A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)07/02/15
Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?
Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their...
We seem to have decided that ethnic food tastes better when it's served by people of that ethnicity (or at least something close). Does this make sense -- and is it legal?
Make Me a Match
Sure, markets generally work well. But for some transactions -- like school admissions and organ transplants -- money alone can't solve the problem. That's when you need a market-design wizard like Al Roth.
Making Sex Offenders Pay -- and Pay and Pay and Pay
Sure, sex crimes are horrific, and the perpetrators deserve to be punished harshly. But society keeps exacting costs -- out-of-pocket and otherwise -- long after the prison sentence has been served.
Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do?
One man's attempt to remake his life in the mold of homo economicus.
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Rebroadcast)
The debut of a live game show from Freakonomics Radio, with judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson.
Failure Is Your Friend (Rebroadcast)
In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated.
Ten Years of Freakonomics
Dubner and Levitt are live onstage at the 92nd Street Y in New York to celebrate their new book "When to Rob a Bank" -- and a decade of working together.
Could the Next Brooklyn Be ... Las Vegas?!
Zappos founder Tony Hsieh has a wild vision and the dollars to try to make it real. But it still might be the biggest gamble in town.
Think Like a Child (Rebroadcast)
When it comes to generating ideas and asking questions it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an eight year old.
Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird”
America's favorite statistical guru answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions, and more.
Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend
It may seem like winning a valuable diamond is an unalloyed victory. It's not. It's not even clear that a diamond is so valuable.
How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare...
The practice of medicine has been subsumed by the business of medicine. This is great news for healthcare shareholders -- and bad news for pretty much everyone else.
How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?
A lot of the conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that.
The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast)
If you are driving and kill a pedestrian, there's a good chance you'll barely be punished. Why?
What You Don’t Know About Online Dating
Thick markets, thin markets, and the triumph of attributes over compatibility.
When Willpower Isn’t Enough
Sure, we all want to make good personal decisions, but it doesn't always work out. That's where "temptation bundling" comes in.
This Idea Must Die
Every year, Edge.org asks its salon of big thinkers to answer one big question. This year's question borders on heresy: what scientific idea is ready for retirement?
The Maddest Men of All
Advertisers have always been adept at manipulating our emotions. Now they're using behavioral economics to get even better.
Hacking the World Bank
Jim Yong Kim has an unorthodox background for a World Bank president -- and his reign thus far is just as unorthodox.
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