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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5 Pieces

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172 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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Does Hollywood Still Have a Princess Problem? For decades, there’s been a huge gender disparity both on-screen and behind the scenes. But it seems ...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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A recent outbreak of illness and death has gotten everyone’s attention — including late-to-the-game regulators. But would a ban on e-cigarettes do ...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Most high-school math classes are still preparing students for the Sputnik era. Steve Levitt wants to get rid of the “geometry sandwich” and instea...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Do economic sanctions work? Are big democracies any good at spreading democracy? What is the root cause of terrorism? It turns out that data analys...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 53:28
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Continuing our conversation with Girl Scouts C.E.O. Sylvia Acevedo. Then: There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is eve...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermar...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 53:30
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It used to be a global capital of innovation, invention, and exploration. Now it’s best known for its messy European divorce. We visit London to se...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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In 2016, David Cameron held a referendum on whether the U.K. should stay in the European Union. A longtime Euroskeptic, he nevertheless led the Rem...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
  • Length: 53:30
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Every year, Edge.org asks its salon of big thinkers to answer one big question. One recent question bordered on heresy: what scientific idea is rea...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Mary Daly rose from high-school dropout to president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She thinks the central bank needs an upgrade too...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 53:28