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A Better Way to Eat REBRAODCAST Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Tony Flynn, “Star Spangled Banner”] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners … hope you’re having, or have already had, a great Fourth of July. When you think of Independence Day, what comes to mind? The Declaration of Independence, perhaps, and all those tetchy colonists. Fireworks maybe. But if you’re like me, the first thing […] Read More »



A Better Way to Eat: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the episode “A Better Way to Eat” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

It features an interview with Takeru Kobayashi, who revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. So you’ll learn plenty about the tactics — physical, mental, and strategic — that Kobi employed while earning six straight victories in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. (He has also set world records with many other foods.) But the episode isn’t really about competitive eating. It’s about seeing what the rest of us can learn from the breakthroughs that Kobi accomplished in his training and his thinking. If there’s ever someone who truly thinks like a Freak, it’s Takeru Kobayashi.

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Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? Full Transcript

DUBNER: Hey Levitt, pretend for a minute you’ve decided to open up a restaurant. Can you imagine that? LEVITT: Sure, easy, easy to imagine something like that. DUBNER: Would you enjoy it? LEVITT: No, I would hate it more than anything. DUBNER: Oh, but you can imagine it? LEVITT: I can imagine it, yeah. DUBNER: […] Read More »



Make Me a Match Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Greg Ruby, “Someone Told Me Your Secret” (from The Rhythm Runners)] Al ROTH: Okay, I’m Al Roth and I’m a professor of economics at Stanford. Stephen J. DUBNER: For many years, Roth had taught economics at Harvard. But he and his wife, who’s a human-factors engineer, had relocated. ROTH: We had just moved into […] Read More »



Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay” [MUSIC: Donvision; “Indian Summer”] Jake SWARTZ: Hey guys. So I just finished my MA in Forensic Psychology at John Jay and started an internship in a new city… I spend most of my days hanging out […] Read More »



Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do?” [MUSIC: Milan Grajetzki, “A Fistful of Soul” (from Good Life)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Alright, let’s start with your name. Greg ROSALSKY: My name is Greg Rosalsky. DUBNER: And to people who listen to this program, especially if they […] Read More »



Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Rebroadcast 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 episode you’re about to hear is called “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” It’s a rebroadcast of a live game show we put on last fall. As you’ll hear, it was a lot […] Read More »



Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the episode “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.) Read More »