Freakonomics Radio Archive

Freakonomics Radio began in 2010. Among our most popular episodes to date: “Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?,” “Is College Really Worth It?,” and “How Much Does the President of the U.S. Really Matter?” You can subscribe via iTunes (where Freakonomics Radio occasionally hits the No. 1 ranking) or listen via our RSS feed. Here’s a complete archive:

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176 Does Religion Make You Happy?It’s a hard question to answer, but we do our best. 7/24/14 29:36
175 Why You Should Bribe Your KidsEducational messaging looks good on paper but kids don’t respond to it — and adults aren’t much better. 7/17/14 28:02
174 What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common?It isn’t easy to separate the guilty from the innocent, but a clever bit of game theory can help. 7/10/14 33:19
173 A Better Way to EatTakeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough? 7/3/14 26:12
172 How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off AutopilotDubner and Levitt answer reader questions in this first installment of the “Think Like a Freak” Book Club. 6/26/14 26:15
171 There’s No Such Thing as a Free AppetizerIs it really in a restaurant’s best interest to give customers free bread or chips before they even order? 6/19/14 38:20
170 Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)Every four years, the U.S. takes a look at the World Cup and develops a slight crush. What would it take to really fall in love? 6/12/14 37:14
169 Failure Is Your FriendIn which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated. 6/5/14 32:19
REBROADCAST: The Upside of QuittingYou know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says … Are you sure? 5/29/14 59:40
168 Think Like a ChildWhen it comes to generating ideas and asking questions it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an eight year old. 5/22/14 29:17
167 The Three Hardest Words in the English LanguageWhy learning to say “I don’t know” is one of the best things you can do. 5/15/14 29:57
166 How to Think Like a Freak — and Other FREAK-quently Asked QuestionsStephen Dubner and Steve Levitt talk about their new book and field questions about prestige, university life, and (yum yum) bacon. 5/8/14 28:54
165 The Perfect CrimeIf you are driving and kill a pedestrian, there’s a good chance you’ll barely be punished. Why? 5/1/14 30:21
164 Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado?When it comes to exercising outrage, people tend to be very selective. Could it be that humans are our least favorite animal? 4/24/14 30:41
163 What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks? 4/17/14 25:55
162 “If Mayors Ruled the World”Unlike certain elected officials in Washington, mayors all over the country actually get stuff done. So maybe we should ask them to do more? 4/10/14 32:17
161 How to Make People Quit SmokingThe war on cigarettes has been fairly successful in some places. But 1 billion humans still smoke — so what comes next? 4/3/14 33:37
160 Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves ItThinking of Bitcoin as just a digital currency is like thinking about the Internet as just e-mail. Its potential is much more exciting than that. 3/27/14 36:23
REBROADCAST: Women Are Not MenIn many ways, the gender gap is closing. In others, not so much. And that’s not always a bad thing. 3/20/14 38:34
159 “It’s Fun to Smoke Marijuana”A psychology professor argues that the brain’s greatest attribute is knowing what other people are thinking. And that a Queen song, played backwards, can improve your mind-reading skills. 3/13/14 23:56
158 Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It?Yes, it expands the mind but we usually don’t retain much — and then there’s the opportunity cost. 3/6/14 21:48
157 Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?In most countries, houses get more valuable over time. In Japan, a new buyer will often bulldoze the home. We’ll tell you why. 2/27/14 24:47
156 Why Marry? Part 2The consequences of our low marriage rate — and if the old model is less attractive, how about a new one? 2/20/14 24:21
