Episode 96 – Essentials of Astronomy (Podcast)

Listen to an hour with the late Lloyd Motz, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Columbia University, and the late broadcaster Hugh Downs, as they discuss Motz’s life and work, including his book “The Essentials of Astronomy,” which is arguably the best introductory astronomy text ever written. Downs is a former student who took astronomy at Columbia in 1957. Dr. Motz, who was named professor emeritus in 1977, believes the major discoveries in physics have already been made, and that what remains is for science to harness that knowledge to humanity’s benefit. It was originally recorded in 1999.

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Episode 95 – Privatization (Podcast)

Listen to Economists Keith Bush (Russia), Ben Slay (East-Central Europe), and John Tedstrom (East-Central Europe) discuss how to introduce a market economy in nations that have had totalitarian command economies for 40 to 70 years. The challenge is significant and there are varied approaches to the problem. It was recorded in 1991.

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Episode 93 – Theory and Experiments with Markets (Podcast)

Listen to Dr. Charles Plott, William D. Hacker Professor of Economics and Political Science at the California Institute of Technology, and the late Dr. Kenneth Arrow, Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and 1972 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences discuss Theory and Experiments with Markets. It was recorded in 2000.

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Episode 92 – Difficulties of Sensible Economic Decision-Making in a Democracy (Podcast)

In this discussion, Difficulties of Sensible Economic Decision-Making in a Democracy Listen to Dr. John Shoven, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at the Hoover Institution, and Anne Krueger, Professor Emeritus of Science and Humanities in Economics at Stanford University, as they discuss how difficult economic decisions are to make in a democracy in. It was recorded in 2000.

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Episode 91 – Game Theory Applications (Podcast)

Listen to Dr. Reinhard Selten, Director of the Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Dr. John F. Nash, Jr., Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, discuss Game Theory Applications. Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Selten, and Nobel Memorial Prize winner, Dr. Nash, both received their awards in 1994. This discussion was recorded in 2000.

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Episode 89 – Tyranny of the Status Quo (Podcast)

Listen to a lively discussion with Nobel Economist Milton Friedman and seven young adults discussing our government’s potential to act as an agent for social change in Tyranny of the Status Quo. They examine those factors which have worked to maintain outdated public policies despite a shift in public opinion. This program is presented in three segments: Beneficiaries, Bureaucrats, and Politicians. Participants include Richard Vigilante, Harry Crocker, Gary Jenkins, Lee Liberman, Steve Calabresi, David Brooks, and Carola Mone. It was recorded in 1983.

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Episode 87 – Milton Friedman Speaks – “The Future of Our Free Society” (Podcast)

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Free To Choose, we are sharing some of Milton Friedman’s most compelling talks. In this original recording from 1978, Friedman’s talk is “The Future of Our Free Society.” We live under government domination of the market economy. We have come a long way from a truly free economy. Consider the number of markets to which new firms do not have free access. Consider the erosion of expression for business people. Consider the plethora of government regulations American business must contend with. Can these trends be reversed? It is harder to repeal laws than pass …

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