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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 226 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. 

    Introducing a New “Freakonomics of Medicine” Podcast

    Introducing a New “Freakonomics of Medicine” Podcast

    Bapu Jena was already a double threat: a doctor who’s also an economist. Now he’s a podcast host too. In this sneak preview of the Freakonomics Radio Network’s newest show,  Bapu discovers that marathons can be deadly — but not for the reasons you may think.

    • 23 min
    Will Work-from-Home Work Forever?

    Will Work-from-Home Work Forever?

    The pandemic may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean we’ll return to full-time commuting and packed office buildings. The greatest accidental experiment in the history of labor has lessons to teach us about productivity, flexibility, and even reversing the brain drain. But don’t buy another dozen pairs of sweatpants just yet.

    • 48 min
    How to Get Anyone to Do Anything

    How to Get Anyone to Do Anything

    The social psychologist Robert Cialdini is a pioneer in the science of persuasion. His 1984 book Influence is a classic, and he has just published an expanded and revised edition. In this episode of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, he gives a master class in the seven psychological levers that bewitch our rational minds and lead us to buy, behave, or believe without a second thought. 

    • 58 min
    These Shoes Are Killing Me! (Ep. 296 Rebroadcast)

    These Shoes Are Killing Me! (Ep. 296 Rebroadcast)

    The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in “a coffin” (as one foot scholar calls it) that stymies so much of its ability — and may create more problems than it solves?

    • 39 min
    The Future of New York City Is in Question. Could Andrew Yang Be the Answer?

    The Future of New York City Is in Question. Could Andrew Yang Be the Answer?

    The man who wants America to “think harder” has parlayed his quixotic presidential campaign into front-runner status in New York’s mayoral election. And he has some big plans.

    • 42 min
    How to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot Apocalypse

    How to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot Apocalypse

    It’s true that robots (and other smart technologies) will kill many jobs. It may also be true that newer collaborative robots (“cobots”) will totally reinvigorate how work gets done. That, at least, is what the economists are telling us. Should we believe them?

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
226 Ratings

226 Ratings

Yash NS ,

Great podcasts , gives a different perspective.

Love all the different topics they cover and they analysis they offer. Give a different perspective and opens you up to new idea.

meer7 ,

Look forward to it every week

If there’s one thing I look forward every week , it’s Freakonomics new episode.
True to its name, Stephen Dubner is the first one to come out with a concern first be opioid addiction, Political Duopoly and others.
Not only the topic, but the way S.D presents a topic, Keeps you engaged , I’m yet to find another podcast like this one ....

shreyasjs ,

5 stars !!

One of the best podcasts I have ever encountered. It is amaazing how knowledgeable stephen dubner is on such a variety of topics. Keep up the great work

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