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Freakonomics Radio

Have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling "Freakonomics” books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his “Freakonomics” co-author Steve Levitt. After just a few episodes, this podcast will have you too thinking like a Freak. Produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts such as “Radiolab," "Death, Sex & Money," and "On the Media."


Episodes 258

In Praise of Incrementalism (Rebroadcast) 2018-06-28   In Praise of Maintenance (Rebroadcast) 2018-06-21   How to Catch World Cup Fever 2018-06-14   How to Build a Smart City 2018-06-07   How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? (Rebroadcast) 2018-05-31   The Most Vilified Industry in America Is Also the Most Charitable 2018-05-24   Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad? 2018-05-17   5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing 2018-05-10   Evolution, Accelerated (Rebroadcast) 2018-05-03   The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted 2018-04-26   1 Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Terrible/Awesome (Part 2) 2018-04-19   Why the Trump Tax Cuts are Awesome/Terrible (Part 1) 2018-04-12   Extra: Ray Dalio Full Interview 2018-04-09   1 The Invisible Paw 2018-04-05   Extra: Mark Zuckerberg Full Interview 2018-04-02   1 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Rebroadcast) 2018-03-29   Extra: Carol Bartz Full Interview 2018-03-26   1 The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money (Rebroadcast) 2018-03-22   Extra: Jack Welch Full Interview 2018-03-19   1 How to Train Your Dragon Child 2018-03-15   Extra: Satya Nadella Full Interview 2018-03-12   1 Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It 2018-03-08   Extra: David Rubenstein Full Interview 2018-03-05   1 Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late? (Rebroadcast) 2018-03-01   Extra: Richard Branson Full Interview 2018-02-26   1 ​Letting Go 2018-02-22   After the Glass Ceiling, a Glass Cliff 2018-02-15   It’s Your Problem Now 2018-02-08   6 What Can Uber Teach Us About the Gender Pay Gap? 2018-02-06   An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl (Rebroadcast) 2018-02-03   “I Wasn’t Stupid Enough to Say This Could Be Done Overnight” 2018-02-01   1 How to Become a C.E.O. 2018-01-25   10 What Does a C.E.O. Actually Do? 2018-01-18   13 How to Be a Modern Democrat — and Win 2018-01-11   1 Why Is My Life So Hard? (Rebroadcast) 2018-01-04   Trust Me (Rebroadcast) 2017-12-28   Make Me a Match (Rebroadcast) 2017-12-21   1 Not Your Grandmother’s I.M.F. 2017-12-14   1 Why Is the Live-Event Ticket Market So Screwed Up? 2017-12-07   Are We Running Out of Ideas? 2017-11-30   Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Update) 2017-11-23   Nurses to the Rescue! 2017-11-16   How Can I Do the Most Social Good With $100? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions 2017-11-09   Why Is There So Much Ground Beef in the World? (Special Feature) 2017-11-07   1 Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It? 2017-11-02   How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution 2017-10-26   The Demonization of Gluten 2017-10-19   What Are the Secrets of the German Economy — and Should We Steal Them? 2017-10-12   Time to Take Back the Toilet (Rebroadcast) 2017-10-05   “Tell Me Something I Don't Know” on the topic of Behavior Change (Special Feature) 2017-10-01   8 Why Larry Summers Is the Economist Everyone Hates to Love 2017-09-28   1 Why Learn Esperanto? (Special Feature) 2017-09-26   What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) 2017-09-21   Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) 2017-09-14   "How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?" 2017-09-07   1 Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (Rebroadcast) 2017-08-31   Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Rebroadcast) 2017-08-24   Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Rebroadcast) 2017-08-17   What Are You Waiting For? (Rebroadcast) 2017-08-10   Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask) 2017-08-03   The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money 2017-07-27   These Shoes Are Killing Me! 2017-07-20   When Helping Hurts 2017-07-13   The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage 2017-07-06   The Harvard President Will See You Now (Rebroadcast) 2017-06-29   Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 2) 2017-06-23   1 Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 1) 2017-06-22   1 "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" on the topic of Rivalry 2017-06-20   Evolution, Accelerated 2017-06-15   He’s One of the Most Famous Political Operatives in America. America Just Doesn’t Know It Yet. 2017-06-08   1 How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? 2017-06-01   Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor? 2017-05-25   Hoopers! Hoopers! Hoopers! 2017-05-18   1 How Big is My Penis? (And Other Things We Ask Google) 2017-05-11   1 Food + Science = Victory! (Rebroadcast) 2017-05-04   There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified? 