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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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    • 4.5 • 27.8K 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.

    Is Economic Growth the Wrong Goal? (Ep. 429 Update)

    Is Economic Growth the Wrong Goal? (Ep. 429 Update)

    The economist Kate Raworth says the aggressive pursuit of G.D.P. is trashing the planet and shortchanging too many people. She has proposed an alternative — and the city of Amsterdam is giving it a try. How's it going?

    • 41 min
    The Economics of Everyday Things: Girl Scout Cookies

    The Economics of Everyday Things: Girl Scout Cookies

    How does America's cutest sales force get billions of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs into our hands every year? Zachary Crockett finds out in the second episode of our newest podcast, "The Economics of Everyday Things."

    • 14 min
    532. Do You Know Who Owns Your Vet?

    532. Do You Know Who Owns Your Vet?

    When small businesses get bought by big investors, the name may stay the same — but customers and employees can feel the difference. (Part 2 of 2.)

    • 46 min
    Introducing “The Economics of Everyday Things”

    Introducing “The Economics of Everyday Things”

    A new podcast hosted by Zachary Crockett. In the first episode: Gas stations. When gas prices skyrocket, do station owners get a windfall? And where do their profits really come from?

    • 15 min
    531. Should You Trust Private Equity to Take Care of Your Dog?

    531. Should You Trust Private Equity to Take Care of Your Dog?

    Big investors are buying up local veterinary practices (and pretty much everything else). What does this mean for scruffy little Max* — and for the U.S. economy? (Part 1 of 2.)

    *The most popular dog name in the U.S. in 2022.

    • 42 min
    Extra: Samin Nosrat Always Wanted to Be Famous

    Extra: Samin Nosrat Always Wanted to Be Famous

    And with her book "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," she succeeded. Now she's not so sure how to feel about all the attention.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
27.8K Ratings

27.8K Ratings

Mickey Schwartz ,

Great research

I could try to poke holes in some of the commentary on individual podcasts, but overall the research and thoughts offer an eye opening point of view.

DiveBoy ,

Quality falling rapidly with new host

The once remarkable show is turning to profit and marketing. Their upbeat take on Girl Scouts cookies really showed their cards. From clean up reforms to sponsored speakers this was drivel corporate white washing. While others are producing clear analysis on the same subject.

annashordd ,

Thank you, continuing to listen 🌸

I absolutely loved the episode about free transportation - as someone who does not drive, good job catering to a wide audience - thanks

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