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Episode 88

Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2

College tends to make people happier, healthier, and wealthier. But how?

Episode 88

Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2 (Replay)

College tends to make people happier, healthier, and wealthier. But how?

Episode 116

Women Are Not Men

In many ways, the gender gap is closing. In others, not so much. And that’s not always a bad thing.

Episode 116

Women Are Not Men (Replay)

In many ways, the gender gap is closing. In others, not so much. And that’s not always a bad thing.

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Episode 9

Wordz: TMSIDK Episode 9

…show” thing before. Maeve Higgins, comedian and host of the podcast Maeve in America, just needs a tub full of peanut butter. Our real-time fact-checker is Bourree Lam, writer for…

Episode 52

Weird Recycling

Clever ways to not waste our waste.

Episode 12

Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Update)

Most people don’t enjoy the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. But we do love to play the lottery. So what if you combine the two,…

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Episode 11

Under the Hood: TMSIDK Episode 11

…MIT Media Lab, who would make a great spy… and maybe already has. Our real-time fact-checker is Bourree Lam, writer for The Atlantic.com and editor emeritus of a certain blog….

Is Wikipedia Ghettoizing Female Writers?

…“Women Are Not Men” podcast, reported by Bourree Lam, about the relative scarcity of female editors on Wikipedia — and this followup post about females posing as males online to…



Welcome to the New Freakonomics.com

…hard to build this site, especially Chad Troutwine, Nick Mason at ErroThree, Jeremy Dempster, Dwyer Gunn, and Bourree Lam. Thanks also to the folks at WNYC and Marketplace/American Public Media…



Upgrades to Freakonomics.com

…material (TV and live appearances, movie clips, etc.); it’s all on our YouTube channel too. The driving force behind these upgrades is our awesome blog editor (and all-around MVP) Bourree



Let's Hear About Your Favorite Football Books

…(Photo: Bourree Lam) I also ran into my old friend Nicky Dawidoff, a wonderful writer whose previous subjects range from ballplayer-spy Moe Berg to country music . He has been…



Football Freakonomics Nominated for a Sports Emmy

…producing, creating great graphics packages, etc., including: Phil Guidry, Brian Caruso, Mitchell Swartz, and the true MVP of all things Freakonomics these days, Bourree Lam. Thanks to all!    …



What's the Story With Shark Fin Soup?

…a trait that is normally associated with Chinese culture,” at least when I think about modern Chinese urban culture. I asked Freakonomics researcher Bourree Lam to weigh in on the…



Thanks for the Stitcher Award!

…especially to our amazing production team: Suzie Lechtenberg, Katherine Wells, David Herman, Bourree Lam, Collin Campbell, and Chris Bannon. Congrats also to all the other winners. It is amazing how…



Episode 178

How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying

Doctors, chefs and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?

Episode 178

How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying (Replay)

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?

Episode 70

Eating and Tweeting

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…

Episode 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?

Episode 68

The Power of the President — and the Thumb

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…

Episode 24

The Power of Poop

The “Power of Poop”: Since the beginning of civilization, we’ve thought that human waste was worthless at best, and often dangerous. What if we were wrong?…

Episode 23

Millionaires vs. Billionaires

Five things you don’t know about the N.F.L. labor standoff….

Episode 21

Bring on the Pain!

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…

Episode 64

The Days of Wine and Mouses

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…

Episode 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.

Episode 60

Save Me From Myself (Replay)

A commitment device forces you to be the person you really want to be. What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 13

The “No-Lose Lottery,” Part 2

It’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…

Episode 60

Save Me From Myself

A commitment device forces you to be the person you really want to be. What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 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

Episode 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.