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|2023-Sep-20 • 52 minutes|
Lazarus Lake on Endurance, Uncertainty, and Reaching One’s Potential
Lessons from the Barkley Marathons creator.
|2023-Sep-06 • 63 minutes|
Jerusalem Demsas on The Dispossessed, Gulliver's Travels, and Of Boys and Men
It's time for a CWT book club!
|2023-Aug-30 • 55 minutes|
Vishy Anand on Staying in the Game
At 53, the chess legend is still one of the best in the world. What keeps him playing?
|2023-Aug-23 • 59 minutes|
Celebrating Marginal Revolution's 20th Anniversary
MR co-founders Tyler and Alex Tabarrok reflect on the blog's legacy with long-time readers Vitalik Buterin, Ben Casnocha, and Jeff Holmes.
|2023-Aug-09 • 55 minutes|
Paul Graham on Ambition, Art, and Evaluating Talent
Plus, his bizarre strategy for getting over a fear of flying.
|2023-Jul-26 • 59 minutes|
Noam Dworman on Stand-Up Comedy and Staying Open-Minded
The owner of the Comedy Cellar shares his views on the evolving comedy scene.
|2023-Jul-12 • 56 minutes|
David Bentley Hart on Reason, Faith, and Diversity in Religious Thought
Is he the best-read guest in the history of the show?
|2023-Jun-28 • 62 minutes|
Reid Hoffman on the Possibilities of AI
From creating a thousand games to talking to dolphins, Reid is pumped about what AI will allow him to do.
|2023-Jun-14 • 51 minutes|
Noam Chomsky on Language, Left Libertarianism, and Progress
At 94, why does Noam Chomsky still answer every email?
|2023-Jun-07 • 52 minutes|
Peter Singer on Utilitarianism, Influence, and Controversial Ideas
Tyler’s two-thirds utilitarian, and Peter’s full on. Do either of them have the proportions right?
|2023-May-31 • 55 minutes|
Seth Godin on Marketing, Meaning, and the Bibs We Wear
On good days, Seth Godin thinks about the progress we’re making on climate change. On bad days, he thinks about the problem of racing bibs.
|2023-May-17 • 53 minutes|
Simon Johnson on Banking, Technology, and Prosperity
What’s more intense than leading the IMF during a financial crisis? For Simon Johnson, it was co-authoring a book with Daron Acemoglu.
|2023-May-03 • 52 minutes|
Kevin Kelly on Advice, Travel, and Tech
As the founding executive editor of Wired magazine and the author of several acclaimed books on technology and culture, Kevin Kelly has long been known for his visionary ideas and insights. But his latest work, takes a different approach, drawing on...
|2023-Apr-19 • 50 minutes|
Anna Keay on Historic Architecture, Monarchy, and 17th Century Britain
Plus: Tips for keeping warm in an 800-year-old home.
|2023-Apr-05 • 56 minutes|
Jessica Wade on Chiral Materials, Open Knowledge, and Representation in STEM
Physicist by day, Wikipedia warrior by night.
|2023-Mar-29 • 42 minutes|
Jonathan GPT Swift on Jonathan Swift
How well does GPT4 do pretending to be the 18th century satirist?
|2023-Mar-22 • 53 minutes|
Tom Holland on History, Christianity, and the Value of the Countryside
Any why Herodotus is underrated.
|2023-Mar-08 • 54 minutes|
Yasheng Huang on the Development of the Chinese State
How China’s imperial exam system stymied civil society.
|2023-Feb-22 • 47 minutes|
Brad DeLong on Intellectual and Technical Progress
Why 1870 - 2010 were such extraordinary years.
|2023-Feb-08 • 48 minutes|
Glenn Loury on the Cover Story and the Real Story
The real reason he “jumped ship” from the Harvard Economics Department.
|2023-Jan-25 • 46 minutes|
Paul Salopek on Walking the World
Lessons learned from taking it one step at a time.
|2023-Jan-18 • 55 minutes|
Rick Rubin on Listening, Taste, and the Act of Noticing
The acclaimed music producer lays out his approach to creative collaboration.
|2023-Jan-11 • 54 minutes|
Katherine Rundell on the Art of Words
Why you should pick up more children’s books.
|2022-Dec-28 • 53 minutes|
Conversations with Tyler 2022 Retrospective
Why won’t Paul McCartney come on the show?
|2022-Dec-14 • 46 minutes|
John Adams on Composing and Creative Freedom
Constructing cathedrals in musical space.
