Russ Roberts

June 2017

A Monthly Archive (8 entries)
 

Simplification and Sunshine

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

sunshine.jpg Why do prescription drugs cost so much, and who's to blame for their continued high prices? This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed Robin Feldman to talk about her new book, Drug Wars. Why don't we see more generic drugs on the market? Is it for our safety...or something else? Who's watching the henhouse?

1. What does Feldman mean by "weak patents," and why do they make it harder for generic drugs to reach the market?

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CATEGORIES: Books , Extras , Health



Podcast episode Robin Feldman on Drug Patents, Generics, and Drug Wars

EconTalk Episode with Robin Feldman
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Drug%20Wars.jpg Robin Feldman of the University of California Hastings College of Law and author of Drug Wars talks about her book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Feldman explores the various ways that pharmaceutical companies try to reduce competition from generic drugs. The conversation includes a discussion of the Hatch-Waxman Act and the sometimes crazy world of patent protection.

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Just the Facts

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

1984.jpg EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed historian Thomas Ricks to the program this week to discuss his new book, Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. While these two figures might not seem to have much in common at first glance, Ricks persuades otherwise, and that both played an important role in the post-War preservation of individual liberty. Ricks initially saw Orwell as a "left-wing parallel" to his hero, Winston Churchill, but he soon discovered they had much more in common than he had thought. How much do you think the two share? Help us continue this week's conversation, and share your thoughts with us.

1. Why does Ricks place such emphasis on "facts" and "truth" in his comparison of these two icons? How does he think they connect the two, and how does this shape his view of the political landscape today?

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CATEGORIES: Books , Extras



Podcast episode Thomas Ricks on Churchill and Orwell

EconTalk Episode with Thomas Ricks
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Churchill%20%26%20Orwell.png Author and historian Thomas Ricks talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book, Churchill and Orwell. Ricks makes the case that the odd couple of Winston Churchill and George Orwell played and play an important role in preserving individual liberty. Ricks reviews the contributions of these two giants whose lives overlapped and whose legacy remains vibrant.

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Podcast episode Don Boudreaux, Michael Munger, and Russ Roberts on Emergent Order

EconTalk Episode with Don Boudreaux, Michael Munger, and Russ Roberts
Hosted by Russ Roberts

baker.jpg Why is it that people in large cities like Paris or New York City people sleep peacefully, unworried about whether there will be enough bread or other necessities available for purchase the next morning? No one is in charge--no bread czar. No flour czar. And yet it seems to work remarkably well. Don Boudreaux of George Mason University and Michael Munger of Duke University join EconTalk host Russ Roberts to discuss emergent order and markets. The conversation includes a reading of Roberts's poem, "It's a Wonderful Loaf."

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Here's to Your Health

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

helth insurance.jpg In this week's EconTalk episode, host Russ Roberts welcomes historian Christy Ford Chapin to discuss her new book, Ensuring America's Health. Lots of difficult questions were raised, most left unresolved. For example, how has the American health care system become so expensive and so fragmented and hyper-specialized? To what extent health care be subject to market forces? What should the role of the state be in ensuring adequate health care for its citizens?

I know I felt like I was left with more questions than answers at the end of this episode, and we wonder if you felt the same. Either way, we'd love to hear your reactions to these thorny questions! As always, we love to hear from you.

1. Among the problems with the US health care system as it is today, Chapin says a big one is that "nobody really owns the patient." What does she mean by that, and why does she consider this such a significant issue?

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CATEGORIES: Extras



Podcast episode Christy Ford Chapin on the Evolution of the American Health Care System

EconTalk Episode with Christy Ford Chapin
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Ensuring%20Health.jpg Historian Christy Ford Chapin of University of Maryland Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins and author of Ensuring America's Health talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book--a history of how America's health care system came to be dominated by insurance companies or government agencies paying doctors per procedure. Chapin explains how this system emerged from efforts by the American Medical Association to stop various reform efforts over the decades. Chapin argues that different models might have emerged that would lead to a more effective health care system.

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What Hope for Liberty?

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

half full.jpg Is the future of liberty in America bright, or in peril? A special live episode filmed at the Cato Institute, EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomes David Boaz, PJ O'Rourke, and George Will in this week's episode. While some see the glass as half full, you'll definitely hear some pessimism from this week's guests as well. What do you think? And regardless of your own level of optimism, what can be done to ensure liberty remains valued in the United States?

Let's hear your thoughts...We love to hear your reactions to our episode, how your own experience(s) bear on the conversation, and the questions you're left with at the end. Let's continue the conversation!

1. David Boaz opens the conversation suggesting that American may be nicer today, but not necessarily freer. What does he mean by that, and to what extent do you agree?

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