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Freakonomics Radio
Thursday at 3pm and Sunday at Noon

Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature-from cheating and crime to parenting and sports-using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.

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Stephen Dubner - Host of Freakonomics Radio

Host Stephen J. Dubner discovers the hidden side of everything in interviews with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs-and with his "Freakonomics" co-author Steve Levitt.

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  • It’s hard to know whether the benefits of hiring a celebrity are worth the risk. We dig into one gruesome story of an endorsement gone wrong, and find a surprising result. The post Season 13, Episode 46 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Every December, a British man named Tom Whitwell publishes a list of 52 things he’s learned that year. These fascinating facts reveal the spectrum of human behavior, from fraud and hypocrisy to Whitwell’s steadfast belief in progress. Should we also believe? The post Season 13, Episode 45 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Broadway operates on a winner-take-most business model. A runaway hit like Stereophonic — which just won five Tony Awards — will create a few big winners. But even the stars of the show will have to go elsewhere to make real money. (Part two of a two-part series.) The post Season 13, Episode 44 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Hit by Covid, runaway costs, and a zillion streams of competition, serious theater is in serious trouble. A new hit play called Stereophonic — the most Tony-nominated play in history — has something to say about that. We speak with the people who make it happen every night. (Part one of a two-part series.) The post Season 13, Episode 43 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Thanks to legal settlements with drug makers and distributors, states have plenty of money to boost prevention and treatment. Will it work? (Part two of a two-part series.) The post Season 13, Episode 42 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Most epidemics flare up, do their damage, and fade away. The opioid epidemic has been raging for almost 30 years. To find out why, it’s time to ask some uncomfortable questions. (Part one of a two-part series.) The post Season 13, Episode 41 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • The economist and social critic Glenn Loury has led a remarkably turbulent life, both professionally and personally. In a new memoir, he has chosen to reveal just about everything. Why? The post Season 13, Episode 40 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • The employee ownership movement is growing, and one of its biggest champions is also a private equity heavyweight. Is this meaningful change, or just window dressing? The post Season 13, Episode 39 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • From politics and economics to psychology and the arts, many of the modern ideas we take for granted emerged a century ago from a single European capital. In this episode of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, the historian Richard Cockett explores all those ideas — and how the arrival of fascism can ruin in a few years what took generations to build. The post Season 13, Episode 38 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • So you want to help people? That’s great — but beware the law of unintended consequences. Three stories from the modern workplace. The post Season 13, Episode 37 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • People who are good at their jobs routinely get promoted into bigger jobs they’re bad at. We explain why firms keep producing incompetent managers — and why that’s unlikely to change. The post Season 13, Episode 36 appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Justin Trudeau, facing record-low approval numbers, is doubling down on his progressive agenda. But he is so upbeat (and Canada-polite) that it’s easy to miss just how radical his vision is. Can he make it work? The post Season 13, Episode 35 appeared first on Freakonomics.