May 2 • 1HR 27M

A life filled with purpose — My conversation with Professor Russ Roberts on EconTalk

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EconTalk, a podcast with Russel Roberts, is one of the most popular podcasts out there, and not long ago, Russ invited me to record a conversation with him on my new book, Impossible Takes Longer, for EconTalk. Russ, as you will quickly discover if you listen to the episode, is a fabulous interlocutor.

Professor Russ Roberts is the President of Shalem College. He is an economist, writer and teacher, as well as the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. As noted above, he is also the founder of EconTalk: Conversations for the Curious, an award-winning weekly podcast with more than 750 episodes and millions of unique downloads. He has interviewed a number of thinkers and intellectuals, including Jill Lepore, Eric Topol, Martha Nussbaum, Milton Friedman, Thomas Piketty, Angela Duckworth, Sebastian Junger, Christopher Hitchens, Bill James, Emily Oster, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Stephen Kotkin, A.J. Jacobs, Mariana Mazzucato, Alan Lightman, and Michael Lewis.

He is the author of numerous books that deal with finance and economics. His most recent book is Wild Problems: A Guide to the Decisions That Define Us, which explores the challenge of making big life decisions–whether or not to marry, whether or not to have children, what career path to choose–when there is little analytical evidence to help us.

His rap videos on John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek have more than twelve million views on YouTube. They’ve been subtitled in eleven languages and are used in high schools and colleges around the world.

Professor Roberts has taught at Stanford University, the University of California, Los Angeles, George Mason University, the University of Rochester, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he was the director of what is now the Center for Experiential Learning. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Russ lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

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