EconTalk

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Thirteen years would appear to be an appropriate interval for Mr. Rauch’s next invitation to EconTalk… Would love to be able to get that hour of my life back.
I’ve listened to a couple hundred hours of Econ Talk and found it really informative back in the day. Especially in the times around the great recession when it was all about serious economics. Unfortunately I have found the arguments to be less and less open minded. Russ reacts to any suggestion of wealth inequality or anything that has a whiff of redistribution with a knee jerk proposal of the alternative standard conservative wealthy narratives. These are often just additional and not alternatives put forward in the bad faith ‘what about this…’ framework. He very often questions the validity of well established statistical facts whenever a guest is putting forth a thesis he disagrees with. An example is the disparity in income growth across classes. This is not based on some study but rather tax and income data. It’s somewhat random to claim this is being falsified or is inherently misleading without detailing how and why with sources. An economist who hides behind the claim ‘it’s complicated’ in order to discount premises is dodging and not adding value to a conversation. Rarely does he address the issue raised but rather directs the conversation to one of his favorite areas of rhetoric. Religion, family, the ills of any form of economic reform or regulation, a deep skepticism of government programs or minimum wage increases. The level of disconnection from what reality is like for those having to live on it is like something out of Arrested Development… ‘What’s a banana cost? $20?”

5/5

By RH3458
Can’t believe I haven’t reviewed EconTalk before! I have listened for years and Russ’s guests, topics, thoughtful discussion mean I always learn some or gain valuable perspective on a wide range of topics.
Wonderful show. In recent years it has transitioned more into a philosophy podcast, which is a welcome turn. Not because the econ content hasn’t been good - it has always been very good - but because Russ is a versatile thinker and an avid reader who really thrives when the scope of the talk is broadened. I’ve learned a great deal from Econ Talk over the years and am grateful for its existence!

