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Doctors from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland transplant a kidney from a living donor into the patient recipient.

An algorithm that matches kidney patients and donors

Jun 17, 2015
Stanford economics professor's formula has helped save a lot of lives.
Posted In: kidneys, surgery, algorithm

When should you rob a bank?

May 6, 2015
The guys behind "Freakonomics" answer that question and more in their new book.
Posted In: freakonomics, book, bank robbery, blog

Diamonds: pricey, but not valuable

Apr 15, 2015
"Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner explains what keeps diamonds valuable.
Posted In: freakonomics, diamonds, jewelry

Freakonomics Radio: Gov't workers gone wild

Jul 17, 2013
The "Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure" catalogs the fiscal, sexual, and mental lapses of federal workers -- all with an eye toward preventing the next big mistake.
Posted In: defense department, Pentagon, DEA

Freakonomics: Can the McDouble save humanity?

Jul 3, 2013
An argument for why the McDonald's burger is the "cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history."
Posted In: McDonald's, big mac, Food

Why family and business don’t mix: Freakonomics Radio

Jun 12, 2013
Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner has yet another reason to blame your parents for pretty much everything.
Posted In: family business

Freakonomics Radio: Baby, you can program my (driverless) car

May 29, 2013
Freakonomics takes a ride in a driverless car and looks at how they'll change technology on the outside.
Posted In: auto industry, Tech, driverless cars

It's crowded at the top: Freakonomics Radio

May 1, 2013
The hidden side the unemployment numbers? Folks with advanced degrees are climbing down the ladder.
Posted In: Education, Unemployment, Jobs

Help wanted: No smokers need apply (Map)

Apr 17, 2013
In many states, it is perfectly legal to not hire someone who smokes. Should employers also be able to weed out junk-food lovers or motorcyclists -- or anyone who wants to have a baby?
Posted In: cigarettes

The Tax Man Nudgeth: Freakonomics

Apr 3, 2013
April 15 is less than two weeks away and Stephen Dubner has found some new ways to convince Americans to pay their taxes.
Posted In: IRS, Taxes

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"Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics," by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, are groundbreaking books that explore "the hidden side of everything." Now there's Freakonomics Radio, a project that includes a weekly podcast, regular segments on Marketplace, and one-hour specials to be broadcast on public-radio stations across the country. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.