EconTalk — Agnes Callard

On: Philosophy, Progress and Wisdom Episode: N/A Date: June 22, 2020 Background: Philosopher and author. Key Subjects: Progress. In science. Mechanism: seeking consensus truths (“tying up loose ends”). Finite search: once truths are established (and not challenged), the search ends

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EconTalk — Doug Lemov

On: Teaching Episode: N/A Date: December 9, 2013 Background: School administrator and author. Key Subjects: Better teachers. Teaching is a performance profession involving complex behavioral tasks. Requires practice. Automate things you don’t want to think about “during the game”. Get

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EconTalk — Yuval Levin

On: A Time to Build Episode: N/A Date: March 2, 2020 Background: Author and political scientist. Key Subjects: Institutions. Structures aimed at achieving a common purpose … Emerge out of cohesive communities with shared goals. … by working together. Often

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EconTalk — Branko Milanovic

On: Capitalism, Alone Episode: N/A Date: May 11, 2020 Background: Author and economist. Key Subjects: Capitalism. Both US and China are capitalist societies (in differing degrees and ways). Decentralized coordination (of economic decisions). Hired labor (open market wage rates). Privately

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EconTalk — Martin Gurri

On: Revolt of the Public Episode: N/A Date: May 25, 2020 Background: Author and former CIA analyst. Key Takeaways: More information = more uncertainty. Previous sources of false sense of certainty lose credibility (institutions, people). More complexity = easier to

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EconTalk — Paul Romer (2)

On: COVID-19 Episode: N/A Date: May 15 2020 Background: Economist. Key Subjects: Finding a sustainable, less costly strategy to reduce virus transmission. Suppression: lock-down is very costly (economic costs not sustainable). Mitigation: transmission is very slow (> 1 year for

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EconTalk — Robert Pondiscio

On: How the Other Half Learns Episode: N/A Date: May 2020 Background: Author and teacher. Key Subjects: Discussion about the Success Academy Charter School in New York City. Charter school = public school (no tuition, open admissions). Government funded, privately

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EconTalk — Bryan Caplan

On: Parenting Episode: N/A Date: May 2011 Background: Economist and author of “Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids”. Key Subjects: Parents have very little effect on long-run outcomes of how their kids turn out. There is a short-term impact on

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EconTalk — Iain McGilchrist

On: The Divided Brain and the Master and His Emissary. Episode: N/A Date: April 2018 Background: Psychiatrist and author of “The Master and His Emissary”. Key Subjects: Our brain is divided into two different hemispheres because every living thing has

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EconTalk — Gerd Gigerenzer

On: Gut Feelings. Episode: N/A Date: December 2019 Background: Psychologist and author of “Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious”. Key Subjects: Gut feelings or intuitions guide many decisions. Suggestions on how to act that arise rapidly from your unconscious

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