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Russell D. Roberts

Russell D. Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Roberts hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk—hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Nassim Taleb, Christopher Hitchens, Marc Andreessen, Joseph Stiglitz, and John Bogle. EconTalk was named podcast of the year in the 2008 Weblog Awards. Over 425 episodes are available at and on iTunes at no charge.

His books include How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness, The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity, The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, and The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism, the latter of which was named one of the top ten books of 1994 by Business Week and one of the best books of 1994 by the Financial Times.

A three-time teacher of the year, Roberts has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis (where he was the founding director of what is now the Center for Experiential Learning), University of Rochester, Stanford University, and University of California, Los Angeles. He was a national fellow and visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution from 1985 to 1987.

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