Freakonomics Radio - Most Commented


Freakonomics: Avoiding unwanted gifts and deadweight loss

Dec 14, 2010
In the latest edition of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner tells Kai Ryssdal about his idea for avoiding the unwanted gift this holiday season.
Posted In: Retail

Freakonomics: Do wine experts or prices matter?

Nov 30, 2010
It's a huge global market that gets especially exciting during the holidays: wine. But how do you choose the right bottle for the party? Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics explains to Kai Ryssdal that you shouldn't always rely on the wine expert, or the expensive price tags.
Posted In: Food

FREAKONOMICS: Savings security with gambling thrills

Nov 16, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio about a way to get the thrill of the lottery and the safety of a savings account together.
Posted In: Banks, Savings

FREAKONOMICS: How powerful is that leader?

Nov 2, 2010
They have impressive titles like "prime minister" and "chief of state," but how much power do they really wield? Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics takes a look at how to measure the influence of world leaders.

Freakonomics Radio: Is football taking sponsorships to the next level?

Oct 29, 2010
In Europe, sponsors reign supreme for sporting teams. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner explains the difference in American sports.
Posted In: Sports

Freakonomics Radio: A government official in venture capitalist's clothing?

Oct 19, 2010
What do the X Prize, Google, and the Department of Education have in common? "Freakonomics" coauthor Stephen Dubner gives Kai Ryssdal a pop quiz that compares American aviator Charles Lindbergh to the Race to the Top education-reform program, which makes the government seem a bit more like a sleek venture capitalist than its typical bureaucratic self.
Posted In: Education



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.