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The Economist’s Guide to Parenting

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

The Suicide Paradox

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

8/31/11
57:21

The Folly of Prediction

Human beings love to predict the future, but we’re quite terrible at it. So how about punishing all those bad predictions?

9/14/11
58:22

The Upside of Quitting

You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says … Are you sure?

9/30/11
59:40

The Decline and Fall of Violence

The world is a more peaceful place today that at any time in history — by a long, long shot.

10/5/11
6:15

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

Those Cheating Teachers!

High-stakes testing has produced some rotten apples. But they can be caught.

10/19/11
5:18

Misadventures in Baby-Making

We are constantly wowed by new technologies and policies meant to make childbirth better. But beware the unintended consequences.

10/26/11
28:02

Wildfires, Cops, and Keggers

An 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

Boo…Who?

Is booing an act of verbal vandalism—or the last true expression of democracy?

11/10/11
33:58

Unnatural Turkeys

Our appetite for breast meat renders our holiday birds unable to reproduce.

11/17/11
4:38

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
34:36

What Makes a Donor Donate?

The science of charity, with economist John List.

11/30/11
5:17

Weird Recycling

Clever ways to not waste our waste.

12/3/11
25:32

How American Food Got So Bad

Tyler Cowen points fingers. There’s plenty of blame to go around.

12/14/11
5:21

How Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System? (Encore)

The thrill of customization, via Pandora and a radical new teaching method.

12/21/11
28:40

The Perils of Drunk Walking

We know it’s terribly dangerous to drive drunk. But heading home on foot isn’t the solution.

12/28/11
6:03

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.

1/4/12
17:31

Does Money Really Buy Elections?

We all know the answer is yes. But the data — and Rudy Giuliani — say no.

1/12/12
5:31

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.

1/19/12
36:26

The Hidden Side of the Super Bowl

A football cheat sheet to help you sound like the smartest person at the party.

1/26/12
5:02

Save Me From Myself

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

2/2/12
35:24

Does This Recession Make Me Look Fat?

A look at some non-obvious ways to lose weight.

2/9/12
5:02

The Dilbert Index?

Measuring workplace morale — and how to game the sick-day system.

2/23/12
6:15

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 Better?” and “A Mouse in the Salad.”

2/27/12
57:48

It’s Not the President, Stupid

Isn’t it time to admit that the U.S. economy doesn’t have a commander in chief?

3/8/12
5:24

Show and Yell

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
61:01

The Patent Gap

Women hold fewer than one in 10 patents. Why? And what are we missing out on?

3/23/12
4:46

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 Does the President Really Matter?” and “Where Have All the Hitchhikers Gone?”

3/29/12
59:12

The Hidden Cost of False Alarms

If 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

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