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Economist Bob Murphy: Public speaking, bullies, Contra Krugman/Tom Woods | VOICES Podcast
Economist Bob Murphy: Public speaking, bullies, Contra Krugman/Tom Woods | VOICES Podcast
Economist Bob Murphy: Public speaking, bullies, Contra Krugman/Tom Woods | VOICES Podcast
Economist Bob Murphy: Public speaking, bullies, Contra Krugman/Tom Woods | VOICES Podcast
Economist Bob Murphy: Public speaking, bullies, Contra Krugman/Tom Woods | VOICES Podcast
Economist Bob Murphy: Public speaking, bullies, Contra Krugman/Tom Woods | VOICES Podcast

Economist Bob Murphy: Public speaking, bullies, Contra Krugman/Tom Woods | VOICES Podcast

VOICES Podcast - 2017-07-04

Subscribe to the VOICES podcast on iTunes: voicescast.com/itunes -- VOICES online: @voicescast, voicescast.com Alma online: @hearalma, hearalma.com -- SHOW NOTES 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. Public speaking tips from Bob Find Bob's public speaking tips at voicescast.com/bob-murphy Bob's favorite speaking gigs 'My favorite thing is to be a speaker part of a broader event where I'm not the finale. There's a big crowd & everyone's excited, & your role in warming up the crowd is low-pressure. It's not like anyone was paying the money to see you, & they want to have a good time, so they're a very receptive audience. What's more high-pressure is if I'm an after-dinner speaker somewhere, especially if it's a group I don't know very well. At something like that, I'm a little more nervous while I'm sitting there eating. These people don't know who I am; if I get up there & start cracking deadpan jokes, they might not even know I'm trying to joke because they don't know who I am.' Recorded on January 12, 2017, in Madison, WI. Original theme music by Alma Cook. Additional songs featured: 'Hotshot' by Alma. -- RELEVANT LINKS & MENTIONS Find Bob Murphy online o Website: consultingbyrpm.com/ o Twitter: @BobMurphyEcon o YouTube: youtube.com/user/BobMurphyAncap/videos o Contra Krugman podcast: contrakrugman.com/ (on iTunes here) Other o 'Interview with a Zombie': youtu.be/TrcM5exDxcc o Contra Krugman podcast promo trailer: youtu.be/RZLdoWrNqHk o The Mises Institute: mises.org/ o Tom Woods' website/podcast: tomwoods.com/ o EconTalk: econtalk.org o Judge Napolitano's website: judgenap.com/ You might also like... o The VOICES podcast - Public speaking tips from 'The Silent Crowd,' a Sam Harris essay (March 1, 2017): voicescast.com/silent