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Timely Topics Podcasts and Webinars

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  • Lucia Foster | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: Lucia Foster

    Lucia Foster, chief economist at the U.S. Census Bureau and chief of the Center for Economic Studies, talks about why she was drawn to the field of economics and how a 5K race inspired her. She also shares her experience working at the Census and the Congressional Budget Office.
    Podcast | Released Aug. 21, 2019

  • James Bullard | St. Louis Fed

    Bullard Discusses the Fed’s Monetary Policy Framework Review

    The Federal Reserve is currently undertaking a review of its monetary policy framework. Why is the Fed doing this review? What does it entail? What will policymakers do with the information gathered? St. Louis Fed President James Bullard addresses these and related questions.
    Podcast | Released Aug. 14, 2019

  • Ray Boshara | St. Louis Fed

    Center for Household Financial Stability: The First Five Years

    Ray Boshara—senior adviser and the director of the Center for Household Financial Stability at the St. Louis Fed—talks about the Center’s first five years, its purpose and its future. He discusses lessons learned when looking from a balance sheet perspective at the recovery following the Great Recession.
    Podcast | Released Aug. 7, 2019

  • Martha Olney | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: Martha Olney

    Martha Olney, a Berkeley professor, talks about her success teaching large econ classes, mentoring and the importance of women studying economics. She also discusses changing demographics in the field of economic studies and how former Berkeley undergrad Alice Wu’s thesis took the profession by storm.
    Podcast | Released July 31, 2019

  • B. Ravikumar | St. Louis Fed

    The Role of Trade in Cross-Country Income Differences

    B. Ravikumar, senior vice president at the St. Louis Fed, talks about the role international trade plays in cross-country income differences. He discusses the study of economic development, who wins and who loses in trade, barriers to trade and more.
    Podcast | Released July 19, 2019

  • Carmen Reinhart | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: Carmen Reinhart

    Carmen Reinhart, a Harvard professor, talks about her childhood move to the U.S. from Cuba and her decision to study international economics. She also discusses being a woman in the male-dominated field of finance and how she likes to approach economics as a detective shining a light on puzzles.
    Podcast | Released July 17, 2019

  • Esther George | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: Esther George

    Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, talks about growing up in rural Missouri, her work in banking and how she expanded the role of women at the Jackson Hole Symposium.
    Podcast | Released June 26, 2019

  • Jane Ihrig | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: Jane Ihrig

    Jane Ihrig, associate director of the monetary affairs division at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, talks about her economics education, her work in the field and her unique experience on the Council of Economic Advisers during the 2008 financial crisis.
    Podcast | Released May 29, 2019

  • Kathleen Hays | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: Kathleen Hays

    Bloomberg financial journalist Kathleen Hays talks about economics education and the role it plays in her position as the global, economics and policy editor for Bloomberg Television and Radio. She also discusses business and journalism changes over her three decades reporting—and whom she’d like to interview next.
    Podcast | Released May 15, 2019

  • Julie Stackhouse | St. Louis Fed

    Supervising the Nation's Banks

    Julie Stackhouse, executive vice president at the St. Louis Fed, talks about the Federal Reserve’s role in bank supervision. She discusses the critical nature of this function during and since the financial crisis, the changing landscape for community banks, the growth of fintech, and more.
    Podcast | Released May 8, 2019

  • Barb Flowers | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: Barbara Flowers

    Flowers talks about her experience as a nontraditional student and her role as an economic education coordinator at the St. Louis Fed. In her role, she created resources for Girl Scouts to earn economics and personal finance badges. Flowers also talks about why she is passionate about creating economics curriculum for minority students.
    Podcast | Released April 24, 2019

  • James Bullard | St. Louis Fed

    James Bullard Discusses Nominal GDP Targeting

    What is nominal GDP targeting, and how does it differ from inflation targeting? What would be some of the advantages and disadvantages of using nominal GDP targeting? Have any central banks used it? St. Louis Fed President James Bullard addresses these and related questions.
    Podcast | Released April 19, 2019

  • A How-To on FRED with Keith Taylor | St. Louis Fed

    A How-To on FRED

    Keith Taylor, senior coordinator for the St. Louis Fed’s Research Datadesk, demonstrates the functionality that is available with FRED, which is a set of free tools that allows users to find, visualize, download and understand economic data. He also takes questions from webinar participants.
    Webinar | Recorded April 16, 2019

  • Don Schlagenhauf | St. Louis Fed

    What Is the Optimal Corporate Income Tax Rate?

