Podcast

Freakonomics Radio

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, g...more

Episodes

  • 429. Is Economic Growth the Wrong Goal?

    Aug 13 2020

    The endless pursuit of G.D.P., argues the economist Kate Raworth, shortchanges too many people and also trashes the planet. Economic theory, she says, “needs to be rewritten” — and Raworth has tried, in a book called Doughnut Economics. It has found an audience among reformers, and now the city of Amsterdam is going whole doughnut.

  • How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)

    Aug 06 2020

    Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. government’s battle for agricultural abundance against the U.S.S.R. Our farm policies were built to dominate, not necessarily to nourish — and we are still living with the consequences.

  • 428. The Simple Economics of Saving the Amazon Rain Forest

    Jul 30 2020

    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

  • 427. The Pros and Cons of Reparations

    Jul 23 2020

    Most Americans agree that racial discrimination has been, and remains, a big problem. But that is where the agreement ends.

  • 426. Should America (and FIFA) Pay Reparations?

    Jul 16 2020

    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.

  • 425. Remembrance of Economic Crises Past

    Jul 09 2020

    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

    Jul 02 2020

    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.

  • 423. The Doctor Will Zoom You Now

    Jun 25 2020

    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.

  • 422. Introducing "No Stupid Questions"

    Jun 18 2020

    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.

  • 421. How to Prevent Another Great Depression

    Jun 11 2020

    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.

  • 420. Which Jobs Will Come Back, and When?

    Jun 04 2020

    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.

  • How to Make Meetings Less Terrible (Ep. 389 Rebroadcast)

    May 28 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.

  • 419. 68 Ways to Be Better at Life

    May 21 2020

    The accidental futurist Kevin Kelly on why enthusiasm beats intelligence, how to really listen, and why the solution to bad technology is more technology.

  • 418. What Will College Look Like in the Fall (and Beyond)?

    May 14 2020

    Three university presidents try to answer our listeners’ questions. The result? Not much pomp and a whole lot of circumstance.