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EconTalk: Conversations for the Curious is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by Russ Roberts of Shalem College in Jerusalem and Stanford's Hoover... more

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Kevin Kelly on Advice, AI, and Technology

Photographer, author, and visionary Kevin Kelly talks about his book Excellent Advice for Living with EconTalk's Russ Roberts. His advice includes how... more

27 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Megan McArdle on the Oedipus Trap

When physician Walter Freeman died in 1972, he still believed that lobotomies were the best treatment for mental illness. A... more

20 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Zach Weinersmith on Beowulf and Bea Wolf

Tolkien read it as a tale about mortality. The poet David Whyte said it was a metaphor for the psychological... more

13 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Omer Moav on the Emergence of the State

Since at least Adam Smith, the common wisdom has been that the transition from hunter-gathering to farming allowed the creation... more

06 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Paul Bloom on Psych, Psychology, and the Human Mind

Do psychologists know anything? Psychologist Paul Bloom says yes--but not the things that you might think. Bloom discusses his book... more

27 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Marco Ramos on Misunderstanding Mental Illness

When psychiatrist Marco Ramos of Yale University prescribes antidepressants to patients in distress and they ask him how they work,... more

20 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
Adam Mastroianni on Peer Review and the Academic Kitchen

Psychologist Adam Mastroianni says peer review has failed. Papers with major errors make it through the process. The ones without... more

13 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Sam Harris on Meditation, Mindfulness, and Morality

According to neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, rationality is the key to safeguarding everything we cherish, and its only true... more

06 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 51 minutes
Vinay Prasad on Pharmaceuticals, the FDA, and the Death of Duty

Oncologist and epidemiologist Vinay Prasad argues that too many very expensive drugs get approved by the FDA that have very... more

30 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Dwayne Betts on Beauty, Prison, and Redaction

Dwayne Betts was a 16-year-old in solitary confinement when a fellow inmate slid a book of poetry under his cell door.... more

23 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Kevin Kelly on Advice, AI, and Technology