What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics?10/30/14
A lot! “The Economics of the Undead” is a book about dating strategy, job creation, and whether there should be a legal market for blood.
“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”
The debut of a live game show from Freakonomics Radio, with judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson.
How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas?
The Norwegian government parleys massive oil wealth into huge subsidies for electric cars. Is that carbon laundering or just pragmatic environmentalism?
How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten (Rebroadcast)
The science of what works -- and doesn't work -- in fund-raising
Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition
A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.'s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.
Markets are hardly perfect, but the results can be ugly when you try to subvert them.
Outsiders by Design
What does it mean to pursue something that everyone else thinks is nuts? And what does it take to succeed?
How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying
Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?
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)
The online universe doesn't have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world. Discuss.
Parking Is Hell (Rebroadcast)
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)
A look at whether spite pays -- and if it even exists.
Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast)
It's awkward, random, confusing -- and probably discriminatory too.
How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)
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?
It’s a hard question to answer, but we do our best.
Why You Should Bribe Your Kids
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?
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
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...
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
Is it really in a restaurant’s best interest to give customers free bread or chips before they even order?
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