psychiatry on econtalk

May 31st, 2010
on the limits of the science surrounding psychiatry, made more interesting to me by having had some indirect but close encounters with practitioners. Psychiatry (5/31/2010) - Louis Menand of Harvard University talks about the state of psychiatry. Draw… 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 »

black swans on econtalk

May 3rd, 2010
Taleb makes the point that debt makes us fragile - the more the worse. I don't think our political leaders recognize this problem.  Taleb was also recently interviewed on Planet Money. Black Swans, Fragility, and Mistakes (5/3/2010) - Nassim Taleb, au… more »

profit and non-profits on econtalk

April 19th, 2010
They talk around, about, and through the questions about what distinguishes non-profit from for-profit enterprises. Love, Money, Profits, and Non-profits (4/19/2010) - Mike Munger of Duke University talks about the world of profit, money, love, gifts,… 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 »

more simple talk that really scares me

February 21st, 2010
... human wants in the face of "finite stuff" more »

simple talk that really scares me

February 18th, 2010
a Professor Bartlett discusses world population and energy usage, worried about continuations along the present path. more »

trade primer on econtalk

February 8th, 2010
This show was especially good - a startling quotation "self-sufficiency is the road to poverty".  I made one of my few remarks in the comments to the effect that this episode almost made me want to quit my job and go study economics. Trade (2/8/2010)… more »

empirical failures on econtalk

December 28th, 2009
an empirical take on the subject Market Failure and Government Failure (12/28/2009) - Clifford Winston of the Brookings Institution talks about the ideas in his book, Market Failure vs. Government Failure. Winston summarizes a large literature on anti… more »