Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio

In their books "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics" and "Think Like a Freak", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore "the hidden side of everything," telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.

BONUS: “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” on the topic of Collections.

March 27, 2017

53:58 Listen
How Safe Is Your Job? (Rebroadcast)

March 22, 2017

33:17 Listen
Why Is My Life So Hard?

March 15, 2017

30:29 Listen
Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory

March 8, 2017

31:22 Listen
The Taboo Trifecta

March 1, 2017

32:06 Listen
No Hollywood Ending for the Visual-Effects Industry

Feb. 22, 2017

55:41 Listen
Professor Hendryx vs. Big Coal

Feb. 15, 2017

37:04 Listen
How to Get More Grit in Your Life (Rebroadcast)

Feb. 8, 2017

42:11 Listen
An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl

Feb. 1, 2017

28:25 Listen
Did China Eat America’s Jobs?

Jan. 25, 2017

38:21 Listen
Is the American Dream Really Dead?

Jan. 18, 2017

39:26 Listen
Trevor Noah Has a Lot to Say

Jan. 11, 2017

35:19 Listen
The Men Who Started a Thinking Revolution

Jan. 4, 2017

35:07 Listen
How to Become Great at Just About Anything (Rebroadcast)

Dec. 28, 2016

50:07 Listen
How to Be More Productive (Rebroadcast)

Dec. 21, 2016

39:20 Listen
Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis

Dec. 14, 2016

48:30 Listen
Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations

Dec. 7, 2016

45:18 Listen
Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6

Nov. 30, 2016

44:55 Listen
The No-Tipping Point (Rebroadcast)

Nov. 23, 2016

44:26 Listen
How to Make a Bad Decision

Nov. 16, 2016

35:41 Listen
BONUS EPISODE: Introducing Stephen J. Dubner's new podcast, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know"

Nov. 14, 2016

54:56 Listen
Trust Me

Nov. 10, 2016

27:42 Listen
BONUS EPISODE: How Much Does the President Really Matter? (Rebroadcast)

Nov. 9, 2016

33:26 Listen
The White House Gets Into the Nudge Business

Nov. 2, 2016

42:14 Listen
In Praise of Incrementalism

Oct. 26, 2016

48:29 Listen
In Praise of Maintenance

Oct. 19, 2016

41:41 Listen
This Is Your Brain on Podcasts

Oct. 12, 2016

45:19 Listen
How To Win A Nobel Prize (Rebroadcast)

Oct. 5, 2016

44:32 Listen
Why Are We Still Using Cash?

Sept. 28, 2016

42:59 Listen
Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship?

Sept. 21, 2016

47:43 Listen
Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian

Sept. 14, 2016

50:38 Listen
Why Uber Is an Economist’s Dream

Sept. 7, 2016

39:47 Listen
The Future (Probably) Isn’t as Scary as You Think

Aug. 31, 2016

34:58 Listen
Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset? (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 24, 2016

37:46 Listen
Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 17, 2016

31:25 Listen
What Are You Waiting For?

Aug. 10, 2016

34:53 Listen
Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 3, 2016

51:55 Listen
Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten

July 27, 2016

44:48 Listen
What Are Gender Barriers Made Of?

July 20, 2016

36:29 Listen
Is the Internet Being Ruined?

July 13, 2016

47:54 Listen
Confessions of a Pothole Politician

July 6, 2016

43:44 Listen
The Suicide Paradox (Rebroadcast)

June 29, 2016

57:22 Listen
How Much Does the President Really Matter? (Rebroadcast)

June 22, 2016

33:25 Listen
Why Do We Really Follow the News? (Rebroadcast)

June 15, 2016

35:46 Listen
Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble?

June 8, 2016

34:37 Listen
Why Does Everyone Hate Flying? And Other Questions Only a Pilot Can Answer

June 1, 2016

43:42 Listen
The Longest Long Shot

May 25, 2016

42:59 Listen
How to Be Tim Ferriss

May 18, 2016

41:28 Listen
How to Win Games and Beat People

May 11, 2016

52:26 Listen
How to Get More Grit in Your Life

May 4, 2016

44:25 Listen
BONUS EPISODE: Being Malcolm Gladwell

May 1, 2016

28:18 Listen
How to Become Great at Just About Anything

April 27, 2016

51:51 Listen
How to Be More Productive

April 20, 2016

38:34 Listen
Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?