155 Why Marry? Part 1The myths of modern marriage. 2/13/14 20:32
154 What You Don’t Know About Online DatingThick markets, thin markets, and the triumph of attributes over compatibility. 2/06/14 37:14
153 Reasons to Not Be UglyThe “beauty premium” is real, for everyone from babies to NFL quarterbacks. 1/30/14 26:40
152 Everybody Gossips (and That’s a Good Thing)The benefits of rumor-mongering. 1/23/14 36:28
REBROADCAST: Fear Thy NatureWhat “Sleep No More” and the Stanford Prison Experiment tell us about who we really are. 1/16/14 37:53
151 Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-quently Asked QuestionsDubner and Levitt talk about fixing the post office, putting cameras in the classroom, and wearing hats. 1/9/14 29:42
150 What’s the “Best” Exercise?Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently. 1/2/14 15:18
REBROADCAST: Save Me From MyselfA commitment device forces you to be the person you really want to be. What could possibly go wrong? 12/26/13 36:42
149 Pontiff-icating on the Free-Market SystemThe Pope just gave it to the global economy with both barrels. Was he right to do so? 12/19/13 40:03
148 Are Gay Men Really Rich?It’s easy to get that idea. But is the stereotype true? 12/12/13 21:14
147 The Most Dangerous MachineMore than 1 million people die worldwide each year from traffic accidents. But there’s never been a safer time to drive. 12/05/13 32:37
146 Fighting Poverty With Actual EvidenceIt’s time to do away with feelgood stories, gut hunches, and magical thinking. 11/27/13 37:13
145 What Do Skating Rinks, Ultimate Frisbee, and the World Have in Common?Spontaneous order is everywhere if you know where to look for it. 11/21/13 46:54
144 Who Runs the Internet?The online universe doesn’t have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world. Discuss. 11/14/13 32:58
REBROADCAST: Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2College tends to make people happier, healthier, and wealthier. But how? 11/07/13 33:59
REBROADCAST: Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1What’s a college degree really worth these days? 10/31/13 29:40
143 Why Bad Environmentalism Is Such an Easy SellBeing green is rarely a black-and-white issue — but that doesn’t stop marketers and politicians from pretending it is. 10/24/13 25:02
142 The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the CatWe spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet “aftercare.” But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet? 10/14/13 45:59
141 How to Raise Money Without Killing a KittenThe science of what works — and doesn’t work — in fundraising. 10/10/13 33:31
140 How to Think About Money, Choose Your Hometown, and Buy an Electric ToothbrushDubner and Levitt field your queries in this latest installment of our FREAK-quently Asked Questions. 10/03/13 25:33
139 Would a Big Bucket of Cash Really Change Your Life?A 19th-century Georgia land lottery may have something to teach us about today’s income inequality. 9/26/13 29:29
REBROADCAST: The Economist’s Guide to ParentingThink you know how much parents matter? Think again. Economists crunch the numbers to learn the ROI on child-rearing. 9/19/13 58:27
138 Whatever Happened to the Carpal Tunnel Epidemic?Once upon a time, office workers across America lived in fear of a dreaded infirmity. Was the computer keyboard really the villain — and did carpal tunnel syndrome really go away? 9/12/13 17:49
REBROADCAST: The Suicide ParadoxThere are more than twice as many suicides as murders in the U.S., but suicide attracts far less scrutiny. Freakonomics Radio digs through the numbers and finds all kinds of surprises. 9/05/13 58:34
137 Who Are the Most Successful Immigrants in the World?It’s impossible to say for sure, but the Lebanese do remarkably well. Why? 8/29/13 26:14
REBROADCAST: The Folly of PredictionHuman beings love to predict the future, but we’re quite terrible at it. So how about punishing all those bad predictions? 8/22/13 58:30
136 The Middle of EverywhereChicago has given the world more than sausage, crooked politics, and Da Bears. 8/15/13 30:50
REBROADCAST: The Church of “Scionology”We worship the tradition of handing off a family business to the next generation. But is that really such a good idea? 8/8/13 57:28
