John Papola is an award winning producer/director in broadcast entertainment and marketing. He is the creative director and co-founder of Emergent Order™, the video production engine behind EconStories.tv.
John has spent the past decade working in television production, most recently as the creative director at Spike TV in their industry-leading brand group. He previously worked for MTV Animation series development and Nickelodeon’s on-air creative group. John graduated from Penn State University with a BA in film and video production.
The financial and economic crisis and a general concern for the future that comes with being a new dad sparked an intense interest in economics and the business cycle. John was introduced to Hayek and the “Austrian” perspective on economics and the business cycle by reading Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in One Lesson”. His reading and, in theory, his understanding has expanded with subsequent study.
John has his commute (and Russ Roberts via econtalk.org) to thank for whatever economics understanding he purports to have. It’s amazing how much one can learn with three hours of public transit per day and an iPhone packed with audio books and podcasts. He’s still learning… and always will be.
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Russell Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He tries to make economics understandable to a general audience.
Russ hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk–hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Nassim Taleb, Christopher Hitchens, Jimmy Wales, Joseph Stiglitz, and John Bogle. EconTalk was named podcast of the year in the 2008 Weblog Awards.
His latest book is The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Princeton University Press, 2008). Told in the form of a novel, it’s the story of how prosperity is created and sustained, and the unseen order and harmony that shape our daily lives.
He is also the author of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance (MIT Press, 2001) a novel on public policy issues. His first novel, The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (Prentice Hall, 3rd ed., 2006) was named one of the top ten books of the year by BusinessWeek and one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times when it was first published in 1994.
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), the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a national fellow and visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution from 1985 to 1987. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.