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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 »



Hacking the World Bank Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Hacking the World Bank” [MUSIC: The Diplomats of Solid Sound, “Soul Slaw” (from Instrumental, Action, Soul)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Back in 2012, Jim Yong Kim was minding his own business, carrying out his duties as president of Dartmouth College. He was in his third year there. Then […] Read More »



Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism? Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?” [MUSIC: Carson Henley, “Fire” (from 100 Hours)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Next week, the White House is planning to host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. It was originally scheduled for last year but got delayed – and then put […] Read More »



Lend Your Voice to Freakonomics Radio

We’re working on an episode about behavior change — essentially, how to get yourself to do the things you should be doing but often don’t. It revolves around the fascinating research of Katy Milkman at Penn. For example, she and her colleagues have noted a “Fresh Start Effect”:

The popularity of New Year’s resolutions suggests that people are more likely to tackle their goals immediately following salient temporal landmarks. … We propose that these landmarks demarcate the passage of time, creating many new mental accounting periods each year, which relegate past imperfections to a previous period, induce people to take a big-picture view of their lives, and thus motivate aspirational behaviors.

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