3 episodes

Zachary Crockett uncovers the hidden side of the things that surround us. Who decides what snacks are in your office’s vending machine? How much is a 100-year-old elm tree on a suburban block worth — and to whom? And what makes Girl Scout Cookies a billion-dollar business?

The Economics of Everyday Things Freakonomics Network & Zachary Crockett

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 98 Ratings

Zachary Crockett uncovers the hidden side of the things that surround us. Who decides what snacks are in your office’s vending machine? How much is a 100-year-old elm tree on a suburban block worth — and to whom? And what makes Girl Scout Cookies a billion-dollar business?

    2. Girl Scout Cookies

    2. Girl Scout Cookies

    How does America's cutest sales force get billions of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs into our hands every year? Zachary Crockett digs in.

    • 13 min
    1. Gas Stations

    1. Gas Stations

    In our first episode, host Zachary Crockett sidles up to the pump to ask: Who owns your local gas station, and where do their profits really come from?

    • 14 min
    Coming Soon: The Economics of Everyday Things

    Coming Soon: The Economics of Everyday Things

    A new show is coming to the Freakonomics Radio Network. Stay tuned for The Economics of Everyday Things, hosted by Zachary Crockett.

    • 40 sec

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

SpiJetti ,

Well-paced

Stumbled on this, and liked it far more than I would have expected for something as unsexy as gas. Informative in an efficient and interesting way—good mix of interviews and reporting to synthesize the info to fill in gaps and keep the story moving.

I also love things like this that help me see common things, like a gas station, in new and interesting ways, especially the human stories hidden within them. Hoping that will be a common thread for future episodes—make something I almost don’t even notice anymore and certainly don’t think about often/ever more interesting and visible and expanding my understanding the economic intersections (e.g. gas, candy, ice, price wars between stations, etc). Nice start. Look forward to future installments.

d.gates123 ,

Great first episode

Loved this first episode and the host did a great job! Looking forward to learning more throughout the weeks.

AHFreds ,

Great everyday economics

I enjoyed the first episode! Informative and entertaining- thanks!

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