Make Me a Match
Season 5, Episode 15
On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio: sure, markets generally work well. But for some transactions — like school admissions and organ transplants — money alone can’t solve the problem. That’s when you need a market-design wizard like Nobel Prize winner Al Roth. You’ll hear how Roth and others have revolutionized the organ-donor market. Plus, the amazing story of how one particularly selfless woman became the first link in a donor chain that gave life to many others.
And then: the comedian Aziz Ansari is the creator and star of the Netflix series Master of None, and is perhaps best known for playing Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. But he recently teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg to write Modern Romance, a book full of fascinating research about how people meet, and mate, in the modern world. Stephen Dubner speaks with Ansari about the shift from “companionate” marriage to “soul-mate” marriage — and many other topics.