21 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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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.

    “One Does Not Know Where an Insight Will Come From” | People I (Mostly) Admire: Kerwin Charles

    “One Does Not Know Where an Insight Will Come From” | People I (Mostly) Admire: Kerwin Charles

    The dean of Yale’s School of Management grew up in a small village in Guyana. During his unlikely journey, he has researched video-gaming habits, communicable disease, and why so many African-Americans haven’t had the kind of success he’s had. Steve Levitt talks to Charles about his parents’ encouragement, his love of Sports Illustrated, and how he talks to his American-born kids about the complicated history of Blackness in America. 

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    • 39 min
    Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)

    Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)

    Trump says it would destroy us. Biden needs the voters who support it (especially the Bernie voters). The majority of millennials would like it to replace capitalism. But what is “it”? We bring in the economists to sort things out and tell us what the U.S. can learn from the good (and bad) experiences of other (supposedly) socialist countries.

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    • 44 min
    What if Your Company Had No Rules?

    What if Your Company Had No Rules?

    Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings came to believe that corporate rules can kill creativity and innovation. In this latest edition of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, guest host Maria Konnikova talks to Hastings about his new book, No Rules Rules, and why for some companies the greatest risk is taking no risks at all.

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    • 55 min
    Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has?

    Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has?

    Thanks to daily Covid testing and regimented protocols, the new football season is underway. Meanwhile, most teachers, students, and parents are essentially waiting for the storm to pass. And school isn’t even a contact sport (usually).

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    • 49 min
    "I Started Crying When I Realized How Beautiful the Universe Is” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 2: Mayim Bialik

    "I Started Crying When I Realized How Beautiful the Universe Is” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 2: Mayim Bialik

    She’s best known for playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, but the award-winning actress has a rich life outside of her acting career, as a teacher, mother — and a real-life neuroscientist.  Steve Levitt tries to learn more about this one-time academic and Hollywood non-conformist, who is both very similar to him and also quite his opposite.

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    • 45 min
    America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356 Rebroadcast)

    America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356 Rebroadcast)

    We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

nish40leo ,

The Best

Not enough episodes in a week. Please make more content. You guys are amazing !!! And yesss more book club. Dubner is excellent.

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!!

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