April 13, 2016

36:40 Listen
Are Payday Loans Really as Evil as People Say?

April 6, 2016

49:36 Listen
The Economics of Sleep, Part 2 (Rebroadcast)

March 30, 2016

42:47 Listen
The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

March 23, 2016

45:37 Listen
Yes, the American Economy Is in a Funk -- But Not for the Reasons You Think

March 16, 2016

33:29 Listen
The No-Tipping Point

March 10, 2016

43:14 Listen
The United States of Cory Booker

March 2, 2016

39:18 Listen
Ask Not What Your Podcast Can Do for You

Feb. 24, 2016

41:39 Listen
How Can This Possibly Be True?

Feb. 17, 2016

40:49 Listen
Who Needs Handwriting?

Feb. 10, 2016

39:33 Listen
How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps (Rebroadcast)

Feb. 3, 2016

29:13 Listen
Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem? (Rebroadcast)

Jan. 27, 2016

36:36 Listen
Do Boycotts Work?

Jan. 20, 2016

37:23 Listen
How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future

Jan. 13, 2016

46:52 Listen
The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap

Jan. 6, 2016

43:23 Listen
When Willpower Isn’t Enough (Rebroadcast)

Dec. 30, 2015

30:59 Listen
Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition (Rebroadcast)

Dec. 23, 2015

41:56 Listen
Is Migration a Basic Human Right?

Dec. 16, 2015

60:53 Listen
The Cheeseburger Diet

Dec. 9, 2015

32:04 Listen
Ben Bernanke Gives Himself a Grade

Dec. 2, 2015

47:01 Listen
Why Do People Keep Having Children? (Rebroadcast)

Nov. 25, 2015

40:00 Listen
Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late?

Nov. 18, 2015

45:53 Listen
Should Everyone Be in a Rock Band?

Nov. 11, 2015

45:28 Listen
Food + Science = Victory!

Nov. 4, 2015

38:20 Listen
Am I Boring You?

Oct. 28, 2015

39:29 Listen
How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying (Rebroadcast)

Oct. 21, 2015

36:27 Listen
How To Win A Nobel Prize

Oct. 14, 2015

45:27 Listen
Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them?

Oct. 7, 2015

47:22 Listen
Meet the Woman Who Said Women Can’t Have It All

Sept. 30, 2015

42:11 Listen
How Did the Belt Win?

Sept. 23, 2015

30:56 Listen
“I Don't Know What You've Done With My Husband, But He's a Changed Man.”

Sept. 16, 2015

46:53 Listen
Preventing Crime for Pennies on the Dollar

Sept. 9, 2015

41:33 Listen
The Harvard President Will See You Now

Sept. 2, 2015

38:49 Listen
Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset?

Aug. 26, 2015

36:55 Listen
How to Make a Smart TV Ad

Aug. 19, 2015

30:35 Listen
The Dangers of Safety (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 12, 2015

30:57 Listen
Why Do We Really Follow the News?

Aug. 5, 2015

35:51 Listen
How to Create Suspense

July 29, 2015

39:21 Listen
Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush

July 22, 2015

32:00 Listen
The Economics of Sleep, Part 2

July 15, 2015

43:25 Listen
The Economics of Sleep, Part 1

July 8, 2015

44:56 Listen
A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)

July 1, 2015

28:04 Listen
Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees?

June 24, 2015

52:39 Listen
Make Me a Match

June 17, 2015

50:23 Listen
Making Sex Offenders Pay -- and Pay and Pay and Pay

June 10, 2015

35:29 Listen
Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do?

June 3, 2015

54:48 Listen
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Rebroadcast)

May 27, 2015

62:56 Listen
Failure Is Your Friend (Rebroadcast)

May 20, 2015

31:48 Listen
Ten Years of Freakonomics

May 13, 2015

46:02 Listen
Could the Next Brooklyn Be ... Las Vegas?!

May 6, 2015

55:17 Listen
Think Like a Child (Rebroadcast)

April 29, 2015

29:44 Listen
Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird”

April 22, 2015

39:08 Listen
Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend

April 16, 2015

40:29 Listen
How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution?

April 9, 2015

53:56 Listen
How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?

April 2, 2015

41:53 Listen
The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast)

March 26, 2015

29:35 Listen
What You Don’t Know About Online Dating (Rebroadcast)

March 19, 2015

40:11 Listen
When Willpower Isn’t Enough

March 12, 2015

33:11 Listen
This Idea Must Die

March 5, 2015

54:33 Listen
The Maddest Men of All

Feb. 26, 2015

32:56 Listen
Hacking the World Bank

Feb. 19, 2015

36:33 Listen
Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?

