What it's about
The Curious Task is a podcast by the Institute for Liberal Studies exploring economics, politics, philosophy, and more from a classical liberal perspective.
The name comes from FA Hayek (one of our favourite economists) who wrote that “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”
Each episode will feature a conversation between host Alex Aragona and a rotating cast of guests as they dive into philosophy, politics, economics, and the application of classical liberal ideas to contemporary issues.
Ep. 44: Shikha Dalmia — How Are Indian Immigrants Saving Canadian Hockey?
June 3, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona talks with Shikha Sood Dalmia as she explores the story of a Sikh-Canadian broadcaster's rise to fame, and what stories like these mean for the broader immigrant community when it comes to joining, and changing, the world around them.
Ep. 43: Ben Perrin — What's the Solution to the Opioid Crisis?
May 27, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Ben Perrin as he explores the causes of, and solutions to, the opioid crisis in Canada and the United States.
Ep: 42: Sarah Skwire — Why Should Women Care About Economic Freedom?
May 20, 2020 at 5:30 am
Everyone should care about economic freedom. But why is economic freedom especially relevant for women? Alex Aragona chats with Sarah Skwire as she explores why economic freedom has been, and is, important for women to cherish and defend.
Ep. 41: Russ Roberts — How Can Adam Smith Change Your Life?
May 13, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona speaks with Russ Roberts as he talks about the ways in which the ideas of Adam Smith can change your life, even so many years later.
Ep. 40: Pete Boettke — What Is The Curious Task of Economics?
May 6, 2020 at 5:00 am
Alex Aragona chats with Pete Boettke as he dives into what the curious task of economics is and relates it back to the work of Friedrich Hayek.