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EconPop is the show that sifts through the haystack of popular culture to find the needle of economics within... and then stabs you with it! Hosted by comedian Andrew Heaton, with economist Steven Horwitz and professor of literature Paul Cantor. From EconStories.tv. Also available at http://youtube.com/econstories in shorter form with moving pictures!
||ExplicitThe Economics of The Hudsucker Proxy||In this episode of EconPop, Andrew, Paul and Steve discuss the Coen Brother’s 1994 screwball comedy, The Hudsucker Proxy. Subjects include supply and demand, and the minimum wage.||4/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Economics of Robocop||Andrew, Stevew and Paul discuss Paul Verhoeven's 1987 action classic, RoboCop. Subjects include innovation, public goods, and corporate skullduggery.||4/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Economics of It's a Wonderful Life||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz and Paul Cantor discuss Frank Capra's beloved 1946 fantasy drama, It's a Wonderful Life. Subjects include loans and credit, banking, and FDIC insurance.||1/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Economics of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz and Paul Cantor discuss John Huston’s classic 1948 adventure film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Subjects include subjective value, Karl Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and opportunity cost.||12/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Elysium||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz and Paul Cantor discuss the 2013 dystopian thriller, Elysium. Subjects include income inequality, innovation, and jobs.||11/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Back To School||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz and Paul Cantor discuss the 1986 “slob comedy” classic, Back To School. Subjects include human capital and the "value" of education.||9/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of The LEGO Movie||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz, and Paul Cantor discuss the animated hit comedy The LEGO Movie. Subjects include emergent order, creative destruction, and central planning.||8/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Wall-E||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz and Paul Cantor discuss Pixar Animation Studio’s 2008 science fiction rom-com, WALL-E. Subjects include scarcity, private property, and the Tragedy of the Commons!||5/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Ghostbusters||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz, and Paul Cantor discuss Ivan Reitman's classic paranormal comedy Ghostbusters. Subjects include entrepreneurship, subjective value, regulatory interference, and ectoplasm||4/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of House of Cards||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz and Paul Cantor discuss the Emmy award-winning Netflix original series House of Cards. Subjects include public choice theory, rent seeking, and regulatory capture, and the incentives that drive political corruption. Be...||3/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Economics of Dallas Buyers Club||Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz and Paul Cantor discuss the economics of Academy Award winner Dallas Buyers Club. Subjects include public health and safety regulations, crony capitalism and the role of regulatory capture, the emergence of black and grey...||3/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
I try to be unsympathetic and critical of podcasts with a pedagogical angle and if I was just getting started into the study, this is a podcast I would have eagerly received and binge-listened. (I still do the latter.) This is economics that are not interesting but entertaining! I recommend it for amateurs and seasoned students alike!
It is an engaging primer and review of economics. It helps show the relevance of pop culture to economics and vice versa. And the banter between the three hosts is so comedic! I do not know if the stronger compliment is saying their conversations are fun or instructive!
It's a really genuine perspective and approach, drawing sound principles and lessons from popular cinema.