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Another Freaky Friday

Freakonomics pieces are scheduled to run on Good Morning America and World News Tonight on Friday, February 17th. The GMA piece will run in the first hour and will be a preview of Sunday’s New York Times column about NASCAR. The WNT piece will address the Freakonomics of parenting. Read More »



Freakonomics Friday

A Freakonomics segment is scheduled to air Friday, February 3rd on World News Tonight (if it doesn’t, it should air February 4th.) The segment addresses Super Bowl gambling, also the topic of February 5th’s article in the New York Times sports publication Play. Read More »



A different sort of Freakonomics cover

This is the newly designed cover for the British Freakonomics paperback. Pretty cool, eh? Read More »



Dubner on "Good Morning America"

ABC News, in its infinite wisdom, has signed up Levitt and Dubner as regular Freakonomics contributors to its various programs (Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and 20/20). The next installment will be on Friday, Jan. 27, when Dubner visits G.M.A. (between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.) to discuss a topic which cannot be revealed here […] Read More »



A Very Good Year

Whatever the reason may be, Freakonomics had a very good year in 2005. It has been recognized in year-end roundups from Milwaukee to India and in publications specializing in sports, music, celebrity gossip, and, of course, economics and books. It’s been called everything from hip and sexy to dry and grating– and those were just […] Read More »



The Artist Speaks

Many of you have expressed confusion as to what the illustration accompanying the latest Freakonomics column means, so I went ahead and posed the question to illustrator David M. Brinley. He replies: “The couple is a metaphor for sexual desires and how his sexual identity has been influenced by the points made in the article. […] Read More »



Shangri-La Diet, Revisited

Stephen Dubner was on Good Morning America this morning to talk about Seth Roberts, self-experimentation, and the Shangri-La Diet. Those of you seeking more information can read the original Times column here, background info here, and Roberts’s own contributions to the Freakonomics blog here and here and here and here and here and here. If […] Read More »



Bookplate Update

Hello Freakonomics freaks! Allow me to formally introduce myself. I am “the mysterious Rachel,” the Rachel formerly known as “the excellent Rachel,” and the Freakonomics assistant currently fielding your bookplate requests. I’m just writing to let you know that they are a-comin’. You responded to the Steph/vens offer with a fervor we never could have […] Read More »