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Freakonomics Radio

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Rank #2 in Documentary category

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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.” 

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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.” 

iTunes Ratings

20120 Ratings
Average Ratings
15400
2417
970
595
738

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By LanceAus - Feb 25 2020
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Appreciate the inclusion of such non-mainstream topic. But you let Pai get away with non-answer like any politician. He said nothing specific about how to enforce robocalls. He listed 4 wireless carriers as example of great competition, 4. He bragged about eliminate dial 9 for out-going call which is not a typical consumer concern. After the interview, I felt like I was listened to NPR or CNN.

Clever.

By Icag816 - Feb 17 2020
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Every episode is fascinating and thoughtful.

iTunes Ratings

20120 Ratings
Average Ratings
15400
2417
970
595
738

FCC

By LanceAus - Feb 25 2020
Read more
Appreciate the inclusion of such non-mainstream topic. But you let Pai get away with non-answer like any politician. He said nothing specific about how to enforce robocalls. He listed 4 wireless carriers as example of great competition, 4. He bragged about eliminate dial 9 for out-going call which is not a typical consumer concern. After the interview, I felt like I was listened to NPR or CNN.

Clever.

By Icag816 - Feb 17 2020
Read more
Every episode is fascinating and thoughtful.
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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.” 

Rank #1: 406. Can You Hear Me Now?

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When he became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai announced that he was going to take a “weed whacker” to Obama-era regulations. So far, he’s kept his promise, and earned the internet’s ire for reversing the agency’s position on net neutrality. Pai defends his actions and explains how the U.S. can “win” everything from the 5G race to the war on robocalls.

Feb 20 2020

48mins

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Rank #2: 401. How Many Prince Charleses Can There Be in One Room?

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In a special holiday episode, Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth take turns asking each other questions about charisma, wealth vs. intellect, and (of course) grit.

Dec 26 2019

33mins

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Rank #3: 405. Policymaking Is Not a Science (Yet)

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Why do so many promising solutions — in education, medicine, criminal justice, etc. — fail to scale up into great policy? And can a new breed of “implementation scientists” crack the code? 

Feb 13 2020

44mins

Play

Rank #4: 404. Does the President Matter as Much as You Think?

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We asked this same question nearly a decade ago. The answer then: probably not. But a lot has changed since then, and we’re three years into one of the most anomalous presidencies in American history. So once again we try to sort out presidential signal from noise. What we hear from legal and policy experts may leave you surprised, befuddled — and maybe infuriated.

Feb 06 2020

52mins

Play

Rank #5: 5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)

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We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, they don’t actually mean what we think they mean. But don’t worry — the experts are getting it wrong, too.

Jan 09 2020

48mins

Play

Rank #6: 402. The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: “We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation”

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How pharma greed, government subsidies, and a push to make pain the “fifth vital sign” kicked off a crisis that costs $80 billion a year and has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Jan 16 2020

47mins

Play

Rank #7: 386. How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War

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Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. government’s battle for agricultural abundance against the U.S.S.R. Our farm policies were built to dominate, not necessarily to nourish — and we are still living with the consequences.

Aug 01 2019

39mins

Play

Rank #8: 383. The Zero-Minute Workout

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There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic the effects of working out, why wouldn’t we want to take it?

Jun 27 2019

37mins

Play

Rank #9: 389. How to Make Meetings Less Terrible

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In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict.

Sep 19 2019

41mins

Play

Rank #10: 388. The Economics of Sports Gambling

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What happens when tens of millions of fantasy-sports players are suddenly able to bet real money on real games? We’re about to find out. A recent Supreme Court decision has cleared the way to bring an estimated $300 billion in black-market sports betting into the light. We sort out the winners and losers.

Sep 05 2019

54mins

Play

Rank #11: How the San Francisco 49ers Stopped Being Losers (Ep. 350 Update)

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One of the most storied (and valuable) sports franchises in the world had fallen far. So they decided to do a full reboot — and it worked: this week, they are headed back to the Super Bowl. Before the 2018 season, we sat down with the team’s owner, head coach, general manager, and players as they were plotting their turnaround. Here’s an update of that episode. 

Jan 30 2020

1hr 1min

Play

Rank #12: 384. Abortion and Crime, Revisited

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The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.

Jul 11 2019

55mins

Play

Rank #13: 403. The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence”

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One prescription drug is keeping some addicts from dying. So why isn’t it more widespread? A story of regulation, stigma, and the potentially fatal faith in abstinence.

Jan 23 2020

46mins

Play

Rank #14: 379. How to Change Your Mind

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There are a lot of barriers to changing your mind: ego, overconfidence, inertia — and cost. Politicians who flip-flop get mocked; family and friends who cross tribal borders are shunned. But shouldn’t we be encouraging people to change their minds? And how can we get better at it ourselves?

May 30 2019

45mins

Play

Rank #15: 374. How Spotify Saved the Music Industry (But Not Necessarily Musicians)

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Daniel Ek, a 23-year-old Swede who grew up on pirated music, made the record labels an offer they couldn’t refuse: a legal platform to stream all the world’s music. Spotify reversed the labels’ fortunes, made Ek rich, and thrilled millions of music fans. But what has it done for all those musicians stuck in the long tail?

Apr 11 2019

57mins

Play

410. What Does COVID-19 Mean for Cities (and Marriages)?

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There are a lot of upsides to urban density — but viral contagion is not one of them. Also: a nationwide lockdown will show if familiarity really breeds contempt. And: how to help your neighbor.

Mar 26 2020

40mins

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409. The Side Effects of Social Distancing

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In just a few weeks, the novel coronavirus has undone a century’s worth of our economic and social habits. What consequences will this have on our future — and is there a silver lining in this very black pandemic cloud?

