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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. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” 

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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. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” 

    Is There Really a “Loneliness Epidemic”?

    Is There Really a “Loneliness Epidemic”?

    That’s what some health officials are saying, but the data aren’t so clear. We look into what’s known (and not known) about the prevalence and effects of loneliness — including the possible upsides.

    • 33 min
    Can You Hear Me Now?

    Can You Hear Me Now?

    When he became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai announced that he was going to take a “weed whacker” to Obama-era regulations. So far, he’s kept his promise, and earned the internet’s ire for reversing the agency’s position on net neutrality. Pai defends his actions and explains how the U.S. can “win” everything from the 5G race to the war on robocalls.

    • 48 min
    Policymaking Is Not a Science (Yet)

    Policymaking Is Not a Science (Yet)

    Why do so many promising solutions — in education, medicine, criminal justice, etc. — fail to scale up into great policy? And can a new breed of “implementation scientists” crack the code? 

    • 44 min
    Does the President Matter as Much as You Think?

    Does the President Matter as Much as You Think?

    We asked this same question nearly a decade ago. The answer then: probably not. But a lot has changed since then, and we’re three years into one of the most anomalous presidencies in American history. So once again we try to sort out presidential signal from noise. What we hear from legal and policy experts may leave you surprised, befuddled — and maybe infuriated.

    • 52 min
    How the San Francisco 49ers Stopped Being Losers (Ep. 350 Update)

    How the San Francisco 49ers Stopped Being Losers (Ep. 350 Update)

    One of the most storied (and valuable) sports franchises in the world had fallen far. So they decided to do a full reboot — and it worked: this week, they are headed back to the Super Bowl. Before the 2018 season, we sat down with the team’s owner, head coach, general manager, and players as they were plotting their turnaround. Here’s an update of that episode. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence”

    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence”

    One prescription drug is keeping some addicts from dying. So why isn’t it more widespread? A story of regulation, stigma, and the potentially fatal faith in abstinence.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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.

TorAndSud ,

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Until episodes older than 6 months ago become available, this one star rating will remain.

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Zeben Putnam

Awesome podcast, my favorite every week: The hidden side of everything! Dubner's talent for clarity, poignency, good diction(!) and excellent interview technique(!!) makes listening a real pleasure, and kudos to the whole team for fantastic content and technical excellence. You set the bar!

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