Posted: 2020-10-22 03:00:53
As beloved and familiar as they are, we rarely stop to consider life from the dog’s point of view. That stops now. In this latest installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, we discus...
Posted: 2020-10-18 09:00:56
Also: should everyone have their own trauma score? The post Is It Wrong to Crave Praise? (NSQ Ep. 23) appeared first on Freakonomics....
“Hey, Let’s Go Buy YouTube!” | People I...

“Hey, Let’s Go Buy YouTube!” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 5: Susan Wojcicki


She was the sixteenth employee at Google — a company once based in her garage — and now she's the C.E.O. of its best-known subsidiary, YouTube. But despite being one of the most powerful...
Posted: 2020-10-17 03:00:22
“Hey, Let’s Go Buy YouTube!” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 5: Susan Wojcicki
She was the sixteenth employee at Google — a company once based in her garage — and now she's the C.E.O. of its best-known subsidiary, YouTube. But despite being one of the most powerful...
Why Are Cities (Still) So Expensive? (Ep. 435...

Why Are Cities (Still) So Expensive? (Ep. 435)


It isn’t just supply and demand. We look at the complicated history and skewed incentives that make “affordable housing” more punch line than reality in cities from New York and San Fr...
Posted: 2020-10-15 03:00:06
Why Are Cities (Still) So Expensive? (Ep. 435)
It isn’t just supply and demand. We look at the complicated history and skewed incentives that make “affordable housing” more punch line than reality in cities from New York and San Fr...
Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use? (NSQ ...

Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use? (NSQ Ep. 22)


Also: how is social media like a knife? The post Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use? (NSQ Ep. 22) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-10-11 09:00:34
Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use? (NSQ Ep. 22)
Also: how is social media like a knife? The post Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use? (NSQ Ep. 22) appeared first on Freakonomics....

Posted: 2020-10-10 03:00:55
Steve Levitt has so far occupied the interviewer chair on this show, but in a special live event — recorded over Zoom and presented by WNYC and the Greene Space — the microphone is turne...
Posted: 2020-10-08 03:00:37
The pandemic has hit America's biggest city particularly hard. Amidst a deep fiscal hole, rising homicides, and a flight to the suburbs, some people think the city is heading back to the bad...
How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric...

How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt (NSQ Ep. 21)


Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy? The post How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt (NSQ Ep. 21) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-10-04 09:00:08
How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt (NSQ Ep. 21)
Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy? The post How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt (NSQ Ep. 21) appeared first on Freakonomics....
“Don’t Neglect the Thing That Makes You W...

“Don’t Neglect the Thing That Makes You Weird” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 4: Ken Jennings


It was only in his late twenties that America’s favorite brainiac began to seriously embrace his love of trivia. Now he holds the “Greatest of All Time” title on Jeopardy! Steve Levitt...
Posted: 2020-10-03 03:00:58
“Don’t Neglect the Thing That Makes You Weird” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 4: Ken Jennings
It was only in his late twenties that America’s favorite brainiac began to seriously embrace his love of trivia. Now he holds the “Greatest of All Time” title on Jeopardy! Steve Levitt...
How Are Psychedelics and Other Party Drugs Ch...

How Are Psychedelics and Other Party Drugs Changing Psychiatry? (Ep. 433)


Three leading researchers from the Mount Sinai Health System discuss how ketamine, cannabis, and ecstasy are being used (or studied) to treat everything from severe depression to addiction t...
Posted: 2020-10-01 03:00:00
How Are Psychedelics and Other Party Drugs Changing Psychiatry? (Ep. 433)
Three leading researchers from the Mount Sinai Health System discuss how ketamine, cannabis, and ecstasy are being used (or studied) to treat everything from severe depression to addiction t...

Posted: 2020-09-27 09:00:30
Also: what is the meaning of life? The post Should We Separate the Art From the Artist? (NSQ Ep. 20) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-09-27 09:00:30
Also: what is the meaning of life? The post Should We Separate the Art From the Artist? (NSQ Ep. 20) appeared first on Freakonomics....
When Your Safety Becomes My Danger (Ep. 432)...

