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Hay Festival: PJ O'Rourke, Steven D Levitt, Stephen J Dubner

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 28 May 2014

Presenter Rana Mitter, is joined on the BBC stage at the Hay Festival by writer and provocateur, PJ O'Rourke and the Freakonomics authors, the economist Steven D Levitt and journalist Stephen J Dubner to discuss decision-making, how emotional and economic stability leads to self-absorbtion, how difficult it is to stop and think about anything and why there is such a gulf between the economic and political and personal rationales for the nature of health care provision here in the UK, the US and around the world.


Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest
P.J O'Rourke
Interviewed Guest
Steven Levitt
Interviewed Guest
Stephen Dubner
Jacqueline Smith


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