Freakonomics Radio - Most Recent


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

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

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

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

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.

Freakonomics: Death on payday?

Jul 26, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner explains his findings on the connection between paydays and mortality rates, which may make you rethink about spending your paycheck right away.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Freakonomics: How does a company bounce back after controversy?

Jul 12, 2011
Bad things happen in business. So how do firms bounce back and keep reputations intact?
Posted In: Food

Freakonomics: When it's good to quit

Jun 28, 2011
Society often considers quitting as failure, but Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner argues we should think more about the upsides to giving up.
Posted In: Sports

Freakonomics: How much influence does a parent have on a child's education?

Jun 14, 2011
A look into the overall influence parents might have on their kids' collegiate futures.
Posted In: Education

Freakonomics: The legality of online poker

May 31, 2011
Debating the legality and morality of online poker. Does it pass the "daughter test"? And does the government play a personal role in the decision of whether to outlaw it?
Posted In: Crime



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.