The Three Hardest Words in the English Language

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(photo: Bob Doran)

(photo: Bob Doran)

Season 5, Episode 29

This week on Freakonomics Radio we ask: what are the three hardest words to say? Conventional wisdom suggests “I love you.” But c’mon, people say that all the time. What about “I don’t know?” We’ll argue that our inability to say these words more often can have huge consequences.

Then, Stephen Dubner talks with Kevin Kelly, a self-described old hippie and onetime editor of hippiedom’s do-it-yourself bible, The Whole Earth Catalog, who went on to co-found Wired magazine, a beacon of the digital age.

To learn more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “The Three Hardest Words in the English Language” and “Someone Else’s Acid Trip.”

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