FreeSpeak is a podcast brought to you by the Center for Free Enterprise at the University of Louisville College of Business. In each episode, we’ll talk about the role of free enterprise and principled entrepreneurship in improving the well-being of society. We’ll speak with people making the news and making lives better, including business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, and economists.
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The COVID-19 Episodes
During the COVID-19 crisis, FreeSpeak episodes will focus on topics related to the economics of the pandemic and will feature a discussion led by Center director Dr. Stephen Gohmann. New episodes premiere on Wednesday mornings.
- Episode 1: Dr. Gohmann speaks with University of Louisville Associate Professor of Economics Jose Fernandez and Assistant Professor of Economics Conor Lennon.
- Episode 2: Dr. Gohmann speaks to Baylor University research professor Daniel Bennett about COVID-19 and the parasite-stress theory of values. They will also talk about how the pandemic could impact entrepreneurship.
- Episode 3: In part two of their discussion, Dr. Gohmann and Dr. Bennett address the positive and negative impacts of government intervention on entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Episode 4: Dr. Gohmann’s guest this week is Dr. Gary Wagner, who is the Acadiana Business Economist and Professor of Economics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Steve and Gary will discuss the data surrounding COVID-19, and the importance of widespread randomized testing.
- Episode 5: This week’s guest is Dr. Ben Powell, the director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, and a professor of economics in the Rawls College of Business at TTU. Steve and Ben discuss what our nation’s economy might look like as the country begins to open back up from the pandemic.
- Episode 6: Steve’s guest this week is Josh Pinkston, a UofL economics professor who has co-written a study on the effectiveness of Kentucky’s COVID-19 response. Steve and Josh discuss the results of the highly publicized research.
- Episode 7: Steve talks with Dr. Isabel Botero, the director of UofL’s Family Business Center. Steve and Isabel discuss how the COVID-19 shutdown has impacted family businesses, how some have pivoted their business models, and what challenges they are facing as they prepare to reopen.
- Episode 8: This week’s guest is Lars Smith, who holds the Samuel J. Stallings Chair in Law at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Smith teaches in the areas of intellectual property, business, and commercial law. Steve and Lars discuss the potential for an onslaught of COVID-related lawsuits against businesses as they begin to reopen.
- Episode 9: This week Steve talks with entrepreneur Bob Luddy, founder and president of Captive Aire, the nation’s leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems. Bob is also the founder Thales Academy, an independent school with eight locations throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina. Steve and Bob discuss the missteps taken by government in shutting down the nation’s economy and realistically how long it could take to recover.
- Episode 10: This week’s episode is part two of Steve’s discussion with entrepreneur Bob Luddy. In this episode, the talk turns to the challenges educators face with COVID-19, and new technology designed to keep the air in classrooms and other indoor settings healthier.
- Episode 11: Center for Free Enterprise director Steve Gohmann talks to Abigail Blanco, Associate Professor of Economics at Bellarmine University. Steve and Abigail discuss Hayek’s “knowledge problem,” as it relates to COVID-19.
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James Otteson: Honorable Business. A Framework For Business in a Just and Humane Society
Bob Lawson & Ben Powell: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World
Rob Kapilow: All You Have to do is Listen
Magatte Wade: The Moral Impact of Entrepreneurship
Bitcoin, Blockchain, & Central Bank Digital Currency
with David Andolfatto & Julie Stackhouse
Pay for Play in the NCAA Panel Discussion
Naomi Brockwell & Sasha Hodder: Bitcoin & Regulation– Can they coexist?
Will Luther: Is Bitcoin a Bubble?
Tyler Cowen: Is Big Tech Evil? What Do the Economics Say?
Matt Ridley: Optimism & Innovation
Vince Tyra: Business Values on the Field & in the Office
Archived Media/Past Events