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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 • 27.3K 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.

    516. Nuclear Power Isn’t Perfect. Is It Good Enough?

    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?

    • 54 min
    Extra: Ken Burns | People I (Mostly) Admire

    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.

    • 46 min
    515. When You Pray to God Online, Who Else Is Listening?

    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 …

    • 44 min
    This Is Your Brain on Pollution (Ep. 472 Update)

    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.

    • 48 min
    514. Roland Fryer Refuses to Lie to Black America

    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.”

    • 59 min
    513. Should Public Transit Be Free?

    513. Should Public Transit Be Free?

    It boosts economic opportunity and social mobility. It’s good for the environment. So why do we charge people to use it? The short answer: it’s complicated.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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27.3K Ratings

27.3K Ratings

paul_cristo ,

Always provocative and intriguing

I look forward to each episode for the last ten years.

arrowfarm72 ,

Insightful

Appreciate the balanced, objective investigation into interesting topics.

Gleestr ,

Ken Burns interview

He is right that we have a human problem. It is on the right, left, and middle. The demonization of your political enemies never ends well. The duopoly seems content to add fuel to the fire. What happens when fire is no longer containable?

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