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Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” 

13 Episodes
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In 2016, David Cameron held a referendum on whether the U.K. should stay in the European Union. A longtime Euroskeptic, he nevertheless led the Remain campaign. So what did Cameron really want? We ask him that and much more — including why he left office as soon as his side lost and what he’d do differently if given another chance. (Hint: not much.)
Most high-school math classes are still preparing students for the Sputnik era. Steve Levitt wants to get rid of the “geometry sandwich” and instead have kids learn what they really need in the modern era: data fluency.
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Mary Daly rose from high-school dropout to president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She thinks the central bank needs an upgrade too. It starts with recognizing that the economy is made up of actual humans.
In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict.
It began as a post-war dream for a more collaborative and egalitarian workplace. It has evolved into a nightmare of noise and discomfort. Can the open office be saved, or should we all just be working from home?
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 to bring an estimated $300 billion in black-market sports betting into the light. We sort out the winners and losers.
Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?
The quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach all of us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and team spirit.
Research shows that having a distinctively black name doesn’t affect your economic future. But what is the day-to-day reality of living with such a name? Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, a newly-minted Ph.D., is well-qualified to answer this question. Her verdict: the data don’t tell the whole story.
A kid’s name can tell us something about his parents — their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?
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Comments (164)

Bruno AP

brexit is the best thing that happened in the recent history of GB, hope more countries do the same!

Oct 14th
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lzk222

Cameron 2020 plz

Oct 11th
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Sir NelsonG

You already had special position on EU, and economy was great. He just admitted is that internal policies failed not UE. You where just plain greedy. Now everything is more expensive, companies are failing the pound is weak well done.

Oct 11th
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Ben Snow

Please mention the pigs head incident.....

Oct 10th
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milind kamble

At ValueLabs, we have our meeting guidelines scribbled on the entrance walls. Priority is given to shorter meetings with an agenda. One more aspect that the speakers missed out was the MOMs. Minutes of the meetings should pave way to the next action item, ownership and upcoming meeting.

Oct 8th
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jr jr

I liked it. Great subject, very well broken down but one sided. I know "based on the data" you can inherently pick the side of progressive however I found the freakanomic brand allowed you, the viewer to pick the side. As opposed to this podcast where it was chosen.

Oct 8th
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Kurben Nnm

Good job Steve Levitt!

Oct 3rd
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Rob Moores

the speaker hypothesized that an HR person could make a recruitment decision on a name check ad..ridiculous! have you ever recruited somebody and had to deal with the long checklists that have to be completed.. I've never seen it include any reference to Google ads!

Oct 2nd
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Rob Moores

the speaker stated that mothers choose their babies names...really? not a joint parental decision?

Oct 2nd
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jojo

Oct 1st
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Cody Buttron

Being the son of a farmer/rancher(f/r) I sympathize with meat producers, but I see the need and desire for these meat alternatives to find their way into the food economy. In addition the environmental issues will dramatically effect the ability of f/r to produce cattle and plants. In order to not destroy these people economically we need to turn them into energy producers and premium product producers. One of the most valuable products f/r already have is land, land can be used to produce solar and wind energy, subsidies can be given to struggling f/r to convert their land to alternative energy space like the CRP program that preserved grassland to prevent the resurgence of the dust bowl issue. Secondly naturally produced beef can be considered a premium product that demands a higher price for a reduced volume. Obviously I am not an economist and have no data to even suggest this is a solution it is just and idea that will hopefully spark another idea to find a way to make the world better for everyone without leaving others behind.

Sep 26th
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Ethan D. Smith

This was a very thought-provoking episode. Now, I find myself reevaluating meeting agendas before I go to various meetings.

Sep 26th
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Matthew Mendez

you are not an economics podcast if you don't have on Amy Austrian economists like Robert Murphy or Peter Schiff.

Sep 26th
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Chris Horton

Absolutely awesome episode

Sep 24th
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Bill Clark

A company had the best meeting policies. 1. All meetings to have a written agenda distributed beforehand. 2. No meetings of more than an hour. 3. No recapping for latecomers.

Sep 20th
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Nicola Dennis

I have my doubts that the broadacre cropping of multiple ingredients to make a fake meat burger is more efficient/less harmful than cattle grazing on uncroppable land...but good luck to them anyway!

Sep 20th
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Ricardo Sosa

Good job pointing the weaknesses of their positivist approach to study complex human behaviour. Based on their poor responses, their "evidence" is highly questionable.

Sep 16th
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Marco Continanza

this was amazing

Sep 13th
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Vineet Mehta

anyone have any idea what happened to the previous episodes?

Sep 3rd
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Trent Birner

Ten in her study. small sample size.

Aug 27th
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