Freakonomics on ABC TV on Friday

On Friday, April 14, just in time to mark the one-year anniversary of Freakonomics, the ABC News program 20/20 will devote a full hour to Freakonomics. The program airs at 10:00 pm EDT and will cover parts of the book as well as some interesting new material.

Earlier in the day, Stephen Dubner will appear on Good Morning America at about 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss the 20/20 show.


Larry Horse

When you watch John Stossel, you're not looking at a mustache, you're looking at a MAN-STACHE!!!

Andi

I look forward to the 20/20 Freakonomics special tonight.

As for Stossel's "Stupid in America," C'mon! Gimme a break!
Please check out mediamatters.org's critique of it- With charts and everything. [url]http://mediamatters.org/items/200601200003[/url]

kr8tr

ok, I've read your blog for a long time, but I admit I never have read the book (too many have been stacked up waiting for me to add yet another to the pile). But after the first 5 minutes of 20/20, I'll get the book and read it!

Since I am "between positions" right now, I'll probably look for a used copy, so you probably won't make any money off it (sorry!).

sapphireeyes48

"Andi Says:
April 14th, 2006 at 9:40 pm

As for Stossel's “Stupid in America,” C'mon! Gimme a break!

So Whats your point????

thiscloud

Just watching the 20/20 special. About a year ago I traded some friendly comments with Steven about car seats and whether our respective children could get out of their respective car seats.

I haven't kept up with the blog or the articles or press, so I'm not sure if this has been brought up, but as the special noted, 80% of car seats are mis-installed or mis-used. That obviously contributes to the result that 2+ year olds are no better protected in a car seat than in seat belts, which I can believe to be true.

I understand economics often only report the interpretations of data, but isn't it slightly misleading to say that car seats don't protect children better, but rather that improperly installed/used car seats are no better?

Is there a way to pull out of the data the effectiveness of properly installed/used car seats and compare it to seat belts for children? I would assume it'd show that car seats protects better.

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Cyril Morong

On the ABC program, they said that there was a lottery to get into your class since so many students are interested in getting in. Has it every been suggested that students pay extra to get into your course since there is so much demand? Or would the administration not allow it?

Andi

saphireeyes48, Yes, sorry my comments were too vague and out of context-

In the blog titled "It was one year ago today," Dubner wrote, "The last hour-long 20/20 I saw, “Stupid in America,” was about the U.S. public education system, and it was incredibly interesting, surprising, and provocative."

I also saw Stossel's special report but found it to be shallow and misinforming.
"Stupid in America" was about how crummy traditional public education is. It's why we be dumb and boy, we dumb! Stossel touts the school voucher system (student's parents may choose which public or private school they attend and government pays) as the obvious best solution.

I claim as my point the mediamatters.org critique which addresses the problems with "Stupid in America" accurately and concisely.

Saw 20/20 last night, loved it. Turns out, crack dealers and beauty queens are so similar, sometimes they are the same person. ;)

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tasker

I saw the 20/20 Primetime special and would like to comment on the "honour system" segment .... I was surprised that the well-documented "file-sharing" phenomenon on the internet was not discussed. It would appear that millions of people have little difficulty in not paying for music & movies. It is an intriguing disconnect relative to the apparent ingrained honesty found in the examples on the show.

qualityg

Guys, Great job on 20/20. I even enjoyed John Stossel, he was unusually fair and not biased like he was in "Stupid in America."

Like SJD, I found “Stupid in America, to be "interesting, surprising, and provocative.”

http://qualityg.blogspot.com/2006/01/stupid-in-america-and-is-john-stossel.html

sapphireeyes48

i read what was online about stupid america and think it is a good rout to consider. i'm not sure how the same it was but oparh did somthing similar about public schools. there is a real need for change and i think making schools have to work for there students is a very good idea. the need for updating schools not just physically is very high.

Larry Horse

When you watch John Stossel, you're not looking at a mustache, you're looking at a MAN-STACHE!!!

Andi

I look forward to the 20/20 Freakonomics special tonight.

As for Stossel's "Stupid in America," C'mon! Gimme a break!
Please check out mediamatters.org's critique of it- With charts and everything. [url]http://mediamatters.org/items/200601200003[/url]

kr8tr

ok, I've read your blog for a long time, but I admit I never have read the book (too many have been stacked up waiting for me to add yet another to the pile). But after the first 5 minutes of 20/20, I'll get the book and read it!

Since I am "between positions" right now, I'll probably look for a used copy, so you probably won't make any money off it (sorry!).

sapphireeyes48

"Andi Says:
April 14th, 2006 at 9:40 pm

As for Stossel's "Stupid in America," C'mon! Gimme a break!

So Whats your point????

thiscloud

Just watching the 20/20 special. About a year ago I traded some friendly comments with Steven about car seats and whether our respective children could get out of their respective car seats.

I haven't kept up with the blog or the articles or press, so I'm not sure if this has been brought up, but as the special noted, 80% of car seats are mis-installed or mis-used. That obviously contributes to the result that 2+ year olds are no better protected in a car seat than in seat belts, which I can believe to be true.

I understand economics often only report the interpretations of data, but isn't it slightly misleading to say that car seats don't protect children better, but rather that improperly installed/used car seats are no better?

Is there a way to pull out of the data the effectiveness of properly installed/used car seats and compare it to seat belts for children? I would assume it'd show that car seats protects better.

Read more...

Cyril Morong

On the ABC program, they said that there was a lottery to get into your class since so many students are interested in getting in. Has it every been suggested that students pay extra to get into your course since there is so much demand? Or would the administration not allow it?

Andi

saphireeyes48, Yes, sorry my comments were too vague and out of context-

In the blog titled "It was one year ago today," Dubner wrote, "The last hour-long 20/20 I saw, "Stupid in America," was about the U.S. public education system, and it was incredibly interesting, surprising, and provocative."

I also saw Stossel's special report but found it to be shallow and misinforming.
"Stupid in America" was about how crummy traditional public education is. It's why we be dumb and boy, we dumb! Stossel touts the school voucher system (student's parents may choose which public or private school they attend and government pays) as the obvious best solution.

I claim as my point the mediamatters.org critique which addresses the problems with "Stupid in America" accurately and concisely.

Saw 20/20 last night, loved it. Turns out, crack dealers and beauty queens are so similar, sometimes they are the same person. ;)

Read more...

tasker

I saw the 20/20 Primetime special and would like to comment on the "honour system" segment .... I was surprised that the well-documented "file-sharing" phenomenon on the internet was not discussed. It would appear that millions of people have little difficulty in not paying for music & movies. It is an intriguing disconnect relative to the apparent ingrained honesty found in the examples on the show.

qualityg

Guys, Great job on 20/20. I even enjoyed John Stossel, he was unusually fair and not biased like he was in "Stupid in America."

Like SJD, I found "Stupid in America, to be "interesting, surprising, and provocative."

http://qualityg.blogspot.com/2006/01/stupid-in-america-and-is-john-stossel.html

sapphireeyes48

i read what was online about stupid america and think it is a good rout to consider. i'm not sure how the same it was but oparh did somthing similar about public schools. there is a real need for change and i think making schools have to work for there students is a very good idea. the need for updating schools not just physically is very high.