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June 5, 2024

The Vibecession & the Future Economy under Trump vs Biden with Kyla Scanlon

In this episode, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg are joined by Kyla Scanlon, creator and author of “In this Economy?.” They discuss the vibecession, the housing crisis, leader fatigue, and the impact of the economy on political polarization and the age of austerity.

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May 29, 2024

Elite Overproduction and the Future of the Right

Today Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg discuss the recent angry posts on X from David Austin Walsh, a history postdoc at Yale, and what this affair says about the social and economic trends of the elite in the US.

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May 22, 2024

Controlling US Inflation, Global Trade, and the Future of India and Japan

In today’s episode, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg respond to listeners’ questions on various economic topics, addressing inflation and potential U.S. policy, and the possibility of the US becoming a petro-state.

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May 15, 2024

Case for Biden, Biden vs Trump, China

In this week’s episode, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg explore various aspects of Joe Biden’s presidency to evaluate a case for reelecting Biden, focusing on economic policy shifts, spending concerns, inflation, and industrial policy.

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May 10, 2024

Biden's New Tax Plan, Algorithmic Pricing, and Noah's Media Diet

This week on Econ 102, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg discuss the pros and cons of Biden's tax plan based on Noah's recent essay. They also answered listener questions on the German economy's success, Japan's government debt management, and strategies for staying well-informed on economic issues.

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May 1, 2024

How the Fed Works, Currency Crises, and TikTok ban [Listener Mailbag]

In today's episode of Econ 102, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg tackle more listener questions: the Fed's impact on inflation and the economy, theories behind interest rates' unexpected effects, and 'greedflation'.

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April 24, 2024

Wealth Distribution, Fixing Healthcare, and UBI

In today's episode, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg answer listeners' questions in rapid fire format, over topics such as the global reserve currency, fair taxation, wealth redistribution, education reform, healthcare, US manufacturing, how to revitalize cities, and more. Thanks to all our listeners who continue to write in with big meaty questions!

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April 17, 2024

WW3 Analysis: China, The US, Ukraine, The Middle East

In this week’s episode, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg tackle more listeners' questions focused on conflicts and war.

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April 10, 2024

Fixing the US Economy: the Debt, Inequality, Biden/trump Economic Predictions

In this week’s episode, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg dive into various econ topics and tackle listener questions!

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April 2, 2024

Analyzing Economies Round 3: Middle East, Africa, South America, and North America

This episode is a continuation of the series analyzing the economies around the world, with Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg focusing on the Middle East, Africa, South America, and North America.

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