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.”
361. Freakonomics Radio Live: “Jesus Could Have Been a Pigeon.”
Dec 12 • 60 min
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 a…
360. Is the Protestant Work Ethic Real?
Dec 5 • 40 min
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-century…
359. Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s?
Nov 28 • 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.
There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified? (Ep. 285 Rebroadcast)
Nov 21 • 47 min
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 the…
358. Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be
Nov 14 • 40 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?
357. Can an Industrial Giant Become a Tech Darling?
Nov 7 • 54 min
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…
356. America’s Hidden Duopoly
Oct 31 • 54 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…
Extra: Elvis Costello Full Interview
Oct 27 • 79 min
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)?
Oct 24 • 73 min
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, mysterious…
Extra: Jeremy Lin Full Interview
Oct 20 • 43 min
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
Oct 17 • 52 min
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, Elvis…
353. How to Optimize Your Apology
Oct 10 • 49 min
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.
352. Can This Man Stop a Trade War?
Oct 3 • 42 min
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 the…
Extra: Shawn Johnson Full Interview
Sep 30 • 67 min
A conversation with 2008 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”
351. Here’s Why You’re Not an Elite Athlete
Sep 26 • 67 min
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 kid…
Extra: Full Interviews With Jimmy Garoppolo, Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, and Kyle Juszczyk
Sep 23 • 80 min
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.
350. How to Stop Being a Loser
Sep 19 • 60 min
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 taking a knee during the national anthem. So why…
Pick of the Week: Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Ep. 309)
Sep 19 • 45 min
From the archive — 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?
Pick of the Week: How to Get More Grit in Your Life (Ep. 246)
Sep 19 • 42 min
From the archive — 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…
Where to Find Every Episode of Freakonomics Radio
Sep 19 • 0 min
You can find all 300+ episodes of Freakonomics Radio — going all the way back to 2010 — on the Stitcher app and on our website, freakonomics.com. Want to skip the ads? Sign up for Stitcher Premium. Find out more (and get a discount code) in this short…