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Freakonomics Radio

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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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WNYC

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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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WNYC Radio 160 Varick St. New York, NY 10013 212-433-9692


Episodes

What Does a C.E.O. Actually Do?

1/17/2018
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They're paid a fortune — but for what, exactly? What makes a good C.E.O. — and how can you even tell? Is "leadership science" a real thing — or just airport-bookstore mumbo jumbo? We put these questions to Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Indra Nooyi, Satya Nadella, Jack Welch, Ray Dalio, Carol Bartz, David Rubenstein, and Ellen Pao. (Part 1 of a special series, "The Secret Life of C.E.O.'s.")

Duration: 00:39:47


How to Be a Modern Democrat — and Win

1/10/2018
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Gina Raimondo, the governor of tiny Rhode Island, has taken on unions, boosted big business, and made friends with Republicans. She is also one of just 15 Democratic governors in the country. Would there be more of them if there were more like her?

Duration: 00:38:47


Why Is My Life So Hard? (Rebroadcast)

1/3/2018
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Most of us feel we face more headwinds and obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. How can we avoid this trap?

Duration: 00:30:08


Trust Me (Rebroadcast)

12/27/2017
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Societies where people trust one another are healthier and wealthier. In the U.S. (and the U.K. and elsewhere), social trust has been falling for decades — in part because our populations are more diverse. What can we do to fix it?

Duration: 00:32:26


Make Me a Match (Rebroadcast)

12/20/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:54:59


Not Your Grandmother’s I.M.F.

12/13/2017
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The International Monetary Fund has long been the "lender of last resort" for economies in crisis. Christine Lagarde, who runs the institution, would like to prevent those crises from ever happening. She tells us her plans.

Duration: 00:41:33


Why Is the Live-Event Ticket Market So Screwed Up?

12/6/2017
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The public has almost no chance to buy good tickets to the best events. Ticket brokers, meanwhile, make huge profits on the secondary markets. Here's the story of how this market got so dysfunctional, how it can be fixed – and why it probably won't be.

Duration: 00:49:50


Are We Running Out of Ideas?

11/29/2017
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Economists have a hard time explaining why productivity growth has been shrinking. One theory: true innovation has gotten much harder – and much more expensive. So what should we do next?

Duration: 00:37:13


Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Update)

11/22/2017
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Most people don't enjoy the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. But we do love to play the lottery. So what if you combine the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout?

Duration: 00:46:41


Nurses to the Rescue!

11/15/2017
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They are the most-trusted profession in America (and with good reason). They are critical to patient outcomes (especially in primary care). Could the growing army of nurse practitioners be an answer to the doctor shortage? The data say yes but — big surprise — doctors' associations say no.

Duration: 00:58:17


How Can I Do the Most Social Good With $100? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

11/8/2017
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Dubner and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt answer your questions about crime, traffic, real-estate agents, the Ph.D. glut, and how to not get eaten by a bear.

Duration: 00:44:28


Why Is There So Much Ground Beef in the World? (Special Feature)

11/6/2017
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In this live episode of "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," you'll learn about carcass balancing, teen sleeping, and brand naming. Joining Stephen J. Dubner as co-host is Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday); author A.J. Jacobs (It's All Relative) is the live fact-checker.

Duration: 00:43:22


Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It?

11/1/2017
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Corporations and rich people donate billions to their favorite think tanks and foundations. Should we be grateful for their generosity — or suspicious of their motives?

Duration: 00:38:48


How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution

10/25/2017
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Academic studies are nice, and so are Nobel Prizes. But to truly prove the value of a new idea, you have to unleash it to the masses. That's what a dream team of social scientists is doing — and we sat in on their first meeting.

Duration: 00:46:55


The Demonization of Gluten

10/18/2017
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Celiac disease is thought to affect roughly one percent of the population. The good news: it can be treated by quitting gluten. The bad news: many celiac patients haven't been diagnosed. The weird news: millions of people without celiac disease have quit gluten – which may be a big mistake.

Duration: 00:43:56


What Are the Secrets of the German Economy — and Should We Steal Them?

10/11/2017
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Smart government policies, good industrial relations, and high-end products have helped German manufacturing beat back the threats of globalization.

Duration: 00:58:50


Time to Take Back the Toilet (Rebroadcast)

10/4/2017
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Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?

Duration: 00:34:06


“Tell Me Something I Don't Know” on the topic of Behavior Change (Special Feature)

9/30/2017
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Stephen J. Dubner hosts an episode full of the world's most renowned behavior change experts, including Colin Camerer, Ayelet Fishbach, David Laibson, Max Bazerman, Katy Milkman, and Kevin Volpp. Angela Duckworth (psychologist and author of Grit) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as real-time fact-checker.

Duration: 00:54:06


Why Larry Summers Is the Economist Everyone Hates to Love

9/27/2017
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He's been U.S. Treasury Secretary, a chief economist for the Obama White House and the World Bank, and president of Harvard. He's one of the most brilliant economists of his generation (and perhaps the most irascible). And he thinks the Trump Administration is wrong on just about everything.

Duration: 00:53:35


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

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