|2022-Nov-30 • 40 minutes|
Jeremy Grantham on Investing in Green Tech
VC is an underrated weapon in the fight against climate change.
|2022-Nov-16 • 53 minutes|
Ken Burns on the Complications of History
And how to listen to a photograph.
|2022-Nov-02 • 46 minutes|
Mary Gaitskill on Subjects That Are Vexing Everybody
Are we better off just accepting that people are horrible?
|2022-Oct-19 • 53 minutes|
Reza Aslan on Martyrdom, Islam, and Revolution
Was Howard Baskerville’s martyrdom in Persia not Christian enough for the West to remember?
|2022-Oct-05 • 52 minutes|
Walter Russell Mead on the Past and Future of American Foreign Policy
Why the American academy is a terrible place for understanding world politics.
|2022-Sep-21 • 54 minutes|
Byron Auguste On Rewiring the U.S. Labor Market
Why do so many employers rely on shallow signals of applicant quality?
|2022-Sep-07 • 50 minutes|
Vaughn Smith on Life as a Hyperpolyglot
He dreams in 10 languages—how about you?
|2022-Sep-01 • 68 minutes|
Shruti Rajagopalan talks to Daniel Gross and Tyler about Identifying and Predicting Talent
What characteristics indicate human creativity and capacity?
|2022-Aug-24 • 45 minutes|
Cynthia L. Haven on René Girard, Czeslaw Milosz, and Joseph Brodsky
Her biography of Girard drew critical praise — why did it have to be written outside academia?
|2022-Aug-10 • 51 minutes|
William MacAskill on Effective Altruism, Moral Progress, and Cultural Innovation
If moral philosophy is a train to crazy town, at what stop should we disembark?
|2022-Jul-27 • 49 minutes|
Leopoldo López on Activism Under Autocratic Regimes
What Venezuela teaches us about democratic collapse.
|2022-Jul-13 • 56 minutes|
Matthew Ball on the Metaverse and Gaming
Why reintroducing the third dimension is crucial to building out technology.
|2022-Jun-29 • 52 minutes|
Barkha Dutt on the Nuances of Indian Life
Why a more peaceful India requires its people to become more like khichri than a thali.
|2022-Jun-15 • 51 minutes|
Marc Andreessen on Learning to Love the Humanities
The real challenge to building on the frontier? Figuring out human behavior.
|2022-Jun-01 • 48 minutes|
Jamal Greene on Reconceiving Rights
Negotiating liberty, justice, and obligation in the context of pluralism.
|2022-May-18 • 49 minutes|
Tyler and Daniel Gross Talk Talent
Plus, the user guide to working with Tyler.
|2022-May-04 • 48 minutes|
Chris Blattman on War and Centralized Power
The underrated threats that lurk in institutions, rather than psychology.
|2022-Apr-20 • 53 minutes|
Thomas Piketty on the Politics of Equality
“The history of equality or inequality cannot just be an economic history. It has to be a political history.”
|2022-Apr-06 • 59 minutes|
Roy Foster on Ireland’s Many Unmade Futures
History is the story of those making a future that never came to pass.
|2022-Mar-23 • 41 minutes|
Lydia Davis on Language and Literature
The renowned writer and translator describes life as a passionate polyglot.
|2022-Mar-09 • 50 minutes|
Sam Bankman-Fried on Arbitrage and Altruism
Coordinators are that which is scarce.
|2022-Feb-23 • 75 minutes|
Chuck Klosterman on Writing the Past and Relishing the Present
Plus, the slow cancellation of the future.
|2022-Feb-09 • 56 minutes|
Sebastian Mallaby on Venture Capital
Venture capital powered the tech revolution, but what powers venture capital?
|2022-Jan-26 • 57 minutes|
Stewart Brand on Starting Things and Staying Curious
At 83, Stewart Brand has been first in a multitude of movements—and he’s not slowing down.
|2022-Jan-19 • 59 minutes|
Russ Roberts on Israel and Life as an Immigrant
Tyler asks Russ all the easy questions about Israeli life.
|2022-Jan-12 • 45 minutes|
Ana Vidović on Prodigies, Performance, and Perseverance
A child prodigy explains why natural talent is overrated.
|2021-Dec-29 • 56 minutes|
Conversations with Tyler 2021 Retrospective
After being featured on Ancient Aliens, where does the show go from here?
