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Conversations with Tyler

By Mercatus Center at George Mason University

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Tyler Cowen engages today’s deepest thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between. New conversations every other Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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Isn't Tyler exactly the type of person who should be conducting our interviews?

Tyler Cowen is intimidatingly, off-the-charts smart. This is a man who has probably finished a couple tomes on things like the history of crony capitalism and unorthodox view of Sri Lanka before you've had a chance to finish breakfast. This is a man who, if you challenged him with a complicated, esoteric question, would, I'd bet, instantly provide a response that you could type up verbatim and publish. This is a man who thinks as deeply as he reads widely.

Isn't that exactly the type of person who should be conducting our interviews?

The best interview show, period.

Tyler Cowen is, on paper, an economist at George Mason University. But to think of him as just an economist is like thinking of love as just sex. His brain probably violates the laws of physics by absorbing the amount of information that it does; he learns more in a month than most people do in a lifetime. He can hold forth with confident authority on economics, philosophy, natural science, psychology, sociology, art, literature, music, movies, religion, history, politics, business, culture, food, travel, geography, and pretty anything else you can think about.

On this podcast he brings his encyclopaedic—nay, superhuman—nay, demonic—knowledge to conduct the most interesting interviews I have ever heard. For every person he interviews, he has easily read all of the work of the interviewee, and all of the surrounding literature. His questions are never boring. He never asks a filler question, such as "Can you talk about what you say in that chapter". Instead, all his questions have a laserlike focus. Listening to this podcast is like being on a intellectual rollercoaster ride: it's fast; it's exhilarating; it's scary; but it's always under control.

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The best new podcast

Tyler is one of those people who can talk intelligently about a wide range of topics and he chooses interview subjects that can do the same. The questions and answers are more fascinating than any other interview show I've found. One of the best things about it is that the interview subjects I didn't expect to find interesting have been among the most interesting.

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