Freakonomics Radio

Just like the books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, Freakonomics Radio will explore "the hidden side of everything." It will tell you things you always thought you knew but didn't, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do.

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio Live: "Where Does Fear Live in the Brain?"

Our co-host is comedian Christian Finnegan, and we learn: the difference between danger and fear; the role of clouds in climate change; and why (and when) politicians are bad at math. Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri is our real-time fact-checker.
00:55:20 12/14/2018

Past Episodes

We learn how to be less impatient, how to tell fake news from real, and the simple trick that nurses used to make better predictions than doctors. Journalist Manoush Zomorodi co-hosts; our real-time fact-checker is the author and humorist A.J. Jacobs.
00:56:39 12/14/2018
Celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli joins us to co-host an evening of delicious fact-finding:  where a trillion oysters went, whether a soda tax can work, and how beer helped build an empire. Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri is our real-time fact-checker.
00:56:55 12/14/2018
Our co-host is Grit author Angela Duckworth, and we learn fascinating, Freakonomical facts from a parade of guests. For instance: what we all get wrong about Darwin; what an iPod has in common with the "hell ant"; and how a "memory athlete" memorizes a deck of cards. Mike Maughan is our real-time fact-checker.
01:00:26 12/12/2018
In the early 20th century, Max Weber argued that Protestantism created wealth. Finally, there are data to prove if he was right. All it took were some missionary experiments in the Philippines and a clever map-matching trick that goes back to 16th-century Germany.
00:40:30 12/5/2018
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.
00:47:01 11/28/2018
Some people argue that sugar should be regulated, like alcohol and tobacco, on the grounds that it's addictive and toxic. How much sense does that make? We hear from a regulatory advocate, an evidence-based skeptic, a former F.D.A. commissioner ? and the organizers of Milktoberfest.
00:47:06 11/21/2018
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?
00:40:32 11/14/2018
The Ford Motor Company is ditching its legacy sedans, doubling down on trucks, and trying to steer its stock price out of a long skid. But C.E.O. Jim Hackett has even bigger plans: to turn a century-old automaker into the nucleus of a "transportation operating system." Is Hackett just whistling past the graveyard, or does he see what others can't?
00:54:04 11/7/2018
We all know our political system is "broken" ? but what if that's not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?
00:54:15 10/31/2018
A conversation with the iconic singer-songwriter, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series "How to Be Creative."
01:19:31 10/27/2018

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