|2021-Dec-15 • 59 minutes|
Ray Dalio on Investing, Management, and the Changing World Order
Plus, the value of disagreeableness.
|2021-Dec-01 • 51 minutes|
Ruth Scurr on the Art of Biography
How do you find the form to tell a life?
|2021-Nov-17 • 56 minutes|
David Rubenstein on Private Equity, Public Art, and Philanthropy
And why lawyers are usually lousy entrepreneurs.
|2021-Nov-03 • 47 minutes|
David Salle on the Experience of Art
Why, the artist wonders, can’t we just have more fun with it?
|2021-Oct-20 • 54 minutes|
Stanley McChrystal on the Military, Leadership, and Risk
Why it’s crucial to take a long view of history.
|2021-Oct-06 • 49 minutes|
Claudia Goldin on the Economics of Inequality
How to model social progress.
|2021-Sep-22 • 65 minutes|
Amia Srinivasan on Utopian Feminism
Does anyone have a right to sex?
|2021-Sep-08 • 79 minutes|
David Cutler and Ed Glaeser on the Health and Wealth of Cities
Doing battle with the demons that come with density.
|2021-Aug-25 • 66 minutes|
Zeynep Tufekci on the Sociology of The Moment (Live)
The problems COVID-19 revealed in our institutions—and how to fix them.
|2021-Aug-11 • 55 minutes|
Andrew Sullivan on Braving New Intellectual Journeys
Why are so few intellectuals comfortable with life out on a limb?
|2021-Jul-28 • 54 minutes|
Niall Ferguson on Why We Study History
We don’t study the past for its own sake.
|2021-Jul-14 • 45 minutes|
Alexander the Grate on Life as an NFA
Why none of us can escape shelter insecurity.
|2021-Jun-30 • 50 minutes|
Richard Prum on Birds, Beauty, and Finding Your Own Way
How ecology and selection drive avian evolution.
|2021-Jun-16 • 68 minutes|
Elijah Millgram on the Philosophical Life
Why personal experience is underrated.
|2021-Jun-02 • 61 minutes|
David Deutsch on Multiple Worlds and Our Place in Them
Plus, the defining human attribute visible from galaxies far, far away.
|2021-May-26 • 55 minutes|
Mark Carney on Central Banking and Shared Values
How shared objectives can flip risks into value creation.
|2021-May-19 • 56 minutes|
Pierpaolo Barbieri on Latin American FinTech
Meet the startup founder disrupting the banking industry in Argentina and Mexico
|2021-May-05 • 68 minutes|
Daniel Carpenter on Smart Regulation
The leading expert on the FDA discusses policy in the time of COVID-19.
|2021-Apr-21 • 60 minutes|
Shadi Bartsch on the Classics and China
Art, politics, and the enduring lessons of the ancient world.
|2021-Apr-07 • 78 minutes|
Dana Gioia on Becoming an Information Billionaire
How the internationally acclaimed poet became the only guest who can answer all of Tyler’s questions.
|2021-Mar-24 • 64 minutes|
Sarah Parcak on Archaeology from Space
What can new technology tell us about our ancient past?
|2021-Mar-10 • 59 minutes|
John Cochrane on Economic Puzzles and Habits of Mind
What unites John Cochrane the econ blogger with John Cochrane the accomplished glider pilot?
|2021-Feb-24 • 58 minutes|
Patricia Fara on Newton, Scientific Progress, and the Benefits of Unhistoric Acts
Is scientific progress best characterized by discrete leaps or incremental improvement?
|2021-Feb-10 • 55 minutes|
Brian Armstrong on the Crypto Economy
The CEO of Coinbase on how he manages the dual arts of innovating in technology and regulation
|2021-Jan-27 • 67 minutes|
Benjamin Friedman on the Origins of Economic Belief
How religion explains where economic ideas came from
|2021-Jan-13 • 56 minutes|
Noubar Afeyan on the Permission to Leap
How Moderna’s overnight vaccine success was 33 years in the making
|2020-Dec-30 • 54 minutes|
Conversations with Tyler 2020 Retrospective
Tyler looks back on a new year of conversations
|2020-Dec-16 • 58 minutes|
John O. Brennan on Life in the CIA
What working in intelligence has taught him about human nature.
|2020-Dec-02 • 55 minutes|
Zach Carter on the Life and Legacy of John Maynard Keynes
How Keynes became so influential—despite being so hard to pin down.
