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.
In 2005, Raghuram Rajan said the financial system was at risk "of a catastrophic meltdown." After stints at the I.M.F. and India's central bank, he sees another potential crisis ? and he offers a solution. Is it stronger governments? Freer markets? Rajan's answer: neither.
If you think talent and hard work give top athletes all the leverage to succeed, think again. As employees in the Sports-Industrial Complex, they've got a tight earnings window, a high injury rate, little choice in where they work ? and a very early forced retirement. (Ep. 6 of "The Hidden Side of Sports" series.)
For most of us, the athletes are what make sports interesting. But if you own the team or run the league, your players are essentially very expensive migrant workers who eat into your profits. We talk to N.F.L., N.B.A., and U.F.C. executives about labor costs, viewership numbers, legalized gambling, and the rise of e-sports. (Ep. 5 of "The Hidden Side of Sports" series.)
Great athletes aren't just great at the physical stuff. They've also learned how to handle pressure, overcome fear, and stay focused. Here's the good news: you don't have to be an athlete to use what they know. (Ep. 4 of "The Hidden Side of Sports" series.)
Jim Yong Kim has an unorthodox background for a World Bank president ? and his reign has been just as unorthodox. He has just announced he's stepping down, well before his term is over; we recorded this interview with him in 2015.
In the American Dream sweepstakes, Andrew Yang was a pretty big winner. But for every winner, he came to realize, there are thousands upon thousands of losers ? a "war on normal people," he calls it. Here's what he plans to do about it.
The U.N.'s World Happiness Report ? created to curtail our unhealthy obsession with G.D.P. ? is dominated every year by the Nordic countries. We head to Denmark to learn the secrets of this happiness epidemic (and to see if we should steal them).