You Say Repugnant, I Say … Let’s Do It!

(photo: Magnus D) You Say Repugnant, I Say … Let’s Do It!: What happens when the most disturbing ideas are also the best? Some ideas are downright repugnant. Like …...

The Year in Repugnant Ideas

...We here at Freakonomics Radio are connoisseurs of the repugnant idea. When the timid turn away in disgust, we inch closer. Why? Because hidden in the muck of repugnant ideas,...

Bring Us Your Repugnant Ideas

We just did a Marketplace radio piece on “The Year in Repugnant Ideas,” and tomorrow we’ll release a podcast on a similar theme. We plan to revisit this theme in...

Can We Add Carmen and Gang Signs to the "Formerly Repugnant" List?

...in an opera in the 1870’s was apparently considered repugnant. Today, of course, Carmen is one of the most popular operas in the world. This got me thinking about the...

The Future of Repugnance

Al Roth, whom we’ve blogged about in the past, is known (to me, at least) as the King of Repugnance. Not that Roth is himself in any way repugnant (quite...

With Geoengineering Outlawed, Will Only Outlaws Have Geoengineering?

...p.r. man. “So while environmentalists may find the very notion of geoengineering repugnant, the fact is that geoengineering is already with us, and will likely be put to use whether...

Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset? (Rebroadcast)

...a personal idea and not a organizational idea. DUBNER: Fair enough. In other words, that’s a good hint that the idea we’re about to discuss is so repugnant that your...