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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 »



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 »