When Your Safety Becomes My Danger (Ep. 432)


The families of U.S. troops killed and wounded in Afghanistan are suing several companies that did reconstruction there. Why? These companies, they say, paid the Taliban protection money, wh...
Posted: 2020-09-24 03:00:04
When Your Safety Becomes My Danger (Ep. 432)
The families of U.S. troops killed and wounded in Afghanistan are suing several companies that did reconstruction there. Why? These companies, they say, paid the Taliban protection money, wh...
When Your Safety Becomes My Danger (Ep. 432)...

When Your Safety Becomes My Danger (Ep. 432)


The families of U.S. troops killed and wounded in Afghanistan are suing several companies that did reconstruction there. Why? These companies, they say, paid the Taliban protection money, wh...
Posted: 2020-09-24 03:00:04
When Your Safety Becomes My Danger (Ep. 432)
The families of U.S. troops killed and wounded in Afghanistan are suing several companies that did reconstruction there. Why? These companies, they say, paid the Taliban protection money, wh...
Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement? (...

Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement? (NSQ Ep. 19)


Also: how do you know if you have a “bad personality”? The post Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement? (NSQ Ep. 19) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-09-20 09:00:13
Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement? (NSQ Ep. 19)
Also: how do you know if you have a “bad personality”? The post Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement? (NSQ Ep. 19) appeared first on Freakonomics....

Posted: 2020-09-20 09:00:13
Also: how do you know if you have a “bad personality”? The post Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement? (NSQ Ep. 19) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-09-19 03:00:42
The dean of Yale’s School of Management grew up in a small village in Guyana. During his unlikely journey, he has researched video-gaming habits, communicable disease, and why so many Afri...
“One Does Not Know Where an Insight Will Co...

“One Does Not Know Where an Insight Will Come From” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 3: Kerwin Charles


The dean of Yale’s School of Management grew up in a small village in Guyana. During his unlikely journey, he has researched video-gaming habits, communicable disease, and why so many Afri...
Posted: 2020-09-19 03:00:42
“One Does Not Know Where an Insight Will Come From” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 3: Kerwin Charles
The dean of Yale’s School of Management grew up in a small village in Guyana. During his unlikely journey, he has researched video-gaming habits, communicable disease, and why so many Afri...
Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (E...

Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)


Trump says it would destroy us. Biden needs the voters who support it (especially the Bernie voters). The majority of millennials would like it to replace capitalism. But what is “it”? W...
Posted: 2020-09-17 03:00:50
Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)
Trump says it would destroy us. Biden needs the voters who support it (especially the Bernie voters). The majority of millennials would like it to replace capitalism. But what is “it”? W...
Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (E...

Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)


Trump says it would destroy us. Biden needs the voters who support it (especially the Bernie voters). The majority of millennials would like it to replace capitalism. But what is “it”? W...
Posted: 2020-09-17 03:00:50
Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)
Trump says it would destroy us. Biden needs the voters who support it (especially the Bernie voters). The majority of millennials would like it to replace capitalism. But what is “it”? W...

Posted: 2020-09-13 09:00:26
Also: what’s so great about friendship? The post How Do You Raise a “Likeable” Kid? (NSQ Ep. 18) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-09-13 09:00:26
Also: what’s so great about friendship? The post How Do You Raise a “Likable” Kid? (NSQ Ep. 18) appeared first on Freakonomics....
What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Epi...

What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)


Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings came to believe that corporate rules can kill creativity and innovation. In this latest edition of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, guest host Maria Konniko...
Posted: 2020-09-12 12:00:23
What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)
Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings came to believe that corporate rules can kill creativity and innovation. In this latest edition of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, guest host Maria Konniko...
What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Epi...

What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)


Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings came to believe that corporate rules can kill creativity and innovation. In this latest edition of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, guest host Maria Konniko...
Posted: 2020-09-12 12:00:23
What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)
Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings came to believe that corporate rules can kill creativity and innovation. In this latest edition of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, guest host Maria Konniko...
Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? ...

Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431)


Thanks to daily Covid testing and regimented protocols, the new football season is underway. Meanwhile, most teachers, students, and parents are essentially waiting for the storm to pass. An...
Posted: 2020-09-10 03:00:49
Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431)
Thanks to daily Covid testing and regimented protocols, the new football season is underway. Meanwhile, most teachers, students, and parents are essentially waiting for the storm to pass. An...

Posted: 2020-09-10 03:00:49
Thanks to daily Covid testing and regimented protocols, the new football season is underway. Meanwhile, most teachers, students, and parents are essentially waiting for the storm to pass. An...
Posted: 2020-09-06 09:00:21
Also: is it better to be a thinker, a doer, or a charmer?  The post How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’? (NSQ Ep. 17) appeared first on Freakonomics....
How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue...

How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’? (NSQ Ep. 17)


Also: is it better to be a thinker, a doer, or a charmer?  The post How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’? (NSQ Ep. 17) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-09-06 09:00:21
How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’? (NSQ Ep. 17)
Also: is it better to be a thinker, a doer, or a charmer?  The post How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’? (NSQ Ep. 17) appeared first on Freakonomics....
“I Started Crying When I Realized How Beaut...

“I Started Crying When I Realized How Beautiful the Universe Is” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 2: Mayim Bialik


She’s best known for playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, but the award-winning actress has a rich life outside of her acting career, as a teacher, mother — a...
Posted: 2020-09-05 03:00:59
“I Started Crying When I Realized How Beautiful the Universe Is” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 2: Mayim Bialik
She’s best known for playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, but the award-winning actress has a rich life outside of her acting career, as a teacher, mother — a...
America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356 Rebroadca...

America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356 Rebroadcast)


We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill o...
Posted: 2020-09-03 03:00:08
America’s Hidden Duopoly (Ep. 356 Rebroadcast)
We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill o...

Posted: 2020-08-30 09:00:34
How does a cook become a chef? With Gabrielle Hamilton.  The post What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented? (NSQ Ep. 16) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-08-27 03:00:18
We explore the science, scalability, and (of course) economics surrounding the global vaccine race. Guests include the chief medical officer of the first U.S. firm to go to Phase 3 trials wi...
How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control...

How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (NSQ Ep. 15)


Also: why do we procrastinate? The post How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (NSQ Ep. 15) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-08-23 09:00:20
How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (NSQ Ep. 15)
Also: why do we procrastinate? The post How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (NSQ Ep. 15) appeared first on Freakonomics....
“I Manage My Controversy Portfolio Carefull...

“I Manage My Controversy Portfolio Carefully” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 1: Steven Pinker


By cataloging the steady march of human progress, the Harvard psychologist and linguist has become a very public intellectual. But the self-declared “polite Canadian” has managed to enra...
Posted: 2020-08-22 03:00:21
“I Manage My Controversy Portfolio Carefully” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 1: Steven Pinker
By cataloging the steady march of human progress, the Harvard psychologist and linguist has become a very public intellectual. But the self-declared “polite Canadian” has managed to enra...
The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Reb...

The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast)


What happens when tens of millions of fantasy-sports players are suddenly able to bet real money on real games? We’re about to find out. A recent Supreme Court decision has cleared the way...
Posted: 2020-08-20 03:00:16
The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast)
What happens when tens of millions of fantasy-sports players are suddenly able to bet real money on real games? We’re about to find out. A recent Supreme Court decision has cleared the way...

Posted: 2020-08-16 09:00:11
Also: what is the best question you’ve ever been asked in a job interview? The post Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer? (NSQ Ep. 14) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-08-13 03:00:32
The endless pursuit of G.D.P., argues the economist Kate Raworth, shortchanges too many people and also trashes the planet. Economic theory, she says, “needs to be rewritten” — and Raw...
How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Othe...

How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People? (NSQ Ep. 13)


Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation? The post How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People? (NSQ Ep. 13) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-08-09 09:00:31
How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People? (NSQ Ep. 13)
Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation? The post How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People? (NSQ Ep. 13) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Introducing People I (Mostly) Admire...

