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The Perfect Crime Rebroadcast Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast)“. [MUSIC:  Johnny Sangster, “Slowbook”] Stephen J. DUBNER:  Hey podcast listeners. This week we’re replaying an episode from last year called “The Perfect Crime.” Here are a few things that have happened since we ran the episode. In 2014, 132 pedestrians were killed […] Read More »



The Perfect Crime: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the episode “The Perfect Crime” (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.)

But let’s be clear: Dubner isn’t suggesting that anyone actually try this. In fact, the problem is that too many people are doing it already.

So what’s “the perfect crime”? It turns out that if you are driving your car and run over a pedestrian, there’s a good chance — especially if you live in New York — that you’ll barely be punished. Why?

We hear from Lisa Smith, a former prosecutor and now a law professor, who tells us that just 5 percent of the New York drivers who are involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian are arrested. As it happens, New York has particularly narrow standards for conviction in such cases; there is a lot of variance among states.

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What You Don’t Know About Online Dating: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the episode “What You Don’t Know About Online Dating” (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 »



What You Don’t Know About Online Dating Rebroadcast Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “What You Don’t Know about Online Dating (Rebroadcast)“. [MUSIC: The Civil Tones, “City Stoopin’” (from City Stoopin’)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. You’re about to hear an episode from our archives: No. 154, which we originally put out in February, 2014. Before we get to […] Read More »



When Willpower Isn’t Enough Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “When Willpower Isn’t Enough”. [MUSIC: Seks Bomba, “It Takes Two to Tango” (from Somewhere In This Town)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey, podcast listeners. You are about to hear the 200th original episode of Freakonomics Radio. Have you missed any? What about No. 19: “Waiter, There’s a […] Read More »



This Idea Must Die Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “ This Idea Must Die“ [MUSIC: The Diplomats of Solid Sound, “Who’s Got the Grady” (from Let’s Cool One)] Stephen J DUBNER:Are you an idea junkie? I am. And since you listen to a show like this, you probably are too. It’s exciting to hear about […] Read More »



The Maddest Men of All Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “The Maddest Men of All“ [MUSIC: Pearl Django, “Almost Home” (from Collected Original Compositions)] Rory SUTHERLAND: I’m Rory Sutherland. I’m the vice chairman of Ogilvy and Mather in the U.K. Stephen J. DUBNER: Now, that is a pretty impressive title. But we should say that you […] Read More »



New Miracle Sleep Aid Discovered!

From a podcast listener named Jessica Graham in Sydney, Australia: My name is Jess and for most of my adult life I have been afflicted by various forms of sleeplessness. Would I call it insomnia? I don’t know if it could be classified as clinical insomnia, but all I can say is up until a […] Read More »