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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. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and many more. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC and Dubner Productions

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. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and many more. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC and Dubner Productions
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New York, NY

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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. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and many more. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC and Dubner Productions

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English

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Episodes

Why Learn Esperanto? (Special Feature)

9/25/2017
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A language invented in the 19th century, and meant to be universal, it never really caught on. So why does a group of Esperantists from around the world gather once a year to celebrate their bond?

Duration: 00:31:50


What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

9/20/2017
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We explore votes for English, Indonesian, and … Esperanto! The search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Will technology finally solve that?

Duration: 00:43:53


Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

9/13/2017
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There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?

Duration: 00:45:38


"How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?"

9/6/2017
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John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Here's the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions in the face of risk versus uncertainty.

Duration: 00:47:21


Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (Rebroadcast)

8/30/2017
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By some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what's to be done? Our third and final episode in this series offers some encouraging answers.

Duration: 00:50:29


Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Rebroadcast)

8/23/2017
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How do so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on "dream patients" who aren't representative of a larger population. On the other hand, sometimes the only thing worse than being excluded from a drug trial is being included.

Duration: 00:45:36


Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Rebroadcast)

8/16/2017
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We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.

Duration: 00:44:45


What Are You Waiting For? (Rebroadcast)

8/9/2017
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Standing in line represents a particularly sloppy — and frustrating — way for supply and demand to meet. Why haven't we found a better way to get what we want? Is it possible that we secretly enjoy waiting in line? And might it even be (gulp) good for us?

Duration: 00:36:20


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

8/2/2017
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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: 00:45:43


The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money

7/26/2017
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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: 00:48:13


These Shoes Are Killing Me!

7/19/2017
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The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in "a coffin" (as one foot scholar calls it) that stymies so much of its ability — and may create more problems than it solves?

Duration: 00:40:34


When Helping Hurts

7/12/2017
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Good intentions are nice, but with so many resources poured into social programs, wouldn't it be even nicer to know what actually works?

Duration: 00:51:26


The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage

7/5/2017
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Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in "marriageable" men. Surely the fracking boom reversed that trend, right?

Duration: 00:44:29


The Harvard President Will See You Now (Rebroadcast)

6/28/2017
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How a pain-in-the-neck girl from rural Virginia came to run the most powerful university in the world. Help us meet the Freakonomics Radio listener challenge. If 500 of you become sustaining members at just $7/month before June 30th we'll unlock an additional $25,000 from the Tow Foundation. Freakonomics.com/donate

Duration: 00:41:36


Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 2)

6/22/2017
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Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal. So why do most Democrats hate him so much? In a rare series of interviews, he explains his political awakening, his management philosophy, and why he supports legislation that goes against his self-interest.

Duration: 00:38:59


Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 1)

6/21/2017
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Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal. So why do most Democrats hate him so much? In a rare series of interviews, he explains his political awakening, his management philosophy and why he supports legislation that goes against his self-interest.

Duration: 00:44:47


BONUS: "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" on the topic of Rivalry

6/19/2017
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Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the "Freakonomics" co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the little-known battle between butter and margarine that landed in the Supreme Court. WBEZ's Tricia Bobeda, co-host of the "Nerdette" podcast, is fact-checker.

Duration: 01:01:38


Evolution, Accelerated

6/14/2017
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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? Help us meet the Freakonomics Radio listener challenge. If 500 of you become sustaining members at just $7/month before June 30th we'll unlock an additional $25,000 from the Tow Foundation. Become a member now!

Duration: 00:37:40


He’s One of the Most Famous Political Operatives in America. America Just Doesn’t Know It Yet.

6/7/2017
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Steve Hilton was the man behind David Cameron's push to remake British politics. Things didn't work out so well there. Now he's trying to launch a new political revolution – from sunny California.

Duration: 00:42:57


How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns?

5/31/2017
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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: 00:28:53

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