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Freakonomics Radio

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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) — fro...Show More
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366. This Economist Predicted the Last Crisis. What’s the Next One?

49:08 | Feb 7th

In 2005, Raghuram Rajan said the financial system was at risk “of a catastrophic meltdown.” After stints at the I.M.F. and India’s central bank, he sees another potential crisis — and he offers a solution. Is it stronger governments? Freer markets? R...Show More
What Can Uber Teach Us About the Gender Pay Gap?

42:27 | Feb 6th, 2018

The gig economy offers the ultimate flexibility to set your own hours. That's why economists thought it would help eliminate the gender pay gap. A new study, using data from over a million Uber drivers, finds the story isn't so simple.
Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348)

34:43 | Sep 6th, 2018

We all know the standard story: our economy would be more dynamic if only the government would get out of the way. The economist Mariana Mazzucato says we’ve got that story backward. She argues that the government, by funding so much early-stage rese...Show More
Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 1)

43:18 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal. So why do most Democrats hate him so much? In a rare series of interviews, he explains his political awakening,...Show More
Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

43:04 | Sep 14th, 2017

There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?
Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (Rebroadcast)

47:20 | Aug 31st, 2017

By some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what's to be done? Our third and final episode in this series offers some encouraging answers.
The Future of Freakonomics Radio

35:58 | Jul 3rd, 2018

After 8 years and more than 300 episodes, it was time to either 1) quit, or 2) make the show bigger and better. We voted for number 2. Here’s a peek behind the curtain and a preview of what you’ll be hearing next.
The Demonization of Gluten

43:55 | Oct 19th, 2017

Celiac disease is thought to affect roughly one percent of the population. The good news: it can be treated by quitting gluten. The bad news: many celiac patients haven't been diagnosed. The weird news: millions of people without celiac disease have ...Show More
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask)

43:59 | Aug 3rd, 2017

The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here's how to become your own financial superhero.
382. How Goes the Behavior-Change Revolution?

51:03 | Jun 20th

An all-star team of behavioral scientists discovers that humans are stubborn (and lazy, and sometimes dumber than dogs). We also hear about binge drinking, humblebragging, and regrets. Recorded live in Philadelphia with guests including Richard Thale...Show More
An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…

53:36 | Aug 2nd, 2018

In this live episode of “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” we learn why New York has skinny skyscrapers, how to weaponize water, and what astronauts talk about in space. Joining Stephen J. Dubner as co-host is the linguist John McWhorter; Bari Weiss (...Show More
The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money (Rebroadcast)

46:33 | Mar 22nd, 2018

It's hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. So why are we willing to pay big fees for subpar investment returns? Enter the low-cost index fund. The revolution will not be monetized.
Not Your Grandmother’s I.M.F.

38:18 | Dec 14th, 2017

The International Monetary Fund has long been the "lender of last resort" for economies in crisis. Christine Lagarde, who runs the institution, would like to prevent those crises from ever happening. She tells us her plans.
There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified?

45:36 | Apr 27th, 2017

Some people argue that sugar should be regulated, like alcohol and tobacco, on the grounds that it's addictive and toxic. How much sense does that make?
How to Win Games and Beat People (Ep. 247 Rebroadcast)

52:29 | Dec 27th, 2018

Games are as old as civilization itself, and some people think they have huge social value regardless of whether you win or lose. Tom Whipple is not one of those people. That’s why he consulted an army of preposterously overqualified experts to find ...Show More
What Does a C.E.O. Actually Do?

0:00 | Jan 18th, 2018

They're paid a fortune — but for what, exactly? What makes a good C.E.O. — and how can you even tell? Is "leadership science" a real thing — or just airport-bookstore mumbo jumbo? We put these questions to Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Indra Nooy...Show More
Make Me a Match (Rebroadcast)

52:49 | Dec 21st, 2017

Sure, markets generally work well. But for some transactions — like school admissions and organ transplants — money alone can't solve the problem. That's when you need a market-design wizard like Al Roth.
What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

41:04 | Sep 21st, 2017

We explore votes for English, Indonesian, and … Esperanto! The search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Will technology finally solve that?
Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Rebroadcast)

45:35 | Aug 24th, 2017

How do ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on "dream patients" who aren't representative of a larger population.
Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Rebroadcast)

44:02 | Aug 17th, 2017

We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the ...Show More
The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money

48:00 | Jul 27th, 2017

It's hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. So why are we willing to pay big fees for subpar investment returns? Enter the low-cost index fund. The revolution will not be monetized.
These Shoes Are Killing Me!

39:14 | Jul 20th, 2017

The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in "a coffin" (as one foot scholar calls it) that stymies so much of its ability — and may create more problems than it solves?
How Big is My Penis? (And Other Things We Ask Google)

34:01 | May 11th, 2017

On the Internet, people say all kinds of things they'd never say aloud -- about sex and race, about their true wants and fears. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has spent years parsing the data. His conclusion: our online searches are the reflection of our t...Show More
Earth 2.0: Is Income Inequality Inevitable?

40:54 | Apr 20th, 2017

In pursuit of a more perfect economy, we discuss the future of work; the toxic remnants of colonization; and whether giving everyone a basic income would be genius — or maybe the worst idea ever.
122. How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)

51:24 | Aug 8th

A kid’s name can tell us something about his parents — their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?
385. What Do Nancy Pelosi, Taylor Swift, and Serena Williams Have in Common?

35:31 | Jul 18th

They — along with a great many other high-achieving women — were all once Girl Scouts. So was Sylvia Acevedo. Raised in a poor, immigrant family, she was told that “girls like her” didn’t go to college. But she did, and then became a rocket scientist...Show More
379. How to Change Your Mind

45:51 | May 30th

There are a lot of barriers to changing your mind: ego, overconfidence, inertia — and cost. Politicians who flip-flop get mocked; family and friends who cross tribal borders are shunned. But shouldn’t we be encouraging people to change their minds? A...Show More
378. 23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)

49:58 | May 16th

The revolution in home DNA testing is giving consumers important, possibly life-changing information. It’s also building a gigantic database that could lead to medical breakthroughs. But how will you deal with upsetting news? What if your privacy is ...Show More
376. The Data-Driven Guide to Sane Parenting

49:59 | May 2nd

Humans have been having kids forever, so why are modern parents so bewildered? The economist Emily Oster marshals the evidence on the most contentious topics — breastfeeding and sleep training, vaccines and screen time — and tells her fellow parents ...Show More
329. The Invisible Paw (Rebroadcast)

47:00 | Apr 25th

Humans, it has long been thought, are the only animal to engage in economic activity. But what if we've had it exactly backward?
374. How Spotify Saved the Music Industry (But Not Necessarily Musicians)

57:35 | Apr 11th

Daniel Ek, a 23-year-old Swede who grew up on pirated music, made the record labels an offer they couldn’t refuse: a legal platform to stream all the world’s music. Spotify reversed the labels’ fortunes, made Ek rich, and thrilled millions of music f...Show More
347. Why You Shouldn’t Open a Restaurant (Update)

48:57 | Mar 21st

Kenji Lopez-Alt became a rock star of the food world by bringing science into the kitchen in a way that everyday cooks can appreciate. Then he dared to start his own restaurant — and discovered problems that even science can’t solve.
371. A Free-Trade Democrat in the Trump White House

48:23 | Mar 14th

For years, Gary Cohn thought he’d be the next C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs. Instead, he became the “adult in the room” in a chaotic administration. Cohn talks about the fights he won, the fights he lost, and the fights he was no longer willing to have. Al...Show More
370. How to Fail Like a Pro

40:39 | Mar 7th

The road to success is paved with failure, so you might as well learn to do it right. (Ep. 5 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)
369. A Good Idea Is Not Good Enough

54:28 | Feb 28th

Whether you’re building a business or a cathedral, execution is everything. We ask artists, scientists, and inventors how they turned ideas into reality. And we find out why it’s so hard for a group to get things done — and what you can do about it. ...Show More
368. Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

1:01:34 | Feb 21st

Whether you’re mapping the universe, hosting a late-night talk show, or running a meeting, there are a lot of ways to up your idea game. Plus: the truth about brainstorming. (Ep. 3 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)
367. The Future of Meat

51:47 | Feb 14th

Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?
364. Inside the Sports-Industrial Complex

52:50 | Jan 24th

For most of us, the athletes are what make sports interesting. But if you own the team or run the league, your players are essentially very expensive migrant workers who eat into your profits. We talk to N.F.L., N.B.A., and U.F.C. executives about la...Show More
359. Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s?

