EconTalk
Russ Roberts

This week, we want to further the learning associated with Alex Tabarrok on Private Cities. We can learn a lot from one another.

So this week, choose from one of the prompts below the fold, and post your reply (250 words or less, please!) in the comments. We'll highlight some of our favorites (and maybe even send some surprises your way). We also hope you'll comment on each others' replies.

future cities2.jpg

CONTINUE READING...


   

Podcast episode Alex Tabarrok on Private Cities

EconTalk Episode with Alex Tabarrok
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Alex Tabarrok of George Mason University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a recent paper Tabarrok co-authored with Shruti Rajagopalan on Gurgaon, a city in India that until recently had little or no municipal government. The two discuss the successes and failures of this private city, the tendency to romanticize the outcomes of market and government action, and the potential for private cities to meet growing demand for urban living in India and China.

Size:31.3 MB
Right-click or Option-click, and select "Save Link/Target As MP3.

MORE:


   

Nassim Taleb returned to EconTalk this week, to discuss his recent paper on the risks inherent in genetically modified organisms. Contra last week's guest, Greg Page, Taleb sees the potential for global ruin in GMOS.

Share your reactions to the following prompts with us, and let's continue the conversation.

GMOs2.jpg

CONTINUE READING...


   

Podcast episode Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the Precautionary Principle and Genetically Modified Organisms

EconTalk Episode with Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Antifragile, Black Swan, and Fooled by Randomness, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a recent co-authored paper on the risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the use of the Precautionary Principle. Taleb contrasts harm with ruin and explains how the differences imply different rules of behavior when dealing with the risk of each. Taleb argues that when considering the riskiness of GMOs, the right understanding of statistics is more valuable than expertise in biology or genetics. The central issue that pervades the conversation is how to cope with a small non-negligible risk of catastrophe.

Size:31.0 MB
Right-click or Option-click, and select "Save Link/Target As MP3.

MORE:


   

Greg Page, former CEO of Cargill spoke with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about what it's like to run a global food company and issues affecting world food markets.

Here's your chance to test your knowledge and share your answers to questions from this week's conversation.

wheat2.jpg

CONTINUE READING...


   

Podcast episode Greg Page on Food, Agriculture, and Cargill

EconTalk Episode with Greg Page
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Greg Page, former CEO of Cargill, the largest privately-held company in America, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the global food supply and the challenges of running a company with employees and activity all over the world. Page talks about the role of prices in global food markets in signaling information and prompting changes in response to those signals. Other topics include government's role in agriculture, the locavore movement and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Size:28.5 MB
Right-click or Option-click, and select "Save Link/Target As MP3.

MORE:


   

This week, Joshua Greene of Harvard University and author of Moral Tribes spoke with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about moral dilemmas and what Greene calls the tragedy of common-sense morality.

What did you think of this week's conversation? Use the prompts below to share your thoughts. As always, we love to hear from you.

Moral Tribes.jpg

CONTINUE READING...


   

Podcast episode Joshua Greene on Moral Tribes, Moral Dilemmas, and Utilitarianism

EconTalk Episode with Joshua Greene
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Joshua Greene, of Harvard University and author of Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about morality and the challenges we face when our morality conflicts with that of others. Topics discussed include the difference between what Greene calls automatic thinking and manual thinking, the moral dilemma known as "the trolley problem," and the difficulties of identifying and solving problems in a society that has a plurality of values. Greene defends utilitarianism as a way of adjudicating moral differences.

Size:32.2 MB
Right-click or Option-click, and select "Save Link/Target As MP3.

MORE:


   

This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed author James Tooley to talk about what he discovered in researching the educational options of the world's poorest children. What he found is surprising to many, but as Roberts notes, some find Tooley's work dangerous. Let us know what you think about their conversation, using the prompts in this week's Extra.

beautiful tree.jpg

CONTINUE READING...


   

Podcast episode James Tooley on Private Schools for the Poor and the Beautiful Tree

EconTalk Episode with James Tooley
Hosted by Russ Roberts

James Tooley, Professor of Education at Newcastle University, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about low-cost for-profit private schools in the slums and rural areas of poor countries. Tooley shows how surprisingly widespread private schools are for the poor and how effective they are relative to public schools where teacher attendance and performance can be very disappointing. The conversation closes with whether public schooling should remain the ideal in poor countries.

Size:30.8 MB
Right-click or Option-click, and select "Save Link/Target As MP3.

MORE:


   


ARCHIVES. More podcast episodes (over 400, all free)


Return to top
Return to top