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How Safe Is Your Job? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “ How Safe Is Your Job?” [MUSIC: Nicholas Tremulis; “Juju’s Farewell” (from Little Big Songs)] Richard LIEBERMAN: In terms of home entertainment in the late 19th century and into the 20th century, the piano was the focus. Stephen J. DUBNER: That’s Richard Lieberman. LIEBERMAN: I’m professor […] Read More »



Someone Else’s Acid Trip Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Greg Ruby Quartet, “Swing for Dudley” (from Look Both Ways)]   Stephen J. DUBNER: It’s time for another edition of our FREAK-quently Asked Questions – that’s when we run a set of fixed questions past some noteworthy guest. The first time out, we talked to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London:   Boris JOHNSON: […] Read More »



That’s a Great Question! Full Transcript

[MUSIC: The Diplomats of Solid Sound, “Growin’ In It” (from Destination… Get Down!)] Stephen J. DUBNER: We’ve been doing this show for a while now. And I’ve noticed a trend… [SFX: MONTAGE OF PEOPLE ON FREAKONOMICS RADIO SAYING “THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION] DUBNER: Look, I’m going to be honest with you. Most of the questions […] Read More »



Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?” [MUSIC: Danielle French, “Harsh Reality” (from Album Title) Stephen J. DUBNER: When I say “the flu” you say you think what? Jeff KWONG: So I think there’s a lot of different uses of the word flu. I think of […] Read More »



What’s the “Best” Exercise? A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the episode “What’s the “Best” Exercise?” (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.)

Our latest podcast is called “What’s the ‘Best’ Exercise?” (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.) Exercise is always on a lot of people’s minds around this time of year, what with all those resolutions just waiting to be broken …

By “best,” we really mean “most efficient,” since people who don’t exercise — and that’s roughly 80 percent of us – often blame lack of time.

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What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the episode “What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?” (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.)

Imagine a fantasy world that’s exactly as the world is today except that two things are missing: alcohol and marijuana. And then imagine that tomorrow, both of them are discovered. What happens now? How are each of them used – and, perhaps more importantly, regulated? How would we weigh the relative benefits and costs of alcohol versus marijuana? Read More »



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 »