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YouTube Comedy Series EconPop Uncovers Economic Insights in House of Cards, Dallas Buyers Club Spoofs;

New Show Examines Economics Through Lens of Film and Popular Culture (March 19, 2014)

AUSTIN, Texas, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today EconPop, the new YouTube web series, released its second episode. The series, hosted by comedian Andrew Heaton, is not your average movie review show: It uses humor to examine how popular films portray economic ideas. This episode looks at the economic ideas behind Netflix's popular series House of Cards, which launched its second season last month.

"House of Cards isn't just a wildly entertaining show, it reveals a truth that politicians stay humans even after they're elected," said executive producer John Papola. "As we explain in this week's EconPop episode, government is just a collection of people that want to be reelected. It's why people typically love their own Congressmen but hate everyone else's."

EconPop airs every other week at The series premiere looked at the economic ideas behind one of 2013's most acclaimed movies, Dallas Buyers Club. Each episode is accompanied by in-depth, audio podcasts featuring EconPop host Andrew Heaton and scholars such as Paul Cantor and Steve Horwitz.


EconStories connects great economics with new audiences through storytelling and entertainment. Founded by John Papola (CEO of Emergent Order, the creative agency that produces EconStories) and Russ Roberts (John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution), EconStories' first two rap videos, Fear the Boom & Bust and Fight of the Century, have been seen by millions. John Papola is an award-winning writer, producer and director with more than a decade of experience in broadcast television with MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike TV.


The Moving Picture Institute (MPI) is a charitable and educational tax-exempt foundation that promotes freedom through film. It does so by developing its own media content in-house, and supporting filmmakers at every phase of their careers. MPI films win awards, appear in theaters and on television, and have drawn praise from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and more. MPI is supported entirely by the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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