In the latest installment of our Motley Fool Conversations podcast, economist Tyler Cowen, author of Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World, reflects on:

  • Whether Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) makes us smarter.
  • What role the housing bubble played in the current financial crisis.
  • The future of Ben Bernanke.
  • What Shaquille O’Neal and the Phoenix Suns tell us about the U.S. economy.

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