2017-04-27   Is Income Inequality Inevitable? (Earth 2.0 Series) 2017-04-20   What Would Our Economy Look Like? (Earth 2.0 Series) 2017-04-13   2 Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others? 2017-04-06   Big Returns from Thinking Small 2017-03-30   “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” on the topic of Collections. 2017-03-28   4 How Safe Is Your Job? (Rebroadcast) 2017-03-23   Why Is My Life So Hard? 2017-03-16   Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory 2017-03-09   The Taboo Trifecta 2017-03-02   1 No Hollywood Ending for the Visual-Effects Industry 2017-02-23   Professor Hendryx vs. Big Coal 2017-02-16   How to Get More Grit in Your Life (Rebroadcast) 2017-02-09   1 An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl 2017-02-02   Did China Eat America’s Jobs? 2017-01-26   Is the American Dream Really Dead? 2017-01-19   Trevor Noah Has a Lot to Say 2017-01-12   1 The Men Who Started a Thinking Revolution 2017-01-05   1 How to Become Great at Just About Anything (Rebroadcast) 2016-12-29   1 How to Be More Productive (Rebroadcast) 2016-12-22   Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis 2016-12-15   Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations 2016-12-08   Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 2016-12-01   The No-Tipping Point (Rebroadcast) 2016-11-24   How to Make a Bad Decision 2016-11-17   Introducing Stephen J. Dubner's new podcast, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" 2016-11-15   Trust Me 2016-11-10   How Much Does the President Really Matter? (Rebroadcast) 2016-11-09   The White House Gets Into the Nudge Business 2016-11-03   In Praise of Incrementalism 2016-10-27   In Praise of Maintenance 2016-10-20   This Is Your Brain on Podcasts 2016-10-13   How To Win A Nobel Prize (Rebroadcast) 2016-10-06   Why Are We Still Using Cash? 2016-09-29   Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship? 2016-09-22   Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian 2016-09-15   Why Uber Is an Economist’s Dream 2016-09-08   The Future (Probably) Isn’t as Scary as You Think 2016-09-01   Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset? (Rebroadcast) 2016-08-25   Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush (Rebroadcast) 2016-08-18   What Are You Waiting For? 2016-08-11   Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? (Rebroadcast) 2016-08-04   Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten 2016-07-28   What Are Gender Barriers Made Of? 2016-07-21   Is the Internet Being Ruined? 2016-07-14   Confessions of a Pothole Politician 2016-07-07   The Suicide Paradox (Rebroadcast) 2016-06-30   How Much Does the President Really Matter? (Rebroadcast) 2016-06-23   Why Do We Really Follow the News? (Rebroadcast) 2016-06-16   Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble? 2016-06-09   Why Does Everyone Hate Flying? And Other Questions Only a Pilot Can Answer 2016-06-02   The Longest Long Shot 2016-05-26   How to Be Tim Ferriss 2016-05-19   1 How to Win Games and Beat People 2016-05-12   1 How to Get More Grit in Your Life 2016-05-05   1 Being Malcolm Gladwell 2016-05-02   1 How to Become Great at Just About Anything 2016-04-28   1 How to Be More Productive 2016-04-21   Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income? 2016-04-14   Are Payday Loans Really as Evil as People Say? 2016-04-07   The Economics of Sleep, Part 2 (Rebroadcast) 2016-03-31   The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 (Rebroadcast) 2016-03-24   Yes, the American Economy Is in a Funk -- But Not for the Reasons You Think 2016-03-17   1 The No-Tipping Point 2016-03-11   1 The United States of Cory Booker 2016-03-03   1 Ask Not What Your Podcast Can Do for You 2016-02-25   How Can This Possibly Be True? 2016-02-18   Who Needs Handwriting? 2016-02-11   How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps (Rebroadcast) 2016-02-04   Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem? (Rebroadcast) 2016-01-28   Do Boycotts Work? 2016-01-21   How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future 2016-01-14   1 The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap 2016-01-07   When Willpower Isn’t Enough (Rebroadcast) 2015-12-31   Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition (Rebroadcast) 2015-12-24   Is Migration a Basic Human Right? 2015-12-17   The Cheeseburger Diet 2015-12-10   Ben Bernanke Gives Himself a Grade 2015-12-03   1 Why Do People Keep Having Children? (Rebroadcast) 2015-11-26   Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late? 2015-11-19   Should Everyone Be in a Rock Band? 2015-11-12   Food + Science = Victory 2015-11-05   Am I Boring You? 2015-10-29   How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying (Rebroadcast) 2015-10-22   How To Win A Nobel Prize 2015-10-15   Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them? 2015-10-08   Meet the Woman Who Said Women Can’t Have It All 2015-10-01   How Did the Belt Win? 2015-09-24   “I Don't Know What You've Done With My Husband, But He's a Changed Man.” 2015-09-17   Preventing Crime for Pennies on the Dollar 2015-09-10   The Harvard President Will See You Now 2015-09-03   Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset? 2015-08-27   How to Make a Smart TV Ad 2015-08-20   The Dangers of Safety (Rebroadcast) 2015-08-13   Why Do We Really Follow the News? 2015-08-06   How to Create Suspense 2015-07-30   Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush 2015-07-23   1 The Economics of Sleep, Part 2 2015-07-16   The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 2015-07-09   A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast) 2015-07-02   Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? 