    The 2017 federal tax overhaul reduced the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. In this podcast, Economist Don Schlagenhauf discusses a paper he wrote with two co-authors, “Corporate Income Tax, Legal Form of Organization, and Employment” and what their models say the optimal rate is.
    Podcast | Released April 15, 2019

  • Amanda Bayer | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: Amanda Bayer

    Amanda Bayer, professor of economics at Swarthmore College, talks about her research on diversity in the field of economics. She explains the importance of drawing from a broader range of the population so that peoples’ different life experiences can inform the questions economists ask and the answers they construct.
    Podcast | Released March 27, 2019

  • David Wilcox | St. Louis Fed

    Women in Economics: David Wilcox

    Economist Wilcox talks about his research on the unequal distribution of economic education, the need for change in economics classrooms and how it is the responsibility of every member of the economics profession to work toward diversifying the field.
    Editor's Note: At the time of this recording, Wilcox was the director of the research and statistics division of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors. He retired at the end of 2018.
    Podcast | Released March 27, 2019

  • Robert Hopkins | St. Louis Fed

    Little Rock Branch Celebrates 100 Years of History

    In this Timely Topics podcast, Senior Vice President Robert Hopkins reflects on the Little Rock Branch’s 100 years of history, from its start in payments to its focus on economic education and community development.
    Podcast | Released March 25, 2019

  • Lisa Cook | St. Louis Fed, Women in Economics Podcasts

    Women in Economics: Lisa Cook

    Cook, associate professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, talks about discovering economics while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. She also discusses how she overcame biases she faced as a woman and as an African-American; her research showing GDP could be higher if more women and African-Americans were involved at the beginning of the innovative process; and why she uses social media as a way to mentor students.
    Podcast | Released Feb. 20, 2019

  • Don Schlagenhauf | St. Louis Fed

    Household Debt Up, Delinquencies Low Since Recession

    St. Louis Fed economist Don Schlagenhauf discusses his research about household debt levels and delinquency rates since the Great Recession. He talks about the metrics used to monitor debt levels in the Eighth District and said he doesn’t see any problem areas.
    Podcast | Released Feb. 11, 2019

  • Kate Warne | St. Louis Fed, Women in Economics Podcasts

    Women in Economics: Kate Warne

    Warne, principal and investment strategist at Edward Jones, talks about being raised in a family of economists, how she believes education ties into confidence, and why we need women in finance, policy and economics.
    Podcast | Released Jan. 16, 2019

  • Louise Sheiner headshot

    Women in Economics: Louise Sheiner

    Sheiner, an economist at the Brookings Institution, talks how she stumbled into economics after studying biology, her work in health economics and why she thinks high school debate could spark girls’ interest in econ.
    Podcast | Released Dec. 12, 2018

  • Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria headshot

    An Economist’s Perspective on the Marriage Market

    St. Louis Fed economist Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria discusses her research on “search and matching,” particularly as it relates to the marriage market. She notes that studying the marriage market is important because it has implications for income inequality and taxation.
    Podcast | Released Nov. 28, 2018

  • Lael Brainard headshot

    Women in Economics: Lael Brainard

    Brainard, a member of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors, talks about women in economics at the international level, her time as the U.S. representative to the G20, her focus on financial stability and why encouraging more women and minorities to study economics remains an important challenge.
    Podcast | Released Nov. 14, 2018

  • Una Osili headshot

    Women in Economics: Una Osili

    Osili, associate dean and professor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, talks about growing up in Nigeria, the state of women in the economics profession internationally and the intersection of economics and philanthropy.
    Podcast | Released Oct. 24, 2018

