster ideological journey, and his personal flaws as a drug addict and imperfect husband. This is a rich conversation about academic life, race […] The post Glenn Loury Tells All appeared first on Econlib.

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Living with the Constitution (with A.J. Jacobs)

What does it mean to live Constitutionally in the year 2024? For a start, it means getting off social media. It also means swapping a quill pen for your keyboard, and candlelight for electricity. And don’t forget the tricorn hat and musket–though maybe skip the boiled mutton. Join author A.J. Jacobs as he deep-dives with […] The post Living with the Constitution (with A.J. Jacobs) appeared first on Econlib.

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The Top EconTalk Conversations of 2023 (with Russ Roberts)

Russ Roberts, EconTalk Host The favorite EconTalk episodes for host Russ Roberts are when he and his guest have an unusually powerful connection such as his recent episode with Charles Duhigg, and the ones where he learns something mind-blowing, like Adam Mastroianni’s insight that you can’t reach the brain through the ears. Listen as Russ […] The post The Top EconTalk Conversations of 2023 (with Russ Roberts) appeared first on Econlib.

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Seeking Immortality (with Paul Bloom)

Would an AI simulation of your dead loved one be a blessing or an abomination? And if you knew that after your own death, your loved ones would create a simulation of you, how would that knowledge change the way you choose to live today? These are some of the questions psychologist Paul Bloom discusses with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts as we stand on the threshold […] The post Seeking Immortality (with Paul Bloom) appeared first on Econlib.

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When Prediction Is Not Enough (with Teppo Felin)

If the Wright Brothers could have used AI to guide their decision making, it’s almost certain they would never have gotten off the ground. That’s because, points out Teppo Felin of Utah State University and Oxford, all the evidence said human flight was impossible. So how and why did the Wrights persevere? Felin explains that the human ability to […] The post When Prediction Is Not Enough (with Teppo Felin) appeared first on Econlib.

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