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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. The entire archive, going back to 2010, is available on the Stitcher podcast app and at freakonomics.com.
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Everyone agrees that massive deforestation is an environmental disaster. But most of the standard solutions — scolding the Brazilians, invoking universal morality — ignore the one solution that might actually work
Most Americans agree that racial discrimination has been, and remains, a big problem. But that is where the agreement ends.
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 by an international sporting authority. The first of a two-part series.
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) teach us about the Covid crash.
424. How to Make Your Own Luck

424. How to Make Your Own Luck

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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 whether life is driven more by skill or chance. She found some answers in poker — and in her new book The Biggest Bluff, she’s willing to tell us everything she learned.
Thanks to the pandemic, the telehealth revolution we’ve been promised for decades has finally arrived. Will it stick? Will it cut costs — and improve outcomes? We ring up two doctors and, of course, an economist to find out.
In this new addition to the Freakonomics Radio Network, co-hosts Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth discuss the relationship between age and happiness. Also: does all creativity come from pain? New episodes of "No Stupid Questions" are released every Sunday evening — please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Millions and millions are out of work, with some jobs never coming back. We speak with four economists — and one former presidential candidate — about the best policy options and the lessons (good and bad) from the past.
Covid-19 is the biggest job killer in a century. As the lockdown eases, what does re-employment look like? Who will be first and who last? Which sectors will surge and which will disappear? Welcome to the Great Labor Reallocation of 2020.
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.
The accidental futurist Kevin Kelly on why enthusiasm beats intelligence, how to really listen, and why the solution to bad technology is more technology.
Three university presidents try to answer our listeners’ questions. The result? Not much pomp and a whole lot of circumstance.
Humans have a built-in “negativity bias,” which means we give bad news much more power than good. Would the Covid-19 crisis be an opportune time to reverse this tendency?
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war is peace slavery is freedom

Should the millions of white victims of racist black criminals over the decades get reparations? Furthermore, should codified bigotry also known as affirmative action be taken away since equality is supposedly what we're looking for in America?

Aug 1st
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Stuart Morgan

They never mentioned skill when comparing men and women's soccer. If we are talking about quality and output then what better way to test it via a men's vs women's match.

Jul 20th
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war is peace slavery is freedom

Should the millions of white victims of racist black criminals over the decades get reparations?

Jul 17th
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Emily

great episode!

Jul 8th
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Hans Sooknah

Stephen loved this episode, especially the wrap up on how it all applies to reality question. More on behavioral economics topics please.

Jul 3rd
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Mustafa Thunder

"you want to be liked more than you want to win." that just about summed up my life.

Jul 3rd
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Pedro Lucas

Great episode and format! Would love to have more of these or a spin-off on psychology, management and anthropology. Minor suggestion: when editing make it more obvious that you are starting a quote (bias: I'm not a native speaker listening at 1,3x speed with silence trim) Thank you

Jul 2nd
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Joshua Buitrago

yang 2020

Jun 14th
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lyzwatt

This is one the best podcast I've listened to this year.

Jun 8th
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Alioune N'diaye

Hello. Thank you so much for this wonderful podcast. I'm just wondering about the old episodes. They are not available anymore on your platform.

Jun 4th
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James Courtland

the best podcast I have ever listened to. have played 3 times now. will carry this with me forever.

May 31st
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Jess Hart

New to this podcast and sad I slept on it.

May 28th
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Prabhjot S Thind

absolutely loved this!

May 24th
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J Alex Garnet

yes

May 22nd
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J Alex Garnet

bless You!

May 22nd
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J Alex Garnet

ergo: you should absolutely know how to teach your own children...if this is foreign to you..maybe you should have re-thuuunk becoming a parent in the friggin first place...just sayin

May 22nd
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J Alex Garnet

When one has Children, Your ETERNAL JOB is to have the knowledge to raise them...so quarantine would just mean getting a degree on paper quicker

May 22nd
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Tom

Who's got time and mental space to implement all 68 ideas.

May 21st
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Shamim shiri

This episode is truly amazing 😍

May 21st
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Colin Vettier

Amazing podcast for those who want to better understand the world we live in. And no, this is not a "left wing" podcast, it's just a podcast about facts and analysis. Which is refreshing in the current state of things.

May 17th
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