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August 21, 2019

Which historical figures do you respect? Which economic concepts should be taught to children? How do you trust statistics? James Harrigan and Antony Davies take questions from the crowd on topics ranging from incentives to trade-offs to research data to US treasury bills and more in this week’s episode of Words & Numbers.

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Quick hits

Birth rates dropping

Noam Chomsky

Foolishness of the week

Robot racism

Topic of the week: Listener questions

Milton Friedman

F.A. Hayek

FRED: Federal Reserve data

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pew Research

Gallup

United Nations Development Programme