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Should Tipping Be Banned? A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s podcast is a rebroadcast of our episode called “Should Tipping Be Banned?” (You can download/subscribe 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.)

As we all know, the practice of tipping can be awkward, random, and confusing. This episode tries to offer some clarity. At its center is Cornell professor Michael Lynn, who has written 51 academic papers on tipping. Read More »



How Much Does Your Name Matter? A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast


This week’s podcast is a rebroadcast of our episode called “How Much Does Your Name Matter?” (You can download/subscribe 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.)

The gist: a kid’s name can tell us something about his parents — their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny? Read More »



A Podcast User’s Guide for People Who Don’t Use iTunes or iPhones

We routinely hear from people who’ve heard about our Freakonomics Radio podcast, but feel somewhat shut out from the podcasting world because they don’t use an iPhone or iTunes. So here are some alternative options:

1) For Android Users

We’ve heard great things about Pocket Casts, which, for $3.99, syncs your favorite podcasts and keeps them backed up. You can also stream it to your Chromecast. Pocket Casts also works for Apple devices.

2) Windows Users

You actually don’t need a third-party app to stream, download, or subscribe to podcasts. It’s super simple: here are instructions. If you use a Windows phone, you can download the Podcast Lounge app to subscribe and listen to Freakonomics Radio. Read More »



Does Religion Make You Happy? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Does Religion Make You Happy?.“ [AMBI: Birds chirping] JOEL: Jesus can’t keep the heat out in there! WAYNE: Woo man, nice and warm! JOEL: I’m dumping sweat… WAYNE: I’ll tell you what! Stephen J. DUBNER: That’s Joel Rogers and his father Wayne. JOEL: Yeah! So we’re […] Read More »



Why You Should Bribe Your Kids: Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Why You Should Bribe Your Kids.“ [MUSIC: Pearl Django, “La Rive Gauche” (from Under Paris Skies)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hello, John List? John LIST: Stephen Dubner, how are you doing, man? DUBNER: I’m great! How are you doing? LIST: Great! Great! DUBNER: John List is an […] Read More »



What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common?.“ [MUSIC: Margie Butler, “Morag’s Cradle Song/Walter Kilpie” (from Festival De Musiques Irlandaises Vol. 1 (Musiques Celtiques))] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hello. I’d like you to imagine for a moment that you a sheep farmer. Not some […] Read More »



A Better Way to Eat: Full Transcript

[MUSIC: Vagabond Opera, “Chimeres Be Met” (from The Zeitgeist Beckons)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Kobi, can you just like count to 10 in your microphone? Takeru KOBAYASHI: 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. DUBNER: Maggie, do the same? Or say anything you want, he just needs to get a level. Just keep talking… […] Read More »



How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot: Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot.“ [MUSIC: Johnny Sangster, “Fastbook”] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. Freakonomics Radio is a public-radio show. Which means that you, the listening public, are a main source of our financial support. So […] Read More »