By Jerry Brito
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Surprisingly Free is a weekly podcast from the Technology Policy Program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Hosted by Jerry Brito, the show features in-depth one-on-one discussions with an eclectic mix of authors, professors, entrepreneurs, and other thinkers and doers at the intersection of technology, policy, and economics.
||CleanAdam Thierer on Permissionless Innovation||Adam Thierer, senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, discusses his latest book Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom.||13 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatrick Byrne on online retailers accepting Bitcoin||Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, discusses how Overstock.com became one of the first online retail stores to accept Bitcoin. Byrne provides insight into how Bitcoin lowers transaction costs, making it beneficial to both retailers and consumers,||22 4 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Garzik on Bitcoin development||Jeff Garzik, senior software engineer at Bitpay and one of Bitcoin's core developers, discusses the future of Bitcoin. Garzik talks with us about what it's like to be a developer for Bitcoin; how to make the cryptocurrency more secure; what Bitcoin dev...||25 3 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShane Greenstein on bias in Wikipedia articles||Shane Greenstein, Kellogg Chair in Information Technology at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, discusses his recent paper, Collective Intelligence and Neutral Point of View: The Case of Wikipedia ,||11 3 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLadar Levison on Lavabit||Ladar Levison, founder of encrypted email service Lavabit, discusses recent government action that led him to shut down his firm. When it was suspected that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden used Lavabit's email service,||4 2 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGina Keating on netflix||Gina Keating, author of Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs, discusses the startup of Netflix and their competition with Blockbuster.||21 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTimothy Ravich on drones||Timothy Ravich, a board certified aviation lawyer in private practice and an adjunct professor of law at the Florida International University School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, discusses the future of unmanned aerial system (UAS),...||14 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanW. Patrick McCray on visioneers||W. Patrick McCray, author of The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future, tells the story of these modern utopians who predicted that their technologies could transform society as hum...||7 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlex Tabarrok on innovation||Alex Tabarrok, author of the ebook Launching The Innovation Renaissance: A New Path to Bring Smart Ideas to Market Fast discusses America's declining growth rate in total factor productivity, what this means for the future of innovation,||30 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaul Heald on the public domain||Paul J. Heald, professor of law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, discusses his new book "Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter the Public Domain? Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension." -||23 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|