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On today's show, Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discussed the hidden side of Thanksgiving dinner. We contemplated the possibility of a eurozone breakup. The price of oil is skyrocketing. Robert Reich argued a healthy economy is not about re-distributing wealth. And NBA players have filed an anti-trust lawsuit.

Segments From this episode

What happens if the eurozone breaks up?

Nov 16, 2011
For all its woes, the 17-member single currency zone is an feat of European cooperation. A breakup would have consequences in Europe and beyond.

Can the ECB save Europe?

Nov 16, 2011
The U.S. central bank, known as the Federal Reserve, is the lender of last resort. Its bond-buying orgy bailed out banks during the financial crisis and rescued the economy. But its European equivalent has neither the ability not the will to do the same for the eurozone.
Mario Draghi, new president of the European Central Bank (ECB), speaks to the media following the first meeting of the ECB Governing Council with Draghi at the helm on Nov. 3, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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Gas prices are up, but drivers aren't to blame

Nov 16, 2011
The price of crude oil has jumped to more than $100 a barrel. Many analyst blame "speculators." But it turns out, these days "speculators" are often pensions and mutual funds, not just traditional traders.

Reich: If the 1% had less, would the 99% be better off?

Nov 16, 2011
Join us for a week long commentary series asking that question. We'll hear from economists, academics, and the public.

Toxic chemicals in your baby shampoo

Nov 16, 2011
Johnson & Johnson announced today it's going to start removing two toxic chemicals from its popular baby shampoo.

Where family ends for super committee and budget cutters

Nov 16, 2011
One idea of President Obama's that both parties have taken up is that government has to live within its means, just like families do. But the economics of a government are very different from those of a family.

NBA players file anti-trust lawsuit

Nov 16, 2011
The suit looks to finally end the pro basketball lockout, but would also give the players triple the amount of their salaries for damages. The players' lawyer, David Boies, talks about the details.

On today’s show, Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner discussed the hidden side of Thanksgiving dinner. We contemplated the possibility of a eurozone breakup. The price of oil is skyrocketing. Robert Reich argued a healthy economy is not about re-distributing wealth. And NBA players have filed an anti-trust lawsuit.

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