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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.

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.

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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.

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Episodes

523. Did Michael Lewis Just Get Lucky with “Moneyball”?

11/23/2022
No — but he does have a knack for stumbling into the perfect moment, including the recent FTX debacle. In this installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, we revisit the book that launched the analytics revolution.

Duration:01:00:24

522. Is Google Getting Worse?

11/16/2022
It used to feel like magic. Now it can feel like a set of cheap tricks. Is the problem with Google — or with us?

Duration:00:54:12

The Most Interesting Fruit in the World (Ep. 375 Update)

11/9/2022
The banana, once a luxury good, rose to become America’s favorite fruit. Now a deadly fungus threatens to wipe it out. Can it be saved?

Duration:00:40:07

521. I’m Your Biggest Fan!

11/2/2022
It’s fun to obsess over pop stars and racecar drivers — but is fandom making our politics even more toxic?

Duration:00:44:18

520. The Unintended Consequences of Working from Home

10/26/2022
The last two years have radically changed the way we work — producing winners, losers, and a lot of surprises.

Duration:00:40:10

519. Has Globalization Failed?

10/19/2022
It was supposed to boost prosperity and democracy at the same time. What really happened? According to the legal scholar Anthea Roberts, it depends which story you believe.

Duration:00:46:03

518. Are Personal Finance Gurus Giving You Bad Advice?

10/12/2022
One Yale economist certainly thinks so. But even if he’s right, are economists any better?

Duration:01:02:48

517. Are M.B.A.s to Blame for Wage Stagnation?

10/5/2022
New research finds that bosses who went to business school pay their workers less. So what are M.B.A. programs teaching — and should they stop?

Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears (Ep. 439 Update)

9/28/2022
The pandemic provided city dwellers with a break from the din of the modern world. Now the noise is coming back. What does that mean for our productivity, health, and basic sanity?

Duration:00:51:54

516. Nuclear Power Isn’t Perfect. Is It Good Enough?

9/21/2022
Liberals endorse harm reduction when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Are they ready to take the same approach to climate change?

Duration:00:58:47

Extra: Ken Burns | People I (Mostly) Admire

9/18/2022
The documentary filmmaker, known for The Civil War, Jazz, and Baseball, turns his attention to the Holocaust, and asks what we can learn from the evils of the past.

Duration:00:49:24

515. When You Pray to God Online, Who Else Is Listening?

9/14/2022
The pandemic moved a lot of religious activity onto the internet. With faith-based apps, Silicon Valley is turning virtual prayers into earthly rewards. Does this mean sharing user data? Dear God, let’s hope not …

Duration:00:48:44

This Is Your Brain on Pollution (Ep. 472 Update)

9/7/2022
As the Biden administration rushes to address climate change, Stephen Dubner looks at another, hidden cost of air pollution — one that’s affecting how we think.

Duration:00:53:02

514. Roland Fryer Refuses to Lie to Black America

8/31/2022
The controversial Harvard economist, recently back from a suspension, “broke a lot of glass early in my career,” he says. His research on school incentives and police brutality won him acclaim — but also enemies. Now he’s taking a hard look at corporate diversity programs. The common thread in his work? “I refuse to not tell the truth.”

Duration:01:00:21

513. Should Public Transit Be Free?

8/24/2022
It boosts economic opportunity and social mobility. It’s good for the environment. So why do we charge people to use it? The short answer: it’s complicated.

Duration:00:49:12

Why Is U.S. Media So Negative? (Ep. 477 Replay)

8/17/2022
Breaking news! Sources say American journalism exploits our negativity bias to maximize profits, and social media algorithms add fuel to the fire. Stephen Dubner investigates.

Duration:00:52:20

The Pros and Cons of America’s (Extreme) Individualism (Ep. 470 Replay)

8/10/2022
According to a decades-long research project, the U.S. is not only the most individualistic country on earth; we’re also high on indulgence, short-term thinking, and masculinity (but low on “uncertainty avoidance,” if that makes you feel better). We look at how these traits affect our daily lives and why we couldn’t change them even if we wanted to.

Duration:00:51:04

The U.S. Is Just Different — So Let’s Stop Pretending We’re Not (Ep. 469 Replay)

8/3/2022
We often look to other countries for smart policies on education, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. But can a smart policy be simply transplanted into a country as culturally unusual (and as supremely WEIRD) as America?

Duration:00:53:36

512. Does Philosophy Still Matter?

7/27/2022
It used to be at the center of our conversations about politics and society. Scott Hershovitz (author of Nasty, Brutish, and Short) argues that philosophy still has a lot to say about work, justice, and parenthood. Our latest installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club.

Duration:00:50:23

511. Why Did You Marry That Person?

7/20/2022
Sure, you were “in love.” But economists — using evidence from Bridgerton to Tinder — point to what’s called “assortative mating.” And it has some unpleasant consequences for society.

Duration:00:46:56