Feb. 12, 2015

42:35 Listen
How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency?

Feb. 5, 2015

32:36 Listen
How Safe Is Your Job?

Jan. 29, 2015

33:38 Listen
Someone Else’s Acid Trip

Jan. 22, 2015

29:15 Listen
That’s a Great Question!

Jan. 15, 2015

25:24 Listen
Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

Jan. 8, 2015

36:17 Listen
What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast)

Jan. 1, 2015

15:21 Listen
What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? (Rebroadcast)

Dec. 25, 2014

25:23 Listen
Time to Take Back the Toilet

Dec. 18, 2014

34:48 Listen
The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

Dec. 11, 2014

44:38 Listen
How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps

Dec. 4, 2014

29:19 Listen
Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?

Nov. 27, 2014

34:25 Listen
The Man Who Would Be Everything

Nov. 20, 2014

27:45 Listen
Why Do People Keep Having Children?

Nov. 13, 2014

38:33 Listen
Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico?

Nov. 6, 2014

55:59 Listen
What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics?

Oct. 30, 2014

24:51 Listen
“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”

Oct. 23, 2014

62:29 Listen
How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas?

Oct. 16, 2014

36:11 Listen
How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten (Rebroadcast)

Oct. 9, 2014

33:15 Listen
Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition

Oct. 2, 2014

41:59 Listen
Fitness Apartheid

Sept. 25, 2014

30:42 Listen
Outsiders by Design

Sept. 18, 2014

40:26 Listen
How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying

Sept. 11, 2014

33:41 Listen
Regulate This!

Sept. 4, 2014

56:13 Listen
Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 28, 2014

32:15 Listen
Parking Is Hell (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 21, 2014

35:08 Listen
What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common? (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 14, 2014

39:06 Listen
Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 7, 2014

37:45 Listen
How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)

July 31, 2014

52:01 Listen
Does Religion Make You Happy?

July 24, 2014

28:36 Listen
Why You Should Bribe Your Kids

July 17, 2014

27:33 Listen
What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common?

July 10, 2014

33:04 Listen
A Better Way to Eat

July 3, 2014

26:04 Listen
How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot

June 26, 2014

25:51 Listen
There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer

June 19, 2014

36:23 Listen
Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)

June 12, 2014

37:14 Listen
Failure Is Your Friend

June 5, 2014

31:03 Listen
The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast)

May 29, 2014

58:00 Listen
Think Like a Child

May 22, 2014

28:15 Listen
The Three Hardest Words in the English Language

May 15, 2014

28:55 Listen
How to Think Like a Freak -- and Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

May 8, 2014

27:29 Listen
The Perfect Crime

May 1, 2014

28:28 Listen
Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado?

April 24, 2014

29:29 Listen
What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?

April 17, 2014

24:53 Listen
“If Mayors Ruled the World”

April 10, 2014

31:06 Listen
How to Make People Quit Smoking

April 3, 2014

32:37 Listen
Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It

March 27, 2014

35:17 Listen
Women Are Not Men (Rebroadcast)

March 20, 2014

37:29 Listen
“It’s Fun to Smoke Marijuana”

March 13, 2014

22:51 Listen
Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It?

March 6, 2014

21:12 Listen
Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?

Feb. 27, 2014

23:17 Listen
Why Marry? (Part 2)

Feb. 20, 2014

23:27 Listen
Why Marry? (Part 1)

Feb. 13, 2014

19:31 Listen
What You Don’t Know About Online Dating

Feb. 6, 2014

35:49 Listen
Reasons to Not Be Ugly

Jan. 30, 2014

25:19 Listen
Everybody Gossips (and That’s a Good Thing)

Jan. 23, 2014

35:23 Listen
Fear Thy Nature (Rebroadcast)

Jan. 16, 2014

37:13 Listen
Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-Quently Asked Questions

Jan. 9, 2014

28:14 Listen
What’s the “Best” Exercise?

Jan. 2, 2014

15:01 Listen
Save Me From Myself (Rebroadcast)

Dec. 26, 2013

35:58 Listen
Pontiff-icating on the Free-Market System

Dec. 19, 2013

38:59 Listen
Are Gay Men Really Rich?

