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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 »



Regulate This! Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Regulate This!” [MUSIC: Steve Rice, “The Stride Game”] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey, podcast listeners. Our mission at Freakonomics has always been to talk about things you thought you knew but didn’t … and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do. Well, now it is […] Read More »



Who Runs the Internet? A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s podcast is a rebroadcast of our episode called “Who Runs the Internet?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript; it includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

Does virtual mayhem — from online ranting to videogame violence — help reduce mayhem in the real world? Though Steve Levitt says there is no solid data on this. Read More »



Parking Is Hell: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s podcast is a rebroadcast of our episode called “Parking Is Hell.” (You can subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript; it includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

The episode begins with Stephen Dubner talking to parking guru Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at UCLA and author of the landmark book The High Cost of Free Parking. In a famous Times op-ed, Shoup argued that as much as one-third of urban congestion is caused by people cruising for curb parking. Read More »



Parking is Hell: Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Parking is Hell” [MUSIC: Artist Name; “Song Title” (from Album Title)] [MUSIC: The Diplomats of Solid Sound; “Don’t Touch My Popcorn” (from Let’s Cool One)] Donald SHOUP: I think, you know, 50 years from now, when people look back on New York, and of course other cities, […] Read More »



What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common? A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s podcast is a rebroadcast of our episode called “What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common?” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript; it includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

The episode is about spite. As in “cutting off your nose to spite your face” spite. Lisi Oliver of Louisiana State University tells us about the probable origin of this phrase while the economist Benedikt Herrmann tries to measure spite in the lab (papers are herehere and here). Read More »



Should Tipping Be Banned? A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s podcast is a rebroadcast of our episode called “Should Tipping Be Banned?” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript; it includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

As we all know, the practice of tipping can be awkward, random, and confusing. This episode tries to offer some clarity. At its center is Cornell professor Michael Lynn, who has written 51 academic papers on tipping. Read More »