47:01 | Nov 29th, 2018

The quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach all of us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and team spirit.
A Conversation With PepsiCo C.E.O. Indra Nooyi (Ep. 316 Update)

45:45 | Aug 7th, 2018

One of the world’s biggest and best-known companies just announced that its C.E.O. would be stepping down in the fall. We interviewed her as part of our series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.," and we thought you might like to hear that episode again, o...Show More
The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted

51:53 | Apr 26th, 2018

Sure, medical progress has been astounding. But today the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Atul Gawande — cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author — has some simple ideas for treatin...Show More
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Rebroadcast)

44:43 | Mar 29th, 2018

The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here's how to become your own financial superhero.
Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It

41:09 | Mar 8th, 2018

Whether it's a giant infrastructure plan or a humble kitchen renovation, it'll inevitably take way too long and cost way too much. That's because you suffer from “the planning fallacy.” (You also have an “optimism bias” and a bad case of overconfiden...Show More
​Letting Go

45:00 | Feb 22nd, 2018

If you're a C.E.O., there are a lot of ways to leave your job, from abrupt firing to carefully planned succession (which may still go spectacularly wrong). In this final episode of our “Secret Life of a C.E.O." series, we hear those stories and many ...Show More
After the Glass Ceiling, a Glass Cliff

52:18 | Feb 15th, 2018

Only 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies are run by women. Why? Research shows that female executives are more likely to be put in charge of firms that are already in crisis. Are they being set up to fail? (Part 5 of a special series, "The Secret Life...Show More
“I Wasn’t Stupid Enough to Say This Could Be Done Overnight”

47:57 | Feb 1st, 2018

Indra Nooyi became C.E.O. of PepsiCo just in time for a global financial meltdown. She also had a portfolio full of junk food just as the world decided that junk food is borderline toxic. Here's the story of how she overhauled that portfolio, stared ...Show More
Why Is the Live-Event Ticket Market So Screwed Up?

48:22 | Dec 7th, 2017

The public has almost no chance to buy good tickets to the best events. Ticket brokers, meanwhile, make huge profits on the secondary markets. Here's the story of how this market got so dysfunctional, how it can be fixed – and why it probably won't b...Show More
Are We Running Out of Ideas?

37:04 | Nov 30th, 2017

Economists have a hard time explaining why productivity growth has been shrinking. One theory: true innovation has gotten much harder – and much more expensive. So what should we do next?
Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Update)

45:13 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Most people don't enjoy the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. But we do love to play the lottery. So what if you combine the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout?
Nurses to the Rescue!

57:43 | Nov 16th, 2017

They are the most-trusted profession in America (and with good reason). They are critical to patient outcomes (especially in primary care). Could the growing army of nurse practitioners be an answer to the doctor shortage? The data say yes but —  big...Show More
How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution

44:40 | Oct 26th, 2017

Academic studies are nice, and so are Nobel Prizes. But to truly prove the value of a new idea, you have to unleash it to the masses. That's what a dream team of social scientists is doing — and we sat in as they drew up their game plan.
Why Learn Esperanto? (Special Feature)

31:49 | Sep 26th, 2017

A language invented in the 19th century, and meant to be universal, it never really caught on. So why does a group of Esperantists from around the world gather once a year to celebrate their bond?
"How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?"

47:04 | Sep 7th, 2017

John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Here's the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions in the fa...Show More
What Are You Waiting For? (Rebroadcast)

36:19 | Aug 10th, 2017

Standing in line represents a particularly sloppy — and frustrating — way for supply and demand to meet. Why haven't we found a better way to get what we want? Is it possible that we secretly enjoy waiting in line? And might it even be (gulp) good fo...Show More
When Helping Hurts

51:25 | Jul 13th, 2017

Good intentions are nice, but with so many resources poured into social programs, wouldn't it be even nicer to know what actually works?
Evolution, Accelerated

35:40 | Jun 15th, 2017

A breakthrough in genetic technology has given humans more power than ever to change nature. It could help eliminate hunger and disease; it could also lead to the sort of dystopia we used to only read about in sci-fi novels. So what happens next? Hel...Show More
Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor?

43:55 | May 25th, 2017

A series of academic studies suggest that the wealthy are, to put it bluntly, selfish jerks. It's an easy narrative to swallow — but is it true? A trio of economists set out to test the theory. All it took was a Dutch postal worker's uniform, some en...Show More
Food + Science = Victory! (Rebroadcast)

36:43 | May 4th, 2017

A kitchen wizard and a nutrition detective talk about the perfect hamburger, getting the most out of garlic, and why you should use vodka in just about everything.
Earth 2.0: What Would Our Economy Look Like?

42:50 | Apr 13th, 2017

If we could reboot the planet and create new systems and institutions from scratch, would they be any better than what we've blundered our way into through trial and error? This is the first of a series of episodes that we'll release over several mon...Show More
Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others?

35:21 | Apr 6th, 2017

The biggest problem with humanity is humans themselves. Too often, we make choices — what we eat, how we spend our money and time — that undermine our well-being. An all-star team of academic researchers thinks it has the solution: perfecting the sci...Show More
The Taboo Trifecta

32:06 | Mar 2nd, 2017

The serial entrepreneur Miki Agrawal loves to talk about the bodily functions that make most people flinch. That's why she's building a business around the three P's: periods, pee, and poop.
How to Get More Grit in Your Life (Rebroadcast)

42:11 | Feb 9th, 2017

The psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that a person's level of stick-to-itiveness is directly related to their level of success. No big surprise there. But grit, she says, isn't something you're born with -- it can be learned. Here's how.
Trevor Noah Has a Lot to Say

35:19 | Jan 12th, 2017

The Daily Show host grew up as a poor, mixed-race South African kid going to three churches every Sunday. So he has a sui generis view of America -- especially on race, politics, and religion -- and he's not afraid to speak his mind.
How to Be More Productive (Rebroadcast)

39:20 | Dec 22nd, 2016

In this busy time of year, we could all use some tips on how to get more done in less time. First, however, a warning: there's a big difference between being busy and being productive.
Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis

48:30 | Dec 15th, 2016

By some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what's to be done? Our third and final episode in this series offers some encouraging answers.
Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations

45:18 | Dec 8th, 2016

How do so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on "dream patients" who aren't representative of a larger population. On the other hand, sometimes the only thing worse than being...Show More
Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6

44:55 | Dec 1st, 2016

We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the ...Show More
The No-Tipping Point (Rebroadcast)

44:26 | Nov 24th, 2016

The restaurant business model is warped: kitchen wages are too low to hire cooks, while diners are put in charge of paying the waitstaff. So what happens if you eliminate tipping, raise menu prices, and redistribute the wealth? New York restaurant ma...Show More
387. Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi!