135 Do Baby Girls Cause Divorce?Even American parents have a strong “son preference” — which means that a newborn daughter can be bad news for a marriage. 8/1/13 20:03
REBROADCAST: The Upside of QuittingYou know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says … Are you sure? 7/22/13 59:40
134 Government Employees Gone WildThe Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures catalogs the fiscal, sexual, and mental lapses of federal workers — all with an eye toward preventing the next big mistake. 7/18/13 20:14
133 A Burger a DayIs junk food an abomination or a modern miracle? 7/11/13 6:30
132 “Jane Austen, Game Theorist”What does “Pride and Prejudice” have to do with nuclear deterrence? 7/4/13 28:18
REBROADCAST: Legacy of a JerkWhat happens to your reputation when you’re no longer around to defend it? 6/27/13 44:05
131 Do You Really Want to Know Your Future?You might think that someone with a 50-50 chance of getting a fatal disease would want to know for sure — but you would be wrong. What does this say about our supposed thirst for certainty? 6/20/13 32:15
130 Why Family and Business Don’t MixYet another reason to blame your parents for pretty much everything. 6/12/13 6:28
129 Should Tipping Be Banned?It’s awkward, random, confusing — and probably discriminatory too. 6/3/13 38:10
128 Baby, You Can Program My CarA glimpse into our driverless future. 5/29/13 5:59
127 Can You Be Too Smart for Your Own Good? And Other FREAK-quently Asked QuestionsDubner and Levitt talk about circadian rhythms, gay marriage, autism, and whether “pay what you want” is everything it’s cracked up to be. 5/23/13 28:08
REBROADCAST: The Hidden Cost of False AlarmsIf any other product failed 94 percent of the time, you’d probably stop using it. So why do we put up with burglar alarms? 5/15/13 5:41
126 What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common?A look at whether spite pays — and if it even exists. 5/9/13 39:42
125 It’s Crowded at the TopWhy is unemployment still so high? It may be because of something that happened well before the Great Recession. 5/1/13 6:34
124 Running to Do EvilAn interview with Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, whose younger brother turned him in — and what it says about the Boston bombers. 4/25/13 26:02
123 Help Wanted. No Smokers Need ApplyIn many states, it is perfectly legal to not hire someone who smokes. Should employers also be able to weed out junk-food lovers or motorcyclists — or anyone who wants to have a baby? 4/17/13 5:58
122 How Much Does Your Name Matter?A kid’s name can tell us something about his parents — their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny? 4/8/13 50:56
121 The Tax Man NudgethReal tax reform may or may not ever happen. In the meantime, how about making the current system work a bit better? 4/3/13 10:13
120 100 Ways to Fight ObesityFreakonomics asks a dozen smart people for their best ideas. Get ready for a fat tax, a sugar ban, and a calorie-chomping tapeworm. 3/27/13 37:21
119 How Money Is March Madness?The NCAA basketball tournament grabs a lot of eyeballs, but turning them into dollars hasn’t always been easy — even when the “talent” is playing for free. 3/21/13 6:28
118 Parking Is HellThere ain’t no such thing as a free parking spot. Somebody has to pay for it — and that somebody is everybody. 3/13/13 36:39
117 When Is a Negative a Positive?Sure, we all like to hear compliments. But if you’re truly looking to get better at something, it’s the negative feedback that will get you there. 3/6/13 7:33
116 Women Are Not MenIn many ways, the gender gap is closing. In others, not so much. And that’s not always a bad thing. 2/24/13 37:23
115 The Downside of More Miles Per GallonThe gas tax doesn’t work well, and it’s only going to get worse. What’s next? 2/21/13 6:05
114 How to Think About GunsNo one wants mass shootings. Unfortunately, no one has a workable plan to stop them either. 2/14/13 30:08
113 Sure, I Remember ThatIt is startlingly easy to create false memories, especially in politics. 2/08/13 6:39
