643 episodes

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.

    509. Are N.F.T.s All Scams?

    509. Are N.F.T.s All Scams?

    Some of them are. With others, it’s more complicated (and more promising). We try to get past the Bored Apes and the ripoffs to see if we can find art on the blockchain. (Part 2 of "What Can Blockchain Do for You?")

    • 48 min
    508. Does the Crypto Crash Mean the Blockchain Is Over?

    508. Does the Crypto Crash Mean the Blockchain Is Over?

    No. But now is a good time to sort out the potential from the hype. Whether you’re bullish, bearish, or just confused, we’re here to explain what the blockchain can do for you. (Part 1 of a series.)

    • 49 min
    507. 103 Pieces of Advice That May or May Not Work

    507. 103 Pieces of Advice That May or May Not Work

    Kevin Kelly calls himself “the most optimistic person in the world.” And he has a lot to say about parenting, travel, A.I., being luckier — and why we should spend way more time on YouTube.

    • 40 min
    506. What Is Sportswashing (and Does It Work)?

    506. What Is Sportswashing (and Does It Work)?

    In ancient Rome, it was bread and circuses. Today, it’s a World Cup, an Olympics, and a new Saudi-backed golf league that’s challenging the P.G.A. Tour. Can a sporting event really repair a country’s reputation — or will it trigger the dreaded Streisand Effect?

    • 50 min
    505. Did Domestic Violence Really Spike During the Pandemic?

    505. Did Domestic Violence Really Spike During the Pandemic?

    When the world went into lockdown, experts predicted a rise in intimate-partner assaults. What actually happened was more complicated.

    • 50 min
    504. Introducing “Off Leash”

    504. Introducing “Off Leash”

    In this new podcast from the Freakonomics Radio Network, dog-cognition expert and bestselling author Alexandra Horowitz (Inside of a Dog) takes us inside the scruffy, curious, joyful world of dogs. This is the first episode of Off Leash; you can find more episodes in your podcast app now.

    • 38 min

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