Need to Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger Ep. 15: Russ Roberts


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Hoover economist and Econtalk Podcast host Russ Roberts joins Mona and Jay to discuss the trillion dollar coin, what Milton would do, the great depression vs. our great recession and whether or not a WWII type spending program would actually help the economy. Also, would should we break up the big banks? Then, Jay and Mona banter about demonizing the Tea Party, and the do the Republicans have a political death wish? 

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  1. Ryan M
    Thatcher

    I just saw the title, and my evening got exponentially better!  Looking forward to this.

  2. raycon and lindacon

    Russ Roberts was great.  Especially clarifying that the depression never really ended, simply transitioned to the wartime austerity that gave Americans a reason for their tight lifestyle.  The end of the war gave the impetus for prosperity.

    Sadly, both Jay Nordlinger and Mona Charen spent an inordinate amount of time conflating the GOP with conservatism.  They seem to believe that the accomplishments of the TEA party should be attributed to the Republicans.  Last I noticed, the biggest opposition that the TEA party faced were the GOP establishment.

  3. Goldgeller

    Oh wow. I’m really excited for this. This is great. 

  4. I. raptus

    I, too, saw that name and my brain said Hurray!

    Anyone who is not already listening EconTalk really should.  Even if you find economics the most dry, boring subject you can think of, it really isn’t, and Prof. Roberts is exactly the kind of teacher you will have wished you had (for any subject, really).  And his interviewing skills are outstanding, on par with Peter Robinson’s.

  5. Leslie Watkins

    Yes! Very informative. And in the movie Roberts will be played by Steve Carell.

  6. Fred Williams

    In case you missed it, Roberts can be heard on a recent “Money & Politics” podcast, too.


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