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Save the earth, drive your car?

Nov 14, 2012
Adding lots of train and bus lines to car-congested roads would seem to be an environmental slam dunk. If only the math would cooperate.
Posted In: public transportation, Transit

Maximizing your Halloween candy haul

Oct 31, 2012
Freakonomics offers the hidden side to finding the best neighborhood near you to trick-or-treat.
Posted In: freakonomics, Halloween, dubner, kai ryssdal, candy

Leaving the country if your candidate loses? Sure you are

Oct 17, 2012
The complicated world of election polling.
Posted In: dubner, freakonomics, elections, polls

The hidden side of U.S. economic growth: Is it over?

Oct 3, 2012
As President Obama and Mitt Romney practice their talking points and zingers on the American economy, Freakonomics reveals why we may never get big-time economic growth back.
Posted In: economic growth, Economy, Election 2012

The hidden side of poker

Sep 19, 2012
Poker is a game of skill, not luck. But that won't stop you from losing a lot of money. Freakonomics explores the hidden side of poker in the casino and online.
Posted In: poker

Can selling beer help college fans drink less?

Sep 4, 2012
A small group of popular college football teams are allowing beer sales inside their stadiums, saying the change acknowledges reality and may actually help them control problem drinking.
Posted In: beer, college sports

Can working from home increase productivity?

Aug 22, 2012
Our Freakonomics expert Stephen Dubner says there is evidence that working from home is better for you.
Posted In: Work, home, employment, Health

The dangers of summer fun

Aug 8, 2012
Some of America's favorite summertime activities may be fun, but they come with a lot of risks.
Posted In: summer, safety, death, recreation, swimming, biking

Does hosting the Olympics ever pay off?

Jul 25, 2012
Olympic host cities get a huge windfall of tax revenues and tourist dollars, right? Freakonomics looks at the effect the games really have on a host city.
Posted In: Olympics 2012, London Olympics, Olympics

Bribing kids to do well in school

Jul 10, 2012
And not just promising them a reward. You have to give it to them upfront. Freakonomics' Steven Levitt on how that works.
Posted In: bribery, Education

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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.