|2020-Nov-18 • 57 minutes|
Jimmy Wales on Systems and Incentives
The Wikipedia founder explains how the online encyclopedia will maintain objectivity in polarizing times
|2020-Nov-04 • 52 minutes|
Edwidge Danticat on Haitian Art and Literature
Plus, the enduring wisdom of Haitian proverbs.
|2020-Oct-21 • 50 minutes|
Michael Kremer on Economists as Founders
Why economists should build more than a body of research.
|2020-Oct-07 • 53 minutes|
Audrey Tang on the Technology of Democracy
How [lessons from] programming can improve our politics.
|2020-Sep-22 • 61 minutes|
Alex Ross on Music, Culture, and Criticism
Plus, the occult power of conductors.
|2020-Sep-09 • 66 minutes|
Matt Yglesias on Why the Population is Too Damn Low
How more people would solve (some of) America’s problems.
|2020-Aug-26 • 61 minutes|
Jason Furman on Productivity, Competition, and Growth
How do we balance human rights with technological and economic progress?
|2020-Aug-12 • 64 minutes|
Nicholas Bloom on Management, Productivity, and Scientific Progress
And why periodicals and podcasts trump books.
|2020-Jul-29 • 62 minutes|
Nathan Nunn on the Paths to Development
What historical factors predict future wealth?
|2020-Jul-15 • 63 minutes|
Melissa Dell on the Significance of Persistence
The surprising ways historical events and institutions still shape our modern world.
|2020-Jul-01 • 55 minutes|
Annie Duke on Poker, Probabilities, and How We Make Decisions
How do gamblers stay rational and happy?
|2020-Jun-17 • 58 minutes|
Rachel Harmon on Policing
While there’s no silver bullet, real reforms are possible.
|2020-Jun-03 • 62 minutes|
Ashley Mears on Status and Beauty
How many academics can claim to have modeled on the side?
|2020-May-20 • 60 minutes|
Paul Romer on a Culture of Science and Working Hard
From charter cities to mass testing for COVID-19, Paul Romer doesn’t always think his ideas are good—they’re just better than the alternatives.
|2020-May-06 • 66 minutes|
Adam Tooze on our Financial Past and Future
What economic history can tell us about navigating the current crisis.
|2020-Apr-29 • 56 minutes|
Glen Weyl on Fighting COVID-19 and the Role of the Academic Expert
His ambitious strategy to return to (something like) normal.
|2020-Apr-22 • 54 minutes|
Philip E. Tetlock on Forecasting and Foraging as a Fox
Is accuracy really what we want from forecasters?
|2020-Apr-08 • 56 minutes|
Emily St. John Mandel on Fact, Fiction, and the Familiar
How film and literature can help us navigate reality.
|2020-Mar-25 • 67 minutes|
Ross Douthat on Decadence and Dynamism
What social forces are trending toward stagnation—and how can we stop them?
|2020-Mar-19 • 79 minutes|
Russ Roberts and Tyler on COVID-19
Tyler and Russ Roberts joined forces for a special livestreamed conversation on COVID-19. How are they both adjusting to social isolation?
|2020-Mar-11 • 79 minutes|
John McWhorter on Linguistics, Music, and Race (Live at Mason)
Who can you ask about the Great American Songbook, the finer Jell-O flavors, and peculiar languages like Saramaccan all while expecting the same kind of fast, thoughtful, and energetic response? Listeners of Lexicon Valley know the answer.
|2020-Feb-26 • 56 minutes|
Garett Jones on Democracy (More or Less)
And, as always, what can we learn from Singapore?
|2020-Feb-12 • 59 minutes|
Tim Harford on Persuasion and Popular Economics
Why storytelling is still underrated.
|2020-Jan-29 • 70 minutes|
Ezra Klein on Why We’re Polarized
In his second appearance, Ezra talks about what we get wrong when we talk about politics.
|2020-Jan-15 • 61 minutes|
Reid Hoffman on Systems, Levers, and Quixotic Quests
Have someone named “Quixotic” on your network? It might be Reid Hoffman.
|2020-Jan-08 • 87 minutes|
Slavoj Žižek on His Stubborn Attachment to Communism
Why not leave the label behind and join Tyler at a Singapore food stall?
|2019-Dec-30 • 62 minutes|
Abhijit Banerjee on Theory, Practice, and India
Tyler’s former grad school classmate has made quite a name for himself.
