“How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?” (Ep. 299)

John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Here’s the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions in the face of risk versus uncertainty.

Why Is My Life So Hard?

Season 6, Episode 40 This week on Freakonomics Radio: most of us feel we face more obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. Stephen J. Dubner asks, “How can we avoid this trap?” To find out more, check out the […]

Why Is My Life So Hard? (Ep. 280)

Most of us feel we face more headwinds and obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. How can we avoid this trap?

Athletes’ Feats: TMSIDK Episode 8

For our sports-themed episode, we left out all the tired cliches and instead jammed it full of odd trophies, hidden advantages, surprising innovations and... Trouble with a capital T.

An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl (Ep. 275)

We assembled a panel of smart dudes—a two-time Super Bowl champ; a couple of NFL linemen, including one who's getting a math Ph.D at MIT, and our resident economist--to tell you what to watch for, whether you're a football fanatic or a total newbie.

How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future (Ep. 233)

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.

Millionaires vs. Billionaires (Ep. 23)

Are you ready for some ... labor negotiations? Yes, the National Football League held a nice Super Bowl just a couple weeks ago - the Green Bay Packers beat my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, sadly. Still, it was the most-watched TV program in U.S. history. So: everyone in the NFL family must be happy, right?