13 episodes

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. The entire archive, going back to 2010, is available on the Stitcher podcast app and at freakonomics.com.

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    • 4.6, 2.6K Ratings

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. The entire archive, going back to 2010, is available on the Stitcher podcast app and at freakonomics.com.

    How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)

    How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)

    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.

    • 43 min
    The Simple Economics of Saving the Amazon Rain Forest

    The Simple Economics of Saving the Amazon Rain Forest

    Everyone agrees that massive deforestation is an environmental disaster. But most of the standard solutions — scolding the Brazilians, invoking universal morality — ignore the one solution that might actually work

    • 32 min
    The Pros and Cons of Reparations

    The Pros and Cons of Reparations

    Most Americans agree that racial discrimination has been, and remains, a big problem. But that is where the agreement ends.

    • 40 min
    Should America (and FIFA) Pay Reparations?

    Should America (and FIFA) Pay Reparations?

    The racial wealth gap in the U.S. is massive. We explore the causes, consequences, and potential solutions. Also: another story of discrimination and economic disparity, this one perpetrated by an international sporting authority. The first of a two-part series.

    • 44 min
    Remembrance of Economic Crises Past

    Remembrance of Economic Crises Past

    Christina Romer was a top White House economist during the Great Recession. As a researcher, she specializes in the Great Depression. She tells us what those disasters can (and can’t) teach us about the Covid crash.

    • 51 min
    How to Make Your Own Luck

    How to Make Your Own Luck

    Before she decided to become a poker pro, Maria Konnikova didn’t know how many cards are in a deck. But she did have a Ph.D. in psychology, a brilliant coach, and a burning desire to know whether life is driven more by skill or chance. She found some answers in poker — and in her new book The Biggest Bluff, she’s willing to tell us everything she learned.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

JoeKald ,

Best journalistic & informative posdcast

The content is of great value for anyone wishing to have a easy to listen to podcast about a great variety of subjects!

VeganGorl ,

Excellent!

This podcast is a great example of good journalism, a good narrator and a good editor that puts together information given by experts on the subject (and not their own “unimportant” opinions on the matter!!!). Empirical knowledge is always needed, i listened to the economics of conservation of the rainforest in brazil and that episode was really fantastic. It was presented in a comprehensible, yet thorough way. Thank you!!

jenlucille ,

Can’t wait for new episodes

I always get so excited when a new episode comes out. The podcast is informative and always tries to bring evidence to the points they make. Can listen to Steven talk for hours without ever getting bored I highly recommend this podcast!

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