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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. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” 

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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. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” 

    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence”

    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence”

    One prescription drug is keeping some addicts from dying. So why isn’t it more widespread? A story of regulation, stigma, and the potentially fatal faith in abstinence.

    • 46 min
    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: “We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation”

    The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: “We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation”

    How pharma greed, government subsidies, and a push to make pain the “fifth vital sign” kicked off a crisis that costs $80 billion a year and has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

    • 47 min
    5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)

    5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)

    We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, they don’t actually mean what we think they mean. But don’t worry — the experts are getting it wrong, too.

    • 48 min
    The Zero-Minute Workout (Ep. 383 Rebroadcast)

    The Zero-Minute Workout (Ep. 383 Rebroadcast)

    There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic the effects of working out, why wouldn’t we want to take it?

    • 38 min
    How Many Prince Charleses Can There Be in One Room?

    How Many Prince Charleses Can There Be in One Room?

    In a special holiday episode, Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth take turns asking each other questions about charisma, wealth vs. intellect, and (of course) grit.

    • 33 min
    Why Is This Man Running for President? (Ep. 362 Update)

    Why Is This Man Running for President? (Ep. 362 Update)

    A year ago, nobody was taking Andrew Yang very seriously. Now he is America’s favorite entrepre-nerd, with a candidacy that keeps gaining momentum. This episode includes our Jan. 2019 conversation with the leader of the Yang Gang and a fresh interview recorded from the campaign trail in Iowa.

    • 59 min

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