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Lessons from Lincoln, Then and Now (with Diana Schaub)

What lessons can we take from the speeches of Abraham Lincoln for today’s turbulent times? How did those speeches move the nation in Lincoln’s day? Listen as political scientist Diana Schaub of Loyola University, Maryland talks with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts about three of Lincoln’s most important speeches and what they can tell us about the […] The post Lessons from Lincoln, Then and Now (with Diana Schaub) appeared first on Econlib.

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Reading, Writing, and Fighting (with Mark Helprin)

For many men, surviving the test of battle intensifies the joy of being alive. A provocative claim, perhaps, but to novelist Mark Helprin, simply a fact, and one that drives his new book about men who commit themselves fully both to service during wartime and to the women they love. Listen as Helprin tells EconTalk’s […] The post Reading, Writing, and Fighting (with Mark Helprin) appeared first on Econlib.

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Is Israel Occupying the West Bank? (with Eugene Kontorovich)

To international law expert Eugene Kontorovich of George Mason University, all the arguments that make Israel out to be an occupying force collapse under the weight of a single, simple fact: A country cannot occupy territory to which it has a legal claim. Listen as Kontorovich speaks with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts about the legal issues […] The post Is Israel Occupying the West Bank? (with Eugene Kontorovich) appeared first on Econlib.

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René Girard, Mimesis, and Conflict (with Cynthia Haven)

If you’re always imitating others or aspiring to be something else, what’s left of the “authentic” you? According to the French philosopher René Girard, not much: Nothing can be truly authentic, he argued–everything comes from somewhere else. This is just one of the many original and counterintuitive claims put forth in Girard’s sweeping approach to […] The post René Girard, Mimesis, and Conflict (with Cynthia Haven) appeared first on Econlib.

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Does Market Failure Justify Government Intervention? (with Michael Munger)

Economics students are often taught that government should intervene when there is market failure. But what about government failure? Should we expect government intervention to outperform market outcomes? Listen as Duke University economist Michael Munger explores the history of how economists have thought about this dilemma and possible ways to find a third or even […] The post Does Market Failure Justify Government Intervention? (with Michael Munger) appeared first on Econlib.

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How the Constitution Can Bring Us Together (with Yuval Levin)

Can a document unify a nation? Yuval Levin of the American Enterprise Institute and author of American Covenant argues that the Constitution unified the United States at the founding of the country and that understanding the Constitution can help bring the country together today. Listen as Levin speaks with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts about how the Constitution not […] The post How the Constitution Can Bring Us Together (with Yuval Levin) appeared first on Econlib.

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Injustice and the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (with Dwayne Betts)

When poet, lawyer, and MacArthur Fellow Dwayne Betts was imprisoned for nine years at the age of 16 for carjacking, he only wept twice. One of those times was when he read Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In this powerful conversation with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts, Betts explains why he cried, what he […] The post Injustice and the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (with Dwayne Betts) appeared first on Econlib.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Covid Vaccine (with Vinay Prasad)

The Covid vaccine saved many lives but so many mistakes were made in how public health officials discussed it, implemented it, and assessed its effectiveness. Epidemiologist Vinay Prasad of the University of California, San Francisco talks with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts about what went wrong, the costs of the mistakes that were made, and what we […] The post The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Covid Vaccine (with Vinay Prasad) appeared first on Econlib.

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Purpose, Pleasure, and Meaning in a World Without Work (with Nicholas Bostrom)

If you didn’t have to work to enjoy material abundance, would you do it anyway? If an algorithm or a pill could achieve better results, would you bother shopping or going to the gym? These are the kinds of questions we’ll need to ask ourselves if AI makes all human labor and other traditional ways […] The post Purpose, Pleasure, and Meaning in a World Without Work (with Nicholas Bostrom) appeared first on Econlib.

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Glenn Loury Tells All

Economist and social critic Glenn Loury talks about his memoir, Late Admissions, with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts. In a wide-ranging and blunt conversation, Loury discusses his childhood, his at-times brilliant academic work, his roller-coaster ideological journey, and his personal flaws as a drug addict and imperfect husband. This is a rich conversation about academic life, race […] The post Glenn Loury Tells All appeared first on Econlib.

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