5/5

Thank you!
If you’re looking for folks talking about economics, keep scrolling. For years this was a great podcast, but it’s pretty much just been “philosophical stuff that Russ is interested in” for the last few years.
This is my favorite podcast out of about 7 that are in my regular playlist. The content, information, points of view are amazing and invaluable. AT cost of only my time it is hard to complain; however, allow me to advise guests that after the 45 minute mark OMG relax or hydrate so you do not start with the “and and and ah ah ah uhh uhh uhh uhh” it takes all my power and desire to learn to continue listening when this [email protected]+s !!!
Listen to Russ talk about how he handled the lockdowns shows the sheltered nature of our fragile elites. Many of us worked every day last year with 0 complaints; but Russ had “horror” when someone put a box in his shopping cart… Perspective shows us that Russ doesn’t learn well from observational learning.
Econtalk has been a fantastic podcast that I have listened to for more than a decade. Over the past few years the topics covered have moved further afield from Economics. While many topics or books discussed are interesting these are not the topics and conversations that drew me to the podcast. At this point the name of the podcast should be changed to something else to convey the actual content. I suggest a move to alternate weeks of programming where more traditional topics would be covered one week, then the next week one of the newer philosophical or humanities topics is discussed.
In terms of quantity and quality the single best podcast yet created.
Russ is rambling and talks too much. Let the guests talk more and edit the interviews for length
Russ is thoughtful and the conversations on this podcast are interesting and insightful. If you don’t appreciate the view points and ideas discussed on this podcast, you’re probably on one extreme or the other of the political spectrum.
It’s clear that Russ puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding unique and knowledgeable guests - the insights they bring to bear is still mind-blowing Every. Single. Time.
Recently stumbled across across this podcast and have greatly enjoyed these in-depth discussions with such a diverse range of guests. Not afraid to ask tough questions. Also really enjoyed listening to audiobook version of his Adam Smith Can Change Your Life book. Lots of good food for thought. Thank you!
I tried, but what’s your point?! I’ve heard LatinX and Privileged too many times. I’m not interested in what West Coast Snowflakes think. Don’t care what you’re selling, I am out of here.
In depth interviews with people on the cutting edge of their expertise .....in absolutely every field. Binge on them all.
Another wrong assertion. Teump’s administretion did purchase enough vaccine to vaccinate all Americans. Read the CBO report.
Tuesday through Sunday mornings, the promise of a cup of coffee rouses me from bed in the morning. But on Monday morning, the excitement of a newly dropped Econtalk is what does it. I often listen twice!
EconTalk provides long form conversations on important topics. Russ Roberts helps experts unpack their knowledge for lay people and engages them in challenging discussions with a bent towards reason and liberty. if you like learning about a broad range of ideas from the cutting edge of modern science to the wisdom of the ancients, EconTalk is what you’ve been looking for. It has a refreshing change of pace that is somehow intriguing and calming at the same time.
I just listenEd to Russ’ interview with Stephen Kotkin about the legacy of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. Of course, you can’t go wrong with Kotkin, so kudos to Russ for being able to recruit him for this interview. Kotkin, who is an expert on the life and time of Joseph Stalin, who Kotkin believes to be the most formidable historic figure of the last century, boldly stated that after Stalin, Solzhenitsyn was the second most formidable figure. Now forgive me if I didn’t get his words exactly right, but Wow! In any case I found the interview to be extremely well done, and as usual, Kotkin is always informative and insightful. I’m now subscribed.
Russ used to push the way I and , I believe, his guests think about economics and the way the world works. Lately he’s been turning into the economist in his own jokes who ignores the $20 bill on the ground because someone would have already picked it up. The realities of American capitalism are increasingly ignored as he sets up an army of straw men for libertarian ideals to knock down.I’m really disappointed to unsubscribe after all these years.
The economic topics are interesting- but liberty should be removed from the name - support of corona fascism is not consistent with liberty-
Listening to the conversation with John Cochrane is making me dumber! It is whiny, opinionated without any sort of basis in actual reality. It is like listening to middle schoolers argue. Ugh, I’m done with this podcast!
EconTalk covers such a broad range of topics, I dare say it’s a podcast more about life than Econ. The guests are almost all masters in their fields that I am grateful to be exposed to, and the conversations delightful. Most of all, Russ is such an excellent host and human.
I’ve most have heard Russ’s disdain for small town people. Whether it be fishermen or factory workers. Gets old quick with his arrogance.
Russ doesn’t do interviews with people. He has conversations with people. As listeners, it’s as if we get to eavesdrop on some of the brightest and most interesting people in the world of economics, government, journalism and other fascinating professions. This podcast allows us listeners to gain a better understanding of the events and minds shaping our world. It’s definitely worth your time.
Simply best interviewer out there
Very approachable for the non economist. Great show that covers a wide variety of topics.
The perfect podcast for new learners in the sector as well as more experienced people as well in order to grasp the current conversations in the industry!