|2019-Dec-23 • 53 minutes|
Tyler Looks Back on 2019 (BONUS)
Take a peek behind the scenes of #cowenconvos
|2019-Dec-18 • 62 minutes|
Esther Duflo on Management, Growth, and Research in Action
How Duflo found her calling in the midst of revolution.
|2019-Dec-04 • 55 minutes|
Daron Acemoglu on the Struggle Between State and Society
How institutions shape the fate of nations.
|2019-Nov-27 • 68 minutes|
Mark Zuckerberg Interviews Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen on the Nature and Causes of Progress (Bonus)
Patrick and Tyler are obsessed with progress—and they think you should be too.
|2019-Nov-20 • 60 minutes|
Shaka Senghor on Incarceration, Identity, and the Gift of Literacy
How do you survive seven years in solitary? Escape into books.
|2019-Nov-13 • 77 minutes|
Lunch with Fuchsia Dunlop at Mama Chang (Bonus)
Three years after her first appearance, Chinese food expert Fuchsia Dunlop joins Tyler for a delicious homestyle Chinese meal.
|2019-Nov-06 • 63 minutes|
Ted Gioia on Music as Cultural Cloud Storage
With music, forget about “high brow” versus “low brow.” The real distinction is between the innovative and the formulaic.
|2019-Oct-23 • 71 minutes|
Henry Farrell on Weaponized Interdependence, Big Tech, and Playing with Ideas
The one concept most valuable for understanding the news today might be Henry Farrell's theory of weaponized interdependence.
|2019-Oct-09 • 61 minutes|
Ben Westhoff on Synthetic Drugs, Dive Bars, and the Evolution of Rap
Does it matter that Hasbro owns Death Row Records?
|2019-Sep-25 • 80 minutes|
Alain Bertaud on Cities, Markets, and People
The Indiana Jones of urban planning shares what he's learned.
|2019-Sep-11 • 67 minutes|
Samantha Power on Learning How to Make a Difference
Power's chronicled genocide, but the memoir may have been the hardest thing she's had to write.
|2019-Aug-28 • 50 minutes|
Hollis Robbins on 19th Century Life and Literature
And why aren't there more operas about tech founders?
|2019-Aug-14 • 68 minutes|
Masha Gessen on the Ins and Outs of Russia
And what did The Americans get right that Chernobyl missed?
|2019-Jul-31 • 62 minutes|
Kwame Anthony Appiah on Pictures of the World
What can one learn from farming sheep in New Jersey?
|2019-Jul-17 • 55 minutes|
Neal Stephenson on Depictions of Reality
If you want to speculate on the development of tech, no one has a better brain to pick than Neal Stephenson.
|2019-Jul-03 • 56 minutes|
Eric Kaufmann on Immigration, Identity, and the Limits of Individualism
Is now a good time to buy property in Northern Ireland?
|2019-Jun-19 • 57 minutes|
Hal Varian on Taking the Academic Approach to Business
And why kale is the key to understanding Google's inner workings.
|2019-Jun-05 • 61 minutes|
Russ Roberts on Life as an Economics Educator
The OG econ podcaster tries out the guest chair.
|2019-May-22 • 62 minutes|
Ezekiel Emanuel on the Practice of Medicine, Policy, and Life
He's worked at the highest levels of medicine, policy and academia. But the intense interest in jam and chocolate might be most impressive.
|2019-May-08 • 60 minutes|
Karl Ove Knausgård on Literary Freedom
Knausgård's real struggle is answering all of Tyler's questions.
|2019-Apr-24 • 75 minutes|
Margaret Atwood on Canada, Writing, and Invention (Live at Mason)
Turns out, Canada is really big.
|2019-Apr-10 • 62 minutes|
Ed Boyden on Minding your Brain
Ed Boyden builds the tools and technologies that help us think about the brain, an organ we still know surprisingly little about.
|2019-Mar-27 • 56 minutes|
Emily Wilson on Translations and Language
The literary translator's toolkit must include pen, paper, various dictionaries, a big desk, and a huge orange cat.
|2019-Mar-13 • 56 minutes|
Raghuram Rajan on Understanding Community
Would online education work better if teachers could text insults to students?
|2019-Feb-27 • 68 minutes|
Sam Altman on Loving Community, Hating Coworking, and the Hunt for Talent
He's renowned for assessing talent - so would he fund Peter Parker? How about Bruce Wayne?
|2019-Feb-13 • 53 minutes|
Jordan Peterson on Mythology, Fame, and Reading People
And what the Intellectual Dark Web gets wrong.
