Category: "Background"

hiatus interruptus

November 27th, 2016
Perhaps this is a long enough hiatus more »

prohibition on econtalk

June 16th, 2012
I have a long standing interest in alcohol and drug prohibition;  this episode explores the notion of "bootleggers and baptists" in the direct relevance of the US "noble experiment" with alcohol prohibition. I found it difficult to find completely clear… more »

the crisis, summary, on econtalk

May 17th, 2010
This 'cast condenses into 90 minutes the prior 18 months or so of observation, analysis, and theorizing about the financial crisis.  Roberts' strengths include being able to develop coherent narratives that relate well-known observations of human behavi… more »

the music biz on econtalk

March 22nd, 2010
Of possible interest to my musician friends The Music Industry and the Internet (3/22/21010) - Steve Meyer, music industry veteran and publisher of the Disc and Dat Newsletter, talks about the evolution of the music industry and the impact of the digi… more »

bailouts on econtalk

March 1st, 2010
If you had reason to believe that someone would bail you out if your investments turned bad and you ended up over your head, would you be more or less prudent in the choice of those investments?  These three episodes provide different perspectives to th… more »