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Adam Smith said, "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." So join us for interviews with the leading experts on today's biggest issues to learn more about economics, policy, and much more.

Adam Smith said, "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." So join us for interviews with the leading experts on today's biggest issues to learn more about economics, policy, and much more.

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Adam Smith said, "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." So join us for interviews with the leading experts on today's biggest issues to learn more about economics, policy, and much more.

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English

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Episodes

Peter Van Doren on Energy Independence

7/1/2022
Peter Van Doren is the editor of the quarterly journal Regulation and is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, where he specializes in housing, land, energy, and more. Today, he talks to us about what energy independence is, whether America is energy independent, and if that is a good thing. He also talks to us about energy more generally, including nuclear and green energy.

Duration:00:56:54

Daniel Klein on Adam Smith's Justice

6/24/2022
Daniel Klein, professor of economics at George Mason University and expert on Adam Smith, talks to us about Smith’s definition of justice. There are three types of justice: commutative, distributive, and estimative. Today we break down the differences between each and their applications in government and private life.

Duration:00:42:32

Walter Olson on Election Fraud

6/17/2022
Walter Olson is the author of several books and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies. Today, we talk about the 2020 election and the increasing fears of election fraud. He talks to us about the different types of election fraud, the actual reality of election fraud, and voter suppression.

Duration:00:47:15

Thomas Hoenig on Inflation and the Federal Reserve

6/10/2022
Inflation is always around, but it has been particularly worrisome recently. A startling departure from the United States' usual average of about 2% inflation, we faced 8.5% in the month of April. Where does inflation come from? What regulatory bodies aim to deal with inflation? How do they do it? Does it work? Today, Thomas Hoenig talks to us and answers all these questions and more, including his personal experience as President of the Kansas City Federal Reserve and on the Federal Open...

Duration:00:42:44

Arnold Kling on The Three Languages of Politics

6/3/2022
Arnold Kling is an economist and the author of the book The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across Political Divides. His substack, In My Tribe, explores many areas of economics and policy. Today, he talks to us about the divide in politics, explaining the need for his book and giving current examples. We explore affective polarization and the rise of polarization generally.

Duration:00:45:26

Randy Simmons on Public Choice

5/27/2022
Randy Simmons is the author of Beyond Politics and the director of the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University. Today, we talk about the field of public choice economics or, as economist James Buchanan calls it, "politics without romance". What exactly is Beyond Politics? What is a market failure? What is a government failure? Tune in for the answers to these questions and more.

Duration:00:44:28

Brian Knight on Woke Capitalism

5/20/2022
Brian Knight, director of Innovation and Governance and a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, talks to us today about woke capitalism. What is woke capitalism? Is this debate new? Will it benefit companies or backfire? Listen for all that and more.

Duration:00:49:09

Jay Bhattacharya on the US Response to COVID-19

5/13/2022
Jay Bhattacharya is a professor of medicine at Stanford University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration. Today we talk about the United States's response to COVID-19 and the silencing of dissenting voices in the scientific community in the time of this national emergency.

Duration:00:40:45

Philip Klein on Fight Club Conservatives vs. Disney

5/6/2022
Philip Klein, author of two books and editor of National Review Online, talks to us today about the unprecedented move by Florida governor Ron DeSantis and the legislature to revoke Disney's special district status. We explore what special district status is, why this happened, what this means for conservatives (and the birth of fight club conservatives), and whether this is a threat to free speech.

Duration:00:45:14

Henry Clark on The Enlightenments

4/29/2022
Henry Clark, professor and program director of the Political Economy Project at Dartmouth College, talks to us today about the French and Scottish enlightenments. We talk about intellectuals who influenced Adam Smith and their influence on him, and discuss Smith's originality.

Duration:00:45:04

Kenneth Elzinga on Teaching Economics

4/22/2022
Kenneth Elzinga, Robert C Taylor Professor of Economics at UVA , author, and antitrust expert, talks to us today about teaching economics, the importance of Christianity to his life and profession, and his work with antitrust.

Duration:00:39:03

Chris Coyne on Manufacturing Militarism

4/15/2022
Chris Coyne is an economics professor at George Mason University and the author of several books, including Manufacturing Militarism: US Government Propaganda in the War on Terror, coauthored with Abigail Hall. Today we talk about the US war on terror, propaganda, and its implications for free society.

Duration:00:50:43

Jason Brennan on the Incentives in Criminal Justice

4/8/2022
Jason Brennan, professor of business ethics at Georgetown University and author of many, many books, talks to us today about the book he coauthored with Chris Surprenant, Injustice for All: How Financial Incentives Corrupted and Can Fix the US Criminal Justice System, and the distorting incentives in all areas of the criminal justice system.

Duration:00:48:04

Josh Rauh on the Pending Public Pension Crisis

4/1/2022
Josh Rauh, professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at Hoover Institution, talks to us today about his career journey, what public pensions are, the public pension crisis, and more.

Duration:00:44:07

Lauren Hall on the Medicalization of Birth and Death

3/25/2022
Lauren Hall is professor and chair of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology and a prolific author. Her most recent book, The Medicalization of Birth and Death, was published in 2019. She joins host Juliette Selgren to talk about the medicalization of birth in recent history; the role of hospitals, regulation, and liability; and young people's lack of appreciation for complexity.

Duration:00:45:34

James Otteson on What Adam Smith Knew

3/18/2022
James Otteson is a business ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame and author of several books, including What Adam Smith Knew. He talks to us about Adam Smith, his life, ideas, and notable works. Also, I recently moved to Liberty Fund's https://www.adamsmithworks.org/ , go check it out!

Duration:00:44:46

Abby Hall on Military Drones

3/3/2022
Abby Hall is an associate professor in economics at Bellarmine University and co-author of many books on defense in America with Chris Coyne. Their latest book is called Manufacturing Militarism: US Government Propaganda in the War on Terror. Today we talk about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, a.k.a military drones), including the history of their use and the many consequences that come along with them.

Duration:00:49:23

Gary Leff on Airline Bailouts and Travel

2/17/2022
Gary Leff, the chief financial officer at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and writer of View From the Wing, talks to us about airlines, airline bailouts, and travel tips.

Duration:00:54:46

Jason Fichtner on Social Security

2/10/2022
Jason Fichtner, the vice president and chief economist at the Bipartisan Policy Center, talks to us about social security, how it works, and the future of the program.

Duration:00:44:39

Jonathan Rauch on The Constitution of Knowledge

2/3/2022
Today I talk with Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, contributing editor of National Journal and The Atlantic and author of many books including Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought. We discuss his newest book, The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth, and the lack of free speech culture on college campuses.

Duration:00:48:13