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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.”
||Clean357. Can an Industrial Giant Become a Tech Darling?||The Ford Motor Company is ditching its legacy sedans, doubling down on trucks, and trying to steer its stock price out of a long skid. But C.E.O. Jim Hackett has even bigger plans: to turn a century-old automaker into the nucleus of a “transportation operating system.” Is Hackett just whistling past the graveyard, or does he see what others can’t?||7 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean356. America’s Hidden Duopoly||We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?||31 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: Elvis Costello Full Interview||A conversation with the iconic singer-songwriter, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “How to Be Creative.”||27 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean355. Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)?||Family environments and “diversifying experiences” (including the early death of a parent); intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations; schools that value assessments, but don't assess the things we value. All these elements factor into the long, mysterious march towards a creative life. To learn more, we examine the early years of Ai Weiwei, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Maira Kalman, Wynton Marsalis, Jennifer Egan, and others. (Ep. 2 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)||24 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: Jeremy Lin Full Interview||A conversation with veteran NBA point guard Jeremy Lin, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”||20 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean354. How to Be Creative||There are thousands of books on the subject, but what do we actually know about creativity? In this new series, we talk to the researchers who study it as well as artists, inventors, and pathbreakers who live it every day: Ai Weiwei, James Dyson, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Egan, Rosanne Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Maira Kalman, and more. (Ep. 1 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)||17 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean353. How to Optimize Your Apology||You said, “I’m sorry,” but somehow you haven’t been forgiven. Why? Because you’re doing it wrong! A report from the front lines of apology science.||10 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean352. Can This Man Stop a Trade War?||The World Trade Organization is the referee for 164 trading partners, each with their own political and economic agendas. Lately, those agendas have gotten more complicated — especially with President Trump’s tariff blitz. Roberto Azevêdo, head of the W.T.O., tells us why it’s so hard to balance protectionism and globalism; what’s really behind the loss of jobs; and what he’d say to Trump (if he ever gets the chance).||3 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: Shawn Johnson Full Interview||A conversation with 2008 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”||30 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean351. Here’s Why You’re Not an Elite Athlete||There are a lot of factors that go into greatness, many of which are not obvious. A variety of Olympic and professional athletes tell us how they made it and what they sacrificed to get there. And if you can identify the sport most likely to get a kid into a top college — well then, touché! (Ep. 3 of “The Hidden Side of Sports” series.)||26 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: Full Interviews With Jimmy Garoppolo, Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, and Kyle Juszczyk||Stephen Dubner’s conversations with members of the San Francisco 49ers offense, recorded for Freakonomics Radio episode No. 350, part of the “Hidden Side of Sports” series.||23 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean350. How to Stop Being a Loser||The San Francisco 49ers, one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world, also used to be one of the best. But they’ve been losing lately — a lot — and one of their players launched a controversy by taking a knee during the national anthem. So why is everyone there so optimistic? To find out, we speak with the team’s owner, head coach, general manager, and star players, including their new $137.5 million quarterback. (Ep. 2 of “The Hidden Side of Sports” series.)||19 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean349. How Sports Became Us||Dollar-wise, the sports industry is surprisingly small, about the same size as the cardboard-box industry. So why does it make so much noise? Because it reflects — and often amplifies — just about every political, economic, and social issue of the day. Introducing a new series, “The Hidden Side of Sports.”||12 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean348. Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think?||We all know the standard story: our economy would be more dynamic if only the government would get out of the way. The economist Mariana Mazzucato says we’ve got that story backward. She argues that the government, by funding so much early-stage research, is hugely responsible for big successes in tech, pharma, energy, and more. But the government also does a terrible job in claiming credit — and, more important, getting a return on its investment.||5 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean347. Why You Shouldn’t Open a Restaurant||Kenji Lopez-Alt became a rock star of the food world by bringing science into the kitchen in a way that everyday cooks can appreciate. Then he dared to start his own restaurant — and discovered problems that even science can’t solve.||29 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean346. Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet||The environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption. The technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. A debate that’s been around for decades has become a shouting match. Is anyone right?||22 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPick of the Week: Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble? (Ep. 251)||From the archive — You've seen them — everywhere! — and often clustered together, as if central planners across America decided that what every city really needs is a Mattress District. There are now dozens of online rivals too. Why are there so many stores selling something we buy so rarely?||22 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPick of the Week: Time to Take Back the Toilet (Ep. 190)||From the archive — Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?||22 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere to Find Every Episode of Freakonomics Radio||You can find all 300+ episodes of Freakonomics Radio — going all the way back to 2010 — on the Stitcher app and on our website, freakonomics.com. Want to skip the ads? Sign up for Stitcher Premium. Find out more (and get a discount code) in this short announcement.||22 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Disappointing, arrogant stuff.
After having my interest peaked years ago by Levitt and Dubner's interesting book, i can not help but be disappointed by this podcast. Wading through a similar faux-science approach that the book used to fascinate, Freakanomics astounds with a series of supposedly relevant points that cohere to absolutely nothing. If anything is demonstrated by this podcast, it is the production teams intent to replicate other popular podcasts of the day that work by having interesting ideas presented by amiable hosts whose opinions might resonate. Hardly a unique concept, yet I found neither aspect here. That the program claims to present "the hidden side of everything", is particularly mystifying.
Exactly as anticipated, just like the books, great to listen to, am recommending to mates (those with brains:))
Content good, but duration/regularity inconsistent
It's been over a month since the last podcast, and for some reason they do short podcasts then long ones. It's hopeless.
When you do get a long podcast, its v interesting.
However it's so inconsistent that you do, makes me want to just forget them. Please sort this out.