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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 • 27.5K 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.

    523. Did Michael Lewis Just Get Lucky with “Moneyball”?

    523. Did Michael Lewis Just Get Lucky with “Moneyball”?

    No — but he does have a knack for stumbling into the perfect moment, including the recent FTX debacle. In this installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, we revisit the book that launched the analytics revolution.

    • 54 min
    522. Is Google Getting Worse?

    522. Is Google Getting Worse?

    It used to feel like magic. Now it can feel like a set of cheap tricks. Is the problem with Google — or with us?

    • 54 min
    The Most Interesting Fruit in the World (Ep. 375 Update)

    The Most Interesting Fruit in the World (Ep. 375 Update)

    The banana, once a luxury good, rose to become America’s favorite fruit. Now a deadly fungus threatens to wipe it out. Can it be saved?

    • 39 min
    521. I’m Your Biggest Fan!

    521. I’m Your Biggest Fan!

    It’s fun to obsess over pop stars and racecar drivers — but is fandom making our politics even more toxic?

    • 44 min
    520. The Unintended Consequences of Working from Home

    520. The Unintended Consequences of Working from Home

    The last two years have radically changed the way we work — producing winners, losers, and a lot of surprises.

    • 40 min
    519. Has Globalization Failed?

    519. Has Globalization Failed?

    It was supposed to boost prosperity and democracy at the same time. What really happened? According to the legal scholar Anthea Roberts, it depends which story you believe.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
27.5K Ratings

27.5K Ratings

Rparch ,

Tops

Amazing, entertains and educational, all at the same time!

StGaetano ,

My favorite podcast

Dubner is such a natural on this platform. He is consistently engaging, curious and fair in his handling of a vast range of fascinating issues. Great reporting, writing, producing. A good voice, too, which is paramount.

DonnerDude ,

Worth Every Minute

I’ve been listening for longer than I can remember, so I appreciate how the show has kept me engaged all these years. Stephen’s interviewing style makes the discussion easy to follow, and the research is always impeccable. I recommend this podcast to everyone because I’ve learned so much. Thanks, and please keep up the great work.

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