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

387. Hello, My Name Is Marijuana Pepsi!

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 name? Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, a newly-minted Ph.D., is well-qualified to answer this question. Her verdict: the data don't tell the whole story.
00:38:47 8/14/2019

Past Episodes

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?
00:51:24 8/7/2019
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.
00:39:30 7/31/2019
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?
00:52:55 7/24/2019
They ? along with a great many other high-achieving women ? were all once Girl Scouts. So was Sylvia Acevedo. Raised in a poor, immigrant family, she was told that "girls like her" didn't go to college. But she did, and then became a rocket scientist and tech executive. Now she's C.E.O. of the very organization she credits with shaping her life. Acevedo tells us how the Girl Scouts are trying to stay relevant, why they're suing the Boy Scouts, and how they sell so many cookies.
00:35:31 7/17/2019
The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.
00:55:19 7/10/2019
Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?
00:26:56 7/3/2019
There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic the effects of working out, why wouldn't we want to take it?
00:37:23 6/26/2019
An all-star team of behavioral scientists discovers that humans are stubborn (and lazy, and sometimes dumber than dogs). We also hear about binge drinking, humblebragging, and regrets. Recorded live in Philadelphia with guests including Richard Thaler, Angela Duckworth, Katy Milkman, and Tom Gilovich.
00:51:03 6/19/2019
Recorded live in San Francisco. Guests include the keeper of a 10,000-year clock, the co-founder of Lyft, a pioneer in male birth control, a specialist in water security, and a psychology professor who is also a puppy. With co-host Angela Duckworth, fact-checker Mike Maughan, and the Freakonomics Radio Orchestra.
00:49:56 6/12/2019
Recorded live in Los Angeles. Guests include Mayor Eric Garcetti, the "Earthquake Lady," the head of the Port of L.A., and a scientist with NASA's Planetary Protection team. With co-host Angela Duckworth, fact-checker Mike Maughan, and the worldwide debut of Luis Guerra and the Freakonomics Radio Orchestra.
00:50:22 6/5/2019
There are a lot of barriers to changing your mind: ego, overconfidence, inertia ? and cost. Politicians who flip-flop get mocked; family and friends who cross tribal borders are shunned. But shouldn't we be encouraging people to change their minds? And how can we get better at it ourselves?
00:45:51 5/29/2019
Whether it's a giant infrastructure plan or a humble kitchen renovation, it'll inevitably take way too long and cost way too much. That's because you suffer from "the planning fallacy." (You also have an "optimism bias" and a bad case of overconfidence.) But don't worry: we've got the solution.
00:41:46 5/22/2019
The revolution in home DNA testing is giving consumers important, possibly life-changing information. It's also building a gigantic database that could lead to medical breakthroughs. But how will you deal with upsetting news? What if your privacy is compromised? And are you prepared to have your DNA monetized? We speak with Anne Wojcicki, founder and C.E.O. of 23andMe.
00:49:58 5/15/2019
As the cost of college skyrocketed, it created a debt burden that's putting a drag on the economy. One possible solution: shifting the risk of debt away from students and onto investors looking for a cut of the graduates' earning power.
00:48:02 5/8/2019

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