Your Favorite Episodes of 2017
By Russ Roberts
Here are the results of the survey of your favorite episodes of 2017. I want to thank everybody who responded–over 2400 people filled out the survey. You live in 68 different countries, which is an EconTalk survey record. And I also want to tell you how much I enjoyed your feedback and comments, that were at the end of the survey. They inspire me; they make me want to make EconTalk better; and they touch me.
Here are your favorite episodes from 2017. These are the episodes that were mentioned in people’s top 5 most frequently.
1. Sam Quinones on Heroin, the Opioid Epidemic, and Dreamland (22% put it in their top 5)
2. Michael Munger on Permissionless Innovation
3. Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Work, Slavery, the Minority Rule and Skin in the Game
4. Benedict Evans on the Future of Cars
5. John McWhorter on the Evolution of Language and Words on the Move
6. Michael Munger on the Basic Income Guarantee
7. Megan McArdle on Internet Shaming and Online Mobs
8. Gary Taubes on the Case Against Sugar
9. Tim Harford on 50 Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy
10. Don Boudreaux, Michael Munger, and Russ Roberts on Emergent Order
Three episodes that did not quite make this list but that I particularly enjoyed because of what I learned would include:
Robin Feldman on Drug Patents, Generics, and Drug Wars
Elizabeth Pape on Manufacturing and Selling Women’s Clothing, and Elizabeth Suzann
Favorites from past years are here.