Earth 2.0: What Would Our Economy Look Like?

...and political enemies there! Or … Maybe we’d say goodbye to this old Earth and move to that one instead. Earth 2.0: a fresh start. What would that look like? After...

What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

...Around 7,000 languages are spoken on Earth 1.0. (Photo: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series).” (You...

Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

...how would they differ from how the world works today? Our first couple episodes looked at the economy of Earth 2.0 … Angus DEATON in a previous Freakonomics Radio episode...

Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost? A Freakonomics Quorum

...exploration. 5. Exploration of space will provide humanity with an answer to the most fundamental questions: Are we alone? Are there other forms of life beside those on Earth? It...

Is Income Inequality Inevitable? (Earth 2.0 Series)

...New Normal, “ Genesis ”] Last week, we began a thought experiment: if we could reboot our planet — Earth 2.0, we’ll call it — how would we upgrade our...

The SuperFreakonomics Global-Warming Fact Quiz

...the stratosphere on a continuous basis to effectively cool the Earth. The estimated cost of building and implementing this technology is a few hundred million dollars. TRUE / FALSE 2....

If You're Still Not Sick of Geoengineering: A Q&A With Jeff Goodell

...Photo: Eric Etheridge The SuperFreakonomics chapter on global warming generated plenty of controversy and debate about the pros and cons of geoengineering the earth. If all that attention piqued...

The Rare Earth Conundrum

...produced all over the world, limiting the monopoly power of any one country. Rare earth metals are fifteen lanthanoids, plus scandium and yttrium. Photo: Steve Smith Katherine Bourzac’s interesting piece...

Earth 2.0: What Would Our Economy Look Like?

...what would that look like?” This first installment of our Earth 2.0 series is about economics, of course! You’ll hear from Nobel laureate Angus Deaton, the poverty-fighting superhero Jeff Sachs; and many others. To find...

Freakonomics Radio Archive

...Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower...