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Freakonomics Radio: Gov't workers gone wild

Jul 17, 2013
The "Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure" catalogs the fiscal, sexual, and mental lapses of federal workers -- all with an eye toward preventing the next big mistake.

Freakonomics: Can the McDouble save humanity?

Jul 3, 2013
An argument for why the McDonald's burger is the "cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history."

Why family and business don’t mix: Freakonomics Radio

Jun 12, 2013
Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner has yet another reason to blame your parents for pretty much everything.

Freakonomics Radio: Baby, you can program my (driverless) car

May 29, 2013
Freakonomics takes a ride in a driverless car and looks at how they'll change technology on the outside.

It's crowded at the top: Freakonomics Radio

May 1, 2013
The hidden side the unemployment numbers? Folks with advanced degrees are climbing down the ladder.

Good corporate citizenship can pay off

Apr 18, 2012
Freakonomics Radio takes a look at whether having a high level of corporate social responsibility is good for business in the long run.

When burglar alarms don't work

Apr 3, 2012
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner on the high costs of faulty home alarm systems.

Does the president actually influence the economy?

Mar 7, 2012
Believe it or not, there's nearly no relationship between the U.S. president and the economy, no matter who it is.

The hidden side of keeping employee morale high

Feb 22, 2012
Freakonomics Radio takes a look at alternative indicators of office morale, and the unintended consequences when companies try to keep employees happy.

The unintended consequences of the recession

Feb 8, 2012
The decline in smoking among Americans may have contributed to rising obesity levels -- could the recession also be affecting people’s waistlines?