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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.

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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.

    478. How Can We Break Our Addiction to Contempt?

    478. How Can We Break Our Addiction to Contempt?

    Arthur Brooks is an economist who for 10 years ran the American Enterprise Institute, one of the most influential conservative think tanks in the world. He has come to believe there is only one weapon that can defeat our extreme political polarization: love. Is Brooks a fool for thinking this — and are you perhaps his kind of fool?

    • 42 min
    477. Why Is U.S. Media So Negative?

    477. Why Is U.S. Media So Negative?

    Breaking news! Sources say American journalism exploits our negativity bias to maximize profits, and social media algorithms add fuel to the fire. Stephen Dubner investigates.

    • 47 min
    That’s a Great Question! (Ep. 192 Rebroadcast)

    That’s a Great Question! (Ep. 192 Rebroadcast)

    Verbal tic or strategic rejoinder? Whatever the case: it’s rare to come across an interview these days where at least one question isn’t a “great” one.

    • 19 min
    “This Didn't End the Way It’s Supposed to End.”

    “This Didn't End the Way It’s Supposed to End.”

    The N.B.A. superstar Chris Bosh was still competing at the highest level when a blood clot abruptly ended his career. In his new book, Letters to a Young Athlete, Bosh covers the highlights and the struggles. In this installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, he talks with guest host Angela Duckworth.

    • 32 min
    476. What Are the Police for, Anyway?

    476. What Are the Police for, Anyway?

    The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to policing, as evidenced by more than 1,000 fatal shootings by police each year. But we’re an outlier in other ways too: a heavily-armed populace, a fragile mental-health system, and the fact that we spend so much time in our cars. Add in a history of racism and it’s no surprise that barely half of all Americans have a lot of confidence in the police. So what if we start to think about policing as … philanthropy?

    • 45 min
    475. Why Does the Richest Country in the World Have So Many Poor Kids?

    475. Why Does the Richest Country in the World Have So Many Poor Kids?

    Among O.E.C.D. nations, the U.S. has one of the highest rates of child poverty. How can that be? To find out, Stephen Dubner speaks with a Republican senator, a Democratic mayor, and a large cast of econo-nerds. Along the way, we hear some surprisingly good news: Washington is finally ready to attack the problem head-on.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

*firenrain ,

loved it!!

I listened to the new podcast with Bapu Jena and loved it, would definitely subscribe, looking forward to it. Thanks for making my night entertaining!

megan_charles ,

Unbearable background music

I love the book and was excited to learn there was a podcast. Great topics and guests. But the background music is obtrusive and unrelenting. What’s the purpose of having music competing with the people talking? Your brain can’t block it out as it’s manic and it changes with every speaker. The volume is jacked up if the speaker pauses for even a fraction of a second. Why?!? Maybe I’ll try to find transcripts and get a reading app to read them to me.

oscarthefish ,

Incredibly informative and engaging!

Steven is such an amazing host and the topics are so variable in order to appeal to almost every audience! There’s an episode for everyone.

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