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.
523. Did Michael Lewis Just Get Lucky with “Moneyball”?
No — but he does have a knack for stumbling into the perfect moment, including the recent FTX debacle. In this installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, we revisit the book that launched the analytics revolution.
522. Is Google Getting Worse?
It used to feel like magic. Now it can feel like a set of cheap tricks. Is the problem with Google — or with us?
The Most Interesting Fruit in the World (Ep. 375 Update)
The banana, once a luxury good, rose to become America’s favorite fruit. Now a deadly fungus threatens to wipe it out. Can it be saved?
521. I’m Your Biggest Fan!
It’s fun to obsess over pop stars and racecar drivers — but is fandom making our politics even more toxic?
520. The Unintended Consequences of Working from Home
The last two years have radically changed the way we work — producing winners, losers, and a lot of surprises.
519. Has Globalization Failed?
It was supposed to boost prosperity and democracy at the same time. What really happened? According to the legal scholar Anthea Roberts, it depends which story you believe.
Congrats on reaching 500 episodes! I’ve been listening to this show for almost a decade now and it has given me so much insight into things I didn’t even know could be interesting. Sports, well-being, education, environment - you name it, this podcast always uncovers a delightful, economic side of things.
Stephen is a master at asking the interesting, thought provoking questions, and does it in a way that disarms the interviewee even when the question could be taken as challenging or confrontational.
It’s also incredible how prepared he is for every single interview. I’m sure there is a whole team dedicated to research but the way Stephen presents it and guides the conversations (maybe it’s simply editing magic) is simply superb.
First of all, thank you so much for presenting a brilliant podcast like this!
I am an English learner meanwhile have some sleeping issues because of the job.
But I have to say listening to this podcast at bed is really relaxing and helpful for me.
You speak clearly and wittily, and also the selected topic every time is very interesting!
Last but not least, hope this podcast could keep ROCKING in the future!
Always a good show
Thank you for all the research you do on topics and guests.