38:47 | Aug 15th

Research shows that having a distinctively black name doesn’t affect your economic future. But what is the day-to-day reality of living with such a name? Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, a newly-minted Ph.D., is well-qualified to answer this question. Her ve...Show More
386. How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War

39:30 | Aug 1st

Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. government’s battle for agricultural abundance against the U.S...Show More
356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)

52:55 | Jul 25th

We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what ...Show More
384. Abortion and Crime, Revisited

55:19 | Jul 11th

The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and thei...Show More
173. A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)

26:56 | Jul 4th

Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?
383. The Zero-Minute Workout

37:23 | Jun 27th

There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic the effects of working out, why wouldn’t we want to take it?
381. Long-Term Thinking in a Start-Up Town

49:56 | Jun 13th

Recorded live in San Francisco. Guests include the keeper of a 10,000-year clock, the co-founder of Lyft, a pioneer in male birth control, a specialist in water security, and a psychology professor who is also a puppy. With co-host Angela Duckworth, ...Show More
380. Notes From an Imperfect Paradise

50:22 | Jun 6th

Recorded live in Los Angeles. Guests include Mayor Eric Garcetti, the “Earthquake Lady,” the head of the Port of L.A., and a scientist with NASA’s Planetary Protection team. With co-host Angela Duckworth, fact-checker Mike Maughan, and the worldwide ...Show More
323. Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It (Rebroadcast)

41:46 | May 23rd

Whether it’s a giant infrastructure plan or a humble kitchen renovation, it’ll inevitably take way too long and cost way too much. That’s because you suffer from “the planning fallacy.” (You also have an “optimism bias” and a bad case of overconfiden...Show More
377. The $1.5 Trillion Question: How to Fix Student-Loan Debt?

48:02 | May 9th

As the cost of college skyrocketed, it created a debt burden that’s putting a drag on the economy. One possible solution: shifting the risk of debt away from students and onto investors looking for a cut of the graduates’ earning power.
375. The Most Interesting Fruit in the World

36:40 | Apr 18th

The banana used to be a luxury good. Now it’s the most popular fruit in the U.S. and elsewhere. But the production efficiencies that made it so cheap have also made it vulnerable to a deadly fungus that may wipe out the one variety most of us eat. Sc...Show More
373. Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work

48:18 | Apr 4th

As cities become ever-more expensive, politicians and housing advocates keep calling for rent control. Economists think that’s a terrible idea. They say it helps a small (albeit noisy) group of renters, but keeps overall rents artificially high by di...Show More
372. Freakonomics Radio Live: “Would You Eat a Piece of Chocolate Shaped Like Dog Poop?”

53:53 | Mar 28th

What your disgust level says about your politics, how Napoleon influenced opera, why New York City’s subways may finally run on time, and more. Five compelling guests tell Stephen Dubner, co-host Angela Duckworth, and fact-checker Jody Avirgan lots o...Show More
Extra: Domonique Foxworth Full Interview

1:29:52 | Feb 2nd

Stephen Dubner’s conversation with the former N.F.L. player, union official, and all-around sports thinker, recorded for our “Hidden Side of Sports” series.
365. Not Just Another Labor Force

1:00:07 | Jan 31st

If you think talent and hard work give top athletes all the leverage to succeed, think again. As employees in the Sports-Industrial Complex, they’ve got a tight earnings window, a high injury rate, little choice in where they work — and a very early ...Show More
Extra: Mark Cuban Full Interview

42:04 | Jan 26th

A conversation with the Shark Tank star, entrepreneur, and Dallas Mavericks owner recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”
Extra: Mark Teixeira Full Interview

1:02:15 | Jan 19th

A conversation with former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”
363. Think Like a Winner

55:05 | Jan 17th

Great athletes aren’t just great at the physical stuff. They’ve also learned how to handle pressure, overcome fear, and stay focused. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to be an athlete to use what they know. (Ep. 4 of “The Hidden Side of Sports” s...Show More
Hacking the World Bank (Ep. 197 Update)

35:40 | Jan 12th

Jim Yong Kim has an unorthodox background for a World Bank president — and his reign has been just as unorthodox. He has just announced he’s stepping down, well before his term is over; we recorded this interview with him in 2015.
362. Why Is This Man Running for President?

52:10 | Jan 10th

In the American Dream sweepstakes, Andrew Yang was a pretty big winner. But for every winner, he came to realize, there are thousands upon thousands of losers — a “war on normal people,” he calls it. Here’s what he plans to do about it.
How to Be Happy (Ep. 345 Rebroadcast)

37:41 | Jan 3rd

The U.N.’s World Happiness Report — created to curtail our unhealthy obsession with G.D.P. — is dominated every year by the Nordic countries. We head to Denmark to learn the secrets of this happiness epidemic (and to see if we should steal them).
People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard. (Ep. 340 Rebroadcast)

57:57 | Dec 20th, 2018

You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. But that’s what Richard Thaler has done. The founder of behavioral economics describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being l...Show More
Freakonomics Radio Live: “Where Does Fear Live in the Brain?”

55:20 | Dec 15th, 2018

Our co-host is comedian Christian Finnegan, and we learn: the difference between danger and fear; the role of clouds in climate change; and why (and when) politicians are bad at math. Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri is our real-time fact-ch...Show More
Freakonomics Radio Live: “The World’s a Mess. But Oysters, They Hold it Down.”

56:55 | Dec 15th, 2018

Celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli joins us to co-host an evening of delicious fact-finding: where a trillion oysters went, whether a soda tax can work, and how beer helped build an empire. Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri is our real-time fa...Show More
Freakonomics Radio Live: “We Thought of a Way to Manipulate Your Perception of Time.”

56:39 | Dec 15th, 2018

We learn how to be less impatient, how to tell fake news from real, and the simple trick that nurses used to make better predictions than doctors. Journalist Manoush Zomorodi co-hosts; our real-time fact-checker is the author and humorist A.J. Jacobs...Show More
361. Freakonomics Radio Live: “Jesus Could Have Been a Pigeon.”

1:00:26 | Dec 13th, 2018

Our co-host is Grit author Angela Duckworth, and we learn fascinating, Freakonomical facts from a parade of guests. For instance: what we all get wrong about Darwin; what an iPod has in common with the “hell ant”; and how a “memory athlete” memorizes...Show More
360. Is the Protestant Work Ethic Real?

40:30 | Dec 6th, 2018

In the early 20th century, Max Weber argued that Protestantism created wealth. Finally, there are data to prove if he was right. All it took were some missionary experiments in the Philippines and a clever map-matching trick that goes back to 16th-ce...Show More
There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified? (Ep. 285 Rebroadcast)

47:06 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Some people argue that sugar should be regulated, like alcohol and tobacco, on the grounds that it’s addictive and toxic. How much sense does that make? We hear from a regulatory advocate, an evidence-based skeptic, a former F.D.A. commissioner — and...Show More
358. Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be

40:32 | Nov 15th, 2018

It began as a post-war dream for a more collaborative and egalitarian workplace. It has evolved into a nightmare of noise and discomfort. Can the open office be saved, or should we all just be working from home?
357. Can an Industrial Giant Become a Tech Darling?

54:04 | Nov 8th, 2018

The Ford Motor Company is ditching its legacy sedans, doubling down on trucks, and trying to steer its stock price out of a long skid. But C.E.O. Jim Hackett has even bigger plans: to turn a century-old automaker into the nucleus of a “transportation...Show More
356. America’s Hidden Duopoly

54:15 | Nov 1st, 2018

We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what ...Show More
Extra: Elvis Costello Full Interview

1:19:31 | Oct 27th, 2018

A conversation with the iconic singer-songwriter, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “How to Be Creative.”
355. Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)?

