Monday, October 5, 2009

EconTalk with Russ Roberts

Summary: A weekly podcast with George Mason University Professor, Russ Roberts. 

This description is from the Library of Economics and Liberty:

"The Library of Economics and Liberty carries a weekly podcast, EconTalk, hosted by Russ Roberts. The talk show features one-on-one discussions with an eclectic mix of authors, professors, Nobel Laureates, entrepreneurs, leaders of charities and businesses, and people on the street. The emphases are on using topical books and the news to illustrate economic principles. Exploring how economics emerges in practice is a primary theme.

Listeners are able to comment online on recent podcasts. All podcasts are archived and available free of charge. Podcast Listening Guides for classroom use are offered on selected podcasts.

EconTalk was voted Best Podcast in the 2008 Weblog Awards. It took 2nd place for Best Podcast two years in a row in the 2007 Weblog Awards and 2006 Weblog Awards.

EconTalk got started in March 2006 with podcasts every two weeks, and went weekly in the summer of 2006. New podcasts are released on Monday mornings. They are available for listening on any computer, and are also available through iTunes and other intermediary services. "

I download the show to my iPod and listen to it when I am on long drives or sometimes when I'm working out at the Community Y.  I learn better when I can read the material so I refer to the annotated notes following each podcast.  After listening to a podcast, I am rejuvenated to learn more about economics as I can see more and more applications of theory to practice.  In a future blog, I will highlight Mr. Roberts book, The Price of Everything, and have a lesson plan that can be given as summer reading.

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. He is an author, and blogs at Mikeroeconomics.  Autumn is his favorite time of the year.  He believes that economics provides a basis for rational decision making.


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