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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. The entire archive, going back to 2010, is available on the Stitcher podcast app and at freakonomics.com.

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    • 4.6, 223 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. The entire archive, going back to 2010, is available on the Stitcher podcast app and at freakonomics.com.

    419. 68 Ways to Be Better at Life

    419. 68 Ways to Be Better at Life

    The accidental futurist Kevin Kelly on why enthusiasm beats intelligence, how to really listen, and why the solution to bad technology is more technology.

    • 37 min
    418. What Will College Look Like in the Fall (and Beyond)?

    418. What Will College Look Like in the Fall (and Beyond)?

    Three university presidents try to answer our listeners’ questions. The result? Not much pomp and a whole lot of circumstance.

    • 55 min
    417. Reasons to Be Cheerful

    417. Reasons to Be Cheerful

    Humans have a built-in “negativity bias,” which means we give bad news much more power than good. Would the Covid-19 crisis be an opportune time to reverse this tendency?

    • 49 min
    416. How Do You Reopen a Country?

    416. How Do You Reopen a Country?

    We speak with a governor, a former C.D.C. director, a pandemic forecaster, a hard-charging pharmacist, and a pair of economists — who say it’s all about the incentives. (Pandemillions, anyone?)

    • 53 min
    415. How Rahm Emanuel Would Run the World

    415. How Rahm Emanuel Would Run the World

    As a former top adviser to presidents Clinton and Obama, he believes in the power of the federal government. But as former mayor of Chicago, he says that cities are where real problems get solved — especially in the era of Covid-19.

    • 46 min
    414. Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China?

    414. Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China?

    The U.S. spent the past few decades waiting for China to act like the global citizen it said it wanted to be. The waiting may be over.

    • 57 min

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