Freakonomics Radio

Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” 

http://freakonomics.com/

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 37m. Bisher sind 511 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast
subscribe
share



 

recommended podcasts


episode 387: Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi!


Research shows that having a distinctively black name doesn’t affect your economic future. But what is the day-to-day reality of living with such a name? Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, a newly-minted Ph.D., is well-qualified to answer this question. Her verdict: the data don’t tell the whole story.


share





   38m
 
 

episode 122: How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)


A kid’s name can tell us something about his parents — their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?


share





   51m
 
 

episode 386: How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War


Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. government’s battle for agricultural abundance against the U.S.S.R. Our farm policies were built to dominate, not necessarily to nourish — and we are still living with the consequences.


share





   39m
 
 

episode 356: America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)


We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?


share





   52m
 
 

episode 385: What Do Nancy Pelosi, Taylor Swift, and Serena Williams Have in Common?


They — along with a great many other high-achieving women — were all once Girl Scouts. So was Sylvia Acevedo. Raised in a poor, immigrant family, she was told that “girls like her” didn’t go to college. But she did, and then became a rocket scientist and tech executive. Now she’s C.E.O. of the very organization she credits with shaping her life. Acevedo tells us how the Girl Scouts are trying to stay relevant, why they’re suing the Boy Scouts, and how they sell so many cookies.


share





 18 July 2019  35m
 
 

episode 384: Abortion and Crime, Revisited


The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.


share





 11 July 2019  55m
 
 

episode 173: A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)


Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?


share





 04 July 2019  26m
 
 

episode 383: The Zero-Minute Workout


There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic the effects of working out, why wouldn’t we want to take it?


share





 27 June 2019  37m
 
 

episode 382: How Goes the Behavior-Change Revolution?


An all-star team of behavioral scientists discovers that humans are stubborn (and lazy, and sometimes dumber than dogs). We also hear about binge drinking, humblebragging, and regrets. Recorded live in Philadelphia with guests including Richard Thaler, Angela Duckworth, Katy Milkman, and Tom Gilovich.


share





 20 June 2019  51m
 
 

episode 381: Long-Term Thinking in a Start-Up Town


Recorded live in San Francisco. Guests include the keeper of a 10,000-year clock, the co-founder of Lyft, a pioneer in male birth control, a specialist in water security, and a psychology professor who is also a puppy. With co-host Angela Duckworth, fact-checker Mike Maughan, and the Freakonomics Radio Orchestra.


share





 13 June 2019  49m