|2019-Jan-30 • 76 minutes|
Noel Johnson and Mark Koyama on *Persecution and Toleration*
How did religious freedom emerge - and why did it arrive so late?
|2019-Jan-16 • 60 minutes|
Larissa MacFarquhar on Getting Inside Someone's Head
One of the best profile writers working today shares what motivates her work.
|2019-Jan-02 • 61 minutes|
Rebecca Kukla on Moving through and Responding to the World
Philosophers and comedians have almost the same job.
|2018-Dec-19 • 69 minutes|
Daniel Kahneman on Cutting Through the Noise
You might be surprised by what occupies Daniel Kahneman's thoughts these days.
|2018-Dec-05 • 53 minutes|
Paul Romer on the Unrivaled Joy of Scholarship
Warning: there are 185 "ands" present in this conversation.
|2018-Nov-21 • 59 minutes|
John Nye on Revisionist Economic History and Having Too Many Hobbies
Is John Nye the finest polymath in the George Mason economics department?
|2018-Nov-07 • 55 minutes|
Eric Schmidt on the Life-Changing Magic of Systematizing, Scaling, and Saying "Thanks" (Live)
"There's no simple formula for success. But it is well understood that if you yell at people enough, they will quit."
|2018-Oct-24 • 60 minutes|
Ben Thompson on Business and Tech
And why Taiwanese breakfast is the best breakfast.
|2018-Oct-16 • 150 minutes|
Rob Wiblin interviews Tyler on *Stubborn Attachments*
Finally we find out what Tyler — and Tyrone — really believes.
|2018-Oct-10 • 53 minutes|
Paul Krugman on Politics, Inequality, and Following Your Curiosity
“Be interested in a lot of things, but when you find something that really grabs your attention, work at it seriously. Figure stuff out.”
|2018-Sep-26 • 58 minutes|
Bruno Maçães on the Spirit of Adventure
He’s built a career teaching, advising, writing, and talking to people across the globe. Just don’t ask him about Canada.
|2018-Sep-12 • 56 minutes|
Michele Gelfand on Tight and Loose Cultures
Where is Tyler most at risk of getting shot at a bar?
|2018-Aug-29 • 47 minutes|
Claire Lehmann on Speaking Freely
This Aussie thinks Americans are too afraid to speak their mind.
|2018-Aug-15 • 59 minutes|
Michael Pollan on the Science and Sublimity of Psychedelics
Plus, his latest thoughts of food production, GMOs, and writing well.
|2018-Aug-01 • 54 minutes|
Michelle Dawson on Autism and Atypicality
No one in the world more appreciates the challenges facing a better understanding of autism than Michelle Dawson.
|2018-Jul-18 • 53 minutes|
Vitalik Buterin on Cryptoeconomics and Markets in Everything
Is he secretly the best young economist today?
|2018-Jul-03 • 61 minutes|
Juan Pablo Villarino on Travel and Trust
The world's best hitchhiker shares the tricks of the trade.
|2018-Jun-20 • 54 minutes|
Elisa New on Poetry in America and Beyond
Anyone can have a blast reading a poem. Even you!
|2018-Jun-06 • 83 minutes|
David Brooks on Youth, Morality, and Loneliness (Live at Mason)
"This is the most intimidating interview I've ever sat down for because (a) you know me, and (b) you actually read my stuff."
|2018-May-23 • 97 minutes|
Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Self-Education and Doing the Math (Plus special guest Bryan Caplan)
The best thing to do on an airplane? Twitter fight!
|2018-May-09 • 72 minutes|
Bryan Caplan on Learning across Disciplines (Live at Mason Econ)
"For me, the main value of a colleague is lunch."
|2018-Apr-25 • 55 minutes|
Balaji Srinivasan on the Power and Promise of the Blockchain
The new CTO of Coinbase shares his excitement for a world where finding financing is as easy as sending a tweet.
|2018-Apr-11 • 60 minutes|
Agnes Callard on the Theory of Everything
Is parenting undertheorized? Should we fear death? And if granted immortality, would we bore of bodily pleasures? Tyler wants to know.
|2018-Mar-28 • 66 minutes|
Martina Navratilova on Shaping Herself (Live at Mason)
“Tyler, you need to drink more water. You’re not hydrating at all.”
|2018-Mar-14 • 61 minutes|
Chris Blattman on Development, Conflict, and Doing What’s Interesting
Chris Blattman’s made his career as a development economist by finding a place he likes and finding a reason to live there.