1:13:46 | Oct 25th, 2018

Family environments and “diversifying experiences” (including the early death of a parent); intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations; schools that value assessments, but don't assess the things we value. All these elements factor into the long, mysteri...Show More
Extra: Jeremy Lin Full Interview

43:17 | Oct 20th, 2018

A conversation with veteran NBA point guard Jeremy Lin, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”
354. How to Be Creative

52:32 | Oct 18th, 2018

There are thousands of books on the subject, but what do we actually know about creativity? In this new series, we talk to the researchers who study it as well as artists, inventors, and pathbreakers who live it every day: Ai Weiwei, James Dyson, Elv...Show More
How to Optimize Your Apology (Ep. 353)

49:16 | Oct 11th, 2018

You said, “I’m sorry,” but somehow you haven’t been forgiven. Why? Because you’re doing it wrong! A report from the front lines of apology science.
Can This Man Stop a Trade War? (Ep. 352)

42:43 | Oct 4th, 2018

The World Trade Organization is the referee for 164 trading partners, each with their own political and economic agendas. Lately, those agendas have gotten more complicated — especially with President Trump’s tariff blitz. Roberto Azevêdo, head of th...Show More
Extra: Shawn Johnson Full Interview

1:07:16 | Oct 1st, 2018

A conversation with 2008 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”
Here’s Why You’re Not an Elite Athlete (Ep. 351)

1:07:43 | Sep 27th, 2018

There are a lot of factors that go into greatness, many of which are not obvious. A variety of Olympic and professional athletes tell us how they made it and what they sacrificed to get there. And if you can identify the sport most likely to get a ki...Show More
Extra: Full Interviews With Jimmy Garoppolo, Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, and Kyle Juszczyk

1:20:11 | Sep 23rd, 2018

Stephen Dubner’s conversations with members of the San Francisco 49ers offense, recorded for Freakonomics Radio episode No. 350, part of the “Hidden Side of Sports” series.
How to Stop Being a Loser (Ep. 350)

1:00:48 | Sep 20th, 2018

The San Francisco 49ers, one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world, also used to be one of the best. But they’ve been losing lately — a lot — and one of their players launched a controversy by kneeling during the national anthem. So why...Show More
How Sports Became Us (Ep. 349)

52:06 | Sep 13th, 2018

Dollar-wise, the sports industry is surprisingly small, about the same size as the cardboard-box industry. So why does it make so much noise? Because it reflects — and often amplifies — just about every political, economic, and social issue of the da...Show More
Why You Shouldn’t Open a Restaurant (Ep. 347)

37:17 | Aug 30th, 2018

Kenji Lopez-Alt became a rock star of the food world by bringing science into the kitchen in a way that everyday cooks can appreciate. Then he dared to start his own restaurant — and discovered problems that even science can’t solve.
Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346)

51:22 | Aug 23rd, 2018

The environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption. The technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. A debate that’s been around for decades has become a shouting match. Is anyone right?
How to Be Happy (Ep. 345)

37:30 | Aug 16th, 2018

The U.N.’s World Happiness Report — created to curtail our unhealthy obsession with G.D.P. — is dominated every year by the Nordic countries. We head to Denmark to learn the secrets of this happiness epidemic (and to see if we should steal them).
Who Decides How Much a Life Is Worth?

38:10 | Aug 9th, 2018

After every mass shooting or terrorist attack, victims and survivors receive a huge outpouring of support — including a massive pool of compensation money. How should that money be allocated? We speak with the man who’s done that job after many trage...Show More
Has Lance Armstrong Finally Come Clean?

50:37 | Jul 26th, 2018

He was once the most lionized athlete on the planet, with seven straight Tour de France wins and a victory over cancer too. Then the doping charges caught up with him. When he finally confessed to Oprah, he admits, “it didn’t go well at all.” That’s ...Show More
Why We Choke Under Pressure (and How Not To)

44:38 | Jul 19th, 2018

It happens to just about everyone, whether you’re going for Olympic gold or giving a wedding toast. We hear from psychologists, economists, and the golfer who some say committed the greatest choke of all time.
People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard.

57:00 | Jul 12th, 2018

You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. But that’s what Richard Thaler has done. The founder of behavioral economics describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being l...Show More
In Praise of Incrementalism (Rebroadcast)

49:20 | Jun 28th, 2018

What do Renaissance painting, civil-rights movements, and Olympic cycling have in common? In each case, huge breakthroughs came from taking tiny steps. In a world where everyone is looking for the next moonshot, we shouldn’t ignore the power of incre...Show More
In Praise of Maintenance (Rebroadcast)

42:12 | Jun 21st, 2018

Has our culture's obsession with innovation led us to neglect the fact that things also need to be taken care of?
How to Catch World Cup Fever

56:39 | Jun 14th, 2018

For soccer fans, it's easy. For the rest of us? Not so much, especially since the U.S. team didn't qualify. So here's what to watch for even if you have no team to root for. Because the World Cup isn't just a gargantuan sporting event; it's a microco...Show More
How to Build a Smart City

39:03 | Jun 7th, 2018

We are in the midst of a historic (and wholly unpredicted) rise in urbanization. But it's hard to retrofit old cities for the 21st century. Enter Dan Doctoroff. The man who helped modernize New York City — and tried to bring the Olympics there — is n...Show More
How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? (Rebroadcast)

28:56 | May 31st, 2018

Nearly two percent of America is grassy green. Sure, lawns are beautiful and useful and they smell great. But are the costs — financial, environmental and otherwise — worth the benefits?
The Most Vilified Industry in America Is Also the Most Charitable

33:21 | May 24th, 2018

Pharmaceutical firms donate an enormous amount of their products (and some cash too). But it doesn't seem to be helping their reputation. We ask Pfizer's generosity chief why the company gives so much, who it really helps, and whether all this philan...Show More
Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?

37:44 | May 17th, 2018

Corporate Social Responsibility programs can attract better job applicants who'll work for less money. But they also encourage employees to misbehave. Don't laugh — you too probably engage in “moral licensing,” even if you don't know it.
5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing

50:21 | May 10th, 2018

We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, they don't actually mean what we think they mean. But don't worry — the experts are getting it wrong, t...Show More
Evolution, Accelerated (Rebroadcast)

36:32 | May 3rd, 2018

A breakthrough in genetic technology has given humans more power than ever to change nature. It could help eliminate hunger and disease; it could also lead to the sort of dystopia we used to only read about in sci-fi novels. So what happens next?
Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Terrible/Awesome (Part 2)

44:53 | Apr 19th, 2018

Three former White House economists weigh in on the new tax bill. A sample: "The overwhelming evidence is that the trickle-down, magic-beanstalk beans argument — that's just nonsense."
Why the Trump Tax Cuts are Awesome/Terrible (Part 1)

45:21 | Apr 12th, 2018

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains the thinking behind the controversial new Republican tax package — and why its critics are wrong. (Next week, we'll hear from the critics.)
Extra: Ray Dalio Full Interview

1:18:02 | Apr 9th, 2018

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the founder and longtime C.E.O. of Bridgewater Associates, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”
The Invisible Paw

48:14 | Apr 5th, 2018

Humans, it has long been thought, are the only animal to engage in economic activity. But what if we've had it exactly backward?
Extra: Mark Zuckerberg Full Interview

46:22 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the Facebook founder and C.E.O., recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”
Extra: Carol Bartz Full Interview

51:19 | Mar 26th, 2018

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the former C.E.O. of Yahoo, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”
Extra: Jack Welch Full Interview

56:41 | Mar 19th, 2018

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the former longtime C.E.O. of General Electric, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”
How to Train Your Dragon Child

35:28 | Mar 15th, 2018

Every 12 years, there's a spike in births among certain communities across the globe, including the U.S. Why? Because the Year of the Dragon, according to Chinese folk belief, confers power, fortune, and more. We look at what happens to Dragon babies...Show More
Extra: Satya Nadella Full Interview

40:27 | Mar 12th, 2018

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the C.E.O. of Microsoft, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”
Extra: David Rubenstein Full Interview

1:30:36 | Mar 5th, 2018

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the co-founder and longtime co-C.E.O. of the Carlyle Group, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” (http://freakonomics.com/ceos).
Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late? (Rebroadcast)

46:29 | Mar 1st, 2018

In our collective zeal to reform schools and close the achievement gap, we may have lost sight of where most learning really happens — at home.
Extra: Richard Branson Full Interview

55:13 | Feb 26th, 2018

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the Virgin Group founder, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”
It’s Your Problem Now

44:00 | Feb 8th, 2018

No, it's not your fault the economy crashed. Or that consumer preferences changed. Or that new technologies have blown apart your business model. But if you're the C.E.O., it is your problem. So what are you going to do about it? First-hand stories o...Show More
An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl (Rebroadcast)

29:24 | Feb 3rd, 2018

We assembled a panel of smart dudes -- a two-time Super Bowl champ; a couple of N.F.L. linemen, including one who's getting a math Ph.D. at MIT; and our resident economist -- to tell you what to watch for, whether you're a football fanatic or a total...Show More
How to Become a C.E.O.

