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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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    • 4.6 • 3.2K 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 Economics of Everyday Things: “My Sharona”

    The Economics of Everyday Things: “My Sharona”

    Can a hit single from four decades ago still pay the bills? Zachary Crockett f-f-f-finds out in the third episode of our newest podcast, "The Economics of Everyday Things."

    • 18 min
    Is Economic Growth the Wrong Goal? (Ep. 429 Update)

    Is Economic Growth the Wrong Goal? (Ep. 429 Update)

    The economist Kate Raworth says the aggressive pursuit of G.D.P. is trashing the planet and shortchanging too many people. She has proposed an alternative — and the city of Amsterdam is giving it a try. How's it going?

    • 41 min
    The Economics of Everyday Things: Girl Scout Cookies

    The Economics of Everyday Things: Girl Scout Cookies

    How does America's cutest sales force get billions of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs into our hands every year? Zachary Crockett finds out in the second episode of our newest podcast, "The Economics of Everyday Things."

    • 14 min
    532. Do You Know Who Owns Your Vet?

    532. Do You Know Who Owns Your Vet?

    When small businesses get bought by big investors, the name may stay the same — but customers and employees can feel the difference. (Part 2 of 2.)

    • 46 min
    Introducing “The Economics of Everyday Things”

    Introducing “The Economics of Everyday Things”

    A new podcast hosted by Zachary Crockett. In the first episode: Gas stations. When gas prices skyrocket, do station owners get a windfall? And where do their profits really come from?

    • 15 min
    531. Should You Trust Private Equity to Take Care of Your Dog?

    531. Should You Trust Private Equity to Take Care of Your Dog?

    Big investors are buying up local veterinary practices (and pretty much everything else). What does this mean for scruffy little Max* — and for the U.S. economy? (Part 1 of 2.)

    *The most popular dog name in the U.S. in 2022.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

Henry424543 ,

Brilliant, eclectic and educational

I listen to this podcast very regularly and have learnt an enormous amount, as I did from the books. Stephen Dubner is fair, pretty much apolitical, and has a refreshing and research-based approach. I highly recommend these podcasts… enjoy them!

the real Pierre Black ,

Stop Rebecca Lee Douglas please.

Producer Rebecca Lee Douglas should never ever be allowed to speak on the show. Sounds like she’s reading to five year olds learning English.

Michael MacGillivray ,

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Great listen almost always

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