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How political history influences what's on your plate

Dec 13, 2011
What do Prohibition, World War II and immigration policy have to do with your food? Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses reasons why American food is what it is today.
Posted In: Food, World War II, Prohibition
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When it comes to charitable giving, what works?

Nov 29, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses strategies to get people to give.
Posted In: Charity, philanthropy
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Your Thanksgiving turkey is probably a product of artificial insemination

Nov 16, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses why the turkey industry is built around artificial insemination.
Posted In: turkey, Thanksgiving
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The unintended consequences of elections

Nov 1, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses some of the strange side effects that happen around elections.
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Freakonomics: Tackling the problem of cheating teachers

Oct 18, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt discuss why teachers cheat and how we can deal with the problem.
Posted In: Education
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Freakonomics: Why crime continues to fall during a bad economy

Oct 4, 2011
Conventional wisdom says a bad economy leads to increased crime. But Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt tell us why that's not true.
Posted In: Crime
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Freakonomics: Where have all the hitchhikers gone?

Sep 21, 2011
Besides the fear of an axe murderer, there are valid reasons why hitchhiking has died off. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses those reasons and tells us why you should care.
Posted In: Transportation
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Freakonomics: Preventing a hurricane

Sep 6, 2011
We know what causes hurricanes and how to deal with their symptoms, but not actually how to prevent the storms from happening in the first place. An invention firm may have come up with a 'hurricane vaccine.'
Posted In: Environment
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Freakonomics: Fetal genetic testing raises big questions

Aug 23, 2011
Freakonomics correspondent Stephen Dubner explains the unexpected consequences of predetermining your baby's genetics.
Posted In: Health
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Freakonomics: Why are we so bad at predicting the future?

Aug 9, 2011
People make a lot of money making predictions, so why are they so rarely right? Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about accountability in fortune telling.

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About this collection

"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.

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The secret life of a food stamp

Your article makes a lot of sense. Without the help of food stamps these people that are spending money at Walmart would be on the streets,...

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What 1717 means: your trolley number guess

I have no idea what 1717 refers to but I do know Marketplace is always great to listen to! Keep going...

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Attack of the shrimp (prices)

This issue has been going on for some time, actually. Anyone in the restaurant business feels this pain. More than a year ago the price for our...

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Attack of the shrimp (prices)

 If you’re a shrimp lover you may be wondering why you’re paying more for your favorite shrimp cocktail or Pad Thai. It’s actually a bacterial...