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A Podcast User’s Guide for People Who Don’t Use iTunes or iPhones

We routinely hear from people who’ve heard about our Freakonomics Radio podcast, but feel somewhat shut out from the podcasting world because they don’t use an iPhone or iTunes. So here are some alternative options:

1) For Android Users

We’ve heard great things about Pocket Casts, which, for $3.99, syncs your favorite podcasts and keeps them backed up. You can also stream it to your Chromecast. Pocket Casts also works for Apple devices.

2) Windows Users

You actually don’t need a third-party app to stream, download, or subscribe to podcasts. It’s super simple: here are instructions. If you use a Windows phone, you can download the Podcast Lounge app to subscribe and listen to Freakonomics Radio. Read More »

Does Religion Make You Happy? Full Transcript

[AMBI: Birds chirping] JOEL: Jesus can’t keep the heat out in there! WAYNE: Woo man, nice and warm! JOEL: I’m dumping sweat… WAYNE: I’ll tell you what! Stephen J. DUBNER: That’s Joel Rogers and his father Wayne. JOEL: Yeah! So we’re just about to walk into Grace Life Baptist Churchand worship with my parents, and […] Read More »

Why You Should Bribe Your Kids: Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Pearl Django, “La Rive Gauche” (from Under Paris Skies)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hello, John List? John LIST: Stephen Dubner, how are you doing, man? DUBNER: I’m great! How are you doing? LIST: Great! Great! DUBNER: John List is an economist at the University of Chicago. And he’s a family man – five kids. DUBNER: […] Read More »

What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common? Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Margie Butler, “Morag’s Cradle Song/Walter Kilpie” (from Festival De Musiques Irlandaises Vol. 1 (Musiques Celtiques))] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hello. I’d like you to imagine for a moment that you a sheep farmer. Not some fancy, 21st-century sheep farmer with heritage breeds and heated barns – just your standard, hard-working sheep farmer living hundreds of […] Read More »

A Better Way to Eat: Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Vagabond Opera, “Chimeres Be Met” (from The Zeitgeist Beckons)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Kobi, can you just like count to 10 in your microphone? Takeru KOBAYASHI: 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. DUBNER: Maggie, do the same? Or say anything you want, he just needs to get a level. Just keep talking… […] Read More »

How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot: Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Johnny Sangster, “Fastbook”] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. Freakonomics Radio is a public-radio show. Which means that you, the listening public, are a main source of our financial support. So please go to and click on the “Donate” button, which we have temporarily made so gigantic as to be unavoidable. We’ll send […] Read More »

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer: Full Transcript

[MUSIC: The Civil Tones, “City Stoopin’” (from City Stoopin’)]   Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. As you may know, Freakonomics Radio is a public-radio project, which means it is supported by you, our listeners. In other words, we need you to send us some money! Just go to and click on the “donate” […] Read More »

Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet): Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Jonathan Geer, “Happy Elevator”] Stephen J. DUBNER: Okay, time for a guessing game. I’m thinking of something that only happens every four years and that everyone gets really excited about … MEDIA CLIP: Well, this year’s a leap year! Anyone with a special leap day birthday today can get in on some good deals. […] Read More »