  • Senior Vice President Douglas Scarboro headshot

    Cotton, Cash and the King – 100 Years of the Memphis Branch

    Douglas Scarboro, a St. Louis Fed senior vice president who is also the regional executive of our Memphis Branch, talks about how the Branch has changed over the past 100 years—from cotton receipts to cash services to the King himself: Elvis Presley.
    Podcast | Released Oct. 15, 2018

  • Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria headshot

    Some Basics on Sovereign Debt and Default

    St. Louis Fed economist Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria explains why governments borrow, what happens when a country defaults on its debt and how a country gets out of a debt crisis.
    Podcast | Released Oct. 4, 2018

  • Headshot of Gail Heyne Hafer

    Women in Economics: Gail Heyne Hafer

    Hafer, an economics professor at St. Louis Community College-Meramec and author of children’s books about economics, talks about how teaching economics has evolved over the past 30 years.
    Podcast | Released Sept. 19, 2018

  • Miguel Faria-e-Castro

    Fiscal Policy’s Link to Inequality

    St. Louis Fed economist Miguel Faria-e-Castro talks about rising inequality in both income and wealth in the United States and how we compare to other countries.
    Podcast | Released Sept. 13, 2018

  • Diane Swonk is a guest on the St. Louis Fed's Women in Economics podcast

    Women in Economics: Diane Swonk

    Swonk, chief economist and managing director at Grant Thornton, talks about her struggles with dyslexia and growing up in Detroit during the city’s economic “demise” of the 1970s and 1980s.
    Podcast | Released Aug. 29, 2018

  • David Andolfatto headshot with earphones

    Bitcoin: Beyond the Basics

    By now, just about everyone has heard of bitcoin, but what’s beyond that? Listen as St. Louis Fed economist David Andolfatto talks about the details of cryptocurrency, blockchain and regulation and how they differ (or don’t) from banking systems past and present.
    Podcast | Released Aug. 27, 2018

  • Fenaba Addo

    Women in Economics: Fenaba Addo

    Visiting scholar Addo talks about finding her voice as the only black woman in most of her economics courses on her way to her bachelor’s and graduate degrees. But she highlights an evolving culture in the field: “There are a growing number of communities within economics for young women who may feel isolated or questioning whether this is a path that they want to pursue.”
    Podcast | Released July 19, 2018

  • Loretta Mester headshot, Women in Economics

    Women in Economics: Loretta Mester

    Cleveland Fed President Mester talks about being a leader in the male-dominated field, how she “lucked” into economics, the “publish or perish” mentality, and her adjunct teaching experience at the Wharton School.
    Podcast | Released June 19, 2018

  • Ana Maria Santacreu

    Innovation Is on the Rise

    St. Louis Fed economist Ana Maria Santacreu talks about the rise in innovation around the globe. She also explains three ways to measure innovation.
    Podcast | Released June 7, 2018

  • Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria Women in Economics

    Women in Economics: Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria

    St. Louis Fed Economist Restrepo-Echavarria is back in our studios to discuss the need for more women in macroeconomics and how to encourage girls to pursue economics and other fields involving math.
    Podcast | Released May 15, 2018

  • Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria

    Oil-Producing Countries and Debt

    Why should you care about the debt of oil-producing countries in the developing world? Economist Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria addresses this question as she discusses her research on debt default by these countries.
    Podcast | Released May 4, 2018

  • Susan Feigenbaum

    Women in Economics: Susan Feigenbaum

    “I firmly believe that there is more ‘we’ and less ‘me’ among women, which leads to productive teamsmanship and the nurturing of each other and the next generation of economists, whether male or female,” says Feigenbaum, a curators’ distinguished teaching professor in the department of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
    Podcast | Released April 25, 2018

  • The Personalities behind Historic Policies

    Hear voices of past economic policymakers and learn about their sometimes bumpy relationships. The St. Louis Fed’s deputy director of research, David Wheelock, gives context, and our library director, Katrina Stierholz, describes resources in the digital library FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research).
    Podcast | Released April 18, 2018

  • James Bullard

    James Bullard: A Policymaker’s Reflections on Crisis to Recovery

    On April 1, 2018, Bullard marked his 10th anniversary as president and CEO of the St. Louis Fed. In a series of conversations with his chief of staff, Cletus Coughlin, President Bullard reflected on his role as a policymaker, an academic and a CEO.
    Podcast | Released April 13, 2018

