Bryan Caplan on Thomas Szasz and The Myth of Mental Illness

The Aaron Olson Podcast | 14 July 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about the ideas of the iconoclast social critic and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. Discusses how to help ourselves and others when struggling with life, Caplan’s experiences with depression during Covid, and how he got out of it. Draws from Caplan’s paper The Economics of Szasz: Preferences, Constraints, and Mental Illness.

Bryan Caplan – How Evil Are Politicians?

Ideas Having Sex | 23 May 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about his book How Evil Are Politicians?: Essays on Demagoguery. Discusses politicians’ practice of saying things that are false in order to retain power while making society worse; social desirability bias – that when the truth is ugly – that people lie; the centrality of power hunger; and more.

Bryan Caplan – How Do We Fix The Housing Crisis?

The Curious Task | 23 February 2022 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about his upcoming book Build, Baby, Build. Discusses novel solutions to the housing crisis, his affinity for graphic novels as a teaching tool, and the market-based approaches that are already working despite what our psychology is leading us to believe.

Bryan Caplan on Parenting, Voter Motivations, Philosophy and more

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin | 5 April 2022 | 2h 15m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about ideas from his books Selfish Reasons To Have More Kids, The Myth of the Rational Voter, The Case Against Education and Open Borders. Discusses parenting, voting motivations, education, labour markets, open borders, free will, effective altruism, betting on beliefs, and more.

Open Borders with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith

Interviews with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith about their graphic novel Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. The first interview backgrounds their collaboration and discusses concerns about open immigration. The second interview focusses on the logic and morality of the arguments in favour of Open Immigration.

Economics Detective Radio | 11 November 2019 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes

Rationally Speaking | 12 November 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 12 September 2019 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Bryan Caplan. Starts with the case for open immigration, based on ideas from his book Open Borders. Also discusses UBI; charter cities; his most impactful (and controversial) policy recommendations; populism; Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; gene editing; population growth; Austrian economics; education; and much more.

Bryan Caplan – Does Parenting Matter?

Rationally Speaking | 4 October 2015 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan, author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. Argues that, despite our intuition that parenting choices affect children’s life outcomes, there’s strong evidence to the contrary.

Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education

EconTalk | 12 February 2018 | 1h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan on The Case Against Education. Argues that very little learning takes place at university and that very little of the return comes from skills or knowledge acquired in the classroom. Caplan marshals the evidence to support his claims, finding that just 11% of the economic gains from education are due to the training received; 45% from the greater ability of the students who go to university; and 44% is pure signalling – from being credentialed.