44:16 | Jan 25th, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg's dentist dad was an early adopter of digital x-rays. Jack Welch blew the roof off a factory. Carol Bartz was a Wisconsin farm girl who got into computers. No two C.E.O.'s have the same origin story — so we tell them all! How the lead...Show More
How to Be a Modern Democrat — and Win

38:14 | Jan 11th, 2018

Gina Raimondo, the governor of tiny Rhode Island, has taken on unions, boosted big business, and made friends with Republicans. She is also one of just 15 Democratic governors in the country. Would there be more of them if there were more like her?
Why Is My Life So Hard? (Rebroadcast)

30:08 | Jan 4th, 2018

Most of us feel we face more headwinds and obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. How can we avoid this trap?
Trust Me (Rebroadcast)

29:57 | Dec 28th, 2017

Societies where people trust one another are healthier and wealthier. In the U.S. (and the U.K. and elsewhere), social trust has been falling for decades — in part because our populations are more diverse. What can we do to fix it?
How Can I Do the Most Social Good With $100? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

43:24 | Nov 9th, 2017

Dubner and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt answer your questions about crime, traffic, real-estate agents, the Ph.D. glut, and how to not get eaten by a bear.
Why Is There So Much Ground Beef in the World? (Special Feature)

43:22 | Nov 7th, 2017

In this live episode of "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," you'll learn about carcass balancing, teen sleeping, and brand naming. Joining Stephen J. Dubner as co-host is Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday); author A.J. Jacobs (It's All Relative) i...Show More
Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It?

38:49 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Corporations and rich people donate billions to their favorite think tanks and foundations. Should we be grateful for their generosity — or suspicious of their motives?
What Are the Secrets of the German Economy — and Should We Steal Them?

57:03 | Oct 12th, 2017

Smart government policies, good industrial relations, and high-end products have helped German manufacturing beat back the threats of globalization.
Time to Take Back the Toilet (Rebroadcast)

31:45 | Oct 5th, 2017

Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?
“Tell Me Something I Don't Know” on the topic of Behavior Change (Special Feature)

55:16 | Oct 1st, 2017

Stephen J. Dubner hosts an episode full of the world’s most renowned behavior change experts, including Colin Camerer, Ayelet Fishbach, David Laibson, Max Bazerman, Katy Milkman, and Kevin Volpp. Angela Duckworth (psychologist and author of Grit) is ...Show More
Why Larry Summers Is the Economist Everyone Hates to Love

50:29 | Sep 28th, 2017

He's been U.S. Treasury Secretary, a chief economist for the Obama White House and the World Bank, and president of Harvard. He's one of the most brilliant economists of his generation (and perhaps the most irascible). And he thinks the Trump Adminis...Show More
The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage

43:54 | Jul 6th, 2017

Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in "marriageable" men. Surely the fracking boom re...Show More
The Harvard President Will See You Now (Rebroadcast)

39:18 | Jun 29th, 2017

How a pain-in-the-neck girl from rural Virginia came to run the most powerful university in the world. Help us meet the Freakonomics Radio listener challenge. If 500 of you become sustaining members at just $7/month before June 30th we'll unlock an a...Show More
Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 2)

38:58 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal. So why do most Democrats hate him so much? In a rare series of interviews, he explains his political awakening,...Show More
BONUS: "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" on the topic of Rivalry

1:01:39 | Jun 20th, 2017

Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the "Freakonomics" co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the...Show More
He’s One of the Most Famous Political Operatives in America. America Just Doesn’t Know It Yet.

42:16 | Jun 8th, 2017

Steve Hilton was the man behind David Cameron's push to remake British politics. Things didn't work out so well there. Now he's trying to launch a new political revolution – from sunny California. Help us meet the Freakonomics Radio listener challeng...Show More
How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns?

27:59 | Jun 1st, 2017

Nearly two percent of America is grassy green. Sure, lawns are beautiful and useful and they smell great. But are the costs — financial, environmental and otherwise — worth the benefits?
Hoopers! Hoopers! Hoopers!

39:21 | May 18th, 2017

As CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer was famous for over-the-top enthusiasm. Now he's brought that same passion to the N.B.A. -- and to a pet project called USAFacts, which performs a sort of fiscal colonoscopy on the American government.
Big Returns from Thinking Small

30:44 | Mar 30th, 2017

By day, two leaders of Britain's famous Nudge Unit use behavioral tricks to make better government policy. By night, they repurpose those tricks to improve their personal lives. They want to help you do the same.
BONUS: “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” on the topic of Collections.

53:58 | Mar 28th, 2017

Hear live journalism wrapped in a game show package and hosted by Stephen J. Dubner. In this episode, Tim Ferriss, Eugene Mirman and Anne Pasternak are panelists. The self-help guru, the comedian and the Brooklyn Museum director talk about brainwaves...Show More
How Safe Is Your Job? (Rebroadcast)

33:17 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?
Why Is My Life So Hard?

30:29 | Mar 16th, 2017

Most of us feel we face more headwinds and obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. How can we avoid this trap?
Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory

31:22 | Mar 9th, 2017

The pizza-and-gaming emporium prides itself on affordability, which means its arcade games are really cheap to play. Does that lead to kids hogging the best games — and parents starting those infamous YouTube brawls?
No Hollywood Ending for the Visual-Effects Industry

55:41 | Feb 23rd, 2017

In their chase for a global audience, American movie studios spend billions to make their films look amazing. But almost none of those dollars stay in America. What would it take to bring those jobs back -- and would it be worth it?
Professor Hendryx vs. Big Coal

37:04 | Feb 16th, 2017

What happens when a public-health researcher deep in coal country argues that mountaintop mining endangers the entire community? Hint: it doesn't go very well.
An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl

28:25 | Feb 2nd, 2017

We assembled a panel of smart dudes -- a two-time Super Bowl champ; a couple of NFL linemen, including one who's getting a math Ph.D. at MIT; and our resident economist -- to tell you what to watch for, whether you're a football fanatic or a total ne...Show More
Did China Eat America’s Jobs?

38:21 | Jan 26th, 2017

For years, economists promised that global free trade would be mostly win-win. Now they admit the pace of change has been "traumatic." This has already led to a political insurrection -- so what's next?
Is the American Dream Really Dead?

39:26 | Jan 19th, 2017

Just a few decades ago, more than 90 percent of 30-year-olds earned more than their parents had earned at the same age. Now it's only about 50 percent. What happened -- and what can be done about it?
The Men Who Started a Thinking Revolution

35:07 | Jan 5th, 2017

Starting in the late 1960s, the Israeli psychologists Amos Tversky and Danny Kahneman began to redefine how the human mind actually works. Michael Lewis's new book The Undoing Project explains how the movement they started -- now known as behavioral ...Show More
How to Become Great at Just About Anything (Rebroadcast)

50:07 | Dec 29th, 2016

What if the thing we call "talent" is grotesquely overrated? And what if deliberate practice is the secret to excellence? Those are the claims of the research psychologist Anders Ericsson, who has been studying the science of expertise for decades. H...Show More
How to Make a Bad Decision

35:41 | Nov 17th, 2016

Some of our most important decisions are shaped by something as random as the order in which we make them. The gambler's fallacy, as it's known, affects loan officers, federal judges -- and probably you too. How to avoid it? The first step is to admi...Show More
BONUS EPISODE: Introducing Stephen J. Dubner's new podcast, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know"

54:56 | Nov 15th, 2016

"Tell Me Something I Don't Know" is a live game show hosted by Stephen J. Dubner of "Freakonomics Radio." He has always had a mission: to tell you the things you thought you knew but didn't, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do. No...Show More
Trust Me

27:42 | Nov 10th, 2016

Societies where people trust one another are healthier and wealthier. In the U.S. (and the U.K. and elsewhere), social trust has been falling for decades -- in part because our populations are more diverse. What can we do to fix it?
BONUS EPISODE: How Much Does the President Really Matter? (Rebroadcast)

