Lying to Ourselves: Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Lying to Ourselves.” Kai RYSSDAL: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio.  It’s that moment every couple of weeks where we talk to Stephen Dubner, the co-author of the books and blog of the same name.  It is “the hidden side of everything.” Dubner, it’s good […]

The Cobra Effect: Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “The Cobra Effect.” Vikas MEHROTRA: So I’m Vikas Mehrotra. I teach finance at the University of Alberta in Canada.   Stephen J. DUBNER: So where are you, where am I speaking to you?   MEHROTRA: I’m in Bogota, Colombia.   DUBNER: You’re in Bogota, what are you […]

The Tale of the $15 Tomato: Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “The Tale of the $15 Tomato.”                    DUBNER: Check check check check check…you want to tell people just where we are right now?   LEVITT: We’re outside the Wingstop chicken wings store, where they have told us we […]

Why Online Poker Should Be Legal: Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Why Online Poker Should Be Legal.” Kai RYSSDAL: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio.  It’s that moment every couple of weeks where we talk to – this time – Steven Levitt.  He is the co-author (the other co-author) of the books and the blog of […]

How Deep Is the Shadow Economy? Full Transcript

Sudhir VENKATESH: So, here are some activities that would go into the “shadow economy” that are legal, but most people often do and they just don’t report their income: Contracting.  A lot of plumbing.  Painting homes, fixing homes.  Car repair. Stephen J. DUBNER: Sudhir Venkatesh is a sociologist at Columbia University. VENKATESH: Tax preparation is a […]

There’s Cake in the Breakroom! Full Transcript

Tess Vigeland: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio. Every couple of weeks, we talk to Stephen Dubner, the co-author of the books and the blog about the hidden side of everything. Hello Stephen. Stephen Dubner: Hey Tess. You having a nice, calm, peaceful, productive day at the office today? Vigeland: It’s a newsroom, Stephen — no such […]

Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2: Full Transcript

College STUDENTS: My name is Allison, this is my last semester at Duke University… we’re at Minneapolis Technical and Community College … Mitchell State University in St. Paul… first year at Wellesley University … I’m at University of North Carolina …I’m a sophomore, I go to Morehouse College … I’m Jasmine, I’m a freshman and […]

The Season of Death: Full Transcript

Kai Ryssdal: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio. It’s that moment every couple of weeks where we talk to Stephen Dubner, the co-author of the books and blog of the same name. It is the hidden side of everything. Dubner, it is so good go talk to you again, man. Stephen Dubner: And to you, Kai. I […]

Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1: Full Transcript

Stephen J. DUBNER: Hello, Mr. Ezell? Allen EZELL: Yes. DUBNER: Hi, Stephen Dubner, nice to meet you. EZELL: Stephen, nice to meet you. And you won’t believe what I’m holding in my hand. DUBNER: Let me guess because I just got a degree in psychic work, so… EZELL: I’m impressed, over the Internet? DUBNER: Of […]

How Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System? A Freakonomics Radio Podcast Encore: Full Transcript

This is the full transcript for “How Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System?” To comment, please go here. Stephen Dubner: Hey everybody. Happy Christmakwanzaakkah, and thanks for downloading the Freakonomics Radio podcast. Our last episode was about “weird recycling” — reusing stuff that most people didn’t think was reusable. Today, we’re taking […]