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What's the track record of multi-billion dollar projects affecting the lives of millions of people? Surprisingly poor according to this week's guest, Oxford University''s Bent Flyvbjerg this week on such megaprojects. Now we'd like to hear about what you took away from this week's episode. Share your thoughts with us in the Comments, and share these discussion questions over dinner. Either way, we love to hear from you!

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Podcast episode Bent Flyvbjerg on Megaprojects

EconTalk Episode with Bent Flyvbjerg
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Bent Flyvbjerg of Oxford University speaks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the political economy of megaprojects--massive investments of a billion dollars or more in infrastructure or technology. Flyvbjerg argues that such projects consistently end up costing more with smaller benefits than projected and almost always end up with costs that exceed the benefits. Flyvbjerg explores the reasons for the poor predictions and poor performance of giant investment projects and what might be done to improve their effectiveness.

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Did an 800 year old piece of parchment really change the world? That was the central question of this week's episode with Nicholas Vincent.

Now we want to turn the conversation over to you. Use the thought prompts below to carry on the conversation in the Comments. (And we hope you spark some off-line conversation of your own, too!) You never know...your Comment could be featured in an upcoming EconTalk post!
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Podcast episode Nicholas Vincent on the Magna Carta

EconTalk Episode with Nicholas Vincent
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Did an 800-year old piece of parchment really change the world? Nicholas Vincent of the University of East Anglia talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the Magna Carta, the founding document of English law and liberty. The Magna Carta was repudiated just ten weeks after King John issued it. Yet, its impact is still with us today. In this conversation, Vincent explains what led to the Magna Carta and how its influence remains with us today in England and elsewhere.

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There's a healthcare revolution underway, and while your smartphone may be center-stage in this drama, there's more to the story than apps. Eric Topol of the Scripps Translational Science Institute joins EconTalk host Russ Roberts for this week's conversation.

Now we'd like to hear from you. Please respond to any of the following in the Comments. Reach out to your friends, too, and let's all continue the conversation.

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Podcast episode Eric Topol on the Power of Patients in a Digital World

EconTalk Episode with Eric Topol
Hosted by Russ Roberts

We're in the middle of a healthcare revolution but it's about more than marvelous life-saving and life-enhancing apps on our smartphone. Eric Topol of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of The Patient Will See You Now argues that the digital revolution will give us more control of our health information and data. More powerful patients will transform the doctor-patient interaction. Topol talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his new book giving us a glimpse of the changes coming to medicine from the digital revolution.

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This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts interviewed Michael O'Hare on the somewhat mysterious world of art museums and the way their visitors experience art there.

As always, we'd like to hear what you took from this week's conversation, and to continue our own conversation here.

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Podcast episode Michael O'Hare on Art Museums

EconTalk Episode with Michael O'Hare
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Michael O'Hare of the University of California, Berkeley talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the management of art museums. O'Hare suggests a number of changes that would allow museums to be more effective and to justify their non-profit status--lower admission prices, selling part of their substantial unseen inventory to other museums, and broadening the activities of the museum to include educational exhibits on the creation of art and the commercial side of art. He encourages trustees of museums to see their job more as tough-minded advisors and less as financiers of museum budgets.

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This week EconTalk host Russ Roberts spoke with Leonard Wong, research professor at the U.S. Army War College, about the honesty and ethics among officers complying with various reporting and training requirements.

We want to hear your thoughts on the tension between regulatory requirements and honesty, in the military and elsewhere. Use the prompts below as conversation starters, and please share your thoughts in the Comments. We love to hear from you.

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Podcast episode Leonard Wong on Honesty and Ethics in the Military

EconTalk Episode with Leonard Wong
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Leonard Wong of the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about honesty in the military. Based on a recent co-authored paper, Wong argues that the paperwork and training burden on U.S. military officers requires dishonesty--it is simply impossible to comply with all the requirements. This creates a tension for an institution that prides itself on honesty, trust, and integrity. The conversation closes with suggestions for how the military might reform the compliance and requirement process.

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