A Better Way to Eat (Ep. 173 Rebroadcast)

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Stephen Dubner and Takeru Kobayashi.

Stephen Dubner and Takeru Kobayashi.

This week’s Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast of the episode “A Better Way to Eat” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

It features an interview with Takeru Kobayashi, who revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. So you’ll learn plenty about the tactics — physical, mental, and strategic — that Kobi employed while earning six straight victories in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. (He has also set world records with many other foods.) But the episode isn’t really about competitive eating. It’s about seeing what the rest of us can learn from the breakthroughs that Kobi accomplished in his training and his thinking. If there’s ever someone who truly thinks like a Freak, it’s Takeru Kobayashi.

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Seth W

Love this episode!

Along the same lines of finding people who have broken barriers at rare but intriguing sports, I would love if you guys could get Scott Jurek on the show. He just broke the record time for hiking the Appalachian Trail, doing it in 46+ days, which means he ran about 50 miles PER DAY for 46 straight days. I'm sure there are some Freakonomics to be observed in there. Thanks!