Russ Roberts

July 2016

A Monthly Archive (7 entries)
 

The Right Practice

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

What's the secret of success? Doesn't everyone want to know the answer to that question??? This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts sat down with Angela Duckworth to discuss her work on Grit, which she defines as a combination of passion and perseverance for challenging, long-term goals.

Can grit be taught? How important is practice to success, and what kind of practice is best? Is there any role left for innate talent in success today? These and other questions spring to mind listening to this fascinating conversation. So post your own question...or post a comment in response to one of ours. Either way, we love to hear from you.

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1. How "gritty" are YOU? Take Duckworth's "grit scale" quiz. (I'm a 3.90 on the scale...) What do you think you could do to increase your grit? What have you done in the past to do so?

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Podcast episode Angela Duckworth on Grit

EconTalk Episode with Angela Duckworth
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Grit.jpg How important is grit relative to talent? Can grit be taught? Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance talks with with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the nature of success in work, play and life. How much does grit matter? Is grit malleable or something we're born with? Duckworth discusses her research on these questions and how to think about what it means for a child and an adult to thrive.

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Don't Fool Yourself

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

Do you think too much of yourself, or perhaps not enough? When does productive self-esteem become egotistical? How has the presence or absence of ego influenced world history? These were just some of the questions explored in this week's EconTalk episode as host Russ Roberts welcomed Ryan Holiday to talk about his new book, Ego is the Enemy.

Now we'd like to hear what you took away from this week's episode. Use the questions below to prompt discussion both here and offline. Let us know your thoughts...We love to hear from you.

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1. Holiday cautions people to beware the "narrative fallacy." What does this mean? What are some examples from your own life in which you've fallen prey to this fallacy?

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CATEGORIES: Books , Extras



Podcast episode Ryan Holiday on Ego is the Enemy

EconTalk Episode with Ryan Holiday
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Ego%20Enemy.jpg How does our attitude toward ourselves affect our success or failure in the world of business or in friendship? Ryan Holiday, author of Ego Is the Enemy, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the role of ego in business, our personal lives, and world history.

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Medicare Part P

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

Why don't advances in technology bring the same cost decreases (and quality increases) in health care as they do in other sectors of the economy? That was the central question this week as EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed Dartmouth's Jonathan Skinner. Is innovation in health care always worth it? And why do some seem to benefit disproportionately more than others?

We want to hear more about your experiences with health care- of the human and animal varieties. How is the health care system where you live working for you, and what could be done to make it better?

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1. I've long joked that my cats get better quality health care than I...And this is a theme Roberts and Skinner pick up this week. They suggest several reasons why we might feel this way...in the absence of "Medicare Part P." What has actually happened to the real cost of caring for our pets? What are the challenges of measuring this change and what it might teach us about human health care? To what extent does competition among vets reduce the cost of pet health care by introducing innovation and other cost-saving measures? What about pet insurance? How does private pet insurance contribute to the quality and cost of animal care?

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Podcast episode Jonathan Skinner on Health Care Costs, Technology, and Rising Mortality

EconTalk Episode with Jonathan Skinner
Hosted by Russ Roberts

AdobeStock_109509551%20%283%29.jpeg Technology and innovation usually mean higher quality and lower prices. Is health care different? Jonathan Skinner of Dartmouth College talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how technology and innovation affect the cost and efficacy of health care. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the rise in mortality among middle-age white males--a surprising reversal of trend--that has been linked to use of opioid painkillers.

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Podcast episode Yuval Levin on The Fractured Republic

EconTalk Episode with Yuval Levin
Hosted by Russ Roberts

The%20Fractured%20Republic.jpg Yuval Levin, author and editor of National Affairs, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in his latest book, The Fractured Republic. Levin argues that both major political parties suffer from a misplaced nostalgia--a yearning for a time when things were better even though the policies that created those good times are no longer as relevant to today. Levin argues for a strengthening of the intermediate institutions--institutions between the individual and the government such as religious communities and other non-profits as a way toward a better life for Americans.

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