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. The entire archive, going back to 2010, is available on the Stitcher podcast app and at freakonomics.com.


424. How to Make Your Own Luck
Jul 1 • 60 min
Before she decided to become a poker pro, Maria Konnikova didn’t know how many cards are in a deck. But she did have a Ph.D. in psychology, a brilliant coach, and a burning desire to know whether life is driven more by skill or chance. She found some…
423. The Doctor Will Zoom You Now
Jun 24 • 52 min
Thanks to the pandemic, the telehealth revolution we’ve been promised for decades has finally arrived. Will it stick? Will it cut costs — and improve outcomes? We ring up two doctors and, of course, an economist to find out.
422. Introducing “No Stupid Questions”
Jun 17 • 33 min
In this new addition to the Freakonomics Radio Network, co-hosts Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth discuss the relationship between age and happiness. Also: does all creativity come from pain? New episodes of “No Stupid Questions” are released every…
421. How to Prevent Another Great Depression
Jun 10 • 37 min
Millions and millions are out of work, with some jobs never coming back. We speak with four economists — and one former presidential candidate — about the best policy options and the lessons (good and bad) from the past.
420. Which Jobs Will Come Back, and When?
Jun 3 • 42 min
Covid-19 is the biggest job killer in a century. As the lockdown eases, what does re-employment look like? Who will be first and who last? Which sectors will surge and which will disappear? Welcome to the Great Labor Reallocation of 2020.
How to Make Meetings Less Terrible (Ep. 389 Rebroadcast)
May 27 • 42 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.
419. 68 Ways to Be Better at Life
May 20 • 37 min
The accidental futurist Kevin Kelly on why enthusiasm beats intelligence, how to really listen, and why the solution to bad technology is more technology.
418. What Will College Look Like in the Fall (and Beyond)?
May 13 • 55 min
Three university presidents try to answer our listeners’ questions. The result? Not much pomp and a whole lot of circumstance.
417. Reasons to Be Cheerful
May 6 • 49 min
Humans have a built-in “negativity bias,” which means we give bad news much more power than good. Would the Covid-19 crisis be an opportune time to reverse this tendency?
416. How Do You Reopen a Country?
Apr 29 • 53 min
We speak with a governor, a former C.D.C. director, a pandemic forecaster, a hard-charging pharmacist, and a pair of economists — who say it’s all about the incentives. (Pandemillions, anyone?)
415. How Rahm Emanuel Would Run the World
Apr 26 • 46 min
As a former top adviser to presidents Clinton and Obama, he believes in the power of the federal government. But as former mayor of Chicago, he says that cities are where real problems get solved — especially in the era of Covid-19.
414. Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China?
Apr 22 • 57 min
The U.S. spent the past few decades waiting for China to act like the global citizen it said it wanted to be. The waiting may be over.
413. Who Gets the Ventilator?
Apr 15 • 48 min
Should a nurse or doctor who gets sick treating Covid-19 patients have priority access to a potentially life-saving healthcare device? Americans aren’t used to rationing in medicine, but it’s time to think about it. We consult a lung specialist, a…
412. What Happens When Everyone Stays Home to Eat?
Apr 8 • 45 min
Covid-19 has shocked our food-supply system like nothing in modern history. We examine the winners, the losers, the unintended consequences — and just how much toilet paper one household really needs.
411. Is $2 Trillion the Right Medicine for a Sick Economy?
Apr 1 • 53 min
Congress just passed the biggest aid package in modern history. We ask six former White House economic advisors and one U.S. Senator: Will it actually work? What are its best and worst features? Where does $2 trillion come from, and what are the long-term…