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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 • 219 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. 

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

    462. 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
    461. How to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot Apocalypse

    461. 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
    460. The True Story of the Minimum-Wage Fight

    460. The True Story of the Minimum-Wage Fight

    Backers of a $15 federal wage say it’s a no-brainer if you want to fight poverty. Critics say it’s a blunt instrument that leads to job loss. Even the economists can’t agree! We talk to a bunch of them — and a U.S. Senator — to sort it out, and learn there’s a much bigger problem to worry about.

    • 44 min
    459. Let’s Be Blunt: Marijuana Is a Boon for Older Workers

    459. Let’s Be Blunt: Marijuana Is a Boon for Older Workers

    The state-by-state rollout of legalized weed has given economists a perfect natural experiment to measure its effects. Here’s what we know so far — and don’t know — about the costs and benefits of legalization.

    • 35 min
    458. How to Manage Your Goal Hierarchy

    458. How to Manage Your Goal Hierarchy

    In this special crossover episode, People I (Mostly) Admire host Steve Levitt admits to No Stupid Questions co-host Angela Duckworth that he knows almost nothing about psychology. But once Angela gives Steve a quick tutorial on “goal conflict,” he is suddenly a fan. They also talk parenting, self-esteem, and how easy it is to learn econometrics if you feel like it. 

    • 51 min
    457. Is Dialysis a Test Case of Medicare for All?

    457. Is Dialysis a Test Case of Medicare for All?

    Kidney failure is such a catastrophic (and expensive) disease that Medicare covers treatment for anyone, regardless of age. Since Medicare reimbursement rates are fairly low, the dialysis industry had to find a way to tweak the system if they wanted to make big profits. They succeeded.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
219 Ratings

219 Ratings

kanutzian ,

Thank you.

Superb show with a great track rekord, check out the archives. Mr Dubner and all his helpers creates insightfull gems about interesting societal and behavior subjects.

smiphi ,

Stop the croaking women

You’ve lost all credibility. Vocal fry, croaking women and adds for credit. You’ve lost all credibility.

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