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How to Fix a Broken High-Schooler, in Four Easy Steps: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

The four interventions that worked for one Toronto
program: counseling, tutoring, social activities,
and financial incentives. (Photo: U.S. Department of
Education)

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “How to Fix a Broken High-Schooler, in Four Easy Steps.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

Our take: maybe the steps aren’t so easy, but a program run out of a Toronto housing project has had great success in turning around kids who were headed for trouble. Read More »


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Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem? A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

The gist: If U.S. schoolteachers are indeed “just a little bit below average,” it’s not really their fault. So what should be done about it? Read More »



Do Boycotts Work? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Do Boycotts Work?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

At issue: The Montgomery Bus Boycott, the South African divestment campaign, Chick-fil-A! Almost anyone can launch a boycott, and the media loves to cover them. But do boycotts actually produce the change they’re fighting for? Read More »



How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

Experts and pundits are notoriously bad at forecasting, in part because they aren’t punished for bad predictions. Also, they tend to be deeply unscientific. The psychologist Philip Tetlock is finally turning prediction into a science — and now even you could become a superforecaster. Read More »



Win Free Tickets to See Dubner on Stage in Brooklyn on January 14

Stephen Dubner’s new podcast Question of the Day launched in August, it immediately shot to No. 1 on the iTunes chart. Last month it was selected as one of iTunes “Best of 2015.” (You can subscribe here.) Now you can come see a live taping of the show on Thursday, January 14, at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Join Dubner, his Question of the Day co-host, James Altucher, and their special guest Negin Farsad for an evening of conversation that will run from the ridiculous to the sublime (and occasionally both). Read More »



The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

The gist: discrimination can’t explain why women earn so much less than men. If only it were that easy. Read More »



When Willpower Isn’t Enough: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “When Willpower Isn’t Enough.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

Sure, we all want to make good personal decisions, but it doesn’t always work out. That’s where “temptation bundling” comes in. Read More »



Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

The gist: a team of economists have been running the numbers on the U.N.’s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent. Read More »



Is Migration a Basic Human Right? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Is Migration a Basic Human Right?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

The gist: the argument for open borders is compelling — and deeply problematic. Read More »



The Cheeseburger Diet: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “The Cheeseburger Diet” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

Bite into this: One woman’s quest to find the best burger in town can teach all of us to eat smarter. Read More »



Ben Bernanke Gives Himself a Grade: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Ben Bernanke Gives Himself a Grade” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

An interview with the former Fed chairman: He was handed the keys to the global economy just as it started heading off a cliff. Fortunately, he’d seen this movie before. Read More »