The Austrian take on the Boom & Bust Cycle

The Austrian take on the Boom & Bust Cycle

In the past few episodes we've talked about a number of different economic theories about the trade cycle and the Fed's role in it. Today the Austrians have their say. We interview L. Carlos Lara (CEO of United Services & Trust Corporation) and Professor Robert P. Murphy (of Texas Tech), fellow podcasters and experts on Austrian economics, to get the lowdown of the self-styled heterodox school of economics.

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Fundamentals of Monetary Policy with Dr. Marron

Fundamentals of Monetary Policy with Dr. Marron

In this episode, Dr. Donald Marron of the Urban Institute joins us to help bring a big chunk of economic expertise to the discussion we've been having about economics and particularly monetary policy this year. We even manage to get him to crack a few jokes with us about topics from butter to Bitcoin.

Dr. Marron served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers and was Director of the Congressional Budget Office. As you can guess from all this experience, he's particularly great at explaining economics to smart people who aren't economists. We had a ton of fun and know you will, too.

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Refugees and Rise of Anti-Immigrantism in Europe

Refugees and Rise of Anti-Immigrantism in Europe

"Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie,’ [or ‘sham’]... “ -- Angela Merkel, 2015

Just after enacting the "open door" migrant policy, Angela Merkel and all of Europe faced a political backlash, including rising nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment. Europe took in a fairly small number of Middle Eastern refugees. Why has it been so painful?

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After Vegas: Reducing Gun Violence in America

After Vegas: Reducing Gun Violence in America

After the largest mass civilian shooting in history, can we come together as a nation to reduce violence? Yes, but it requires good problem solving skills. 

In this episode we dive into understanding why Vegas was so deadly and how that was allowed to happen. We also look into the broader data on gun violence in America and elsewhere in order to understand what may be the biggest factors in America's death/violence rate.

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Why Fracking is Changing Everything About Geopolitics

Why Fracking is Changing Everything About Geopolitics

You've heard of the Fracking Revolution. You may also know that your fuel bill is a little lower than it was in the 2000s.

But man oh man, the picture is much bigger than that. The Middle East, Europe, Russia, and the foreign policy of the United States may be substantially different--for decades to come--than they would have been without the Revolution.

So yeah. Big deal.

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The Electoral College: WHY!?

The Electoral College: WHY!?

But seriously, why on earth do we have the Electoral College? Something about having to travel in carriages? 

It's a question a lot of people are asking after an election with a pretty big gap between the popular vote and the outcome. 

So why on earth does it exist? What's the point? Is it fulfilling its purpose? What alternatives are there, and how would we get to them?

Learn all this and more, including why you don't kill your admirals, on today's episode!

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