Freakonomics Radio show

Freakonomics Radio

Summary: Have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling "Freakonomics” books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his “Freakonomics” co-author Steve Levitt. After just a few episodes, this podcast will have you too thinking like a Freak. Produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts such as “Radiolab," "Death, Sex & Money," and "On the Media."

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 The Economics of Sleep, Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:25

People who sleep better earn more money. Now all we have to do is teach everyone to sleep better.

 The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:56

Could a lack of sleep help explain why some people get much sicker than others?

 A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:04

Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?

 Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:39

We seem to have decided that ethnic food tastes better when it's served by people of that ethnicity (or at least something close). Does this make sense -- and is it legal?

 Make Me a Match | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:23

Sure, markets generally work well. But for some transactions -- like school admissions and organ transplants -- money alone can't solve the problem. That's when you need a market-design wizard like Al Roth.

 Making Sex Offenders Pay -- and Pay and Pay and Pay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:29

Sure, sex crimes are horrific, and the perpetrators deserve to be punished harshly. But society keeps exacting costs -- out-of-pocket and otherwise -- long after the prison sentence has been served.

 Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:48

One man's attempt to remake his life in the mold of homo economicus.

 Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 62:56

The debut of a live game show from Freakonomics Radio, with judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson.

 Failure Is Your Friend (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:48

In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated.

 Ten Years of Freakonomics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:02

Dubner and Levitt are live onstage at the 92nd Street Y in New York to celebrate their new book "When to Rob a Bank" -- and a decade of working together.

 Could the Next Brooklyn Be ... Las Vegas?! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:17

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has a wild vision and the dollars to try to make it real. But it still might be the biggest gamble in town.

 Think Like a Child (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:44

When it comes to generating ideas and asking questions it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an eight year old.

 Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:08

America's favorite statistical guru answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions, and more.

 Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:29

It may seem like winning a valuable diamond is an unalloyed victory. It's not. It's not even clear that a diamond is so valuable.

 How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:56

The practice of medicine has been subsumed by the business of medicine. This is great news for healthcare shareholders -- and bad news for pretty much everyone else.


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