Rank #1: Ep. 48 Where Does Economic Growth Come From? Krugman Genuinely Stumped
Aug 20 2016
Rank #2: Ep. 52 Why Would Anyone Think Hillary Clinton Isn't Truthful?
Sep 17 2016
Rank #3: Ep. 56 LIVE from the Contra Cruise: How Krugman Wants to Make You Poorer
In this special episode recorded before a live audience on board the Contra Cruise, which Tom and Bob are hosting this week, your hosts take on Krugman on tighter fuel efficiency standards of automobiles, Krugman's anti-scientific statements on climate change, and more, including audience questions.
Oct 15 2016
Rank #4: Ep. 44 Booming Stock Market Indicates Bad Times, Says Krugman
Is a rising stock market an indication of economic health? Not necessarily, says Krugman, and on that he's of course correct. But what accounts for rising stock prices today? He says a lack of alternative options for investors -- another way of saying the economy stinks, even though he devotes half his columns to defenses of Obama.
Jul 24 2016
Rank #5: Ep. 41 Brexit and Liberty: Krugman Wrong Again
Krugman urges the British to remain in the European Union, and thinks free-market arguments against it are mere fantasy. In fact, British exit from the EU would be a great step forward for freedom, as Bob and Tom show in this week's episode.
Jun 21 2016
Rank #6: Ep. 210 Elizabeth Warren's Fiscal Fantasies
Krugman is impressed by the detail and alleged seriousness of Elizabeth Warren's Medicare for All plan and how it will be paid for. Bob and Tom, by contrast, are not so impressed. Show notes for Ep. 210
Nov 09 2019
Rank #7: Ep. 4 Krugman Hearts Solar and Wind, Attacks Fossil Fuels
This week, Krugman says only GOP intransigence, and devotion to Big Energy, can account for conservative hostility to renewable energy. Wind and solar power aren't for hippies anymore, he says; they're growing by leaps and bounds and becoming more and more plausible as substantial energy sources for the United States. We disagree, and we've got the numbers on our side.
Oct 10 2015
Rank #8: Ep. 114 What's Wrong With Keynes, in a Nutshell
Nov 25 2017
Rank #9: Ep. 209 Robots Aren't the Problem
Krugman criticizes Democrats who think automation is behind American job losses. But just when he's sounding sensible, he jumps back into "inadequate spending" being the problem. Show notes for Ep. 209
Oct 27 2019
Rank #10: Ep. 80 When Krugman Struck Back at Bob on Business Cycles
This week (with Krugman discussing Obamacare yet again) we decided to hop into our time machine and revisit a golden oldie: Krugman's response to one of Bob's articles on capital theory and business cycles. Now that's an episode!
Mar 31 2017
Rank #11: Ep. 167 How Can a Free Society Handle Terrorism, Climate Change, and Quarantines?
Dec 12 2018
Rank #12: Ep. 37 Our Most Brutal Takedown Yet: Krugman on the Clinton Economy
In this column, Krugman takes things to a whole new level. He tries to draw lessons from the Clinton boom in the 1990s, which he incorrectly says was better than the Reagan boom, even though he himself admits there are no applicable lessons from that boom. It's awful, and we beat him to an intellectual pulp.
Show notes for Ep. 37
Jun 01 2016
Rank #13: Ep. 111 Cutting Corporate Taxes Helps Only "The Rich," Says Krugman
Nov 04 2017
Rank #14: Ep. 7 Obamacare Is a Big Success, Says Krugman
Says Krugman this week: poor Mitt Romney. Now he wants to take credit for paving the way for Obamacare, but the rubes in the GOP will rip his head off. But Mitt is right, says Krugman, and in any event the Affordable Care Act has been a great success! None of the terrible things opponents predicted would happen have come to pass.
Oct 31 2015
Rank #15: Ep. 177 Semi-Sensible Krugman vs. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is picking up steam (thanks to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders), to the point that even Krugman is alarmed. Yes, he says, you will have to raise taxes to pay for what progressives want. This is the episode folks have been asking us for. Show notes for Ep. 177
Feb 23 2019
Rank #16: Ep. 153 Elizabeth Warren's Accountable Capitalism Act
Senator Warren has proposed sweeping changes to how corporations would be allowed to operate in the United States -- no longer will they cater to stockholders only, but they will have to take into account the needs of a wide range of "stakeholders" (workers, communities, etc.). Special guests Gene Epstein and Peter Klein join Tom.
Aug 26 2018
Rank #17: Ep. 113 Will Tax Cuts Mean Millions of Lost Manufacturing Jobs?
Krugman argues that the GOP tax plan, even on its own terms, would blow up the trade deficit and lead to millions of lost manufacturing jobs. We teach the economics behind his argument, but also mention--get ready for this--that Krugman leaves out two big factors that completely undercut his case.
Nov 18 2017
Rank #18: Ep. 40 Krugman Shocked by GOP "Scandals," Not So Shocked at Destruction of Libya, Iraq
This week, Krugman suggests that the Republican Party attracts scammers and shysters who build email lists of gullible conservatives and then market fearmongering products or "get-rich-quick" schemes to them. Thank goodness the Democrats never do anything like that! They teach that the only way to prosper is through hard work and individual initiative, and.... Well, anyway, this is a juicy episode. Listen to it, or the world will end.
Jun 19 2016
Rank #19: Ep. 211 LIVE FROM VIENNA: Is Europe an Example for the U.S.?
We recorded this episode before a live audience at -- of all places -- the Austrian central bank in Vienna, where the Austrian Economics Center held a two-day academic conference. We respond to Krugman's key claim: namely, that Eurosclerosis is long over, and that Europe can no longer be cited with any plausibility as evidence that significant social spending and regulation retard employment. Show notes for Ep. 211
Nov 25 2019
Rank #20: Ep. 136 You Hate Schoolteachers, and Education, and Knowledge
Apr 30 2018