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The Man Who Would Be Everything Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “The Man Who Would Be Everything” [MUSIC: Seks Bomba, “The Cat” (from Operation B.O.M.B.A.)] Stephen J. DUBNER: On this week’s episode, Boris Johnson drops by to chat about being: Mayor of London; a writer; a great admirer of — and now biographer of — Prime Minister […] Read More »



Why Do People Keep Having Children? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Why Do People Keep Having Children?” [MUSIC: Madrona Music, “Stomp It”] EMILY OSTER: My name is Emily Oster, I’m an economist, I work at Brown University. DUBNER: Cool. Let me ask you this easy question, we’ll start. Why do people have kids, Emily? I mean biological […] Read More »



Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico?” [MUSIC: The Diplomats of Solid Sound, “Smash Up” (from Destination… Get Down!)] Stephen J. DUBNER: If you’ve been paying even a little bit of attention to the news lately, you will have noticed a worldwide trend. You might call it “Independence […] Read More »



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 »