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Freakonomics Radio

By Stephen J. Dubner and WNYC

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In their books "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics," and "Think Like a Freak," Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore "the hidden side of everything," telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.

Customer Reviews

Great Production Values

Dubner and Levitt have created an unlikely media empire with the Freaknomics brand. Along with the fascinating book series, there is also the compelling NY Times blog, and now this podcast, which, as of episode one, looks like it will make my regular rotation (one of the few podcasts that can make me look forward to my bus commute). Further, Molly Webster is one of the best radio and podcast producers in the business. Her work on Science Friday and Science Line are the stuff of legend and the fact that she is involved with the Freakonomics podcast almost guarantees its greatness. Highly recommended.

Cherry picked "Science"

I just listened to episode two about the obesity epidemic. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that obesity is unhealthy but this podcast chose to "teach the controversy" as if there is one. The "science" falls in the same category as the anthropogenic global warming deniers and the 9-11 truthers. The conclusion is that obesity is not as bad as they say, so go on and have another cheeseburger. That attitude about such a serious subject makes every subsequent podcast suspect. What's next, the amazing efficacy of homeopathy?


I am a physician who thoroughly enjoyed the podcast on obesity.

I wish that patients, lay people and especially health policy makers and breakers better understood the subtle yet critical difference between cause and correlation.

Podcasts like these are good examples of showing us how science can eliminate the usually incorrect act of following a "gut feeling".