Introducing People I (Mostly) Admire


Steve Levitt has spent decades as an academic economist, “studying strange phenomena and human behavior in weird circumstances.” Now he’s turning his curiosity to something new: interv...
Posted: 2020-08-06 03:00:56
Introducing People I (Mostly) Admire
Steve Levitt has spent decades as an academic economist, “studying strange phenomena and human behavior in weird circumstances.” Now he’s turning his curiosity to something new: interv...
How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Co...

How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)


Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. ...
Posted: 2020-08-06 03:00:00
How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)
Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. ...

Posted: 2020-08-03 12:00:31
Also: how effective is the placebo effect? The post Does “As If” Thinking Really Work? (NSQ Ep. 12) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-07-30 03:00:54
Everyone agrees that massive deforestation is an environmental disaster. But most of the standard solutions — scolding the Brazilians, invoking universal morality — ignore the one soluti...
Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish? (NSQ...

Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish? (NSQ Ep. 11)


Also: why do we habituate to life’s greatest pleasures? The post Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish? (NSQ Ep. 11) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-07-27 12:00:05
Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish? (NSQ Ep. 11)
Also: why do we habituate to life’s greatest pleasures? The post Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish? (NSQ Ep. 11) appeared first on Freakonomics....
The Pros and Cons of Reparations (Ep. 427)...

The Pros and Cons of Reparations (Ep. 427)


Most Americans agree that racial discrimination has been, and remains, a big problem. But that is where the agreement ends. The post The Pros and Cons of Reparations (Ep. 427) appeared first...
Posted: 2020-07-23 03:00:16
The Pros and Cons of Reparations (Ep. 427)
Most Americans agree that racial discrimination has been, and remains, a big problem. But that is where the agreement ends. The post The Pros and Cons of Reparations (Ep. 427) appeared first...
Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics? (NS...

Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics? (NSQ Ep. 10)


Also: are the most memorable stories less likely to be true? The post Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics? (NSQ Ep. 10) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-07-20 12:00:23
Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics? (NSQ Ep. 10)
Also: are the most memorable stories less likely to be true? The post Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics? (NSQ Ep. 10) appeared first on Freakonomics....

Posted: 2020-07-16 03:00:10
The racial wealth gap in the U.S. is massive. We explore the causes, consequences, and potential solutions. Also: another story of discrimination and economic disparity, this one perpetrated...
Posted: 2020-07-13 12:00:38
Also: how do you avoid screwing up your kids? The post Why Is It So Hard to Be Alone With Our Thoughts? (NSQ Ep. 9) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Remembrance of Economic Crises Past (Ep. 425)...

Remembrance of Economic Crises Past (Ep. 425)


Christina Romer was a top White House economist during the Great Recession. As a researcher, she specializes in the Great Depression. She tells us what those disasters can (and can’t) teac...
Posted: 2020-07-09 03:00:55
Remembrance of Economic Crises Past (Ep. 425)
Christina Romer was a top White House economist during the Great Recession. As a researcher, she specializes in the Great Depression. She tells us what those disasters can (and can’t) teac...
Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy B...

Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead? (Ep. 9)


Also: how does a comedian cope with tragedy? With Eugene Mirman. The post Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead? (Ep. 9) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Posted: 2020-07-06 12:00:19
Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead? (Ep. 9)
Also: how does a comedian cope with tragedy? With Eugene Mirman. The post Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead? (Ep. 9) appeared first on Freakonomics....
How to Make Your Own Luck (Ep. 424)...

How to Make Your Own Luck (Ep. 424)


Before she decided to become a poker pro, Maria Konnikova didn’t know how many cards are in a deck. But she did have a Ph.D. in psychology, a brilliant coach, and a burning desire to know ...
Posted: 2020-07-02 03:00:41
How to Make Your Own Luck (Ep. 424)
Before she decided to become a poker pro, Maria Konnikova didn’t know how many cards are in a deck. But she did have a Ph.D. in psychology, a brilliant coach, and a burning desire to know ...