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. Audioecon and related assignments is featured in the Journal of Economics Education article Podcasts as a Tool for Teaching Economics Vol.45, Iss.3, 2014.
I hope you find this site useful and interesting, and welcome your feedback!
I wish you smart listening!
Summary: New technology has been a great benefit to the global economy, but privacy could be at an all-time low. Planet Money discusses the NSA and Edward Snowden in part 1 and investigates how secure you really are, and whether this is a problem for technology companies in part 2.
Original Air Date: June 10, 2014
Length: Part 1: 7 minutes 47 seconds Part 2: 7 minutes 47 seconds
Summary: In response to the infamous documentary Super Size Me, one woman toured her local area in search for the best burger. Shockingly, she didn’t gain a single pound despite eating two burgers a week. Freakonomics discusses the surprising results.
Original Air Date: December 10, 2015
Length: 34 minutes 21 seconds
Discussion Question: What role does utility play in this situation? Will satisfaction of the second burger eaten always be the same? Explain.
Summary: There has been a debate for decades as to why the milk is in the back of a store. Consumers say it’s because you have to walk through store, producers say it’s because of ease of access for the delivery trucks. Planet Money researches what the actual answer is by talking to people in the industry.
Original Air Date: July 23,2014
Length: 16 minutes 9 seconds
Summary: Planet Money attends a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park to learn the economics behind the vendors. They discuss why a vendor doesn’t want to sell ice cold water on a cold October night up in the bleachers.
Original Air Date: May 6, 2016
Length: 21 minutes 31 seconds
Summary: Planet Money discusses whether a game show can lose and what it takes for a contestant to win. They look into the one-season wonder of the unsustainable model of the game ‘The Power of 10’.
Original Air Date: July 27, 2016
Length: 21 minutes 11 seconds
Summary: Marketplace analyzes the EB-5 visa program which allows wealthy foreign investors to secure American citizenship, only if investors are willing to invest at least a half a million dollars in the United States.
Original Air Date: April 18, 2016
Length: 2 minutes 29 seconds
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