Freakonomics

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  • Location: New York, New York
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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4 Pieces

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153 Pieces

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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The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. St...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: :00
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The revolution in home DNA testing is giving consumers important, possibly life-changing information. It’s also building a gigantic database that c...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 53:28
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As cities become ever-more expensive, politicians and housing advocates keep calling for rent control. Economists think that’s a terrible idea. The...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Games are as old as civilization itself, and some people think they have huge social value regardless of whether you win or lose. Tom Whipple is no...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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The banana used to be a luxury good. Now it’s the most popular fruit in the U.S. and elsewhere. But the production efficiencies that made it so che...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, ...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Humans have been having kids forever, so why are modern parents so bewildered? The economist Emily Oster marshals the evidence on the most contenti...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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As the cost of college skyrocketed, it created a debt burden that’s putting a drag on the economy. One possible solution: shifting the risk of debt...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 53:28
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Sure, markets generally work well. But for some transactions — like school admissions and organ transplants — money alone can’t solve the problem. ...

  • Added: May 30, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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The road to success is paved with failure, so you might as well learn to do it right.

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 53:29