Why Do We Really Follow the News?

On Freakonomics Radio this week, we dare to ask whether civics class answers for why we pay attention to the news are really true. Could it be that we read about war, politics, etc. simply because it’s (gasp) entertaining?

Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them? A New Freakonomics Radio Episode

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them?" (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

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Why Do We Really Follow the News? A New Freakonomics Radio Episode

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called "Why Do We Really Follow the News?" (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.) The gist: there are all kinds of civics-class answers for why we pay attention to the news -- but how true are those answers? Could it be that we read about war, politics, and miscellaneous heartbreak simply because it's (gasp) entertaining?