15 episodes

Each week, physician and economist Dr. Bapu Jena will dig into a fascinating study at the intersection of economics and healthcare. He takes on questions like: Why do kids with summer birthdays get the flu more often? Can surviving a hurricane help you live longer? What do heart surgery and grocery-store pricing have in common?

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Each week, physician and economist Dr. Bapu Jena will dig into a fascinating study at the intersection of economics and healthcare. He takes on questions like: Why do kids with summer birthdays get the flu more often? Can surviving a hurricane help you live longer? What do heart surgery and grocery-store pricing have in common?

    13. When Bapu Met Levitt

    13. When Bapu Met Levitt

    Once upon a time, Bapu Jena was a graduate student at the University of Chicago. His most interesting teacher? The economist Steve Levitt. This week on Freakonomics, M.D., a replay of a conversation between Steve and Bapu from Steve’s podcast, People I (Mostly) Admire, where they cover everything from the ethics of human-challenge trials to why Bapu decided to start his own show.

    • 33 min
    12. Where Do All the Bad Ideas Go?

    12. Where Do All the Bad Ideas Go?

    Ideas are currency. This couldn't be more true in academia, where it's the job of researchers to think of questions and, hopefully, find answers. Bapu talks with economists Steve Levitt and Emily Oster about how they come up with ideas for studies, why most never make it off the ground, and what should be done with scrapped projects.

    • 34 min
    11. Why Do So Many Donated Kidneys End Up in the Trash?

    11. Why Do So Many Donated Kidneys End Up in the Trash?

    Every year, thousands of people in the U.S. die while they’re waiting for a new kidney, yet thousands of available organs get thrown away. Bapu talks to a kidney doctor and an economics Nobel laureate about why this happens and how the system could improve.

    • 24 min
    10. The Mystery of the Man with Confusion and Back Pain

    10. The Mystery of the Man with Confusion and Back Pain

    Hear diagnostician Gurpreet Dhaliwal try to solve the case of a patient who came to the emergency room with an unusual combination of symptoms. Plus, we discuss how difficult it is to separate the signal from the noise when treating patients, and how cognitive biases factor into doctors’ decision-making.

    • 21 min
    9. Why Fridays May Be Dangerous for Your Health

    9. Why Fridays May Be Dangerous for Your Health

    When researchers analyzed which day of the week most drug-safety alerts are released — and what it means for public health — they were stunned. So was Bapu Jena. He talks with them and a physician this week about the “Friday Effect,” a common problem with big repercussions for the safety of the medications.

    • 19 min
    8. A Playbook for Beating the Next Pandemic

    8. A Playbook for Beating the Next Pandemic

    We dig into why Covid-19 caught us so unprepared and how we can make sure we’re ready for a future public-health crisis with former FDA director Scott Gottlieb.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
340 Ratings

340 Ratings

etherdog ,

One of the best podcasts!

Dr Bapu has an engaging style based on sound scientific principles in both medicine and economics. He, or people with the same salience, should be driving healthcare policy at every level of government!

There should be a journal of negative results.

PatonC ,

So informative

Thank you for breaking down these issues to make them understandable.

rainbowsfound ,

Kidney transplants

Excellent show. Very interesting and informative!

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