649 episodes

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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    • 4.8 • 174 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.

    The Pros and Cons of America’s (Extreme) Individualism (Ep. 470 Replay)

    The Pros and Cons of America’s (Extreme) Individualism (Ep. 470 Replay)

    According to a decades-long research project, the U.S. is not only the most individualistic country on earth; we’re also high on indulgence, short-term thinking, and masculinity (but low on “uncertainty avoidance,” if that makes you feel better). We look at how these traits affect our daily lives and why we couldn’t change them even if we wanted to.

    • 48 min
    The U.S. Is Just Different — So Let’s Stop Pretending We’re Not (Ep. 469 Replay)

    The U.S. Is Just Different — So Let’s Stop Pretending We’re Not (Ep. 469 Replay)

    We often look to other countries for smart policies on education, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. But can a smart policy be simply transplanted into a country as culturally unusual (and as supremely WEIRD) as America?

    • 51 min
    512. Does Philosophy Still Matter?

    512. Does Philosophy Still Matter?

    It used to be at the center of our conversations about politics and society. Scott Hershovitz (author of "Nasty, Brutish, and Short") argues that philosophy still has a lot to say about work, justice, and parenthood. Our latest installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club.

    • 49 min
    511. Why Did You Marry That Person?

    511. Why Did You Marry That Person?

    Sure, you were “in love.” But economists — using evidence from "Bridgerton" to Tinder — point to what’s called “assortative mating.” And it has some unpleasant consequences for society.

    • 46 min
    The Economist’s Guide to Parenting: 10 Years Later (Ep. 479 Replay)

    The Economist’s Guide to Parenting: 10 Years Later (Ep. 479 Replay)

    In one of the earliest Freakonomics Radio episodes, we asked a bunch of economists with young kids how they approached child-rearing. Now the kids are old enough to talk — and they have a lot to say. We hear about nature vs. nurture, capitalism vs. Marxism, and why you don’t tell your friends that your father is an economist.

    • 51 min
    510. What Problems Does Crypto Solve, Anyway?

    510. What Problems Does Crypto Solve, Anyway?

    Boosters say blockchain technology will usher in a brave new era of decentralization. Are they right — and would it be a dream or a nightmare? (Part 3 of "What Can Blockchain Do for You?")

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

MaryAnnJane ,

Super engaging podcast

Hello team! I really appreciate how much work goes into each podcast from featuring experts in the field, weaving a story and even finding appropriate music to play. It makes listening to it easy and engages with the senses. Thanks!

Daltoncracker ,

Amazing! More on web3.0 please!

Hello Freakonomics team!

I’ve been an avid fan of your podcast, just wanted to say that I really LOVED the series on blockchain/web3.0/crypto, please continue with the series and do more episodes!

It clarifies the subject for the lay person and makes it so much easier to understand and relate.

ashnymph_ck ,

Great!

One of the best podcasts! Keep up the great content!

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