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EconTalk: Conversations for the Curious is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by Russ Roberts of Shalem College in Jerusalem. The eclectic guest list includes authors, doctors, psychologists, historians, philosophers, economists, and more. Learn how the health care system really works, the serenity that comes from humility, the challenge of interpreting data, how potato chips are made, what it's like to run an upscale Manhattan restaurant, what caused the 2008 financial crisis, the natur ...
 
Hosts Doug and Jamie are talking sequels and they do it in 2 parts. First, Doug interviews an actor or someone involved that made the film worth watching. They provide us some insight into the sequel and also talk about their careers. Former guests include Eric Roberts, William Sadler, Robert Hays, Vanessa Angel, and Tiny Lister, just to name a few. And the second, a discussion of the sequel; What they got right, what they got wrong and how it could’ve been better. Follow us on Twitter, Inst ...
 
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The next sequel we are reviewing is "Cannonball Run II" and this week we are talking with comedian, writer, director, and son of legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, Sandy Hackett. Sandy talked about growing up in New Jersey (until he preferred California), working in the hotel industry which led to comedy, touring with his dad, getting into acting, h…
 
Author and Microsoft executive Glen Weyl talks about radical reforms of capitalism with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Weyl is worried about the concentration of corporate power, especially in the tech sector. But rather than use the traditional tools of antitrust, he has a more radical strategy for reorganizing corporate governance entirely.…
 
This week we are discussing "Robocop 3", which is the polar opposite of the first 2 films. This movie is very tame because of its cartoon and toyline that was targeting kids, so this movie barely had any blood, but it was still fun to discuss. We had a friend of the show Jerry Lou stop by with his Robocop expertise to break it all down. We discusse…
 
Author and journalist Johann Hari talks about his book, Lost Connections: Why You Are Depressed and How to Find Hope, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Hari, who has suffered with depression as a teenager and an adult, offers a sweeping critique of the medical establishment's understanding of depression and the frequent reliance on pharmaceutical tr…
 
This week's bonus interview is with actor Joe Gonzalez who plays "Rodriguez" in "Death Wish 3". This collaborative interview was set up by Chris Rauch who runs a Charles Bronson Twitter account. It was such a blast to pick Joe's brain about the behind-the-scenes from our favorite Death Wish movie ever. Joe talked about working with Charles Bronson …
 
The next sequel we are reviewing is "Robocop 3" and this week we are talking with Actress Jodi Long. This interview is one of the earlier ones we did and I thought I lost it but found it a few months back. Jodi actually knew Peter Weller from growing up and performing in NYC and has a funny story about that. I always loved her scene-stealing role i…
 
Historian Bret Devereaux of the University of North Carolina talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about our understanding of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Devereaux highlights the gap between the reality of Greece and Rome and how they're portrayed in popular culture. The conversation focuses on the diversity of ancient Rome and the military prow…
 
This week we are discussing "Iron Eagle IV", which marks the return to the franchise of the character "Doug Masters" who seemed to be dead after the opening scene from "Iron Eagle II". Also, the legendary Lou Gossett Jr. is back as "Chappy" for the 4th time and he does not disappoint. This is a sequel like any other because it is essentially two mo…
 
Law professors Michael Heller and James Salzman talk about their book, Mine! with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Heller and Salzman argue that ownership is trickier and more complicated than it looks. While we tend to think of something as either mine or not mine, there's often ambiguity and a continuum about who owns what. Salzman and Heller explore …
 
The next sequel we are reviewing is "Iron Eagle IV" and this week we are talking with one of the stars of this one, Actor Jason Cadieux. Jason takes over the role of "Doug Masters" played by Jason Gedrick in the original. Jason talked about how his big break came from a high school play, Lou Gossett Jr, his love of theatre, the Shaw Festival, and l…
 
Journalist and author Nicholas Wapshott talks about his book Samuelson Friedman with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Milton Friedman and Paul Samuelson were two of the most influential economists of the last century. They competed for professional acclaim and had very different policy visions. The conversation includes their differences over the work o…
 
Happy Holiday Jason Fans, this week we are reviewing Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter, which is regarded by most as the best installment in the franchise. We had to bring back our horror movie sequel expert Chris Egan to help us break it all down. We discussed the thin plot, the large window budget, the epic Savini special effects, our mutual …
 
Author and economist Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the virtues--and the flaws--of free markets. Munger says the best argument for a free market approach is not that it's perfect but that it's better than anything else we've been able to come up with over the centuries. Better at bringing people out of…
 
The next sequel we are reviewing is "Friday the 13th Part 4: Final Chapter" and this week we are talking with Legendary Casting Director Fern Champion. Fern has cast for so many of your favorite films; "Police Academy" 1-5, "Friday the 13th" 4-6, Cheech and Chong's "Nice Dreams" and "Things Are Tough All Over", "The Mask", and lots more. Plus she i…
 
This week we are discussing "Death Wish 4: The Crackdown", which is the 4th installment of the epic saga of Paul Kersey, played by the legendary Charles Bronson, gunning down bad guys. We can't do a Bronson flick without bringing back our movie sequel action expert, Andrew Powers. We discussed the amazing one-liners, the insane plot, the many M. Ni…
 
