About this podcast

Economics is everywhere...if only you choose to see it. Join the FEEcast team every Friday for a lively recap of the week's important stories to give you the meaning behind the headlines.

Featuring Richard Lorenc, Brittany Hunter, Dan Sanchez and Marianne March

Produced by Sean W. Malone, Pavel Rusakov, and Jaye Davidson

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May 11, 2018

In this episode, FEEcast has its first guest! We welcome Sean Malone, Director of Media at FEE and creator of the hit YouTube video “What’s Wrong with Wakanda.” Sean and crew discuss what superheroes can teach us about economics, politics, and life itself.

Black Panther’s King T’Challa reigns over a sci fi paradise completely isolated from the rest of the world. But without trade, could a small country rise to prosperity, even if it was rich in a resources as wondrous as the fictional vibranium?

And in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos wants to solve overpopulation by wiping out half of all life in the universe. Many internet commenters are strangely sympathetic toward the supervillain’s scheme (one writer conceded it was “technically genocide”). But does this betray backward economic reasoning (not to mention some serious ethical problems)?

Explore the economics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with FEEcast!