112 Would You Let a Coin Toss Decide Your Future?Levitt and Dubner go deep on “Freakonomics Experiments,” a new research project that lets you take a chance on life. 1/31/13 26:42
111 Introducing “Freakonomics Experiments”Steve Levitt has a novel idea for helping people make tough decisions. 1/24/13 5:01
110 Who Owns the Words That Come Out of Your Mouth?The very long reach of Winston Churchill — and how the British government is remaking copyright law. 1/17/13 31:54
109 How to Live LongerWhy do Hall of Fame inductees, Oscar winners, and Nobel laureates outlive their peers? 1/10/13 6:07
108 How Did “Freakonomics” Get Its Name?Levitt and Dubner answer your questions about driving, sneezing, and ladies’ nights. Plus a remembrance of Levitt’s sister Linda. 1/03/13 27:28
107 How Much Does a Good Boss Really Matter?It’s harder than you’d think to measure the value of a boss. But some enterprising economists have done just that — and the news is good. 12/27/12 14:10
106 The House of DreamsDubner’s childhood home goes from sacred to profane — and then back again. 12/20/12 21:51
105 Have a Very Homo Economicus ChristmasWho better than an economist to help with your shopping list? 12/12/12 15:10
104 The Things They Taught MeCollege, at its best, is about learning to think. Stephen Dubner chats up three of his former professors who made the magic happen. 12/5/12 23:59
103 Free-conomicsEconomists are a notoriously self-interested bunch. But a British outfit called Pro Bono Economics is giving away its services to selected charities. 11/28/12 6:19
102 I Consult, Therefore I AmThere are enough management consultants these days to form a small nation. But what do they actually do? And does it work? 11/21/12 35:59
101 Mass Transit HysteriaAdding more train and bus lines looks like an environmental slam dunk. Until you start to do the math. 11/14/12 6:33
100 Our 100th Episode!Turkey sex and chicken wings, selling souls and swapping organs, the power of the president and the price of wine: these are a few of our favorite things. 11/5/12 14:33
99 How to Maximize Your Halloween Candy HaulIs it as simple as going to the richest neighborhood you can find? Of course not … 10/31/12 5:59
98 We the SheeplePoliticians tell voters exactly what they want to hear, even when it makes no sense. Which is pretty much all the time. 10/24/12 23:25
97 Lying to OurselvesWe rely on polls and surveys to tell us how people will behave in the future. Too bad they’re completely unreliable. 10/17/12 5:45
96 The Cobra EffectWhen you want to get rid of a nasty pest, one obvious solution comes to mind: just offer a cash reward. But be careful — because nothing backfires quite like a bounty. 10/10/12 34:26
95 Why America’s Economic Growth May Be (Shh!) OverSure, we love our computers and all the rest of our digital toys. But when it comes to real economic gains, can we ever match old-school innovations like the automobile and electricity? 10/3/12 5:48
94 The Tale of the $15 TomatoTrying to go rustic by baking, brewing, and knitting at home can be terribly inefficient. And that’s a wonderful thing. 9/23/12 9:24
93 Why Online Poker Should Be LegalThe data show that poker is indeed a game of skill, not chance, and a Federal judge agrees. So why are players still being treated like criminals? 9/19/12 5:25
92 Fear Thy NatureWhat “Sleep No More” and the Stanford Prison Experiment tell us about who we really are. 9/12/12 37:15
91 Can Selling Beer Cut Down on Public Drunkenness?Binge drinking is a big problem at college football games. Oliver Luck — father of No. 1 NFL pick Andrew, and the athletic director at West Virginia University — had an unusual idea to help solve it. 9/5/12 5:45
90 How Deep Is the Shadow Economy?What we know — and don’t know — about the gazillions of dollars that never show up on anyone’s books. 8/29/12 19:51
89 There’s Cake in the Breakroom!If you think working from home offers too many distractions, just think about what happens at the office. 8/22/12 6:10
88 Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2College tends to make people happier, healthier, and wealthier. But how? 8/15/12 33:59
87 The Season of DeathWe know that summertime brings far too many fatal accidents. But you may be surprised if you dig into the numbers. 8/8/12 6:33
