Our 100th Episode! (Ep. 100)

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We began our podcast in Feb., 2010, in part out of a love for radio and in part out of boredom. SuperFreakonomics had just been published and neither Levitt nor I were sure if we wanted to write more books together. (We have since decided we do, but that’s another post for another day.) If you had offered a wager back then that we’d still be doing the podcast nearly three years later, I’d have gladly bet against you.

So much for predicting the future, even one’s own future.

Which brings us to the latest Freakonomics Radio installment:  “Our 100th Episode!” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript here; it includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

The episode includes some of our favorite, and least favorite, moments from the previous 99 episodes, including “Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?,” “The Economist’s Guide to Parenting,” “Freakonomics Goes to College” (Part 1 and Part 2) and “Save Me From Myself.”  Here is our podcast archive and here is a list of NPR stations that play our hour-long specials.

The only reason the show exists is because of a small band of  smart, hard-working, and enthusiastic producers, engineers, and others who turn our quixotic ideas into actual radio. Huge thanks to Suzie Lechtenberg, Katherine Wells, David Herman, Bourree Lam, Collin Campbell, and Chris Bannon.

A great many others have pitched in with producing, reporting, engineering, transcribing, and more over the previous 99 episodes. They include: Amanda Aronczyk, Jesse Baker, Jacob Berman, Corey Boutilier, Krissy Clark, Sean Cole, John Delore, Andrew Gartrell, Elizabeth Giddens, Dwyer Gunn, Diana Huynh, Justin Jimenez, Dylan Keefe, Austin Kilham, Shia Levitt, Ethan Lindsey, David Maxon, Jeff Mosenkis, Aimee Machado, Chris Neary, Michael Raphael, Kate Rope, Paul Schneider, Jake Smith, Stacey Vanek Smith, Shawn Wen, Veralyn Williams, and Molly Webster.

I’d also like to thanks all the folks at American Public Media and Marketplace, especially Deb Clark, Peter Clowney, Megan Larson, Judy McAlpine, Sitara Nieves, Kai Ryssdal, Celeste Wesson and J.J. Yore. And thanks to everyone at our home station, WNYC, especially Dean Cappello, Ellen Horne, and Laura Walker. We also appreciate all the hard work done by the underwriting and ad-sales folks, and thanks especially to the many companies who’ve paid actual money to sponsor the podcast.

Thanks too to Peter Fields (even though he’s a lawyer) and Henry Reisch; our friends Glenn Bulycz, Jim Boggs, and Brian Ellis at iTunes; and the folks at Stitcher for continuing to support the show.

And of course thanks to you, for listening to the podcast! Believe it or not, there have been more than 38 million downloads of Freakonomics Radio since it began.

My biggest thanks go to my Freakonomics friend and co-author Steve Levitt, who almost always answers the phone when I call or comes up with something worthwhile whenever I stick a mic in his face. Thanks, Levitt. And, to quote him from this latest episode: “Let’s raise our glass to 100 more.”

Sam Bernstein

Which episode did the clip about Thoreau damaging the environment come from?


I was wondering the exact same thing and tried to do some cursory research on the veracity of that statement. I didn't have any luck. Anyone else know anything about this, or about who claims it?


It appears to be the episode "Why Cities Rock", that aired on February 16. Unable to listen to it at the moment to confirm but will check later.


Love the show - keep it up guys!

Melle Larky

Love Freakonomics. Devoted listener.
100th episode - self-congratulatory drivel. Boring. Please don't waste our time.
Are you counting to 100 with all those 5 minute segments from Marketplace? If so... cheating. Boo. Bad economists.


Thanks for a great show. Have you ever wondered if there was a correlation between a person's Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and his political party? I've often wondered if a political allegiance was more genetics than environment.