2015-06-25   Make Me a Match 2015-06-18   Making Sex Offenders Pay -- and Pay and Pay and Pay 2015-06-11   Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do? 2015-06-04   Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Rebroadcast) 2015-05-28   Failure Is Your Friend (Rebroadcast) 2015-05-21   Ten Years of Freakonomics 2015-05-14   Could the Next Brooklyn Be ... Las Vegas?! 2015-05-07   1 Think Like a Child (Rebroadcast) 2015-04-30   Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird” 2015-04-23   1 Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend 2015-04-16   How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution? 2015-04-09   How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare? 2015-04-02   The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast) 2015-03-26   What You Don’t Know About Online Dating (Rebroadcast) 2015-03-19   When Willpower Isn’t Enough 2015-03-12   This Idea Must Die 2015-03-05   The Maddest Men of All 2015-02-26   1 Hacking the World Bank 2015-02-19   Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism? 2015-02-12   How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency? 2015-02-05   How Safe Is Your Job? 2015-01-29   Someone Else’s Acid Trip 2015-01-22   That’s a Great Question! 2015-01-15   Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine? 2015-01-08   What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast) 2015-01-01   What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? (Rebroadcast) 2014-12-25   Time to Take Back the Toilet 2014-12-18   The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast) 2014-12-11   How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps 2014-12-04   Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem? 2014-11-27   The Man Who Would Be Everything 2014-11-20   Why Do People Keep Having Children? 2014-11-13   Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico? 2014-11-06   What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics? 2014-10-30   “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” 2014-10-23   How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas? 2014-10-16   How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten (Rebroadcast) 2014-10-09   Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition 2014-10-02   Fitness Apartheid 2014-09-25   Outsiders by Design 2014-09-18   How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying 2014-09-11   Regulate This! 2014-09-04   Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast) 2014-08-28   Parking Is Hell (Rebroadcast) 2014-08-21   What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common? (Rebroadcast) 2014-08-14   Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast) 2014-08-07   How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast) 2014-07-31   Does Religion Make You Happy? 2014-07-24   Why You Should Bribe Your Kids 2014-07-17   What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common? 2014-07-10   A Better Way to Eat 2014-07-03   How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot 2014-06-26   There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer 2014-06-19   Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet) 2014-06-12   Failure Is Your Friend 2014-06-05   The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast) 2014-05-29   Think Like a Child 2014-05-22   The Three Hardest Words in the English Language 2014-05-15   How to Think Like a Freak -- and Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions 2014-05-08   The Perfect Crime 2014-05-01   Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado? 2014-04-24   What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? 2014-04-17   “If Mayors Ruled the World” 2014-04-10   How to Make People Quit Smoking 2014-04-03   Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It 2014-03-27   Women Are Not Men (Rebroadcast) 2014-03-20   “It’s Fun to Smoke Marijuana” 2014-03-13   Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It? 2014-03-06   Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable? 2014-02-27   Why Marry? (Part 2) 2014-02-20   Why Marry? (Part 1) 2014-02-13   What You Don’t Know About Online Dating 2014-02-06   Reasons to Not Be Ugly 2014-01-30   Everybody Gossips (and That’s a Good Thing) 2014-01-23   Fear Thy Nature (Rebroadcast) 2014-01-16   Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-Quently Asked Questions 2014-01-09   What’s the “Best” Exercise? 2014-01-02   Save Me From Myself (Rebroadcast) 2013-12-26   Pontiff-icating on the Free-Market System 2013-12-19   Are Gay Men Really Rich? 2013-12-12   The Most Dangerous Machine 2013-12-05   Fighting Poverty With Actual Evidence 2013-11-27