On C-Span this Sunday

by Russ Roberts on June 24, 2011

in Music

John Papola and I are scheduled to be on C-Span THIS Sunday, the 26th at 8 pm ET (and again at 11 pm), for an hour with Brian Lamb on the program Q and A. We will be talking about the Keynes-Hayek rap videos. John does a spectacular job. It will also air on C-Span Radio.

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Scott G June 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Thanks again for the reminder. It looks like the interview will be posted here after it airs tomorrow. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/299292-1

Scott G June 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Do you and John have plans, or have you already done an interview or presentation on the technical aspects of making econ rap videos? I’d like to know more about the camera, audio, lighting, and post processing equipment used to make these videos.

While searching for this type of information on the web this morning I came across this excellent interview of John, by Jeffrey Tucker, and was really impressed by the thought that was put into the cinematography (a type of rhetoric as Deirdre McCloskey might argue) of your rap videos.


It seems that economics has been often taught in a safe and boring manner because of the lack of competition in public education – no reason to innovate if one isn’t subject to both profit and loss. The best thing that ever happened to economics and individual liberty is the internet, by way of the positive liberty it provides to people like John, who not having a PhD in economics can learn economics from Econtalk and easy access to Amazon-purchased books, to allow him to combine his artistic talents of movie making with serious intellectual ideas that economists have accumulated in academic reservoirs (twisted up in a mess resembling a log jam). It’s great to be alive at a time when the reservoir and dam of public academia are being creatively destroyed through innovation in video and internet technology.

I can not thank you enough for creating Econtalk. You decided to unhook yourself from the log jam early and start drilling a giant hole in the dam (with a tool called Econtalk).

If it weren’t for a link to Econtalk over at the Hoover Institute I would still be wandering in a Keynesian-dominated world. It would have taken me many years to find out what I learned in only one or two years via Econtalk and Cafe Hayek.

I wish that more economists would unhook themselves from the log jam of which Bob Higgs has described so eloquently:

“The academic world of the show-off, pyrotechnic economists who dominate today’s mainstream profession would be impossible without the vast government subsidies that support these economists and the institutions in which they concoct their wizardry. Given a choice, consumers would not buy their glitzy but worthless research reports. The funds that support this superficially impressive intellectual showmanship must be extorted from taxpayers threatened with fines and imprisonment.”

Let the logs flow down river to the rationally uninformed masses!

Luther June 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

I really enjoyed watching the interview last night. Thank you for your work and creative energy.

Smash Equilibrium June 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

Caught the first 30 mins. Even though I’d already heard the EconTalk interview with Papola, I still managed to pick up a few new interesting tidbits. Glad to see the exposure. Keep up the good work.

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