86 Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1What’s a college degree really worth these days? 7/29/12 29:40
85 Olympian EconomicsDo host cities really get the benefits their boosters promise, or are they just engaging in some fiscal gymnastics? 7/25/12 6:59
84 Legacy of a JerkWhat happens to your reputation when you’re no longer around to defend it? 7/18/12 44:05
83 What’s Wrong With Cash for Grades?If we want our kids to thrive in school, maybe we should just pay them. 7/10/12 6:15
82 Please Steal My CarLevitt and Dubner answer your FREAK-quently Asked Questions about junk food, insurance, and how to make an economist happy. 7/4/12 22:59
81 Star-Spangled Banter?Once a week, the British Prime Minister goes before the House of Commons for a lightning round of hard questions. Should the U.S. give it a try? 6/26/12 7:13
80 Riding the Herd MentalityHow using peer pressure — and good, old-fashioned shame — can push people to do the right thing. 6/20/12 36:26
79 A Cheap Employee Is … a Cheap EmployeePaying workers as little as possible seems smart — unless you can make more money by paying them more. 6/13/12 6:03
78 You Eat What You Are, Part 2To feed 7 billion people while protecting the environment, it would seem that going local is a no-brainer — until you start looking at the numbers. 6/6/12 28:59
77 Playing the Nerd CardThe NBA’s superstars are suddenly sporting Urkel glasses — but is it more than a fashion statement? 5/30/12 5:29
76 You Eat What You Are, Part 1How American food so got bad — and why it’s getting so much better. 5/23/12 30:08
75 Retirement KillsSure, we all dream of leaving the office forever. But what if it’s bad for your health? 5/16/12 5:36
74 Soul PossessionIn a world where nearly everything is for sale, is it always okay to buy what isn’t yours? 5/7/12 28:40
73 A Rose By Any Other DistanceAt a time when people worry about every mile their food must travel, why is it okay to import most of our cut flowers from thousands of miles away? 5/2/12 5:40
72 Lottery Loopholes and Deadly DoctorsSeason 2, Episode 5: What do you do when smart people keep making stupid mistakes? And: are we a nation of financial illiterates? This is a “mashupdate” of “Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”?,” “The “No-Lose Lottery,” Part 2,” and “What Do Hand-Washing and Financial Illiteracy Have in Common? 4/25/12 58:04
71 Is Good Corporate Citizenship Also Good for the Bottom Line?A new study says that yes, it is — but try telling that to the United Nations officials who are preaching sustainability practices. 4/19/12 6:21
70 Eating and TweetingSeason 2, Episode 4: Does the future of food lie in its past – or inside a tank of liquid nitrogen? Also: how anti-social can you be on a social network? This is a “mashupdate” of Waiter, There’s a Physicist in My Soup, Part 1,”Waiter, There’s a Physicist in My Soup, Part 2,” and “Is Twitter a Two-Way Street?” 4/12/12 57:27
69 The Hidden Cost of False AlarmsIf any other product failed 94 percent of the time, you’d probably stop using it. So why do we put up with burglar alarms? 4/4/12 5:41
68 The Power of the President — and the ThumbSeason 2, Episode 3: How much does the President of the United States really matter? And: where did all the hitchhikers go? A pair of “attribution errors.” This is a “mashupdate” of “How Much Does the President Really Matter?” and “Where Have All the Hitchhikers Gone? 3/29/12 58:09
67 The Patent GapWomen hold fewer than one in 10 patents. Why? And what are we missing out on? 3/23/12 5:09
66 Show and YellSeason 2, Episode 2: Is booing an act of verbal vandalism or the last true expression of democracy? And: when you drive a Prius, are you guilty of “conspicuous conservation”? This is a “mashupdate” of “Hey, Baby, Is That a Prius You’re Driving?” and “Boo … Who?” 3/15/12 58:17
65 It’s Not the President, StupidIsn’t it time to admit that the U.S. economy doesn’t have a commander in chief? 3/8/12 5:25
64 The Days of Wine and MousesSeason 2, Episode 1: Do more expensive wines taste better? And: what does one little rodent in a salad say about a restaurant’s future? This is a “mashupdate” of “Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?” and “A Mouse in the Salad.” 2/28/12 56:47