33:26 | Nov 9th, 2016

The U.S. president is often called the "leader of free world." But if you ask an economist or a Constitutional scholar how much the occupant of the Oval Office matters, they won't say much. We look at what the data have to say about measuring leaders...Show More
The White House Gets Into the Nudge Business

42:14 | Nov 3rd, 2016

A tiny behavioral-sciences startup is trying to improve the way federal agencies do their work. Considering the size (and habits) of most federal agencies, this isn't so simple. But after a series of early victories -- and a helpful executive order f...Show More
In Praise of Incrementalism

48:29 | Oct 27th, 2016

What do Renaissance painting, civil-rights movements, and Olympic cycling have in common? In each case, huge breakthroughs came from taking tiny steps. In a world where everyone is looking for the next moonshot, we shouldn't ignore the power of incre...Show More
In Praise of Maintenance

41:41 | Oct 20th, 2016

Has our culture's obsession with innovation led us to neglect the fact that things also need to be taken care of?
This Is Your Brain on Podcasts

45:19 | Oct 13th, 2016

Neuroscientists still have a great deal to learn about the human brain. One recent MRI study sheds some light, finding that a certain kind of storytelling stimulates enormous activity across broad swaths of the brain. The takeaway is obvious: you sho...Show More
How To Win A Nobel Prize (Rebroadcast)

44:32 | Oct 6th, 2016

The process is famously secretive (and conducted in Swedish!) but we pry the lid off at least a little bit.
Why Are We Still Using Cash?

42:59 | Sep 29th, 2016

It facilitates crime, bribery, and tax evasion -- and yet some governments (including ours) are printing more cash than ever. Other countries, meanwhile, are ditching cash entirely. And if Star Trek is right, we won't have money of any sort in the 24...Show More
Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship?

47:43 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Sure, we all pay lip service to the Madisonian system of checks and balances. But as one legal scholar argues, presidents have been running roughshod over the system for decades. The result? An accumulation of power that's turned the presidency into ...Show More
Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian

50:38 | Sep 15th, 2016

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate, likes to say that most Americans are libertarians but don't know it yet. So why can't Libertarians (and other third parties) gain more political traction?
Why Uber Is an Economist’s Dream

39:47 | Sep 8th, 2016

To you, it's just a ride-sharing app that gets you where you're going. But to an economist, Uber is a massive repository of moment-by-moment data that is helping answer some of the field's most elusive questions.
The Future (Probably) Isn’t as Scary as You Think

34:58 | Sep 1st, 2016

Internet pioneer Kevin Kelly tries to predict the future by identifying what's truly inevitable. How worried should we be? Yes, robots will probably take your job -- but the future will still be pretty great.
Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset? (Rebroadcast)

37:46 | Aug 25th, 2016

The gist: we spend billions on end-of-life healthcare that doesn’t do much good. So what if a patient could forego the standard treatment and get a cash rebate instead?
Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush (Rebroadcast)

31:25 | Aug 18th, 2016

The comedian, actor -- and now, author -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions.
What Are You Waiting For?

34:53 | Aug 11th, 2016

Standing in line represents a particularly sloppy - and frustrating - way for supply and demand to meet. Why haven't we found a better way to get what we want? Is it possible that we secretly enjoy waiting in line? And might it even be (gulp) good fo...Show More
Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? (Rebroadcast)

51:55 | Aug 4th, 2016

We seem to have decided that ethnic food tastes better when it's served by people of that ethnicity (or at least something close). Does this make sense -- and is it legal?
Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten

44:48 | Jul 28th, 2016

We Americans may love our democracy -- at least in theory -- but at the moment our feelings toward the federal government lie somewhere between disdain and hatred. Which electoral and political ideas should be killed off to make way for a saner syste...Show More
What Are Gender Barriers Made Of?

36:29 | Jul 21st, 2016

Overt discrimination in the labor markets may be on the wane, but women are still subtly penalized by all sorts of societal conventions. How can those penalties be removed without burning down the house?
Is the Internet Being Ruined?

47:54 | Jul 14th, 2016

It's a remarkable ecosystem that allows each of us to exercise control over our lives. But how much control do we truly have? How many of our decisions are really being made by Google and Facebook and Apple? And, perhaps most importantly: is the Inte...Show More
Confessions of a Pothole Politician

43:44 | Jul 7th, 2016

Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, has big ambitions but knows he must first master the small stuff. He's also a polymath who relies heavily on data and new technologies. Could this be what modern politics is supposed to look like?
The Suicide Paradox (Rebroadcast)

57:22 | Jun 30th, 2016

There are more than twice as many suicides as murders in the U.S., but suicide attracts far less scrutiny. Freakonomics Radio digs through the numbers and finds all kinds of surprises.
How Much Does the President Really Matter? (Rebroadcast)

33:25 | Jun 23rd, 2016

The U.S. president is often called the "leader of free world." But if you ask an economist or a Constitutional scholar how much the occupant of the Oval Office matters, they won't say much. We look at what the data have to say about measuring leaders...Show More
Why Do We Really Follow the News? (Rebroadcast)

35:46 | Jun 16th, 2016

There are all kinds of civics-class answers to that question. But how true are they? Could it be that we like to read about war, politics, and miscellaneous heartbreak simply because it's (gasp) entertaining?
Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble?

34:37 | Jun 9th, 2016

You've seen them -- everywhere! -- and often clustered together, as if central planners across America decided that what every city really needs is a Mattress District. There are now dozens of online rivals too. Why are there so many stores selling s...Show More
Why Does Everyone Hate Flying? And Other Questions Only a Pilot Can Answer

43:42 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Patrick Smith, the author of Cockpit Confidential, answers every question we can throw at him about what really happens up in the air. Just don't get him started on pilotless planes -- or whether the autopilot is actually doing the flying.
The Longest Long Shot

42:59 | May 26th, 2016

When the uncelebrated Leicester City Football Club won the English Premier League, it wasn't just the biggest underdog story in recent history. It was a sign of changing economics -- and that other impossible, wonderful events might be lurking just a...Show More
How to Be Tim Ferriss

41:28 | May 19th, 2016

Our Self-Improvement Month concludes with a man whose entire life and career are one big pile of self-improvement. Nutrition? Check. Bizarre physical activities? Check. Working less and earning more? Check. Tim Ferriss, creator of the Four-Hour unive...Show More
How to Win Games and Beat People

52:26 | May 12th, 2016

Games are as old as civilization itself, and some people think they have huge social value regardless of whether you win or lose. Tom Whipple is not one of those people. That's why he consulted an army of preposterously overqualified experts to find ...Show More
How to Get More Grit in Your Life

44:25 | May 5th, 2016

The psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that a person's level of stick-to-itiveness is directly related to their level of success. No big surprise there. But grit, she says, isn't something you're born with -- it can be learned. Here's how.
BONUS EPISODE: Being Malcolm Gladwell

28:18 | May 2nd, 2016

"Books are a pain in the ass," says Gladwell, who has written some of the most popular, influential, and beloved non-fiction books in recent history. In this wide-ranging and candid conversation, he describes other pains in the ass -- as well as his ...Show More
How to Become Great at Just About Anything

51:51 | Apr 28th, 2016

What if the thing we call "talent" is grotesquely overrated? And what if deliberate practice is the secret to excellence? Those are the claims of the research psychologist Anders Ericsson, who has been studying the science of expertise for decades. H...Show More
How to Be More Productive

38:34 | Apr 21st, 2016

It's Self-Improvement Month at Freakonomics Radio. We begin with a topic that seems to be on everyone's mind: how to get more done in less time. First, however, a warning: there's a big difference between being busy and being productive.
Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?

36:40 | Apr 14th, 2016

A lot of full-time jobs in the modern economy simply don't pay a living wage. And even those jobs may be obliterated by new technologies. What's to be done so that financially vulnerable people aren't just crushed? It may finally be time for an idea ...Show More
Are Payday Loans Really as Evil as People Say?