5/5

By HEBSCI
Tremendous resource for engaging and enlightening conversations. I can honestly say I’ve learned more from this podcast than in university.
Well balanced , wide range of political, economic , cultural topics . Penetrating questions from Russ who is very well prepared- are the catalysts for sharply drawing out & presenting the issue. Thank you Very much Russ.
Wonderful guests but host needs to be a better listener and less rude to guests and let them speak uninterrupted while maintaining a good conversation.
Almost every episode provides fantastic content. Guests are always competent and learned.
I’m an avid listener of podcasts, and mostly identify shows that either have 2 politically opposed yet equal voices OR a more centrist perspective. After listening to this podcast on a topic I am well versed in, I noticed the opinions were based on very broad assumptions, yet those assumptions are never stated to the listener. This leads to a 1 sided argument with no room for the listener to get a fair perspective on a topic and develop their own opinions. I’m not an expert when it comes to the majority of topics discussed here, but if this trend I’ve identified remains true throughout the series, then this is a podcast purely telling you how to think, and not how to have an educated conversation on a topic. Be cautious with your news sources.
My husband and i love this podcast and always listen to it while driving. We love economics podcasts and this is by far one of the best. We have learned so much from them and really enjoy Russ and the people he interviews. Definitely a must listen!
Love Econtalk without exception. Great diversity of guests and opinions and Russ challenges guests to elaborate, defend or develop points for a broad audience. This is top flight civics. I was extremely disappointed with Cowan’s notion that academic and government figures should hide information from the public this episode. Took me 9 months to finish this episode. Over that time it has become clear that his perspective is common, and has led to the incredibly deep institutional distrust that really has eroded the civic value of so many of our institutions. Sure hope he rethinks that idea.
Very fond of this podcast. I’m pretty left leaning so my politics don’t align with the host’s but I greatly appreciate how the topics are discussed.
Super podcast. She is delightful. Want to comment on making your kids push through on something because it is good for them or will be good in the end. My Dad made me push through the clarinet, the clarinet and the organ and then the organ. I had to practice 1 hour a day from 5th grade. It made my Dad so happy to see me in the concert band or the marching band and, later, to play the organ along with him. I did not hate it, I didn’t love it, either. I was finally freed by my last organ teacher who explained to my parents: “Karen is the hardest working student I have ever had but she has absolutely no talent. Don’t continue wasting your money on lessons for her.” Later in life the gold pro and the tennis pro told me much the same thing. There was no bad mitten pro so I was saved that humiliation. My kids? On the advice of a therapist, I helped each find their passion as best I could. I let them take lessons, join teams and stop. When they hit on their passion I supported them in every way possible. My son earned a college swimming scholarship. My daughter loved theatre and today is the best ambassador a company could have for the electric company she and her husband own. One of my step-sons discovered coding back in the early days and has made a good living in the field. One step-son discovered fishing and fishes often with my husband, his 83 year old Dad. These times together are invaluable to my husband. So, perhaps a happy medium? Thank you, again for EconTalk. It is the highlight of podcasts for me with Commentary running second. So many podcasts from which to chose but there is no contest for first place. It’s always you.
I have loved this podcast since 2006
The best in the business! Rigorous, insightful, fair, kind, smart...etc. Have yet to find another podcast that compares!
The guests are fantastic but the host’s elitist attitude is deterring, I.e. the 80,000 Hours pod; maybe it’s time to thrown in the hat.
EconTalk is one of the best podcasts available today, and covers way more than economics. Russ Roberts hosts authors from all perspectives who know their fields well, even science and philosophy. The ensuing conversations dig deep into the relevant topics and use the time well. I listen to every episode.
Other podcasts have a good topic or a few good episodes. This is one podcast I continue to find almost always worth a listen. It sparked more exploration of Mauricio Miller and the Family Independence Initiative, Elinor Ostrom’s work on institutions, and Surgery Center of Oklahoma’s clear medical pricing, among others.
I listen to several casts on economics. And this is easily the most thoughtful. The host asks hard interrogating questions that get to a deeper level than I hear elsewhere.
G.O.A.T. - nothing comes close to EconTalk in terms of quality
Interesting comments from interesting guests. However, the host here advocates for his perspectives far too prominently and without context or justification. Very distracting and not what I came for.
No other podcast comes close to competing with EconTalk. The wide range of subjects, expertise of the guests, and curiosity of the host are unmatched. This podcast is a must-listen for anyone with an interest in economics or intellectual topics in general. I'd like to hear an episode on anarcho-capitalism though. Maybe have David Friedman on to talk about his type of anarcho-capitalism, and then have on someone like Tom Woods or Bob Murphy to talk about Rothbardian anarcho-capitalism.
The OG of podcasts. Great guests, fantastic questions. Russ is an inspiration to economists everywhere.
....because the questions are well prepared and personalized, concise and open-ended, and supplemented with in the moment, expansionary follow-ups.