63 The Dilbert Index?Measuring workplace morale — and how to game the sick-day system. 2/23/12 6:01
62 How Biased Is Your Media?The left and the right blame each other for pretty much everything, including slanted media coverage. Can they both be right? 2/16/12 36:20
61 Does This Recession Make Me Look Fat?A look at some non-obvious ways to lose weight. 2/9/12 5:50
60 Save Me From MyselfA commitment device forces you to be the person you really want to be. What could possibly go wrong? 2/2/12 34:46
59 The Hidden Side of the Super BowlA football cheat sheet to help you sound like the smartest person at the party. 1/26/12 5:30
58 What Do Hand-Washing and Financial Illiteracy Have in Common?Education is the surest solution to a lot of problems. Except when it’s not. 1/20/12 34:58
57 Does Money Really Buy Elections?We all know the answer is yes. But the data — and Rudy Giuliani — say no. 1/12/12 6:50
56 Why Is “I Don’t Know” So Hard to Say?Levitt and Dubner answer your FREAK-quently Asked Questions about certifying politicians, irrational fears, and the toughest three words in the English language. 1/5/12 16:38
55 The Perils of Drunk WalkingWe know it’s terribly dangerous to drive drunk. But heading home on foot isn’t the solution. 12/28/11 6:03
54 How Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System? (Encore)The thrill of customization, via Pandora and a radical new teaching method. 12/22/11 30:35
53 How American Food Got So BadTyler Cowen points fingers. There’s plenty of blame to go around. 12/14/11 5:21
52 Weird RecyclingClever ways to not waste our waste. 12/3/11 25:03
51 What Makes a Donor Donate?The science of charity, with economist John List. 11/30/11 5:17
50 The Truth Is Out There…Isn’t It?There’s a nasty secret about hot-button topics like global warming: knowledge is not always power. 11/23/11 30:30
49 Unnatural TurkeysOur appetite for breast meat renders our holiday birds unable to reproduce. 11/17/11 4:54
48 Boo…Who?Is booing an act of verbal vandalism—or the last true expression of democracy? 11/9/11 31:27
47 Wildfires, Cops, and KeggersAn election cycle brings about more than voting around the world.  There are many odd by-products, often inspired by how the incentives line up for those in power. 11/2/11 4:53
46 Misadventures in Baby-MakingWe are constantly wowed by new technologies and policies meant to make childbirth better. But beware the unintended consequences. 10/26/11 28:02
45 Those Cheating Teachers!High-stakes testing has produced some rotten apples. But they can be caught. 10/19/11 5:18
44 Where Have All the Hitchhikers Gone?Did we needlessly scare ourselves into ditching a good thing? And, with millions of cars driving around with no passengers, should we be rooting for a renaissance? 10/10/11 30:00
43 The Decline and Fall of ViolenceThe world is a more peaceful place today that at any time in history — by a long, long shot. 10/5/11 6:15
42 The Upside of QuittingSeason 1, Episode 5: You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says … Are you sure? 9/29/11 59:40
41 The Folly of PredictionSeason 1, Episode 4: Human beings love to predict the future, but we’re quite terrible at it. So how about punishing all those bad predictions? 9/15/11 58:22
40 The Suicide ParadoxSeason 1, Episode 3: There are more than twice as many suicides as murders in the U.S., but suicide attracts far less scrutiny. Freakonomics Radio digs through the numbers and finds all kinds of surprises. 9/1/11 57:21
39 The Economist’s Guide to ParentingSeason 1, Episode 2: Think you know how much parents matter? Think again. Economists crunch the numbers to learn the ROI on child-rearing. 8/17/11 58:27
38 The Church of “Scionology”Season 1, Episode 1: We worship the tradition of handing off a family business to the next generation. But is that really such a good idea? 8/4/11 57:28
37 Mouse in the SaladIn restaurants and in life, bad things happen. But what happens next is just as important. 7/21/11 28:41
36 Hey Baby, Is That a Prius You’re Driving?Conspicuous conservation is about showing off your environmental bona fides. In other words, if you lean green, there’s extra value in being seen leaning green. 7/7/11 27:16