49:36 | Apr 7th, 2016

Critics -- including President Obama -- say short-term, high-interest loans are predatory, trapping borrowers in a cycle of debt. But some economists see them as a useful financial instrument for people who need them. As the Consumer Financial Protec...Show More
The Economics of Sleep, Part 2 (Rebroadcast)

42:47 | Mar 31st, 2016

People who sleep better earn more money. Now all we have to do is teach everyone to sleep better.
The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

45:37 | Mar 24th, 2016

Could a lack of sleep help explain why some people get much sicker than others?
Yes, the American Economy Is in a Funk -- But Not for the Reasons You Think

33:29 | Mar 17th, 2016

As sexy as the digital revolution may be, it can't compare to the Second Industrial Revolution (electricity! the gas engine! antibiotics!), which created the biggest standard-of-living boost in U.S. history. The only problem, argues the economist Rob...Show More
The No-Tipping Point

43:14 | Mar 11th, 2016

The restaurant business model is warped: kitchen wages are too low to hire cooks, while diners are put in charge of paying the waitstaff. So what happens if you eliminate tipping, raise menu prices, and redistribute the wealth? New York restaurant ma...Show More
The United States of Cory Booker

39:18 | Mar 3rd, 2016

The junior U.S. Senator from New Jersey thinks bipartisanship is right around the corner. Is he just an idealistic newbie or does he see a way forward that everyone else has missed?
Ask Not What Your Podcast Can Do for You

41:39 | Feb 25th, 2016

Now and again, Freakonomics Radio puts hat in hand and asks listeners to donate to the public-radio station that produces the show. Why on earth should anyone pay good money for something that can be had for free? Here are a few reasons.
How Can This Possibly Be True?

40:49 | Feb 18th, 2016

A famous economics essay features a pencil (yes, a pencil) arguing that "not a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make me." Is the pencil just bragging? In any case, what can the pencil teach us about our global interdependence -- a...Show More
Who Needs Handwriting?

39:33 | Feb 11th, 2016

The digital age is making pen and paper seem obsolete. But what are we giving up if we give up on handwriting?
How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps (Rebroadcast)

29:13 | Feb 4th, 2016

Okay, maybe the steps aren't so easy. But a program run out of a Toronto housing project has had great success in turning around kids who were headed for trouble.
Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem? (Rebroadcast)

36:36 | Jan 28th, 2016

If U.S. schoolteachers are indeed "just a little bit below average," it's not really their fault. So what should be done about it?
Do Boycotts Work?

37:23 | Jan 21st, 2016

The Montgomery Bus Boycott, the South African divestment campaign, Chick-fil-A! Almost anyone can launch a boycott, and the media loves to cover them. But do boycotts actually produce the change they're fighting for?
How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future

46:52 | Jan 14th, 2016

Experts and pundits are notoriously bad at forecasting, in part because they aren't punished for bad predictions. Also, they tend to be deeply unscientific. The psychologist Philip Tetlock is finally turning prediction into a science -- and now even ...Show More
The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap

43:23 | Jan 7th, 2016

Discrimination can't explain why women earn so much less than men. If only it were that easy.
When Willpower Isn’t Enough (Rebroadcast)

30:59 | Dec 31st, 2015

Sure, we all want to make good personal decisions, but it doesn't always work out. That's where "temptation bundling" comes in.
Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition (Rebroadcast)

41:56 | Dec 24th, 2015

A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.'s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.
Is Migration a Basic Human Right?

1:00:53 | Dec 17th, 2015

The argument for open borders is compelling -- and deeply problematic.
The Cheeseburger Diet

32:04 | Dec 10th, 2015

One woman's quest to find the best burger in town can teach all of us to eat smarter.
Ben Bernanke Gives Himself a Grade

47:01 | Dec 3rd, 2015

He was handed the keys to the global economy just as it started heading off a cliff. Fortunately, he'd seen this movie before.
Why Do People Keep Having Children? (Rebroadcast)

40:00 | Nov 26th, 2015

Even a brutal natural disaster doesn't diminish our appetite for procreating. This surely means we're heading toward massive overpopulation, right? Probably not.
Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late?

45:53 | Nov 19th, 2015

In our collective zeal to reform schools and close the achievement gap, we may have lost sight of where most learning really happens -- at home.
Should Everyone Be in a Rock Band?

45:28 | Nov 12th, 2015

Lessons from Tom Petty's rise and another rocker's fall.
Food + Science = Victory!

38:20 | Nov 5th, 2015

A kitchen wizard and a nutrition detective talk about the perfect hamburger, getting the most out of garlic, and why you should use vodka in just about everything.
Am I Boring You?

39:29 | Oct 29th, 2015

Researchers are trying to figure out who gets bored - and why - and what it means for ourselves and the economy. But maybe there's an upside to boredom?
How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying (Rebroadcast)

36:27 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don't?
How To Win A Nobel Prize

45:27 | Oct 15th, 2015

The process is famously secretive (and conducted in Swedish!) but we pry the lid off at least a little bit.
Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them?

47:22 | Oct 8th, 2015

When one athlete turned pro, his mom asked him for $1 million. Our modern sensibilities tell us she doesn't have a case. But should she?
Meet the Woman Who Said Women Can’t Have It All

42:11 | Oct 1st, 2015

Anne-Marie Slaughter was best known for her adamant views on Syria when she accidentally became a poster girl for modern feminism. As it turns out, she can be pretty adamant in that realm as well.
How Did the Belt Win?

30:56 | Sep 24th, 2015

Suspenders may work better, but the dork factor is too high. How did an organ-squeezing belly tourniquet become part of our everyday wardrobe -- and what other suboptimal solutions do we routinely put up with?
“I Don't Know What You've Done With My Husband, But He's a Changed Man.”

46:53 | Sep 17th, 2015

From domestic abusers to former child soldiers, there is increasing evidence that behavioral therapy can turn them around.
Preventing Crime for Pennies on the Dollar

41:33 | Sep 10th, 2015

Conventional programs tend to be expensive, onerous, and ineffective. Could something as simple (and cheap) as cognitive behavioral therapy do the trick?
The Harvard President Will See You Now

38:49 | Sep 3rd, 2015

How a pain-in-the-neck girl from rural Virginia came to run the most powerful university in the world.
Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset?

36:55 | Aug 27th, 2015

We spend billions on end-of-life healthcare that doesn't do much good. So what if a patient could forego the standard treatment and get a cash rebate instead?
How to Make a Smart TV Ad

30:35 | Aug 20th, 2015

Step 1: Hire a Harvard psych professor as the pitchman. Step 2: Have him help write the script ...
The Dangers of Safety (Rebroadcast)

30:57 | Aug 13th, 2015

What do NASCAR drivers, Glenn Beck and the hit men of the NFL have in common?
Why Do We Really Follow the News?

35:51 | Aug 6th, 2015

There are all kinds of civics-class answers to that question. But how true are they? Could it be that we like to read about war, politics, and miscellaneous heartbreak simply because it's (gasp) entertaining?
How to Create Suspense

39:21 | Jul 30th, 2015

Why is soccer the best sport? How has Harlan Coben sold 70 million books? And why does "Apollo 13" keep you enthralled even when you know the ending?
Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush

32:00 | Jul 23rd, 2015

The comedian, actor -- and now, author -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions
The Economics of Sleep, Part 2

43:25 | Jul 16th, 2015

People who sleep better earn more money. Now all we have to do is teach everyone to sleep better.
The Economics of Sleep, Part 1

44:56 | Jul 9th, 2015

Could a lack of sleep help explain why some people get much sicker than others?
A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)

28:04 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?
Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees?

