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Freakonomics Radio
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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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  • Can a hit single from four decades ago still pay the bills? Zachary Crockett f-f-f-finds out in the third episode of our newest podcast, The Economics of Everyday Things. The post The Economics of Everyday Things: “My Sharona” appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • The economist Kate Raworth says the aggressive pursuit of G.D.P. is trashing the planet and shortchanging too many people. She has proposed an alternative — and the city of Amsterdam is giving it a try. How's it going? The post Is Economic Growth the Wrong Goal? (Update) appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • How does America's cutest sales force get billions of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs into our hands every year? Zachary Crockett finds out in the second episode of our newest podcast, The Economics of Everyday Things. The post The Economics of Everyday Things: Girl Scout Cookies appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • When small businesses get bought by big investors, the name may stay the same — but customers and employees can feel the difference. (Part 2 of 2.) The post Do You Know Who Owns Your Vet? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • A new podcast hosted by Zachary Crockett. In the first episode: Gas stations. When gas prices skyrocket, do station owners get a windfall? And where do their profits really come from? The post Introducing “The Economics of Everyday Things” appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Big investors are buying up local veterinary practices (and pretty much everything else). What does this mean for scruffy little Max* — and for the U.S. economy? (Part 1 of 2.) *The most popular dog name in the U.S. in 2022. The post Should You Trust Private Equity to Take Care of Your Dog? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • And with her book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, she succeeded. Now she's not so sure how to feel about all the attention. The post Extra: Samin Nosrat Always Wanted to Be Famous appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • We tend to look down on artists who can't match their breakthrough success. Should we be celebrating them instead? The post What’s Wrong with Being a One-Hit Wonder? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • In a special episode of No Stupid Questions, Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth discuss classroom design, open offices, and cognitive drift. The post Can Our Surroundings Make Us Smarter? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • In this special episode of People I (Mostly) Admire, Steve Levitt talks to the best-selling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus about finding the profound in the obvious. The post Yuval Noah Harari Thinks Life is Meaningless and Amazing appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Labor exploitation! Corporate profiteering! Government corruption! The 21st century can look a lot like the 18th. In the final episode of a series, we turn to “the father of economics” for solutions. (Part 3 of “In Search of the Real Adam Smith.”) The post Can Adam Smith Fix Our Economy? appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Economists and politicians have turned him into a mascot for free-market ideology. Some on the left say the right has badly misread him. Prepare for a very Smithy tug of war. (Part 2 of "In Search of the Real Adam Smith.") The post Was Adam Smith Really a Right-Winger? appeared first on Freakonomics.