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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 Regulate This! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:13

Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, EatWith, and other companies in the “sharing economy” are practically daring government regulators to shut them down. The regulators are happy to comply.

 Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:15

The online universe doesn't have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world. Discuss.

 Parking Is Hell (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:08

There ain't no such thing as a free parking spot. Somebody has to pay for it -- and that somebody is everybody.

 What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common? (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:06

A look at whether spite pays -- and if it even exists.

 Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:45

It's awkward, random, confusing -- and probably discriminatory too.

 How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:01

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?

 Does Religion Make You Happy? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:36

It’s a hard question to answer, but we do our best.

 Why You Should Bribe Your Kids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:33

Educational messaging looks good on paper but kids don’t respond to it -- and adults aren’t much better.

 What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:04

It isn’t easy to separate the guilty from the innocent, but a clever bit of game theory can help.

 A Better Way to Eat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:04

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

 How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:51

Dubner and Levitt answer reader questions in this first installment of the “Think Like a Freak” Book Club.

 There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:23

Is it really in a restaurant’s best interest to give customers free bread or chips before they even order?

 Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:14

Every four years, the U.S. takes a look at the World Cup and develops a slight crush. What would it take to really fall in love?

 Failure Is Your Friend | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:03

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

 The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:00

You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says ... Are you sure?


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