34 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. The entire archive, going back to 2010, is available on the Stitcher podcast app and at freakonomics.com.

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    • Documentary
    • 4.5 • 40 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 entire archive, going back to 2010, is available on the Stitcher podcast app and at freakonomics.com.

    Is it Too Late for General Motors to Go Electric?

    Is it Too Late for General Motors to Go Electric?

    G.M. produces more than 20 times as many cars as Tesla, but Tesla is worth nearly 10 times as much. Mary Barra, the C.E.O. of G.M., is trying to fix that. We speak with her about the race toward an electrified (and autonomous) future, China and Trump, and what it’s like to be the “fifth-most powerful woman in the world.”

    • 44 min
    Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 2: Digital)

    Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 2: Digital)

    Google and Facebook are worth a combined $2 trillion, with the vast majority of their revenue coming from advertising. In our previous episode, we learned that TV advertising is much less effective than the industry says. Is digital any better? Some say yes, some say no — and some say we’re in a full-blown digital-ad bubble.

    • 48 min
    Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV)

    Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV)

    Companies around the world spend more than half-a-trillion dollars each year on ads. The ad industry swears by its efficacy — but a massive new study tells a different story.

    • 37 min
    Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears

    Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears

    The modern world overwhelms us with sounds we didn’t ask for, like car alarms and cell-phone “halfalogues.” What does all this noise cost us in terms of productivity, health, and basic sanity?

    • 49 min
    How to Succeed by Being Authentic (Hint: Carefully)

    How to Succeed by Being Authentic (Hint: Carefully)

    John Mackey, the C.E.O. of Whole Foods, has learned the perils of speaking his mind. But he still says what he thinks about everything from “conscious leadership” to the behavioral roots of the obesity epidemic. He also argues for a style of capitalism and politics that at this moment seems like a fantasy. What does he know that we don’t?

    • 47 min
    Why the Left Had to Steal the Right’s Dark-Money Playbook

    Why the Left Had to Steal the Right’s Dark-Money Playbook

    The sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh spent years studying crack dealers, sex workers, and the offspring of billionaires. Then he wandered into an even stranger world: social media. He spent the past five years at Facebook and Twitter. Now that he’s back in the real world, he’s here to tell us how the digital universe really works. In this pilot episode of a new podcast, Venkatesh interviews the progressive political operative Tara McGowan about her digital successes with the Obama campaign, her noisy failure with the Iowa caucus app, and why the best way for Democrats to win more elections was to copy the Republicans.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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40 Ratings

40 Ratings

G OZ ,

It' s a pleasure to listen and learn

I feel lucky that I have found this podcast and subscribe to it. Most of the episodes are very valuable for me. I can feel that there is a high effort for making each episode. Guests, sound effects, mixing, content, Q&A's, creativity, they are all great.
Continue to produce Stephen...

jkllmnnh ,

Mükemmel!

Daha önce yorum yapılmamış olması beni çok şaşırttı. (Umarım önceki yorumları ben görmemişimdir.) Tek kelimeyle mükemmel! Ekonomiyi birçok alanla ilişkilendiren, insanın ufkunu genişleten bir podcast. Adı öyle gösterse de konu yelpazesi ekonomiyle sınırlı değil.

Bandragirl ,

Terrible

I have listened to this podcast for years but I'm ready to give up. I'm not sure why I have been listening to it for so long. The interviews are weak and the arguments are shallow. The recent episode interviewing Thinx Ms Agrawal is the best recent example - praising her days before she stepped down following allegations of abuse to her staff. Good riddance.

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