  • Claudia Sahm

    Women in Economics: Claudia Sahm

    “Maybe we can do better than we have,” on diversity in economics, says Sahm, the section chief for consumer and community development at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Despite groups and newsletters dedicated to women, minorities and the LGBT community, Sahm said there is room for improvement in the field.
    Podcast | Released March 28, 2018

  • Ellen Zentner

    Women in Economics: Ellen Zentner

    “I realized that keeping your head down and working hard was not going to get you that far, because you need to get recognized for that,” says Zentner, chief economist at Morgan Stanley. This “aha” moment led Zentner to actively manage her career, and the result was advancement and success.
    Podcast | Released March 28, 2018

  • Mary Daly

    Women in Economics: Mary Daly

    “There’s no way that I would have been able to find my way without some help,” says Daly. She shares her story of how she went from high school dropout to research director at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Daly credits a counselor, a professor, and even former Fed chair Janet Yellen for aiding in her success.
    Podcast | Released March 28, 2018

  • Keith Taylor

    Have you met FRED?

    Who is FRED, or Federal Reserve Economic Data? Who uses FRED? And why should you learn more about the widely-used database of financial and economic data? Keith Taylor and Yvetta Fortova of the data desk at the St. Louis Fed address these questions and more.
    Podcast | Released Jan. 24, 2018

  • Kevin Kliesen

    Holiday Spending: A Gift for the Economy

    What do economists track during the holiday season to determine if it will be good for the economy? St. Louis Fed economist Kevin Kliesen discusses retail sales (online and in-store), personal consumption, consumer sentiment, payment methods, debt and more.
    Podcast | Released Dec. 20, 2017

  • Monetary Policy Minutes: The Fed’s Balance Sheet

    When the Fed decides to begin shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, what will that mean? Why is reducing the size important? St. Louis Fed economist David Wheelock addresses these questions.
    Podcast | Released Sept. 1, 2017

  • What Does a Fed Branch Do?

    Nikki Jackson, the head of the St. Louis Fed’s Louisville, Ky., Branch, talks about her role, that of her staff and that of her board of directors. Listen to her describe the “aha moment” when people realize the variety of work that the Branch does.
    Podcast | Released Aug. 17, 2017

  • Monetary Policy Minutes: What Is Monetary Policy?

    In this three-part podcast, St. Louis Fed economist David Wheelock covers: 1) What monetary policy is and how it affects us all; 2) Key monetary policy variables (employment and inflation); and 3) How low interest rates affect borrowers and savers.
    Podcast | Released June 2, 2017

  • Economic Literacy for Life

    Our economic education officer, Mary Suiter, talks about our mission to get people of all ages to learn about basic economics and how to handle personal finances.
    Podcast | Released May 5, 2017

  • Chinese Imports, U.S. Jobs

    Economist Max Dvorkin talks about his research into the impact of Chinese imports on U.S. jobs during the period 2000-07, a time when those imports were surging.
    Podcast | Released Jan. 18, 2017

Video Archive

Before introducing a regular podcast, the St. Louis Fed offered educational videos under the Timely Topics name.

  • Disability Insurance

    Economist David Wiczer discusses a study he and a colleague undertook that shows the ideal disability insurance program would be not much more generous than what we already have.
    Video | Released Nov. 24, 2015

  • Economic Development

    Economist B. Ravikumar explains how he and other economists are looking at cross-country income differences and the economic effects of trade barriers.
    Video | Released Nov. 24, 2015

  • The Fed's Regional Structure

    Unlike central banks in most other countries, the Federal Reserve System has a regional structure. St. Louis Fed economist and economic historian David Wheelock explains the history and benefits of the unusual structure of our central bank.
    Video | Released Oct. 20, 2014

  • The Gold Standard

    At one time or another, many of the major countries around the world had monetary systems based on a gold standard—currency that could be redeemed, at least in part, for gold. Economist David Andolfatto explains the gold standard and discusses its pros and cons.
    Video | Released Oct. 20, 2014