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Time to Take Back the Toilet Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Time to Take Back the Toilet” [MUSIC: Johnny Sangster, “Fastbook”] DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners, before today’s show begins, I want to ask you to think back on all the stories we’ve brought you in the past year. Like when we talked about how failure can be […] Read More »



How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps” [MUSIC: Two Dark Birds, “Ill Wind Again” (from Songs For The New)] Carolyn ACKER: My name is Caroline Acker. I was the executive director of the Regent Park Community Health Center. Stephen J. DUBNER: Regent Park, […] Read More »



Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?” [MUSIC: Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators, “The Clamjammer” (from Harlem Mad)] JOEL KLEIN: I read somebody said it’s as hard to get into an ed. school in Finland as it is to get into MIT. DUBNER: That’s […] Read More »



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 »