Tonight’s Extra Points 3-11-2014

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Here are the extra points from the interview with John Papola.

EconPop Makes Economics Cool With New YouTube Show

EconPop, the new YouTube web series, released its pilot episode today. The series, hosted by political satirist Andrew Heaton, examines economics through the lens of film and popular culture. The premiere episode looks at the economic ideas behind one of 2013’s most acclaimed movies, Dallas Buyers Club. Last weekend, Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for his portrayal of HIV-positive Ron Woodruff, who defied the law to bring non-FDA-approved treatments to desperate AIDS patients.

“Dallas Buyers Club makes a killer point: government bureaucracy can cost lives. The FDA is actively preventing reasonable adults from making informed decisions about their health,” said Executive Producer John Papola. “Audiences cheered Woodruff as he fought for patients’ rights, and came away questioning the power of the state.

EconPop will air every other week at EconStories.TV and on the EconStories YouTube channel. Each 7-10 minute episode will be accompanied by an in-depth, free, audio podcast on iTunes featuring EconPop host Andrew Heaton and scholars such as Paul Cantor and Steve Horwitz. Future episodes of EconPop will explore underlying economic themes in House of Cards, The Lego Movie, and Ghostbusters.

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