Freakonomics Radio

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.” 

397. How to Save $32 Million in One Hour

For nearly a decade, governments have been using behavioral nudges to solve problems — and the strategy is catching on in healthcare, firefighting, and policing. But is that thinking too small? Could nudging be used to fight income inequality and achieve world peace? Recorded live in London, with commentary from Andy Zaltzman (The Bugle).

Nov 13, 2019 • 00:45:09

396. Why Does Tipping Still Exist?

It’s an acutely haphazard way of paying workers, and yet it keeps expanding. We dig into the data to find out why.

Nov 6, 2019 • 00:47:00

395. Speak Softly and Carry Big Data

Do economic sanctions work? Are big democracies any good at spreading democracy? What is the root cause of terrorism? It turns out that data analysis can help answer all these questions — and make better foreign-policy decisions. Guests include former Department of Defense officials Chuck Hagel and Michèle Flournoy and Chicago Project on Security and Threats researchers Robert Pape and Paul Poast. Recorded live in Chicago; Steve Levitt is co-host.

Oct 30, 2019 • 01:03:23

EpisodeTimeReleased
394. Does Hollywood Still Have a Princess Problem? 00:50:03 Oct 23, 2019
393. Can Britain Get Its “Great” Back? 01:00:06 Oct 16, 2019
392. The Prime Minister Who Cried Brexit 00:52:10 Oct 9, 2019
391. America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up 00:45:48 Oct 2, 2019
390. Fed Up 00:41:46 Sep 25, 2019
389. How to Make Meetings Less Terrible 00:41:42 Sep 18, 2019
358. Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be (Rebroadcast) 00:41:40 Sep 11, 2019
388. The Economics of Sports Gambling 00:54:53 Sep 4, 2019
367. The Future of Meat (Rebroadcast) 00:53:16 Aug 28, 2019
359. Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s? (Rebroadcast) 00:47:40 Aug 21, 2019
387. Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi! 00:38:47 Aug 14, 2019
122. How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast) 00:51:24 Aug 7, 2019
386. How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War 00:39:30 Jul 31, 2019
356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast) 00:52:55 Jul 24, 2019
385. What Do Nancy Pelosi, Taylor Swift, and Serena Williams Have in Common? 00:35:31 Jul 17, 2019
384. Abortion and Crime, Revisited 00:55:19 Jul 10, 2019
173. A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast) 00:26:56 Jul 3, 2019
383. The Zero-Minute Workout 00:37:23 Jun 26, 2019
382. How Goes the Behavior-Change Revolution? 00:51:03 Jun 19, 2019
381. Long-Term Thinking in a Start-Up Town 00:49:56 Jun 12, 2019
380. Notes From an Imperfect Paradise 00:50:22 Jun 5, 2019
379. How to Change Your Mind 00:45:51 May 29, 2019
323. Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It (Rebroadcast) 00:41:46 May 22, 2019
378. 23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else) 00:49:26 May 15, 2019
377. The $1.5 Trillion Question: How to Fix Student-Loan Debt? 00:48:02 May 8, 2019
376. The Data-Driven Guide to Sane Parenting 00:49:59 May 1, 2019
329. The Invisible Paw (Rebroadcast) 00:47:00 Apr 24, 2019
375. The Most Interesting Fruit in the World 00:36:40 Apr 17, 2019
374. How Spotify Saved the Music Industry (But Not Necessarily Musicians) 00:57:35 Apr 10, 2019
373. Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work 00:48:18 Apr 3, 2019
372. Freakonomics Radio Live: “Would You Eat a Piece of Chocolate Shaped Like Dog Poop?” 00:53:53 Mar 27, 2019
347. Why You Shouldn’t Open a Restaurant (Update) 00:48:57 Mar 20, 2019
371. A Free-Trade Democrat in the Trump White House 00:48:23 Mar 13, 2019
370. How to Fail Like a Pro 00:40:39 Mar 6, 2019
369. A Good Idea Is Not Good Enough 00:54:28 Feb 27, 2019
368. Where Do Good Ideas Come From? 01:01:34 Feb 20, 2019
367. The Future of Meat 00:51:47 Feb 13, 2019
366. This Economist Predicted the Last Crisis. What’s the Next One? 00:49:08 Feb 6, 2019
Extra: Domonique Foxworth Full Interview 01:29:52 Feb 2, 2019
365. Not Just Another Labor Force 01:00:07 Jan 30, 2019
Extra: Mark Cuban Full Interview 00:42:04 Jan 26, 2019
364. Inside the Sports-Industrial Complex 00:52:50 Jan 23, 2019
Extra: Mark Teixeira Full Interview 00:58:39 Jan 19, 2019
363. Think Like a Winner 00:55:05 Jan 16, 2019
Hacking the World Bank (Ep. 197 Update) 00:35:40 Jan 12, 2019
362. Why Is This Man Running for President? 00:52:10 Jan 9, 2019