Your Favorite Episodes of 2018
By Russ Roberts
I want to make a few remarks about the recent EconTalk Survey of your favorite episodes of last year. A little over 2400 people listening in 65 countries filled out the Survey, which I’m very grateful for. You gave me some wonderful feedback and some great ideas.
Many of you remain unaware of the Archives of EconTalk. You can find every episode we’ve ever recorded, which is now about 670-something at econtalk.org. [See also the EconTalk Archives by date.–Econlib Ed.] But it’s much easier to download a year of past episodes at a time. You can do that by searching “econtalk” on the podcast app of your iPhone or on an app like PodBean, or other players, I assume. And that will allow you to not just access the main subscription feed, but you’ll see annual episode collections going back to 2006. So you can download all the episodes of 2006, 2007,…, if you want. And feel free, please, to do that, and listen. [There is a complete list of the annual feeds at RSS Feeds for EconTalk.–Econlib Ed.]
There’s also a wonderful app for the iPhone that just plays episodes, and it’s extremely well-designed. It is not designed by us here at EconTalk, but it’s very nice. If you search EconTalk at the iPhone App Store, it will pull up an app that’s simply called “Economics.” But it’s all EconTalk, all the time. Check it out.
I love suggestions generally, especially for guests. Do check the Archives. Some of the suggestions I received in the Survey were people we’ve already interviewed. So, check those out.
And, sometimes, unfortunately, there are guests who turn me down. So, sometimes, if I don’t have a guest on that you love, I’ve been trying, and I appreciate your help.
Also, you can follow me on Twitter at Econtalker. Some of you said it would be great if we could find out about upcoming guests. On Twitter I usually do that. I usually let listeners and people who follow me on Twitter know what some of the upcoming guests are and the books that they are going to be talking about. So, if you want to get to those in advance, following me on Twitter is one way to do that.
And now for your Favorite Episodes of 2018.
- Number 10: Bill James on Baseball, Facts, and the Rules of the Game, January 15, 2018.
- Number 9: Michael Pollan on Psychedelic Drugs and How to Change Your Mind, June 25, 2018.
- Number 8: Ryan Holiday on Conspiracy, Gawker, and the Hulk Hogan Trial, April 30, 2018.
- Number 7: Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Rationality, Risk, and Skin in the Game, March 5, 2018.
- Number 6: Michael Munger on Sharing, Transaction Costs, and Tomorrow 3.0, October 29, 2018.
Now for the Top 5:
- Number 5: Frank Dikotter on Mao’s Great Famine, August 6, 2018.
- Number 4: Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education, February 12, 2018.
- Number 3: Sebastian Junger on Tribe, December 31, 2018.
- Number 2: Jordan Peterson on 12 Rules for Life, February 19, 2018.
And, the most popular episode as voted by listeners:
- Number 1: Jonah Goldberg on The Suicide of the West, April 23, 2018
which received just over 25% in the balloting–that is one in every four of the respondents rated that in their Top 5.
And finally I want to mention that we had 6.6 million downloads last year. That’s way above our previous high of last year, which was 5.1 million. For the first time we had an episode with over 100,000 downloads, and it happened three times: the Jordan Peterson episode, 115,000; the Nassim Taleb episode with 112,000; and Jonah Goldberg with 106,000. And Sebastian Junger’s episode may end up with that high as well, but being at the end of the year, it didn’t have as much time to accumulate downloads.
I appreciate all your time, both as Survey Respondents and as listeners, so much. And your feedback. Please spread the word about EconTalk to friends and family.