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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

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


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

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