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From the co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics titles, comes Freakonomics Radio, a fascinating and often surprising look at the hidden side of, well...everything. Each week Stephen J. Dubner explores the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

From the co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics titles, comes Freakonomics Radio, a fascinating and often surprising look at the hidden side of, well...everything. Each week Stephen J. Dubner explores the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.
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From the co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics titles, comes Freakonomics Radio, a fascinating and often surprising look at the hidden side of, well...everything. Each week Stephen J. Dubner explores the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

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Episodes

People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard.

7/11/2018
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You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. But that’s what Richard Thaler has done. The founder of behavioral economics describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being lazy; and his efforts to fix the world — one nudge at a time.

Duration:00:56:59

The Future of Freakonomics Radio

7/3/2018
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After 8 years and more than 300 episodes, it was time to either 1) quit, or 2) make the show bigger and better. We voted for number 2. Here’s a peek behind the curtain and a preview of what you’ll be hearing next.

Duration:00:35:58

In Praise of Incrementalism (Rebroadcast)

6/27/2018
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What do Renaissance painting, civil-rights movements, and Olympic cycling have in common? In each case, huge breakthroughs came from taking tiny steps. In a world where everyone is looking for the next moonshot, we shouldn’t ignore the power of incrementalism.

Duration:00:51:41

In Praise of Maintenance (Rebroadcast)

6/20/2018
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Has our culture's obsession with innovation led us to neglect the fact that things also need to be taken care of?

Duration:00:44:41

How to Catch World Cup Fever

6/13/2018
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For soccer fans, it's easy. For the rest of us? Not so much, especially since the U.S. team didn't qualify. So here's what to watch for even if you have no team to root for. Because the World Cup isn't just a gargantuan sporting event; it's a microcosm of human foibles and (yep) economic theory brought to life.

Duration:00:59:30

How to Build a Smart City

6/6/2018
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We are in the midst of a historic (and wholly unpredicted) rise in urbanization. But it's hard to retrofit old cities for the 21st century. Enter Dan Doctoroff. The man who helped modernize New York City — and tried to bring the Olympics there — is now C.E.O. of a Google-funded startup that is building, from scratch, the city of the future.

Duration:00:41:18

How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? (Rebroadcast)

5/30/2018
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Nearly two percent of America is grassy green. Sure, lawns are beautiful and useful and they smell great. But are the costs — financial, environmental and otherwise — worth the benefits?

Duration:00:31:21

The Most Vilified Industry in America Is Also the Most Charitable

5/23/2018
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Pharmaceutical firms donate an enormous amount of their products (and some cash too). But it doesn't seem to be helping their reputation. We ask Pfizer's generosity chief why the company gives so much, who it really helps, and whether all this philanthropy is just corporate whitewashing.

Duration:00:35:44

Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?

5/16/2018
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Corporate Social Responsibility programs can attract better job applicants who'll work for less money. But they also encourage employees to misbehave. Don't laugh — you too probably engage in “moral licensing,” even if you don't know it.

Duration:00:39:53

5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing

5/9/2018
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We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, they don't actually mean what we think they mean. But don't worry — the experts are getting it wrong, too.

Duration:00:52:00

Evolution, Accelerated (Rebroadcast)

5/2/2018
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A breakthrough in genetic technology has given humans more power than ever to change nature. It could help eliminate hunger and disease; it could also lead to the sort of dystopia we used to only read about in sci-fi novels. So what happens next?

Duration:00:38:26

The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted

4/25/2018
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Sure, medical progress has been astounding. But today the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Atul Gawande — cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author — has some simple ideas for treating a painfully complex system.

Duration:00:54:25

Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Terrible/Awesome (Part 2)

4/18/2018
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Three former White House economists weigh in on the new tax bill. A sample: "The overwhelming evidence is that the trickle-down, magic-beanstalk beans argument — that's just nonsense."

Duration:00:47:54

Why the Trump Tax Cuts are Awesome/Terrible (Part 1)

4/11/2018
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Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains the thinking behind the controversial new Republican tax package — and why its critics are wrong. (Next week, we'll hear from the critics.)

Duration:00:47:52

Extra: Ray Dalio Full Interview

4/8/2018
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Stephen Dubner's conversation with the founder and longtime C.E.O. of Bridgewater Associates, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”

Duration:01:19:14

The Invisible Paw

4/4/2018
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Humans, it has long been thought, are the only animal to engage in economic activity. But what if we've had it exactly backward?

Duration:00:50:40

Extra: Mark Zuckerberg Full Interview

4/1/2018
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Stephen Dubner's conversation with the Facebook founder and C.E.O., recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”

Duration:00:47:31

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Rebroadcast)

3/28/2018
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The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here's how to become your own financial superhero.

Duration:00:46:58

Extra: Carol Bartz Full Interview

3/25/2018
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Stephen Dubner's conversation with the former C.E.O. of Yahoo, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.”

Duration:00:52:29

The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money (Rebroadcast)

3/21/2018
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It's hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. So why are we willing to pay big fees for subpar investment returns? Enter the low-cost index fund. The revolution will not be monetized.

Duration:00:48:58