Freakonomics Radio

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) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.”


389. How to Make Meetings Less Terrible
Sep 18 • 41 min
In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict.
358. Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be (Rebroadcast)
Sep 11 • 41 min
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?
388. The Economics of Sports Gambling
Sep 4 • 54 min
What happens when tens of millions of fantasy-sports players are suddenly able to bet real money on real games? We’re about to find out. A recent Supreme Court decision has cleared the way to bring an estimated $300 billion in black-market sports betting…
367. The Future of Meat (Rebroadcast)
Aug 28 • 53 min
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™?
359. Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s? (Rebroadcast)
Aug 21 • 47 min
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.
387. Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi!
Aug 14 • 38 min
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…
122. How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)
Aug 7 • 51 min
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?
386. How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War
Jul 31 • 39 min
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.S.R.…
356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)
Jul 24 • 52 min
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 are…
385. What Do Nancy Pelosi, Taylor Swift, and Serena Williams Have in Common?
Jul 17 • 35 min
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 and…
384. Abortion and Crime, Revisited
Jul 10 • 55 min
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 their…
173. A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)
Jul 3 • 26 min
Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?
383. The Zero-Minute Workout
Jun 26 • 37 min
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?