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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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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.

    How Do You Cure a Compassion Crisis? (Ep. 444 Replay)

    How Do You Cure a Compassion Crisis? (Ep. 444 Replay)

    Patients in the U.S. healthcare system often feel they’re treated with a lack of empathy. Doctors and nurses have tragically high levels of burnout. Could fixing the first problem solve the second? And does the rest of society need more compassion too?

    • 51 min
    483. What’s Wrong With Shortcuts?

    483. What’s Wrong With Shortcuts?

    You know the saying: “There are no shortcuts in life.” What if that saying is just wrong? In his new book "Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut in Math and Life," the mathematician Marcus du Sautoy argues that shortcuts can be applied to practically anything: music, psychotherapy, even politics. Our latest installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club.

    • 43 min
    482. Is Venture Capital the Secret Sauce of the American Economy?

    482. Is Venture Capital the Secret Sauce of the American Economy?

    The U.S. is home to seven of the world’s 10 biggest companies. How did that happen? The answer may come down to two little letters: V.C. Is venture capital good for society, or does it just help the rich get richer? Stephen Dubner invests the time to find out.

    • 45 min
    481. Is the U.S. Really Less Corrupt Than China?

    481. Is the U.S. Really Less Corrupt Than China?

    A new book by an unorthodox political scientist argues that the two rivals have more in common than we’d like to admit. It’s just that most American corruption is essentially legal.

    • 55 min
    480. How Much Does Discrimination Hurt the Economy?

    480. How Much Does Discrimination Hurt the Economy?

    Evidence from Nazi Germany and 1940’s America (and pretty much everywhere else) shows that discrimination is incredibly costly — to the victims, of course, but also the perpetrators. One modern solution is to invoke a diversity mandate. But new research shows that’s not necessarily the answer.

    • 53 min
    479. The Economist’s Guide to Parenting: 10 Years Later

    479. The Economist’s Guide to Parenting: 10 Years Later

    In one of the earliest Freakonomics Radio episodes (No. 39!), 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 sometimes don’t tell your friends that your father is an economist.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
25.4K Ratings

25.4K Ratings

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If you want to learn more about the world and the way it works…

Well told ideas and statistics that cover everything from health, education, the economy, politics, and other world view topics. Guests are highly knowledgeable people who are thoughtful about what they say. Some topics lean left, some topics lean right but most information is central and backed by data and statistics that are developed and analyzed by well respected sources.

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Applicable knowledge

Not always the most exciting episodes but great production value, and lots of the things they discuss are immediately applicable to your life and behaviors.

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Change the intro

I really like this podcast, but the intro bothers me. It seems a little sexist to use a woman’s voice to introduce the host, when the woman is not a featured personality on the show. Why can’t the host introduce himself? It gives off major women in the subservient role vibes.

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