Welcome to audioecon!   1 comment

This site is a curated library of economics-themed podcasts, primarily from Planet Money, but also from Freakonomics, EconTalk, This American Life and others. The site is designed for economics instructors with searchable categories created with the instructor in mind, as well as  suggestions for podcast-related assignments they might incorporate into course instruction.  Audioecon will also be of interest to anyone who enjoys  learning more about economics.

I hope you find this site useful and interesting, and welcome your feedback!

I wish you smart listening!

Posted June 27, 2012 by audioecon in Utility

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage   Leave a comment

birth of min wageLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/01/17/263487421/episode-510-the-birth-of-the-minimum-wage

Summary: Planet Money takes us back through time to when the U.S. first set a minimum wage. Historically, the U.S. had rejected any attempts at a minimum wage law, considering them unconstitutional.  But things changed after Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Original Air Date: January 17, 2014

Length: 17 min

Rule Breakers   Leave a comment

rule breakersLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/01/22/265014932/episode-511-rule-breakers

Summary: Planet Money presents three stories that revolve around the theme of ‘Rule Breaking.’ This three episode mash-up considers how people in Indonesia navigate  horrendous traffic, how the U.S. illegally subsidizes cotton farmers and how banks decide to accumulate huge risks.

Original Air Date: January 22, 2014

Length: 16 min

Will A Computer Decide Whether You Get Your Next Job?   Leave a comment

computer jobLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/01/15/262789258/episode-509-will-a-computer-decide-whether-you-get-your-next-job

Summary: Planet Money asks what the hiring process of the future might look like. This podcast takes a look at  hiring tests that could determine your next position without you even been present for an interview.

Original Air Date: January 15, 2014

Length: 19 min

A Bet, Five Metals And The Future Of The Planet   Leave a comment

future planetLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/31/258687278/a-bet-five-metals-and-the-future-of-the-planet 

Summary: A bet between a biologist and an economist over population growth. This Planet Money Podcast reports on a wager between biologist Paul Ehrlich and economist Julian Simon on the affect of population boom to our environment.

Original Air Date: January 2, 2014

Length: 7 minutes

A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed   Leave a comment

locked doorLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/20/255839292/episode-505-a-locked-door-a-secret-meeting-and-the-birth-of-the-fed 

Summary: An historical retelling of the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank

Original Air Date: December 20, 2013

Length: 15 min

Adding Up the Cost of the Planet Money Tshirt   Leave a comment

adding up cost of planet money tshirtLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/13/250747279/episode-503-adding-up-the-cost-of-the-planet-money-t-shirt 

Summary: A detailed review of the costs that went into producing the Planet Money t-shirt.

Original Air Date: December 13, 2013

Length: 21 min

Why Bad Environmentalism Is Such an Easy Sell   Leave a comment

frek greenLink: http://freakonomics.com/2013/10/24/why-bad-environmentalism-is-such-an-easy-sell-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast-2/

Summary: Ed Glaeser, University of Harvard professor sheds light on why it is easy for politicians and marketers to sell green.

Original Air Date: October 24, 2013

Length: 25 min

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