Freakonomics

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  • Location: New York, New York
Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.

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5 Pieces

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178 Pieces

Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.


Pieces

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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 ...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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Humans have been having kids forever, so why are modern parents so bewildered? The economist Emily Oster marshals the evidence on the most contenti...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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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...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces ...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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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?

  • Added: Dec 19, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Why does tipping still exist? It’s an acutely haphazard way of paying workers, and yet it keeps expanding. We dig into the data to find out why.

  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Does Hollywood Still Have a Princess Problem? For decades, there’s been a huge gender disparity both on-screen and behind the scenes. But it seems ...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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A recent outbreak of illness and death has gotten everyone’s attention — including late-to-the-game regulators. But would a ban on e-cigarettes do ...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Most high-school math classes are still preparing students for the Sputnik era. Steve Levitt wants to get rid of the “geometry sandwich” and instea...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Do economic sanctions work? Are big democracies any good at spreading democracy? What is the root cause of terrorism? It turns out that data analys...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 53:28