35 Live From St. Paul!Freakonomics Radio hits the road, and plays some Quiz Bowl! 6/23/11 28:36
34 Things Our Fathers Gave UsWhat did Levitt and Dubner learn as kids from their dads? 6/9/11 14:27
33 To Catch a FugitiveWho is likelier to get to the fugitive first? When a fugitive is on the run, it’s not only the police he has to worry about. A bounty hunter could be coming after him, too. 5/26/11 19:12
32 Growing Up BuffettWhat’s it like to wake up one day and realize Dad is a multi-billionaire? That’s what happened to Warren Buffett’s son Peter — who then started to think about whether or not to join the family 5/12/11 15:00
31 Gambling With Your LifeDoes Las Vegas increase your risk of suicide? A researcher embeds himself in the city where Americans are most likely to kill themselves. 4/28/11 19:10
30 Does College Still Matter? And Other Freaky Questions Answered…In our second round of FREAK-quently Asked Questions, Steve Levitt answers some queries from listeners and readers. 4/14/11 16:53
29 Smarter Kids at 10 Bucks a PopIt won’t work for everyone, but there’s a cheap, quick, and simple way to lift some students’ grades. 4/7/11 20:32
28 Why Can’t We Predict Earthquakes?We talk to a U.S. Geological Survey physicist about the science — and folly — of predicting earthquakes. There are lots of known knowns; and, fortunately, not too many unknown unknowns. But it’s the known unknowns — the timing of the next Big One — that are the most dangerous. 3/31/11 21:27
27 Death by Fire? Probably NotFire deaths in the U.S. have fallen 90 percent over the past 100 years, a great and greatly underappreciated gain. How did it happen — and could we ever get to zero? 3/24/11 20:12
26 The Health of NationsFor decades, GDP has been the yardstick for measuring living standards around the world. Martha Nussbaum would rather use something that actually works. 3/17/11 23:03
25 Is Twitter a Two-Way Street?To get a lot of followers on Twitter, do you need to follow a lot of other Tweeps? And if not, why not? 3/10/11 26:31
24 The Power of PoopSince the beginning of civilization, we’ve thought that human waste was worthless and dangerous. What if we were wrong? 3/3/11 19:51
23 Millionaires vs. BillionairesFive things you don’t know about the NFL labor standof. 2/24/11 28:41
22 Why Cities RockCould it be that cities are “our greatest invention” — that, despite a reputation as black-soot-spewing engines of doom, they in fact make us richer, smarter, happier and (believe it!) greener? 2/17/11 17:07
21 Bring on the Pain!It’s not about how much something hurts — it’s how you remember the pain. This week, lessons on pain from the New York City subway, the professional hockey rink, and a landmark study of colonoscopy patients. So have a listen; we promise, it won’t hurt a bit. 2/10/11 25:40
20 Waiter, There’s a Physicist in My Soup! (Part 2)What do a computer hacker, an Indiana farm boy, and Napoleon Bonaparte have in common? The past, present, and future of food science. 2/3/11 27:21
19 Waiter, There’s a Physicist in My Soup! (Pt. 1)The “molecular gastronomy” movement — which gets a bump in visibility next month with the publication of the mammoth cookbook “Modernist Cuisine” — is all about bringing more science into the kitchen. In many ways,it is the opposite of the “slow food” movement. In this episode, you’ll hear the chieftains of the two camps square off: Alice Waters for the slow foodies and Nathan Myhrvold for the mad scientists. Bon appetit! 1/27/11 26:24
18 Freakonomics FAQ, No. 1Levitt and Dubner field questions from the public and hold forth on everything from dating strategies and rock-and-roll accordion music to whether different nations have different economic identities. Oh, and also: is it worthwhile to vote? 1/20/11 16:44
17 TrashedHow economics — and emotion — have turned our garbage into such a mess. 1/13/11 21:53
16 Exit Interview: Schools Chancellor, NYCHaving already amassed an eventful resume — the Clinton White House, the Department of Justice, and Bertelsmann — Joel I. Klein spent the past eight years at chancellor of the biggest school system in the country. So what’d he learn? 1/6/11 15:16
