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.”
Extra: Mark Teixeira Full Interview
Jan 19 • 62 min
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
Jan 16 • 55 min
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”…
Hacking the World Bank (Ep. 197 Update)
Jan 12 • 35 min
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?
Jan 9 • 52 min
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)
Jan 2 • 37 min
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).
How to Win Games and Beat People (Ep. 247 Rebroadcast)
Dec 26, 2018 • 52 min
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 the…
People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard. (Ep. 340 Rebroadcast)
Dec 19, 2018 • 57 min
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 lazy;…
Freakonomics Radio Live: “The World’s a Mess. But Oysters, They Hold it Down.”
Dec 15, 2018 • 56 min
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…
Freakonomics Radio Live: “Where Does Fear Live in the Brain?”
Dec 15, 2018 • 55 min
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-checker.
Freakonomics Radio Live: “We Thought of a Way to Manipulate Your Perception of Time.”
Dec 15, 2018 • 56 min
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.
361. Freakonomics Radio Live: “Jesus Could Have Been a Pigeon.”
Dec 12, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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…