Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird”04/23/15
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.
Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?
The White House is hosting an anti-terror summit next week. Summits being what they are, we try to offer some useful advice.
How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency?
It's a centerpiece of U.S. climate policy and a sacred cow among environmentalists. Does it work?
How Safe Is Your Job?
Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?
Someone Else’s Acid Trip
As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.
That’s a Great Question!
Verbal tic or strategic rejoinder? Whatever the case: its rare to come across an interview these days where at least one question isnt a great one.
Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?
Influenza kills, but youd never know it by how few of us get the vaccine.
What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast)
Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.
What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? (Rebroadcast)
Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?
Time to Take Back the Toilet
Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?
The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)
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