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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 • 25.2K 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. 

    “This Didn't End the Way It’s Supposed to End.”

    “This Didn't End the Way It’s Supposed to End.”

    The N.B.A. superstar Chris Bosh was still competing at the highest level when a blood clot abruptly ended his career. In his new book, Letters to a Young Athlete, Bosh covers the highlights and the struggles. In this installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, he talks with guest host Angela Duckworth.

    • 32 min
    What Are the Police for, Anyway?

    What Are the Police for, Anyway?

    The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to policing, as evidenced by more than 1,000 fatal shootings by police each year. But we’re an outlier in other ways too: a heavily-armed populace, a fragile mental-health system, and the fact that we spend so much time in our cars. Add in a history of racism and it’s no surprise that barely half of all Americans have a lot of confidence in the police. So what if we start to think about policing as … philanthropy?

    • 45 min
    Why Does the Richest Country in the World Have So Many Poor Kids?

    Why Does the Richest Country in the World Have So Many Poor Kids?

    Among O.E.C.D. nations, the U.S. has one of the highest rates of child poverty. How can that be? To find out, Stephen Dubner speaks with a Republican senator, a Democratic mayor, and a large cast of econo-nerds. Along the way, we hear some surprisingly good news: Washington is finally ready to attack the problem head-on.

    • 48 min
    All You Need Is Nudge

    All You Need Is Nudge

    When Richard Thaler published Nudge in 2008 (with co-author Cass Sunstein), the world was just starting to believe in his brand of behavioral economics. How did nudge theory hold up in the face of a global financial meltdown, a pandemic, and other existential crises? With the publication of a new, radically updated edition, Thaler tries to persuade Stephen Dubner that nudging is more relevant today than ever.

    • 58 min
    Is There Really a “Loneliness Epidemic”? (Ep. 407 Rebroadcast)

    Is There Really a “Loneliness Epidemic”? (Ep. 407 Rebroadcast)

    That’s what some health officials are saying, but the data aren’t so clear. We look into what’s known (and not known) about the prevalence and effects of loneliness — including the possible upsides. 

    • 35 min
    These Jobs Were Not Posted on ZipRecruiter

    These Jobs Were Not Posted on ZipRecruiter

    In a conversation fresh from the Freakonomics Radio Network’s podcast laboratory, Michèle Flournoy (one of the highest-ranking women in Defense Department history) speaks with Cecil Haney (one of the U.S. Navy’s first Black four-star admirals) about nuclear deterrence, smart leadership, and how to do inclusion right.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
25.2K Ratings

25.2K Ratings

AD3814 ,

Love it

This podcast discusses a nice variety of topics with interesting takes from opposing sides. For everyone complaining about it becoming more political or leftist, maybe it’s you becoming more sensitive.

JohnP1955 ,

Great insights

Its just amazing that we can receive such insightful comments presented so clearly at no cost. The book was great, and the podcast is like dividends on its purchase. Thank you.

MattieG06 ,

Used to be better

I used to really enjoy this podcast’s episodes and insights. However, every new episode seems to just be a chance to push their political views. Gonna hold out to see if it gets better.

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