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"Freakonomics Radio" is an award-winning weekly podcast with 7 million downloads a month; it also airs on public-radio stations across the country. Host Stephen Dubner has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature -- from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs -- and his "Freakonomics" co-author Steve Levitt.

"Freakonomics Radio" is produced by Dubner Productions and WNYC Studios.

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  • The pandemic provided city dwellers with a break from the din of the modern world. Now the noise is coming back. What does that mean for our productivity, health, and basic sanity? The post Please Get Your Noise Out of My Ears (Update) appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Liberals endorse harm reduction when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Are they ready to take the same approach to climate change? The post Nuclear Power Isn’t Perfect. Is It Good Enough? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • The pandemic moved a lot of religious activity onto the internet. With faith-based apps, Silicon Valley is turning virtual prayers into earthly rewards. Does this mean sharing user data? Dear God, let’s hope not … The post When You Pray to God Online, Who Else Is Listening? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • As the Biden administration rushes to address climate change, Stephen Dubner looks at another, hidden cost of air pollution — one that’s affecting how we think. The post This Is Your Brain on Pollution (Update) appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • The controversial Harvard economist, recently back from a suspension, “broke a lot of glass early in my career,” he says. His research on school incentives and police brutality won him acclaim — but also enemies. Now he’s taking a hard look at corporate diversity programs. The common thread in his work? “I refuse to not tell the truth.” The post Roland Fryer Refuses to Lie to Black America appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • It boosts economic opportunity and social mobility. It’s good for the environment. So why do we charge people to use it? The short answer: it’s complicated. The post Should Public Transit Be Free? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Breaking news! Sources say American journalism exploits our negativity bias to maximize profits, and social media algorithms add fuel to the fire. Stephen Dubner investigates. The post Why Is U.S. Media So Negative? (Replay) appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • According to a decades-long research project, the U.S. is not only the most individualistic country on earth; we’re also high on indulgence, short-term thinking, and masculinity (but low on “uncertainty avoidance,” if that makes you feel better). We look at how these traits affect our daily lives and why we couldn’t change them even if we wanted to. The post The Pros and Cons of America’s (Extreme) Individualism (Replay) appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • We often look to other countries for smart policies on education, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. But can a smart policy be simply transplanted into a country as culturally unusual (and as supremely WEIRD) as America? The post The U.S. Is Just Different — So Let’s Stop Pretending We’re Not (Replay) appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • It used to be at the center of our conversations about politics and society. Scott Hershovitz (author of Nasty, Brutish, and Short) argues that philosophy still has a lot to say about work, justice, and parenthood. Our latest installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club. The post Does Philosophy Still Matter? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Sure, you were “in love.” But economists — using evidence from Bridgerton to Tinder — point to what’s called “assortative mating.” And it has some unpleasant consequences for society. The post Why Did You Marry That Person? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • In one of the earliest Freakonomics Radio episodes, we asked a bunch of economists with young kids how they approached child-rearing. Now the kids are old enough to talk — and they have a lot to say. We hear about nature vs. nurture, capitalism vs. Marxism, and why you don’t tell your friends that your father is an economist. The post The Economist’s Guide to Parenting: 10 Years Later (Replay) appeared first on Freakonomics.