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Freakonomics Radio

By Stephen J. Dubner and WNYC Studios

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Have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling "Freakonomics” books. Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his “Freakonomics” co-author Steve Levitt. After just a few episodes, this podcast will have you too thinking like a Freak. Produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts such as “Radiolab," "Death, Sex & Money," and "On the Media."

Customer Reviews

It could have been better

As this podcast is a "Society & Culture" I did, at first, have no problem accepting it's soundbyte-and-anecdote styled storytelling.
But after a while the shine of the entertaining format wears off and one wonders that if this claims to be a podcast about "the hidden side of everything" why does it feel like there's no real examining being done?

I couldn't really recommend this podcast as anything else as the shallow but glossy sidekick to your more substantial social and economic themed podcasts.

It's well produced but I would advice against confusing it with something that's factual. It has the look and feel of entertainment but if you're not prone to thinking about what makes the world tick this podcast might give you some starting points.
If you're new to Freaconomics -get the books instead.


Love this. One of the best podcast program out there.

Learn something new every podcast

This is the podcast along with "This American Life" that I quote for other people. After listening to a podcast I can always inform friends and family and my children new provoking ideas (sometimes facts) like: Its better to fail fast - just look at the salary of baseboll players; Experts that has as a profession to predict the future are no better then an average newspaper reader; No, eating tomatoes from spain is not bad for the environment. I get so excited everytime there is a full new episode.