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What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics?“ [MUSIC: Arturo Sacchetti, “Toccata Und Fugue in D Minor” (from Organ Masterworks)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Levitt, you know, I feel like I know you pretty well. And yet there’s one essential fact about you that I have no idea. And […] Read More »



Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” Stephen J. DUBNER:Hey, podcast listeners. The new episode you’re about to hear is called “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” It’s a live recording of a new game show that we just invented. As you’ll hear, it was a lot of […] Read More »



How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas?” [MUSIC: “Ja, vi elsker dette landet” (Norwegian National Anthem)] Stephen J. DUBNER: As you likely know, the American automobile company Tesla makes some of the most desirable–and expensive–electric cars in the world. The company is currently valued […] Read More »



How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


It’s fundraising season again here at Freakonomics Radio. This episode is a rebroadcast of the first time that we asked listeners to donate to help keep our public-radio podcast going strong. This episode is called “How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten.” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player in the post. You can also read the transcript; it includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

In this podcast you’ll hear the economist John List give us the gospel of fundraising — what works, what doesn’t, and why. List and economist Uri Gneezy write about the science of charitable giving in their book The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life. Read More »



Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition” [MUSIC:Vagabond Opera, “Hanumonsoon” (from Sing For Your Lives)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. The episode you’re about to hear is called “Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition.” In it, you’ll hear how a bunch of economists have teamed up to measure the […] Read More »



Fitness Apartheid Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Fitness Apartheid” [MUSIC: Rob Bridgett, “ava”] Theda Palmer SAXTON: I’m Dr. Theda Palmer Saxton. I’m a resident of 160 W. 97th Street, here in New York City, Upper West Side. Is that enough that you need to know about the situation? Stephen J. DUBNER: I for one wouldn’t […] Read More »



Outsiders by Design Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Outsiders by Design” [MUSIC: The Civil Tones, “One Day, Again and Again” (from City Stoopin’)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. Our mission at Freakonomics has always been to tell you things you always thought you knew but didn’t … and things you never thought you wanted […] Read More »



How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying” [MUSIC: Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators, “Fumblin’ Around” (from Harlem Mad)] Stephen J. DUBNER: We recently held a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich taste test here at WNYC, where we record our show. DUBNER: So guys, this is for an episode about […] Read More »