Journalist and author Jonathan Rauch talks about his book The Constitution of Knowledge with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Rauch argues that the constitution of knowledge--the norms and institutions for testing the reliability of new ideas and accumulating knowledge--has been dramatically altered by the internet and social media. Along the way, they …
 
Next week's sequel is "Death Wish 4" and this week we are talking with Actor Tim Russ. Tim is known all over the world for his role as "Tuvok" on "Star Trek: Voyager", but we talked a lot about he got started in Hollywood. We talked about Tim's moving around a lot being the son of a military dad, his first love being music, "Death Wish 4", "Samanth…
 
Economist and Nobel Laureate James Heckman of the University of Chicago talks about inequality and economic mobility with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Drawing on research on inequality in Denmark with Rasmus Landerso, Heckman argues that despite the efforts of the Danish welfare state to provide equal access to education, there is little difference …
 
This week we are discussing "A Talking Pony!?!" which is a movie about a talking horse that honestly has nothing to do with the plot, but that didn't stop Doug from enjoying it. We brought back guest reviewer Tom Kiczula to help us break down this stock footage-filled sequel. We discussed Horatio's one-liners and horse puns, former guest Kristine D…
 
Journalist and author Michael Easter talks about his book The Comfort Crisis with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Easter thinks modern life is too easy, too comfortable. To be healthy, he says, we need to move out of our comfort zones and every once in a while try to do something, especially something physically demanding, that we didn't think was poss…
 
Next week's sequel is "A Talking Pony!?!" and this week we are talking with Sound Mixer Andy Theiss, AKA Audio Andy. Andy is our first interview with someone who works in sound, so he provided us with insight on how that works. Everything from working the boom pole, micing people up, and where to hide a mic to get the perfect sound. We talked about…
 
Economist Don Boudreaux of George Mason University talks about the pandemic with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Boudreaux argues that a perfect storm of factors created a huge overreaction, including unnecessary lockdowns that accomplished little at a very high cost in physical and emotional health. Instead, Boudreaux argues, we should have focused at…
 
This week we are discussing "American Ninja 2: The Confrontation" which kicks some serious ass. This is a Cannon classic and one of our favorite sequels yet and we had a lot to discuss. We talked about the terrible Ninjas, Tojo's request of 3 bucks, Armstrong's perfect accuracy at throwing anything, Taylor's missing wife, and lots more. Plus an unr…
 
Next week's sequel is "American Ninja 2" and this week we are talking with Director Sam Firstenberg. Sam is someone who has directed so many of my favorite movies at one of my favorite studios, Cannon Films. Sam is the King of the Sequels, which I told him at the top of our chat, and it's true. He's directed the sequels "Revenge of the Ninja", "Bre…
 
Journalist and author Sebastian Junger talks about his book, Freedom, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. The book and conversation are based on a 400-mile walk Junger took with buddies along railroad rights-of-way, evading police, railroad security, and other wanderers. Junger discusses the ever-present tension between the human desire to be free and…
 
This week we are discussing "Superman 2" on its 40th anniversary and this movie had a lot to discuss from the changing of the director, bringing in new writers, Gene Hackman not coming back for reshoots, and more. So to help us out we brought back our guest review from our 100th episode "Back to the Future Part 3", Tom Campanella. We discussed Lois…
 
Economist and author Anja Shortland of King's College London talks about her new book, Lost Art, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. When a famous painting disappears into the underworld of stolen art, how does it make its way back into the legitimate world of auction houses and museums? Drawing on the archives of a private database of stolen objects-…
 
Next week's sequel is "Superman II" and this week we are talking with actor, boxer, and writer Jack O'Halloran. I knew Jack from his movies; Superman 1 & 2, King Kong, Hero and the Terror, and more, but I didn't know he was a boxer until I did my pre-interview research. Jack's boxing stories blew my mind and even non-boxing fans will know the names…
 
Author and economist Donald Shoup of UCLA talks about destructive parking policies with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Shoup argues that most parking policies inflict unseen damage on the economy. He urges cities to charge for curbside parking and use the proceeds to improve the neighborhood beyond the curb. Stroup also explains the surprising harm do…
 
This week we are discussing "Psycho Cop Returns" which has one of the greatest horror villains of all time in Officer Joe Vickers played by last week's guest Robert Shafer. Robert delivered some epic one-liners after some epic kills with some beautifully executed special effects. We talked about the annoying leads, Bryan vs Ryan, Julie Strain, the …
 
Author Ian Leslie talks about his book Conflicted with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Leslie argues that, far from being a negative thing, conflict is often the essential ingredient that helps us get to the right answer or best solution. Because some of our best thinking comes in collaboration with others, learning how to disagree civilly when our vie…
 
Next week's sequel is "Psycho Cop Returns" and this week we are talking with Actor Robert Shafer. Cult horror fans know him as Officer Joe Vickers from Psycho Cop but most know him as Bob Vance from “The Office.” Robert talked about his journey to Hollywood from West Virginia, Psycho 1, 2, and possibly 3rd, writing documentaries, his film “Dick Dic…
 
Economist Bruce Meyer of the University of Chicago talks about poverty with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. In recent years, a number of scholars have claimed that millions of Americans live in extreme poverty, akin to the standard of living in the poorest countries around the world. Meyer argues that these studies are based on flawed surveys or partic…
 
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