Conversations with Tyler

A podcast in which esteemed economist Tyler Cowen engages with today's most underrated thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between.

Mercatus Center

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas.

Jeff Holmes

Creative director @mercatus.

Latest Posts

Neal Stephenson on Depictions of Reality (Ep. 71)

If you want to speculate on the development of tech, no one has a better brain to pick than Neal Stephenson.

Eric Kaufmann on Immigration, Identity, and the Limits of Individualism (Ep. 70)

Is now a good time to buy property in Northern Ireland?

Hal Varian on Taking the Academic Approach to Business (Ep. 69)

And why kale is the key to understanding Google’s inner workings.

Russ Roberts on Life as an Economics Educator (Ep. 68)

The OG econ podcaster takes a turn in the guest chair.

Ezekiel Emanuel on the Practice of Medicine, Policy, and Life (Ep. 67)

He’s worked at the highest levels of medicine, policy and academia. But the intense interest in jam and chocolate might be most impressive.

Karl Ove Knausgård on Literary Freedom (Ep. 66)

Knausgård’s real struggle is answering all of Tyler’s questions.

Ed Boyden on Minding your Brain (Ep. 64)

Ed Boyden builds the tools and technologies that help us think about the brain, an organ we still know surprisingly little about.

Emily Wilson on Translations and Language (Ep. 63)

The literary translator’s toolkit must include pen, paper, various dictionaries, a big desk, and a huge orange cat.

Raghuram Rajan on Understanding Community (Ep. 62)

Would online education work better if teachers could text insults to students?


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