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Podcast episode Angela Duckworth on Grit

EconTalk Episode with Angela Duckworth
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Grit.jpg How important is grit relative to talent? Can grit be taught? Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance talks with with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the nature of success in work, play and life. How much does grit matter? Is grit malleable or something we're born with? Duckworth discusses her research on these questions and how to think about what it means for a child and an adult to thrive.

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Don't Fool Yourself

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

Do you think too much of yourself, or perhaps not enough? When does productive self-esteem become egotistical? How has the presence or absence of ego influenced world history? These were just some of the questions explored in this week's EconTalk episode as host Russ Roberts welcomed Ryan Holiday to talk about his new book, Ego is the Enemy.

Now we'd like to hear what you took away from this week's episode. Use the questions below to prompt discussion both here and offline. Let us know your thoughts...We love to hear from you.

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1. Holiday cautions people to beware the "narrative fallacy." What does this mean? What are some examples from your own life in which you've fallen prey to this fallacy?

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Podcast episode Ryan Holiday on Ego is the Enemy

EconTalk Episode with Ryan Holiday
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Ego%20Enemy.jpg How does our attitude toward ourselves affect our success or failure in the world of business or in friendship? Ryan Holiday, author of Ego Is the Enemy, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the role of ego in business, our personal lives, and world history.

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Medicare Part P

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

Why don't advances in technology bring the same cost decreases (and quality increases) in health care as they do in other sectors of the economy? That was the central question this week as EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed Dartmouth's Jonathan Skinner. Is innovation in health care always worth it? And why do some seem to benefit disproportionately more than others?

We want to hear more about your experiences with health care- of the human and animal varieties. How is the health care system where you live working for you, and what could be done to make it better?

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1. I've long joked that my cats get better quality health care than I...And this is a theme Roberts and Skinner pick up this week. They suggest several reasons why we might feel this way...in the absence of "Medicare Part P." What has actually happened to the real cost of caring for our pets? What are the challenges of measuring this change and what it might teach us about human health care? To what extent does competition among vets reduce the cost of pet health care by introducing innovation and other cost-saving measures? What about pet insurance? How does private pet insurance contribute to the quality and cost of animal care?

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Podcast episode Jonathan Skinner on Health Care Costs, Technology, and Rising Mortality

EconTalk Episode with Jonathan Skinner
Hosted by Russ Roberts

AdobeStock_109509551%20%283%29.jpeg Technology and innovation usually mean higher quality and lower prices. Is health care different? Jonathan Skinner of Dartmouth College talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how technology and innovation affect the cost and efficacy of health care. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the rise in mortality among middle-age white males--a surprising reversal of trend--that has been linked to use of opioid painkillers.

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Podcast episode Yuval Levin on The Fractured Republic

EconTalk Episode with Yuval Levin
Hosted by Russ Roberts

The%20Fractured%20Republic.jpg Yuval Levin, author and editor of National Affairs, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in his latest book, The Fractured Republic. Levin argues that both major political parties suffer from a misplaced nostalgia--a yearning for a time when things were better even though the policies that created those good times are no longer as relevant to today. Levin argues for a strengthening of the intermediate institutions--institutions between the individual and the government such as religious communities and other non-profits as a way toward a better life for Americans.

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First Class Fissures

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed back New York University's Richard Epstein. The focal point of their conversation was a recent New York Times article by Nathan Schwartz , describing a "money-based caste system" in the travel industry. Does tiered service such as that Schwartz describes make day-to-day interactions between classes less frequent, and perhaps less comfortable? Should we be concerned about the new segregated luxuries the wealthy can enjoy? Should the rich be taxed at higher rates to reduce this segregation? What are the incentive effects of higher taxes?

Conversations with Professor Epstein are always a whirlwind, and this one is no exception. So how did you experience it? As always, we'd love to hear from you.

1. Two economics-related points both Epstein and Roberts come back to are the notion of such "luxury guests" sharing the fixed costs with their fellow passengers and the distinction between competitive and political markets. How do each of these concepts inform your reading of the Schwartz piece?

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Podcast episode Richard Epstein on Cruises, First-Class Travel, and Inequality

EconTalk Episode with Richard Epstein
Hosted by Russ Roberts

cruising.jpg How should we feel about cruise lines that offer special amenities for top-paying travelers, or first-class sections of airplanes? Do such consumption inequalities harm the social fabric or is there more to the story? Richard Epstein of New York University and the Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about these issues arguing that these kinds of unequal treatment provide benefits beyond those who receive the top-of-the-line option. The conversation then moves on to a general discussion of inequality, taxation, and redistribution.

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Constructing our Truths

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

Russ Roberts's enthusiasm for technology and optimism for the future might only be outdone by this week's EconTalk guest, futurist Kevin Kelly. Their conversation ranges over the human need for communication, developing techno-literacy skills for The Inevitable future, and the very purpose of humans in relation to the digital world.

How do you interact with technology? Are you seeing a transition from the technology of information to the technology of experience? Has the Internet shortened your attention span? Sped up your brain? As always, we love to hear from you...So please share your thoughts with us in the Comments, and share our posts with your friends.

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1. What does Kelly mean when he says, "...in a very real way our inventions assign us our jobs?" How has your work changed with technology, and to what extent do you think technological advance is a net positive for people in your line of work?

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Podcast episode Kevin Kelly on the Inevitable

EconTalk Episode with Kevin Kelly
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Inevitable.jpg Futurist, author, and visionary Kevin Kelly talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, The Inevitable, Kelly's look at what the future might be like and the role of the human experience in a world increasingly filled with information, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the connecting of the planet's population.

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