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.
Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears (Ep. 439 Update)
The pandemic provided city dwellers with a break from the din of the modern world. Now the noise is coming back. What does that mean for our productivity, health, and basic sanity?
516. Nuclear Power Isn’t Perfect. Is It Good Enough?
Liberals endorse harm reduction when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Are they ready to take the same approach to climate change?
Extra: Ken Burns | People I (Mostly) Admire
The documentary filmmaker, known for "The Civil War," "Jazz," and "Baseball," turns his attention to the Holocaust, and asks what we can learn from the evils of the past.
515. When You Pray to God Online, Who Else Is Listening?
The pandemic moved a lot of religious activity onto the internet. With faith-based apps, Silicon Valley is turning virtual prayers into earthly rewards. Does this mean sharing user data? Dear God, let’s hope not …
This Is Your Brain on Pollution (Ep. 472 Update)
As the Biden administration rushes to address climate change, Stephen Dubner looks at another, hidden cost of air pollution — one that’s affecting how we think.
514. Roland Fryer Refuses to Lie to Black America
The controversial Harvard economist, recently back from a suspension, “broke a lot of glass early in my career,” he says. His research on school incentives and police brutality won him acclaim — but also enemies. Now he’s taking a hard look at corporate diversity programs. The common thread in his work? “I refuse to not tell the truth.”
Always provocative and intriguing
I look forward to each episode for the last ten years.
Nuclear Power #516
I am concerned that the above show didn’t spend enough time or concern over the long term radioactive waste products of nuclear. In the US we still don’t have a repository for this waste.
I feel that we should keep our current fleet of reactors going, but focus our money on building out a new efficient grid, both national and hyper-local, using green hydrogen for energy storage, and improving the energy efficiency of our homes, transportation, industry including internet/computer devices and appliances. New energy should come from solar and wind. Finally reduce food waste to lower agricultural energy costs.
Want to hear from more non male voices
Please include more voices from women and other marginalized groups. I love the content of freakonomics but can’t recommend to others or to my hundreds of students because it’s so western male dominated; I’m concerned I’m getting a more biased perspective because of this.