This Idea Must Die (Rebroadcast)

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(photo: Fondo Antiguo de la Universidad de Sevilla)

(photo: Fondo Antiguo de la Universidad de Sevilla)

Season 5, Episode 37

This week on Freakonomics Radio, we draw from the fascinating book This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress, put together by the group Edge.org, that asks its salon of big thinkers to answer one big question. And the question this time: what scientific idea is ready for retirement? 

Then, Stephen Dubner and Freakonomics friend and co-author Steve Levitt answer another question, this one from a listener who wants to know: what’s the real cost of the war on drugs?

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “This Idea Must Die” and “Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions.”

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