|2018-Feb-28 • 66 minutes|
Robin Hanson on Signaling and Self-Deception (Live at Mason Econ)
Listening to this podcast says a lot about you.
|2018-Feb-14 • 66 minutes|
Matt Levine Live at Bloomberg HQ
Weird is just a synonym for interesting.
|2018-Jan-31 • 56 minutes|
Charles C. Mann on Shaping Tomorrow’s World and the Limits to Growth
And he doesn’t do meetings.
|2018-Jan-17 • 85 minutes|
Ross Douthat on Narrative and Religion (Live at Mason)
Has Ross succeeded in convincing Tyler to believe in God — or at least go to church more?
|2017-Dec-20 • 53 minutes|
Andy Weir on the Economics of Sci-Fi and Space
The author of The Martian and Artemis joins Tyler Cowen to talk about his unique blending of economics and engineering into hard sci-fi.
|2017-Nov-29 • 57 minutes|
Doug Irwin on US Trade Policy
“I prefer the sprawling mess.”
|2017-Nov-15 • 63 minutes|
Sujatha Gidla on Being an Ant Amongst the Elephants (Live)
“My main thing is to be free and intellectually free and free to pursue culture.”
|2017-Nov-01 • 53 minutes|
Steve Teles and Brink Lindsey on *The Captured Economy*
“We originally had the idea that this podcast was gonna be called Prisoner’s Dilemma.”
|2017-Oct-18 • 76 minutes|
Mary Roach on Disgust, Death, and Danger (Live at Mason)
“I’m just balls out with my curiosity.”
|2017-Sep-20 • 74 minutes|
Larry Summers on Macroeconomics, Mentorship, and Avoiding Complacency (Live)
“Working in the White House, that was fine, but being interviewed by Tyler Cowen, that meant I had really arrived.”
|2017-Aug-16 • 58 minutes|
Dave Barry on Humor, Writing, and Life as a Florida Man
And why aren't there joke books anymore?
|2017-Aug-02 • 33 minutes|
Dave Rubin on Digital Media, Crowdfunding, and Comedy (Live)
Also, what Dave learned from his year abroad in Israel and his pick for the most underrated Star Wars movie.
|2017-Jul-19 • 58 minutes|
Atul Gawande on Priorities, Big and Small
Thankfully coming on the podcast was one of them.
|2017-Jun-28 • 81 minutes|
Ben Sasse on the Space between Nebraska and Neverland (Live at Mason)
One is home, the other is a dystopian hell.
|2017-Jun-21 • 54 minutes|
Edward Luce on The Retreat of Western Liberalism (Live)
Tyler’s first question to him dealt with James II and William of Orange.
|2017-Jun-14 • 69 minutes|
Jill Lepore on Traveling through Time
Is time like a line, a stretched out accordion, buried silos, or a flat circle? And how does Doctor Who fit into all this?
|2017-Jun-07 • 24 minutes|
Tyler Cowen and Steve Davies talk Theresa May, Brexit, and Europe (Live)
The prospects for the European left-wing and the populism underneath it all.
|2017-May-24 • 63 minutes|
Raj Chetty on Teachers, Social Mobility, and How to Find Answers to Big Questions
The most influential economist in the world reveals his approach to meaningful research.
|2017-May-10 • 68 minutes|
Garry Kasparov on AI, Chess, and the Future of Creativity
Change is inevitable, says the chess grandmaster, and we should speed up our search for the edge of human potential.
|2017-Apr-12 • 94 minutes|
Patrick Collison has a Few Questions for Tyler (Live at Stripe)
The Stripe CEO flips the script for a special Conversations with Tyler.
|2017-Mar-15 • 92 minutes|
Malcolm Gladwell Wants to Make the World Safe for Mediocrity (Live at Mason)
"I think that it would be really useful to ban graduates of elite colleges from ever disclosing that they went to an elite college."
|2017-Mar-13 • 56 minutes|
*The Complacent Class* with Katherine Mangu-Ward (Live at Mason)
In this bonus episode, Editor-in-chief of Reason Katherine Mangu-Ward interviews Tyler about *The Complacent Class.* Make sure to listen all the way to the end for an answer Katherine describes as . Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter More CWT...
|2017-Feb-15 • 80 minutes|
Rabbi David Wolpe on Leadership, Religion, and Identity (Live at Sixth & I)
And does playing chess break the Sabbath?
