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Why Congressional "Oversight" of the Bureaucracy Is No Such Thing

Bureaucracy and RegulationMedia and Culture

05/29/2020Audio/Video
Neither voters nor politicians watch the bureaucracy very carefully, so they respond as one might expect—advancing their own and their favorites' interests, at the expense of the public they are supposedly working for.
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What the Failed 55-MPH Speed Limit Law Tells Us about COVID Lockdowns

Big GovernmentHealthMedia and CultureThe Police State

05/29/2020Audio/Video
Americans were once harangued by government "experts" about the need to slow down on highways in order to save lives. Few listened. Today, laws demanding everyone "stay at home" may suffer a similar fate.
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Why Didn't the 1958 and 1918 Pandemics Destroy the Economy? Hint: It's the Lockdowns

Booms and BustsHealth

05/26/2020Audio/Video
The 1958 pandemic killed twice as many people as COVID-19 has so far. Yet, the economy in 2020 has collapsed far worse than either in 1958 or the far worse pandemic of 1918.
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Why Official Inflation Measures Don't Work

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

05/23/2020Audio/Video
In theory, it is possible to adjust inflation measures to account for the many constant changes in prices resulting from changing demand, quality, and innovations. But it's essentially impossible to execute these adjustments accurately.
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We’re All in This Together. But Not in the Way You Think.

CapitalismFinancial MarketsMedia and CultureProduction Theory

05/22/2020Audio/Video
Some claim "the rich" will be fine—or even better off—after the COVID panic destroys the economy for most of us. But there's a problem: the wealthy depend heavily on an economy fueled by the production and consumption of all workers and entrepreneurs.
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What a Retracted JAMA Paper Tells Us about the Research Enterprise

Health

05/21/2020Audio/Video
Accad and Koka interview Eric Weinhandl, an epidemiologist whose investigation of a JAMA paper on dialysis patients led to its retraction—and subsequent republication. They also discuss the field of epidemiology during the COVID pandemic.
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Why Media Coverage of COVID-19 Has Been So Bad

Media and Culture

05/18/2020Audio/Video
Media outlets, both left and right, are mostly narrative driven. Also, journalists have a tendency to lazily reprint whatever "experts" say. This makes media reporting thoroughly unreliable.
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Why Has There Been So Little Consumer Price Inflation?

InflationFinancial Markets

05/11/2020Audio/Video
Prices of consumer goods have grown rather slowly in spite of sizable money supply growth. Why is there a gap?
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Will It Take Food Shortages to End Support for the Shutdown?

Monopoly and Competition

04/30/2020Audio/Video
BBC images from India show the human toll of the coronavirus shutdown. Americans should take note, and soon.
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What to Make of J.P.A. Ioannidis?

Health

04/29/2020Audio/Video
Accad, Koka, and guests discuss the controversies surrounding the COVID-related opinions and research findings of John. P.A. Ioannidis, the notorious Stanford data scientist and physician.
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