How Did “Freakonomics” Get Its Name? (Ep. 108)

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “How Did “Freakonomics” Get Its Name?” [MUSIC: Paul Freitas; “Shhhh!”]   Stephen J. DUBNER: All right, so Levitt, it’s time to field some questions from listeners and readers, some Freak-quently asked questions. How do you feel about that? You’re ready?   Steven LEVITT: I’m ready to go.   […]

How Much Does a Good Boss Really Matter? (Ep. 107): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “How Much Does a Good Boss Really Matter?”  Jeremy HOBSON: It’s FREAKONOMICS time. Every two weeks, we talk with Stephen Dubner, the co- author of the books and blog about “the hidden side of everything.” Stephen, it’s good to have you back.   Stephen J. DUBNER: Thank […]

Have a Very Homo Economicus Christmas (Ep. 105): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Have a Very Homo Economicus Christmas.” Kai RYSSDAL: Time now for Freakonomics Radio. It is that moment every couple of weeks where we talk to Stephen Dubner, the coauthor of the books and the blog of the same name. It is, yes, yes, it is the hidden side of […]

The Things They Taught Me (Ep. 104): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “The Things They Taught Me.” [MUSIC: Nathan Mathes; “So Alright”]   Stephen J. DUBNER: Nobody gets to where they get, or becomes who they become, without some help along the way. Maybe a little help, maybe a lot. So as a writer, I’ve had a lot of […]

Free-conomics (Ep. 103): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Free-conomics.” Kai RYSSDAL: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio — that moment every couple of weeks we talk to Stephen Dubner, co-author of the books and blog of the same name about (wait for it, wait for it) yes, “the hidden side of everything.” Dubner, how […]

I Consult, Therefore I Am (Ep. 102): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “I Consult, Therefore I Am.” [MUSIC: Spencer Garn; “Feet on the Ground” (from Feet on the Ground)]   Stephen J. DUBNER: So, Levitt, between college and graduate school you worked as a consultant. Can you tell us a little bit about that?   Steven LEVITT: I did. I worked for a […]

Mass Transit Hysteria (Ep. 101): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Mass Transit Hysteria.” Kai RYSSDAL: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio — it’s that moment every couple of weeks we talk to Stephen Dubner.  He is the co-author of the books and blog of the same name.  “The hidden side of everything” is what it’s all […]

Our 100th Episode! (Ep. 100): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Our 100th Episode!” Stephen J. DUBNER: Oh, hang on. Why don’t you say, why don’t you pretend that you’re introducing the episode of the one-hundredth anniversary. So be, like, over the top radio guy. I’m Steve Levitt from Freakonomics and I want to welcome you to […]

How to Maximize Your Halloween Candy Haul (Ep. 99): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “How to Maximize Your Halloween Candy Haul.” Kai RYSSDAL: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio.  It’s that moment every couple of weeks we talk to Stephen Dubner, co-author of the books and blog of the same name – it is “the hidden side of everything.”  Dubner, […]

We the Sheeple (Ep. 98): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “We the Sheeple.” [AUDIO OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY]   [MUSIC: Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators – Witching Hour Blues]   Stephen DUBNER: Bryan, do you vote in presidential elections?   Bryan CAPLAN: I confess that I do not.   DUBNER: Why not?   […]