|2017-Jan-25 • 76 minutes|
Chef Mark Miller on Food as the Ultimate Intellectual Exploration
...and the merits of eating your next hamburger upside down.
|2017-Jan-11 • 87 minutes|
Jhumpa Lahiri on Writing, Translation, and Crossing Between Cultures (Live at Mason)
“This is one of the things about writing in Italian that people aren’t prepared for: that I don’t pretend anymore.”
|2016-Dec-14 • 85 minutes|
Joseph Henrich on WEIRD Societies and Life Among Two Strange Tribes (Live at Mason)
To anthropologist Joseph Henrich, intelligence is overrated. Cultural evolution is what really sets our species apart.
|2016-Nov-16 • 75 minutes|
Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food, Culture, and Travel
China’s had a foodie culture for centuries. No one understands this better than Fuchsia Dunlop, one of Tyler Cowen’s favorite writers.
|2016-Nov-02 • 87 minutes|
Steven Pinker on Language, Reason, and the Future of Violence (Live at Mason)
Steven Pinker believes deeply in the power of reason to understand the world and ourselves. But can he convince Tyler?
|2016-Oct-06 • 77 minutes|
Ezra Klein on Media, Politics, and Models of the World
Vox.com’s editor-in-chief chats with Tyler Cowen about biases in digital media, politics, the morality of meat eating, and more.
|2016-Aug-24 • 48 minutes|
Margalit Fox on Life, Death, and the Best Job in Journalism
Margalit Fox has penned over 1,200 obituaries for the New York Times. Read to discover what she’s learned along the way.
|2016-Jul-27 • 57 minutes|
Michael Orthofer on Why Fiction Matters
One of the world’s most prolific book reviewers talks to Tyler Cowen about how and why we should read fiction — particularly from abroad.
|2016-Jun-22 • 77 minutes|
Cass Sunstein on Judicial Minimalism, the Supreme Court, and Star Wars (Live at Mason)
On Star Wars, judicial minimalism, Bob Dylan, nudging, the Supreme Court, James Joyce, Hayek, and the merits of a ‘banned products store.’
|2016-Apr-25 • 87 minutes|
Camille Paglia on her Lifestyle of Observation (Live at Mason)
On David Bowie, lamb vindaloo, her lifestyle of observation, why writers need real jobs, Star Wars, Harold Bloom, Amelia Earhart, and more.
|2016-Mar-24 • 69 minutes|
Jonathan Haidt on Morality, Politics, and Intellectual Diversity on Campus
On morality, politics, disgust, free speech on campus, LSD, and antiparsimonialism.
|2016-Feb-23 • 81 minutes|
Nate Silver on the Supreme Court and the Underrated Stat for Finding Good Food (Live at Mason)
On data, forecasting, My Bloody Valentine, gambling, Donald Trump, vacation advice, Supreme Court picks, and the wisdom of Björk.
|2016-Feb-02 • 82 minutes|
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Fighting Bruce Lee, Growing Up in Harlem, and Basketball (Live at Mason)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on segregation, Islam, Harlem vs. LA, Earl Manigault, and jazz.
|2015-Nov-18 • 83 minutes|
Cliff Asness on Comics and Why Never to Share a Gym with Cirque du Soleil (Live at Mason)
Tyler and investment strategist Cliff Asness discuss momentum and value investing strategies, and disagreeing with Eugene Fama.
|2015-Oct-01 • 85 minutes|
Dani Rodrik on Premature Deindustrialization and Why the World is Second Best at Best
On premature deindustrialization, the world's trilemmas, the political economy of John le Carré, RCTs, Orhan Pamuk, and more.
|2015-Sep-16 • 77 minutes|
Luigi Zingales on Italy, Google and Conglomeration, and Donald Trump (Live at Mason)
Tyler and Luigi talk Donald Trump, Antonio Gramsci, Google, and Luchino Visconti.
|2015-Mar-31 • 92 minutes|
Jeffrey Sachs on Charter Cities and How to Reform Graduate Economics Education (Live at Mason)
Tyler and Jeffrey on the resource curse, Paul Krugman, premature deindustrialization, the middle income trap, and Sach’s favorite novel.
|2015-Mar-25 • 81 minutes|
Peter Thiel on Stagnation, Innovation, and What Not to Call your Company (Live at Mason)
On stagnation, the Bible, company names, chess, favorite TV shows, and the “Straussian Christ.”