Mar 19 2020

47mins

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Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work (Ep. 373 Rebroadcast)

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As cities become ever-more expensive, politicians and housing advocates keep calling for rent control. Economists think that’s a terrible idea. They say it helps a small (albeit noisy) group of renters, but keeps overall rents artificially high by disincentivizing new construction. So what happens next?

Mar 12 2020

47mins

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408. Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is?

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Trump says it would destroy us. Sanders says it will save us. The majority of millennials would like it to replace capitalism. But what is “it”? We bring in the economists to sort things out and tell us what the U.S. can learn from the good (and bad) experiences of other (supposedly) socialist countries.

Mar 05 2020

43mins

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407. Is There Really a “Loneliness Epidemic”?

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That’s what some health officials are saying, but the data aren’t so clear. We look into what’s known (and not known) about the prevalence and effects of loneliness — including the possible upsides.

Feb 27 2020

33mins

Play

406. Can You Hear Me Now?

Podcast cover
Read more

When he became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai announced that he was going to take a “weed whacker” to Obama-era regulations. So far, he’s kept his promise, and earned the internet’s ire for reversing the agency’s position on net neutrality. Pai defends his actions and explains how the U.S. can “win” everything from the 5G race to the war on robocalls.

Feb 20 2020

48mins

Play

405. Policymaking Is Not a Science (Yet)

Podcast cover
Read more

Why do so many promising solutions — in education, medicine, criminal justice, etc. — fail to scale up into great policy? And can a new breed of “implementation scientists” crack the code? 

Feb 13 2020

44mins

Play

404. Does the President Matter as Much as You Think?

Podcast cover
Read more

We asked this same question nearly a decade ago. The answer then: probably not. But a lot has changed since then, and we’re three years into one of the most anomalous presidencies in American history. So once again we try to sort out presidential signal from noise. What we hear from legal and policy experts may leave you surprised, befuddled — and maybe infuriated.

Feb 06 2020

52mins

Play

How the San Francisco 49ers Stopped Being Losers (Ep. 350 Update)

Podcast cover
Read more

One of the most storied (and valuable) sports franchises in the world had fallen far. So they decided to do a full reboot — and it worked: this week, they are headed back to the Super Bowl. Before the 2018 season, we sat down with the team’s owner, head coach, general manager, and players as they were plotting their turnaround. Here’s an update of that episode. 

Jan 30 2020

1hr 1min

Play

403. The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence”

Podcast cover
Read more

One prescription drug is keeping some addicts from dying. So why isn’t it more widespread? A story of regulation, stigma, and the potentially fatal faith in abstinence.

Jan 23 2020

46mins

Play

402. The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: “We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation”

Podcast cover
Read more

How pharma greed, government subsidies, and a push to make pain the “fifth vital sign” kicked off a crisis that costs $80 billion a year and has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Jan 16 2020

47mins

Play

5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)

Podcast cover
Read more

We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, they don’t actually mean what we think they mean. But don’t worry — the experts are getting it wrong, too.

Jan 09 2020

48mins

Play

401. How Many Prince Charleses Can There Be in One Room?

Podcast cover
Read more

In a special holiday episode, Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth take turns asking each other questions about charisma, wealth vs. intellect, and (of course) grit.

Dec 26 2019

33mins

Play

389. How to Make Meetings Less Terrible

Podcast cover
Read more

In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict.

Sep 19 2019

41mins

Play

388. The Economics of Sports Gambling

Podcast cover
Read more

What happens when tens of millions of fantasy-sports players are suddenly able to bet real money on real games? We’re about to find out. A recent Supreme Court decision has cleared the way to bring an estimated $300 billion in black-market sports betting into the light. We sort out the winners and losers.

Sep 05 2019

54mins

Play

386. How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War

Podcast cover
Read more

Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. government’s battle for agricultural abundance against the U.S.S.R. Our farm policies were built to dominate, not necessarily to nourish — and we are still living with the consequences.

Aug 01 2019

39mins

Play

384. Abortion and Crime, Revisited

Podcast cover
Read more

The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.

Jul 11 2019

55mins

Play

383. The Zero-Minute Workout

Podcast cover
Read more

There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic the effects of working out, why wouldn’t we want to take it?

Jun 27 2019

37mins

Play

379. How to Change Your Mind

Podcast cover
Read more

There are a lot of barriers to changing your mind: ego, overconfidence, inertia — and cost. Politicians who flip-flop get mocked; family and friends who cross tribal borders are shunned. But shouldn’t we be encouraging people to change their minds? And how can we get better at it ourselves?

May 30 2019

45mins

Play

374. How Spotify Saved the Music Industry (But Not Necessarily Musicians)

Podcast cover
Read more

Daniel Ek, a 23-year-old Swede who grew up on pirated music, made the record labels an offer they couldn’t refuse: a legal platform to stream all the world’s music. Spotify reversed the labels’ fortunes, made Ek rich, and thrilled millions of music fans. But what has it done for all those musicians stuck in the long tail?

Apr 11 2019

57mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

20120 Ratings
Average Ratings
15400
2417
970
595
738

FCC

By LanceAus - Feb 25 2020
Read more
Appreciate the inclusion of such non-mainstream topic. But you let Pai get away with non-answer like any politician. He said nothing specific about how to enforce robocalls. He listed 4 wireless carriers as example of great competition, 4. He bragged about eliminate dial 9 for out-going call which is not a typical consumer concern. After the interview, I felt like I was listened to NPR or CNN.

Clever.

By Icag816 - Feb 17 2020
Read more
Every episode is fascinating and thoughtful.