Freakonomics Radio - Most Recent


Freakonomics: Better education through improved eyesight

Apr 5, 2011
How researchers raised test scores in rural China with the help of new specs for every kid in need.
Posted In: Education

Freakonomics: Putting out a fire before it starts

Mar 22, 2011
A new kind of cigarette could help drop the rate of deaths-by-fire to zero.

Freakonomics: The etiquette of 'following' on Twitter

Mar 8, 2011
To follow or not to follow? It may not be such a simple choice on the social media site.
Posted In: Internet

Freakonomics: Tackling the looming NFL lockout

Feb 22, 2011
A potential lockout is on the horizon as the current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players' union soon expires. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks with Kai Ryssdal about how profitable the NFL is and the problem some owners have with the league's business model.
Posted In: Sports

Freakonomics: How we sell pain

Feb 8, 2011
Life can hurt. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks to Kai Ryssdal about how people sell the notion of pain.

Freakonomics: Bringing science into the kitchen

Jan 25, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks to Kai Ryssdal about why he believes the future of food lies with those who are trying to bring the scientific method into the kitchen.
Posted In: Food, Science

Freakonomics: Should we pay for our trash?

Jan 11, 2011
In the latest edition of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner talks to Kai Ryssdal about what it might take to get people to throw away less trash.
Posted In: Environment, Taxes

FREAKONOMICS: It's repugnant, but hey, it's efficient!

Dec 28, 2010
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about why economists don't shy away from repugnant, even if the idea comes with the catchphrase "crap to crop."

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



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.