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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.”
||CleanHow to Stop Being a Loser (Ep. 350)||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.)||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Sports Became Us (Ep. 349)||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.”||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348)||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.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy You Shouldn’t Open a Restaurant (Ep. 347)||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.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346)||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?||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Be Happy (Ep. 345)||The U.N.’s World Happiness Report — created to curtail our unhealthy obsession with G.D.P. — is dominated every year by the Nordic countries. We head to Denmark to learn the secrets of this happiness epidemic (and to see if we should steal them).||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Decides How Much a Life Is Worth? (Ep. 344)||After every mass shooting or terrorist attack, victims and survivors receive a huge outpouring of support — including a massive pool of compensation money. How should that money be allocated? We speak with the man who’s done that job after many tragedies, including 9/11. The hard part, it turns out, isn’t attaching a dollar figure to each victim; the hard part is acknowledging that dollars can’t heal the pain.||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Conversation With PepsiCo C.E.O. Indra Nooyi (Ep. 316 Update)||One of the world’s biggest and best-known companies just announced that its C.E.O. would be stepping down in the fall. We interviewed her as part of our series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.," and we thought you might like to hear that episode again, or for the first time if you missed it back then.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…||In this live episode of “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” we learn why New York has skinny skyscrapers, how to weaponize water, and what astronauts talk about in space. Joining Stephen J. Dubner as co-host is the linguist John McWhorter; Bari Weiss (The New York Times) is the real-time fact-checker.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHas Lance Armstrong Finally Come Clean?||He was once the most lionized athlete on the planet, with seven straight Tour de France wins and a victory over cancer too. Then the doping charges caught up with him. When he finally confessed to Oprah, he admits, “it didn’t go well at all.” That’s because he wasn’t actually contrite yet. Now, five years later, he says he is. Do you believe him?||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy We Choke Under Pressure (and How Not To)||It happens to just about everyone, whether you’re going for Olympic gold or giving a wedding toast. We hear from psychologists, economists, and the golfer who some say committed the greatest choke of all time.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeople Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard.||You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. But that’s what Richard Thaler has done. The founder of behavioral economics describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being lazy; and his efforts to fix the world — one nudge at a time.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPick of the Week: "How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?" (Ep. 299)||From the archive — John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Here's the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions in the face of risk versus uncertainty.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPick of the Week: A Better Way to Eat (Ep. 173)||From the archive — Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?||7/10/2018||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.||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Awesome So Far...
Levitt & Dubner make a great team not only in their books but in audio form as well... keep them coming!
Nothing short of fantastic!
I like it
Although I assumed from the title it would be about economics (and it wasn't), it was very entertaining nonetheless