52:39 | Jun 25th, 2015

We seem to have decided that ethnic food tastes better when it's served by people of that ethnicity (or at least something close). Does this make sense -- and is it legal?
Make Me a Match

50:23 | Jun 18th, 2015

Sure, markets generally work well. But for some transactions -- like school admissions and organ transplants -- money alone can't solve the problem. That's when you need a market-design wizard like Al Roth.
Making Sex Offenders Pay -- and Pay and Pay and Pay

35:29 | Jun 11th, 2015

Sure, sex crimes are horrific, and the perpetrators deserve to be punished harshly. But society keeps exacting costs -- out-of-pocket and otherwise -- long after the prison sentence has been served.
Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do?

54:48 | Jun 4th, 2015

One man's attempt to remake his life in the mold of homo economicus.
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Rebroadcast)

1:02:56 | May 28th, 2015

The debut of a live game show from Freakonomics Radio, with judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson.
Failure Is Your Friend (Rebroadcast)

31:48 | May 21st, 2015

In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated.
Ten Years of Freakonomics

46:02 | May 14th, 2015

Dubner and Levitt are live onstage at the 92nd Street Y in New York to celebrate their new book "When to Rob a Bank" -- and a decade of working together.
Could the Next Brooklyn Be ... Las Vegas?!

55:17 | May 7th, 2015

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has a wild vision and the dollars to try to make it real. But it still might be the biggest gamble in town.
Think Like a Child (Rebroadcast)

29:44 | Apr 30th, 2015

When it comes to generating ideas and asking questions it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an eight year old.
Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird”

39:08 | Apr 23rd, 2015

America's favorite statistical guru answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions, and more.
Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend

40:29 | Apr 16th, 2015

It may seem like winning a valuable diamond is an unalloyed victory. It's not. It's not even clear that a diamond is so valuable.
How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution?

53:56 | Apr 9th, 2015

The practice of medicine has been subsumed by the business of medicine. This is great news for healthcare shareholders -- and bad news for pretty much everyone else.
How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?

41:53 | Apr 2nd, 2015

A lot of the conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that.
The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast)

29:35 | Mar 26th, 2015

If you are driving and kill a pedestrian, there's a good chance you'll barely be punished. Why?
What You Don’t Know About Online Dating (Rebroadcast)

40:11 | Mar 19th, 2015

Thick markets, thin markets, and the triumph of attributes over compatibility.
When Willpower Isn’t Enough

33:11 | Mar 12th, 2015

Sure, we all want to make good personal decisions, but it doesn't always work out. That's where "temptation bundling" comes in.
This Idea Must Die

54:33 | Mar 5th, 2015

Every year, Edge.org asks its salon of big thinkers to answer one big question. This year's question borders on heresy: what scientific idea is ready for retirement?
The Maddest Men of All

32:56 | Feb 26th, 2015

Advertisers have always been adept at manipulating our emotions. Now they're using behavioral economics to get even better.
Hacking the World Bank

36:33 | Feb 19th, 2015

Jim Yong Kim has an unorthodox background for a World Bank president -- and his reign thus far is just as unorthodox.
Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?

42:35 | Feb 12th, 2015

The White House is hosting an anti-terror summit next week. Summits being what they are, we try to offer some useful advice.
How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency?

32:36 | Feb 5th, 2015

It's a centerpiece of U.S. climate policy and a sacred cow among environmentalists. Does it work?
How Safe Is Your Job?

33:38 | Jan 29th, 2015

Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?
Someone Else’s Acid Trip

29:15 | Jan 22nd, 2015

As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.
That’s a Great Question!

25:24 | Jan 15th, 2015

Verbal tic or strategic rejoinder? Whatever the case: it’s rare to come across an interview these days where at least one question isn’t a “great” one.
Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

36:17 | Jan 8th, 2015

Influenza kills, but you’d never know it by how few of us get the vaccine.
What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast)

15:21 | Jan 1st, 2015

Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.
What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? (Rebroadcast)

25:23 | Dec 25th, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?
Time to Take Back the Toilet

34:48 | Dec 18th, 2014

Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?
The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

44:38 | Dec 11th, 2014

We spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet "aftercare." But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet?
How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps

29:19 | Dec 4th, 2014

Okay, maybe the steps aren’t so easy. But a program run out of a Toronto housing project has had great success in turning around kids who were headed for trouble.
Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?

34:25 | Nov 27th, 2014

If U.S. schoolteachers are indeed “just a little bit below average,” it’s not really their fault. So what should be done about it?
The Man Who Would Be Everything

27:45 | Nov 20th, 2014

Boris Johnson -- mayor of London, biographer of Churchill, cheese-box painter and tennis-racket collector -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions.
Why Do People Keep Having Children?

38:33 | Nov 13th, 2014

Even a brutal natural disaster doesn’t diminish our appetite for procreating. This surely means we’re heading toward massive overpopulation, right? Probably not.
Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico?

55:59 | Nov 6th, 2014

Corporations around the world are consolidating like never before. If it’s good enough for companies, why not countries? Welcome to Amexico!
What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics?

24:51 | Oct 30th, 2014

A lot! “The Economics of the Undead” is a book about dating strategy, job creation, and whether there should be a legal market for blood.
“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”

1:02:29 | Oct 23rd, 2014

The debut of a live game show from Freakonomics Radio, with judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson.
How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas?

36:11 | Oct 16th, 2014

The Norwegian government parleys massive oil wealth into huge subsidies for electric cars. Is that carbon laundering or just pragmatic environmentalism?
How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten (Rebroadcast)

33:15 | Oct 9th, 2014

The science of what works -- and doesn't work -- in fund-raising
Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition

41:59 | Oct 2nd, 2014

A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.'s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.
Fitness Apartheid

30:42 | Sep 25th, 2014

Markets are hardly perfect, but the results can be ugly when you try to subvert them.
Outsiders by Design

40:26 | Sep 18th, 2014

What does it mean to pursue something that everyone else thinks is nuts? And what does it take to succeed?
How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying

33:41 | Sep 11th, 2014

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?
Regulate This!

56:13 | Sep 4th, 2014

Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, EatWith, and other companies in the “sharing economy” are practically daring government regulators to shut them down. The regulators are happy to comply.
Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast)

32:15 | Aug 28th, 2014

The online universe doesn't have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world. Discuss.
Parking Is Hell (Rebroadcast)

35:08 | Aug 21st, 2014

There ain't no such thing as a free parking spot. Somebody has to pay for it -- and that somebody is everybody.
What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common? (Rebroadcast)

39:06 | Aug 14th, 2014

A look at whether spite pays -- and if it even exists.
Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast)

37:45 | Aug 7th, 2014

It's awkward, random, confusing -- and probably discriminatory too.
How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)

52:01 | Jul 31st, 2014

A kid's name can tell us something about his parents -- their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?
Does Religion Make You Happy?

28:36 | Jul 24th, 2014

It’s a hard question to answer, but we do our best.
Why You Should Bribe Your Kids

27:33 | Jul 17th, 2014

Educational messaging looks good on paper but kids don’t respond to it -- and adults aren’t much better.
What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common?

33:04 | Jul 10th, 2014

It isn’t easy to separate the guilty from the innocent, but a clever bit of game theory can help.
A Better Way to Eat

26:04 | Jul 3rd, 2014

Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?
How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot

25:51 | Jun 26th, 2014

Dubner and Levitt answer reader questions in this first installment of the “Think Like a Freak” Book Club.
There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer

36:23 | Jun 19th, 2014

Is it really in a restaurant’s best interest to give customers free bread or chips before they even order?
Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)

37:14 | Jun 12th, 2014

Every four years, the U.S. takes a look at the World Cup and develops a slight crush. What would it take to really fall in love?
Failure Is Your Friend

31:03 | Jun 5th, 2014

In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated.
The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast)

58:00 | May 29th, 2014

You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says ... Are you sure?
Think Like a Child

28:15 | May 22nd, 2014

When it comes to generating ideas and asking questions it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an eight year old.
The Three Hardest Words in the English Language

28:55 | May 15th, 2014

Why learning to say “I don’t know” is one of the best things you can do.
How to Think Like a Freak -- and Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

27:29 | May 8th, 2014

Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt talk about their new book and field questions about prestige, university life, and (yum yum) bacon.