What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common?07/10/14
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?
Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)
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
In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated.
The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast)
You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says ... Are you sure?
Think Like a Child
When it comes to generating ideas and asking questions it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an eight year old.
The Three Hardest Words in the English Language
Why learning to say “I don’t know” is one of the best things you can do.
How to Think Like a Freak -- and Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions
Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt talk about their new book and field questions about prestige, university life, and (yum yum) bacon.
The Perfect Crime
If you are driving and kill a pedestrian, there's a good chance you'll barely be punished. Why?
Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado?
When it comes to exercising outrage, people tend to be very selective. Could it be that humans are our least favorite animal?
What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?
Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?
“If Mayors Ruled the World”
Unlike certain elected officials in Washington, mayors all over the country actually get stuff done. So maybe we should ask them to do more?
How to Make People Quit Smoking
The war on cigarettes has been fairly successful in some places. But 1 billion humans still smoke -- so what comes next?
Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It
Thinking of Bitcoin as just a digital currency is like thinking about the Internet as just e-mail. Its potential is much more exciting than that.
Women Are Not Men (Rebroadcast)
In many ways, the gender gap is closing. In others, not so much. And that's not always a bad thing.
“It’s Fun to Smoke Marijuana”
A psychology professor argues that the brain's greatest attribute is knowing what other people are thinking. And that a Queen song, played backwards, can improve your mind-reading skills.
Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?
In most countries, houses get more valuable over time. In Japan, a new buyer will often bulldoze the home. We'll tell you why.
Why Marry? (Part 2)
The consequences of our low marriage rate -- and if the old model is less attractive, how about a new one?
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