MRU on iTunes

We are excited to announce that our Development Economics course is now available on iTunes as an audio podcast. You can grab the audio for any of the 232 videos we’ve released so far! For those who use a different program to manage your podcasts, the direct link for the podcast xml feed is here.

And by the way, on the main site this week’s videos on “Education” and “Politics, democracy, and war” are now live.  Take a look at whether China is likely to democratize soon, and why some of the Middle Eastern and nearby states have such a difficult time democratizing.  Here is Alex’s video on testing for educational cream skimming in private schools, in India.  There is much more on the site.


Awesome, thanks guys! Any chance we could string together these lectures into longer files? Among other things it would make it easier to download for non-itunes people, and facilitate listening at higher playback speeds (otherwise you'd have to manually change speed on each file).

Outstanding! Now I can listen easily on my iPod when I commute and travel.

Thank you!

What's so great about democracy? Isn't that the form of government that's led to a. the near-extermination of the American Indian b. the war between the states, c. endless invasions and occupations of foreign lands d. the destruction of individual savings e.the incredible growth of an unsustainable government/bureaucracy, and lots more?

What'd you rather?

Let's see, there's about 320,000,000 citizen/residents of the USA, represented on the national level by 537 elected officials, just less than 600,000 constituents for each office holder. Pretty effective ratio, don't you think? A few souls more than 244,00 pushed the button for John Boehner in the 2012 election, 237,116 decided that Nancy Pelosi would be the best possible choice for their district. Less than half a million voters have placed these two non-entities in charge of the rest of the country. And how many of those voters have ANY personal experience with either of those two megalomaniacs? For the average citizen the country could just as well be ruled by a trained seal, a good magician or a space alien.

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