Prohibition

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy | 30 September 2019 | 0h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
When the US outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, it inadvertently created one of the most successful black markets in the world. Tim Harford considers how much it costs to make something illegal, and what a failed law reveals about the way criminals make their money.

World War Two: The Economic Battle

The Documentary | 22 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Duncan Weldon on the importance of economic factors in the Second World War. Interesting perspectives throughout. For example, the contrast between Britain having more manpower available due to importing food versus Germany deploying more manpower to food production than its armed forces.

Tim Does the Haka in New Zealand

Heritage Explains | 13 September 2019 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Crampton about his essay The Outside of the Asylum. An outsider’s view on what makes life in New Zealand (freedoms, politics and economics) so much saner than elsewhere.

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.

Tyler Cowen on Big Business

EconTalk | 19 August 2019 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about his book, Big Business, which argues that big corporations in America are underrated and under-appreciated. Strays widely with a deliciously contrarian take on many subjects including the advantages of social media.

Russ Roberts

Y Combinator | 7 August 2019 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Russ Roberts. Includes why he started EconTalk, key economic concepts for company founders, Adam Smith, and the emotional aspects of founding a company.

Alex Tabarrok on “Why are the Prices So D*mn High?”

Rationally Speaking | 23 July 2019 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Perspective altering interview with Alex Tabarrok exploring the ideas in Why are the Prices So D*mn High? co-authored with Eric Heller. Backgrounds the Baumol Effect, which suggests that it is the higher cost of skilled labour that drives higher education and healthcare costs, notwithstanding much slower improvements in quality and productivity.