Summary: In their books "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics," Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore "the hidden side of everything," with stories about cheating schoolteachers, self-dealing real-estate agents, and crack-selling mama’s boys. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.
Dubner and Levitt talk about circadian rhythms, gay marriage, autism, and whether "pay what you want" is everything it's cracked up to be.
If any other product failed 94 percent of the time, you'd probably stop using it. So why do we put up with burglar alarms?
A look at whether spite pays -- and if it even exists.
Why is unemployment still so high? It may be because of something that happened well before the Great Recession.
An interview with Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, whose younger brother turned him in -- and what it says about the Boston bombers.
In many states, it is perfectly legal to not hire someone who smokes. Should employers also be able to weed out junk-food lovers or motorcyclists -- or anyone who wants to have a baby?
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?
Real tax reform may or may not ever happen. In the meantime, how about making the current system work a bit better?
Freakonomics asks a dozen smart people for their best ideas. Get ready for a fat tax, a sugar ban, and a calorie-chomping tapeworm.
The NCAA basketball tournament grabs a lot of eyeballs, but turning them into dollars hasn't always been easy -- even when the "talent" is playing for free.
There ain't no such thing as a free parking spot. Somebody has to pay for it -- and that somebody is everybody.
Sure, we all like to hear compliments. But if you're truly looking to get better at something, it's the negative feedback that will get you there.
In many ways, the gender gap is closing. In others, not so much. And that's not always a bad thing.
The gas tax doesn't work well, and it's only going to get worse. What's next?
No one wants mass shootings. Unfortunately, no one has a workable plan to stop them either.