Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers.
  1. December 01, 2022
    31 min
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    524. How Important Is Breastfeeding, Really?
    In this special episode of Freakonomics, M.D., host Bapu Jena looks at a clever new study that could help answer one of parenting’s most contentious questions.
  2. November 24, 2022
    54 min
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    523. Did Michael Lewis Just Get Lucky with “Moneyball”?
    No — but he does have a knack for stumbling into the perfect moment, including the recent FTX debacle. In this installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, we revisit the book that launched the analytics re…
  3. November 17, 2022
    54 min
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    522. Is Google Getting Worse?
    It used to feel like magic. Now it can feel like a set of cheap tricks. Is the problem with Google — or with us?
  4. November 10, 2022
    39 min
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    The Most Interesting Fruit in the World (Ep. 375 Update)
    The banana, once a luxury good, rose to become America’s favorite fruit. Now a deadly fungus threatens to wipe it out. Can it be saved?
  5. November 03, 2022
    44 min
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    521. I’m Your Biggest Fan!
    It’s fun to obsess over pop stars and racecar drivers — but is fandom making our politics even more toxic?
  6. October 27, 2022
    40 min
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    520. The Unintended Consequences of Working from Home
    The last two years have radically changed the way we work — producing winners, losers, and a lot of surprises.
  7. October 20, 2022
    46 min
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    519. Has Globalization Failed?
    It was supposed to boost prosperity and democracy at the same time. What really happened? According to the legal scholar Anthea Roberts, it depends which story you believe.
  8. October 13, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    518. Are Personal Finance Gurus Giving You Bad Advice?
    One Yale economist certainly thinks so. But even if he’s right, are economists any better?
  9. October 06, 2022
    47 min
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    517. Are M.B.A.s to Blame for Wage Stagnation?
    New research finds that bosses who went to business school pay their workers less. So what are M.B.A. programs teaching — and should they stop?
  10. September 29, 2022
    51 min
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    Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears (Ep. 439 Update)
    The pandemic provided city dwellers with a break from the din of the modern world. Now the noise is coming back. What does that mean for our productivity, health, and basic sanity?
  11. September 22, 2022
    54 min
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    516. Nuclear Power Isn’t Perfect. Is It Good Enough?
    Liberals endorse harm reduction when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Are they ready to take the same approach to climate change?
  12. September 19, 2022
    46 min
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    Extra: Ken Burns | People I (Mostly) Admire
    The documentary filmmaker, known for "The Civil War," "Jazz," and "Baseball," turns his attention to the Holocaust, and asks what we can learn from the evils of the past.
  13. September 15, 2022
    44 min
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    515. When You Pray to God Online, Who Else Is Listening?
    The pandemic moved a lot of religious activity onto the internet. With faith-based apps, Silicon Valley is turning virtual prayers into earthly rewards. Does this mean sharing user data? Dear God, let’s hope no…
  14. September 08, 2022
    48 min
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    This Is Your Brain on Pollution (Ep. 472 Update)
    As the Biden administration rushes to address climate change, Stephen Dubner looks at another, hidden cost of air pollution — one that’s affecting how we think.
  15. September 01, 2022
    59 min
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    514. Roland Fryer Refuses to Lie to Black America
    The controversial Harvard economist, recently back from a suspension, “broke a lot of glass early in my career,” he says. His research on school incentives and police brutality won him acclaim — but also enemie…
  16. August 25, 2022
    45 min
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    513. Should Public Transit Be Free?
    It boosts economic opportunity and social mobility. It’s good for the environment. So why do we charge people to use it? The short answer: it’s complicated.
  17. August 18, 2022
    47 min
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    Why Is U.S. Media So Negative? (Ep. 477 Replay)
    Breaking news! Sources say American journalism exploits our negativity bias to maximize profits, and social media algorithms add fuel to the fire. Stephen Dubner investigates.
  18. August 11, 2022
    48 min
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    The Pros and Cons of America’s (Extreme) Individualism (Ep. 470 Replay)
    According to a decades-long research project, the U.S. is not only the most individualistic country on earth; we’re also high on indulgence, short-term thinking, and masculinity (but low on “uncertainty avoidan…
  19. August 04, 2022
    51 min
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    The U.S. Is Just Different — So Let’s Stop Pretending We’re Not (Ep. 469 Replay)
    We often look to other countries for smart policies on education, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. But can a smart policy be simply transplanted into a country as culturally unusual (and as supremely WEIRD) as…
  20. July 28, 2022
    49 min
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    512. Does Philosophy Still Matter?
    It used to be at the center of our conversations about politics and society. Scott Hershovitz (author of "Nasty, Brutish, and Short") argues that philosophy still has a lot to say about work, justice, and paren…

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