VOICES | The Podcast for Singers, Actors, Public Speakers, & More
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Hosted by Alma Cook (@HearAlma), VOICES explores the worlds of singing & speaking. Find us in your podcast app today—or stick around here to browse the original blog posts, worksheets, & instructional videos crafted with performers like you in mind.
Most Recent Episode
Economist Bob Murphy on public speaking, standing up to bullies, & co-hosting Contra Krugman
2 days ago
Bob Murphy is an economist on staff at Texas Tech, the author of several economics books including Choice & The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism, & the co-host of a podcast called Contra Krugman.
The gist of Contra Krugman is this: Every week, Bob & his co-host Tom Woods take a recent New York Times column from Paul Krugman & pick it apart, saying, “Here’s what we agree with, here’s what we disagree with,” & so on. (Spoiler: They don’t usually find much to agree with.)
“The idea for the podcast was totally Tom’s,” Bob says. “He called me up & said something like, ‘Okay, I have an idea. And I don’t want you to interrupt me in saying no; you have to give me 3 minutes to explain it first. Okay?’ And he was right—when he first said it, my immediate reaction was ‘No, I don’t want to do that. We’re going to be pigeonholed, we’re going to be letting Krugman set the agenda, & we’re gonna look like we’re elevating him.’”
Needless to say, Tom talked him into it, & the two of them now have a sizable listenership.
Bob & I met on Twitter in an unconventional way, to say the least. I’d checked out some Contra Krugman episodes & liked a lot of what Bob & Tom had to say, but I had a problem with the show’s tone & thought they should go a little easier on their rival. So, like people with opinions are known to do, I tweeted him about it. Hear Bob’s retelling of the story in this episode, & learn why he ultimately decided to keep the show’s “snark” (my word) intact after all.
Regardless of your politics, I hope you enjoy hearing Bob talk about how Contra Krugman started, how he & Tom have grown as podcast hosts, why he thinks it’s important to stand up to bullies, & what he believes makes a great public speaker.
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