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The Ten Commandments of The American Religion

This is a cross-post from James Altucher‘s blog Altucher Confidential. His previous appearances on the Freakonomics blog can be found here. (iStockphoto) If I stood in the center of Times…



Why I Hate (And Can't Live Without) My Phone

This is a cross-post from James Altucher‘s blog Altucher Confidential. His previous appearances on the Freakonomics blog can be found here. 203-512-2161 That’s my phone number. It has been for…



Friends With Cool Websites

My friend James Altucher has probably never had to have a resume in his life, but if he did it would include: teen chess whiz, computer-science guy, web filmmaker for…



The Best Paragraph You’ll Read All Week

…sports — my only real hobby was playing chess and I read a lot of comic books. That is James Altucher, whom I’ve blogged about before, writing in his Financial…



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Sneak Peek of TMSIDK Season 3

…Smith, writer and podcaster James Altucher, “gritty” psychologist Angela Duckworth, comedian Eugene Mirman …and my Freakonomics friend and co-author Steven D. Levitt. Stephen J. Dubner, enjoying the facts. (Photo: Lucy…

Stockpickr Strikes Again

Once again, James Altucher has turned some recent blog posts into Freakonomics stock portfolios. Here is his most recent column from TheStreet.com, picking up on Dubner’s post about corporate thinking…



The Monster Smash

We’ve been following James Altucher‘s continuing social experiment around the idea of ad-agency disintermediation — JungleSmash, a cash contest where people compete to make the best commercial for a product…




Ten Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job

This is a cross-post from James Altucher‘s blog Altucher Confidential. His previous appearances on the Freakonomics blog can be found here. Private Equity Firm I fell straight down and broke…



The 100 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur

Photo: Digital Vision This is a cross-post from James Altucher‘s blog Altucher Confidential. His previous appearances on the Freakonomics blog can be found here. If you Google “entrepreneur” you get…



Why Isn't Backgammon More Popular?

…a renaissance is perhaps underway. My friend James Altucher and I have a running game (101-point matches) that we usually play in diners or restaurants, and almost inevitably a small…



Here Comes Harry!

…series ends,” with the stock already falling 30 cents as of this morning. Meanwhile, The Street‘s James Altucher advises against buying Scholastic in his list of Potter franchise stock picks….



Google Minus 10 Years

Here’s what it looked like then. The stats are fun, too. But here is the best page. Hat tip to James Altucher’s Daily Blog Watch. Between DBW and Stockpickr, it…



Why the Market Meltdown is Crazy

(iStockphoto) After Thursday’s massive stock market sell-off, a lot of people are talking about how we may be experiencing another year like 2008. I’m going to get right to the…



When Congress Is Away, the Market Will Play

…when Congress’s approval ratings are lower. They point out that when Congress is in session, companies and investors face “a more uncertain tax and regulatory environment.” (HT: James Altucher) [%comments]…




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 217

Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset?

We spend billions on end-of-life healthcare that doesn’t do much good. So what if a patient could forego the standard treatment and get a cash rebate instead?

Episode 11

How Much Does the President Really Matter? (Replay)

The U.S. president is often called the “leader of the free world.” But if you ask an economist or a Constitutional scholar how much the occupant of the Oval Office…