Archives for Podcasts



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

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 »



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 »



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 »