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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.” 

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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.” 

    Policymaking Is Not a Science (Yet)

    Policymaking Is Not a Science (Yet)

    Why do so many promising solutions — in education, medicine, criminal justice, etc. — fail to scale up into great policy? And can a new breed of “implementation scientists” crack the code? 

    • 44 min
    Does the President Matter as Much as You Think?

    Does the President Matter as Much as You Think?

    We asked this same question nearly a decade ago. The answer then: probably not. But a lot has changed since then, and we’re three years into one of the most anomalous presidencies in American history. So once again we try to sort out presidential signal from noise. What we hear from legal and policy experts may leave you surprised, befuddled — and maybe infuriated.

    • 52 min
    How the San Francisco 49ers Stopped Being Losers (Ep. 350 Update)

    How the San Francisco 49ers Stopped Being Losers (Ep. 350 Update)

    One of the most storied (and valuable) sports franchises in the world had fallen far. So they decided to do a full reboot — and it worked: this week, they are headed back to the Super Bowl. Before the 2018 season, we sat down with the team’s owner, head coach, general manager, and players as they were plotting their turnaround. Here’s an update of that episode. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence”

    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence”

    One prescription drug is keeping some addicts from dying. So why isn’t it more widespread? A story of regulation, stigma, and the potentially fatal faith in abstinence.

    • 46 min
    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: “We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation”

    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: “We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation”

    How pharma greed, government subsidies, and a push to make pain the “fifth vital sign” kicked off a crisis that costs $80 billion a year and has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

    • 47 min
    5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)

    5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)

    We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, they don’t actually mean what we think they mean. But don’t worry — the experts are getting it wrong, too.

    • 48 min

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More conversations like the one with Angela Duckworth!

Long time listener and love the show.

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Freakishly good!

One of the best podcast out there. Please never stop producing this show❤️❤️

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Of all the podcasts I listen to, this is probably the best one. Always looking forward to the next episode and sometimes listen to an episode twice. It's that good!

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