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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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    • 4.7 • 42 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.

    517. Are M.B.A.s to Blame for Wage Stagnation?

    517. Are M.B.A.s to Blame for Wage Stagnation?

    New research finds that bosses who went to business school pay their workers less. So what are M.B.A. programs teaching — and should they stop?

    • 47 min
    Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears (Ep. 439 Update)

    Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears (Ep. 439 Update)

    The pandemic provided city dwellers with a break from the din of the modern world. Now the noise is coming back. What does that mean for our productivity, health, and basic sanity?

    • 51 min
    516. Nuclear Power Isn’t Perfect. Is It Good Enough?

    516. Nuclear Power Isn’t Perfect. Is It Good Enough?

    Liberals endorse harm reduction when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Are they ready to take the same approach to climate change?

    • 54 min
    Extra: Ken Burns | People I (Mostly) Admire

    Extra: Ken Burns | People I (Mostly) Admire

    The documentary filmmaker, known for "The Civil War," "Jazz," and "Baseball," turns his attention to the Holocaust, and asks what we can learn from the evils of the past.

    • 46 min
    515. When You Pray to God Online, Who Else Is Listening?

    515. When You Pray to God Online, Who Else Is Listening?

    The pandemic moved a lot of religious activity onto the internet. With faith-based apps, Silicon Valley is turning virtual prayers into earthly rewards. Does this mean sharing user data? Dear God, let’s hope not …

    • 44 min
    This Is Your Brain on Pollution (Ep. 472 Update)

    This Is Your Brain on Pollution (Ep. 472 Update)

    As the Biden administration rushes to address climate change, Stephen Dubner looks at another, hidden cost of air pollution — one that’s affecting how we think.

    • 48 min

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