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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Series

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4 Pieces

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132 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.


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A quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach all of us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugal...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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In the American Dream sweepstakes, Andrew Yang was a pretty big winner. But for every winner, he came to realize, there are thousands upon thousand...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here’s ...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 45:04
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Dollar-wise, the sports industry is surprisingly small, about the same size as the cardboard-box industry. So why does it make so much noise? Becau...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:28
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How does creativity happen? What if we don't "get" ideas? What if we have to "make" them? Also: more of our conversation with Elvis Costello, who’s...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Family environments and “diversifying experiences” (including the early death of a parent); intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations; schools that va...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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There are thousands of books on the subject, but what do we actually know about creativity? In this new series, we talk to the researchers who stud...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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The environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption. The technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about ...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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The gist: in our collective zeal to reform schools and close the achievement gap, we may have lost sight of where most learning really happens — at...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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On the Internet, people say all kinds of things they’d never say aloud — about sex and race, about their true wants and fears. Seth Stephens-Davido...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:29