William Easterly of New York University and author of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in his book.
Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and cocreator of the early web browser Mosaic, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how success in venture capital is more about winners that you missed, not losers that you backed. Other topics discussed include the rise of the developing world and the smartphone revolution, why Bitcoin is paving the way for innovative uses of the Internet, an optimistic view of the future of journalism, changes in the health care system, and the future of education around the world.
Hoover research fellow Paul Gregory discusses the referendums in Ukraine on the John Batchelor Show. Topics include fraud in the referendums, the Putin narrative, and the results from more-honest polls.
Ralph Peters analyzes Vladimir Putin’s recent aggression towards Ukraine and explains how the Russian president’s actions fly in the face of many of the most cherished beliefs of western policy leaders.
Charles Marohn, president of Strong Towns, talks with EconTalk host Russell Roberts about urban development and what makes a strong town. The two discuss how the post-World War II approach to town and city planning has led to debt problems and wasteful infrastructure investments, and how changes as small as the width of roads make cities more vibrant. Other topics discussed include central Detroit today as a model of city growth, the incentive problems associated with how state and federal infrastructure funds are distributed, and Marohn's efforts to change civil engineers' perspective on growth.