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Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner uncovers the hidden side of everything. Why is it safer to fly in an airplane than drive a car? How do we decide whom to marry? Why is the media so full of bad news? Also: things you never knew you wanted to know about wolves, bananas, pollution, search engines, and the quirks of human behavior.

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Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner uncovers the hidden side of everything. Why is it safer to fly in an airplane than drive a car? How do we decide whom to marry? Why is the media so full of bad news? Also: things you never knew you wanted to know about wolves, bananas, pollution, search engines, and the quirks of human behavior.

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    592. How to Make the Coolest Show on Broadway

    592. How to Make the Coolest Show on Broadway

    Hit by Covid, runaway costs, and a zillion streams of competition, serious theater is in serious trouble. A new hit play called "Stereophonic" — the most Tony-nominated play in history — has something to say about that. We speak with the people who make it happen every night. (Part one of a two-part series.)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    591. Signs of Progress, One Year at a Time

    591. Signs of Progress, One Year at a Time

    Every December, a British man named Tom Whitwell publishes a list of 52 things he’s learned that year. These fascinating facts reveal the spectrum of human behavior, from fraud and hypocrisy to Whitwell’s steadfast belief in progress. Should we also believe?

    • 53 min
    EXTRA: The Opioid Tragedy — How We Got Here

    EXTRA: The Opioid Tragedy — How We Got Here

    An update of our 2020 series, in which we spoke with physicians, researchers, and addicts about the root causes of the crisis — and the tension between abstinence and harm reduction.

    • 41 min
    590. Can $55 Billion End the Opioid Epidemic?

    590. Can $55 Billion End the Opioid Epidemic?

    Thanks to legal settlements with drug makers and distributors, states have plenty of money to boost prevention and treatment. Will it work? (Part two of a two-part series.)

    • 40 min
    589. Why Has the Opioid Crisis Lasted So Long?

    589. Why Has the Opioid Crisis Lasted So Long?

    Most epidemics flare up, do their damage, and fade away. This one has been raging for almost 30 years. To find out why, it’s time to ask some uncomfortable questions. (Part one of a two-part series.)

    • 48 min
    Extra: Car Colors & Storage Units

    Extra: Car Colors & Storage Units

    Presenting two stories from "The Economics of Everyday Things": Why does it seem like every car is black, white, or gray these days? And: How self-storage took over America.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

alandgc ,

Well researched balanced and amazingly informative

Have been listening for years. Finally deserves a review.

Veccy ,

Appalling interview with Koch

I decide to go back and look for some old episodes to listen to and came across the double interview with Koch.
The appalling puff piece with barely a hint of any pushback is an insult. You provided him with a platform to disseminate toxic views.

I will no longer be whomping with you.

Stop the train ,

Not a fan of the Feynman series

That Stephen is a Feynman fan there is no doubt, but for a neutral listener the gushing enthusiasm wears thin and I’ve had to pause my Freakonomics downloads for a while.

Otherwise the show consistently hits the spot for insightful and unexpected economic story telling.

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