15 You Say Repugnant, I Say … Let’s Do It!What happens when the most disturbing ideas are also the best? 12/30/10 26:33
14 Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?They should! It’s a cardinal rule: more expensive items are supposed to be qualitatively better than their cheaper versions. But is that true for wine? 12/16/10 25:22
13 The “No-Lose Lottery,” Part 2It’s the banking tool that got millions of people around the world to stop wasting money on the lottery. So why won’t state and federal officials in the U.S. give it a chance? 12/2/10 21:44
12 Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”?For the most part, Americans don’t like the simple,boring act of putting money in a savings account. We do, however, love to play the lottery. So what if you combined the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout? 11/18/10 25:41
11 How Much Does the President of the U.S. Really Matter?The U.S. president is often called the “leader of free world.” But if you ask an economist or a Constitutional scholar how much the occupant of the Oval Office matters, they won’t say much. We look at what the data have to say about measuring leadership, and its impact on the economy and the country. 11/4/10 32:54
10 The NFL’s Best Real Estate Isn’t For Sale. Yet.The NFL is very good at making money. So why on earth doesn’t it sell ad space on the one piece of real estate that football fans can’t help but see: the players themselves? The explanation is trickier than you might think. It has to do with Peyton Manning, with Eli Manning, and with…wait for it…Tevye. 10/29/10 22:04
9 Reading, Rockets, and ‘RithmeticGovernment and the private sector often feel far apart. One is filled with compliance-driven bureaucracy. The other, with market-fueled innovation. But something is changing in a multi-billion dollar corner of the Department of Education. It’s an experiment, which takes cues from the likes of Google and millionaires who hope to go to the moon. 10/21/10 20:20
8 Who Stole All the Runs in Major League Baseball?It was a pretty good baseball season — especially if you’re a fan of the Yankees, Rays, Twins, Rangers, Reds, Braves, Phillies, or Giants, all of whom made the playoffs. But the post-season just opened with a telling event, a no-hitter pitched by the Phillies’ Roy Halladay, which shows what’s been missing all season: runs. 10/8/10 24:10
7 Two Book Authors and a MicrophoneThe next chapter in the adventures of Dubner and Levitt has begun. Listen to a preview of what’s to come for the fall season of Freakonomics Radio. 10/1/10 11:32
6 Why the World Cup Is an Economist’s DreamSteve Levitt talks about why the center cannot hold in penalty kicks, why a running track hurts home-field advantage, and why the World Cup is an economist’s dream. 6/11/10 8:44
5 How Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System?In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, we explore a way to make 1.1 million schoolkids feel like they have 1.1 million teachers. 5/13/10 28:33
4 Faking ItDo you “fake it”? If so, you’re hardly alone. In this episode, you’ll hear how everyone from the President of the United States to a kosher-keeping bacon lover lives in a state of fallen grace. All the time. And gets by. 4/13/10 19:22
3 What Would the World Look Like if Economists Were in Charge?In this episode we speculate what would happen if economists got to run the world. Hear from a high-end call girl; an Estonian who ran his country according to the gospel of Milton Friedman; and a guy who wants to start building new nations in the middle of the ocean. 3/24/10 19:40
2 Is America’s Obesity Epidemic For Real?Americans keep putting on pounds. So is it time for a cheeseburger tax? Or would a chill pill be the best medicine? In this episode, we explore the underbelly of fat through the eyes of a 280-pound woman, a top White House doctor, and a couple of overweight academics. 2/26/10 21:05
1 The Dangers of SafetyWhat do NASCAR drivers, Glenn Beck and the hit men of the NFL have in common? 2/6/10 26:53

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