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Freakonomics Radio

By ​Dubner Productions and Stitcher

Rank #16 in Society & Culture 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.” 

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Please stop analogizing economics to sports

By rhughes411 - Jan 17 2019
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I used to love this podcast, but lately (and maybe it’s just me) there have just been way too many entire episodes and topics of conversation comparing sports to economics. Seriously? I’d rather watch baseball...

My favorite podcast

By jamiefinchy - Jan 07 2019
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Always interesting and often insightful. Can’t say enough about this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

14432 Ratings
Average Ratings
11215
1703
641
389
484

Please stop analogizing economics to sports

By rhughes411 - Jan 17 2019
Read more

I used to love this podcast, but lately (and maybe it’s just me) there have just been way too many entire episodes and topics of conversation comparing sports to economics. Seriously? I’d rather watch baseball...

My favorite podcast

By jamiefinchy - Jan 07 2019
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Always interesting and often insightful. Can’t say enough about this podcast.

Top 10 Episode of Freakonomics Radio

Rank #1: 356. America’s Hidden Duopoly

Nov 01 2018
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We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?

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Rank #2: 359. Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s?

Nov 29 2018
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The quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach all of us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and team spirit.

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Rank #3: Pick of the Week: Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor? (Ep. 288)

Sep 13 2018
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From the archive — A series of academic studies suggest that the wealthy are, to put it bluntly, selfish jerks. It's an easy narrative to swallow — but is it true? A trio of economists set out to test the theory. All it took was a Dutch postal worker's uniform, some envelopes stuffed with cash, and a slight sense of the absurd.

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Rank #4: There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified? (Ep. 285 Rebroadcast)

Nov 22 2018
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Some people argue that sugar should be regulated, like alcohol and tobacco, on the grounds that it’s addictive and toxic. How much sense does that make? We hear from a regulatory advocate, an evidence-based skeptic, a former F.D.A. commissioner — and the organizers of Milktoberfest.

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Rank #5: Pick of the Week: Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Ep. 309)

Sep 20 2018
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From the archive — Most people don't enjoy the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. But we do love to play the lottery. So what if you combine the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout?

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Rank #6: Pick of the Week: The Demonization of Gluten (Ep. 304)

Aug 30 2018
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From the archive — Celiac disease is thought to affect roughly one percent of the population. The good news: it can be treated by quitting gluten. The bad news: many celiac patients haven't been diagnosed. The weird news: millions of people without celiac disease have quit gluten – which may be a big mistake.

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Rank #7: Pick of the Week: How to Get More Grit in Your Life (Ep. 246)

Sep 20 2018
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From the archive — The psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that a person's level of stick-to-itiveness is directly related to their level of success. No big surprise there. But grit, she says, isn't something you're born with — it can be learned. Here's how.

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Rank #8: 355. Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)?

Oct 25 2018
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Family environments and “diversifying experiences” (including the early death of a parent); intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations; schools that value assessments, but don't assess the things we value. All these elements factor into the long, mysterious march towards a creative life. To learn more, we examine the early years of Ai Weiwei, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Maira Kalman, Wynton Marsalis, Jennifer Egan, and others. (Ep. 2 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)

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Rank #9: 358. Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be

Nov 15 2018
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It began as a post-war dream for a more collaborative and egalitarian workplace. It has evolved into a nightmare of noise and discomfort. Can the open office be saved, or should we all just be working from home?

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Rank #10: 354. How to Be Creative

Oct 18 2018
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There are thousands of books on the subject, but what do we actually know about creativity? In this new series, we talk to the researchers who study it as well as artists, inventors, and pathbreakers who live it every day: Ai Weiwei, James Dyson, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Egan, Rosanne Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Maira Kalman, and more. (Ep. 1 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)

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