Dec. 12, 2013

19:44 Listen
The Most Dangerous Machine

Dec. 5, 2013

31:38 Listen
Fighting Poverty With Actual Evidence

Nov. 27, 2013

36:50 Listen
What Do Skating Rinks, Ultimate Frisbee, and the World Have in Common?

Nov. 21, 2013

46:11 Listen
Who Runs the Internet?

Nov. 14, 2013

32:18 Listen
Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2 (Rebroadcast)

Nov. 7, 2013

33:08 Listen
Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

Oct. 31, 2013

30:08 Listen
Why Bad Environmentalism Is Such an Easy Sell

Oct. 24, 2013

24:27 Listen
The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat

Oct. 14, 2013

46:00 Listen
How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten

Oct. 10, 2013

32:53 Listen
How to Think About Money, Choose Your Hometown, and Buy an Electric Toothbrush

Oct. 3, 2013

25:24 Listen
Would a Big Bucket of Cash Really Change Your Life?

Sept. 26, 2013

27:51 Listen
The Economist’s Guide to Parenting (Rebroadcast)

Sept. 19, 2013

56:33 Listen
Whatever Happened to the Carpal Tunnel Epidemic?

Sept. 12, 2013

16:47 Listen
The Suicide Paradox (Rebroadcast)

Sept. 5, 2013

56:57 Listen
Who Are the Most Successful Immigrants in the World?

Aug. 29, 2013

25:39 Listen
The Folly of Prediction (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 22, 2013

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The Middle of Everywhere

Aug. 15, 2013

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The Church of "Scionology" (Rebroadcast)

Aug. 8, 2013

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Do Baby Girls Cause Divorce?

Aug. 1, 2013

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REBROADCAST: The Upside of Quitting

July 22, 2013

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Government Employees Gone Wild

July 18, 2013

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A Burger a Day

July 11, 2013

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Jane Austen, Game Theorist

July 3, 2013

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REBROADCAST: Legacy of a Jerk

June 27, 2013

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Do You Really Want to Know Your Future?

June 20, 2013

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Why Family and Business Don’t Mix

June 12, 2013

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Should Tipping be Banned?

June 3, 2013

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Baby, You Can Program My Car

May 29, 2013

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Can You Be Too Smart for Your Own Good? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

May 23, 2013

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REBROADCAST: The Hidden Cost of False Alarms

May 15, 2013

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What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common?

May 9, 2013

37:55 Listen
It’s Crowded at the Top

May 1, 2013

6:14 Listen
Running to Do Evil

April 25, 2013

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Help Wanted. No Smokers Need Apply

April 17, 2013

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How Much Does Your Name Matter?

April 8, 2013

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The Tax Man Nudgeth

April 3, 2013

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100 Ways to Fight Obesity

March 27, 2013

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How Money Is March Madness?

March 21, 2013

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Parking Is Hell

March 13, 2013

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When Is a Negative a Positive?

March 6, 2013

7:33 Listen
Women Are Not Men

Feb. 24, 2013

36:31 Listen
The Downside of More Miles Per Gallon

Feb. 20, 2013

6:05 Listen
How to Think About Guns

Feb. 13, 2013

29:16 Listen
Sure, I Remember That

Feb. 6, 2013

6:24 Listen
Would You Let a Coin Toss Decide Your Future?

Jan. 30, 2013

25:47 Listen
Introducing “Freakonomics Experiments”

Jan. 23, 2013

5:01 Listen
Who Owns the Words That Come Out of Your Mouth?

Jan. 16, 2013

30:59 Listen
How to Live Longer

Jan. 9, 2013

6:07 Listen
How Did “Freakonomics” Get Its Name? … and Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

Jan. 2, 2013

26:49 Listen
How Much Does a Good Boss Really Matter?

Dec. 26, 2012

14:10 Listen
The House of Dreams

Dec. 19, 2012

21:35 Listen
Have a Very Homo Economicus Christmas

Dec. 12, 2012

15:10 Listen
The Things They Taught Me

Dec. 5, 2012

23:22 Listen
Free-conomics

Nov. 28, 2012

6:19 Listen
I Consult, Therefore I Am

Nov. 21, 2012

35:40 Listen
Mass Transit Hysteria

Nov. 14, 2012

6:33 Listen
Our 100th Episode!

Nov. 5, 2012

14:33 Listen
How to Maximize Your Halloween Candy Haul

Oct. 31, 2012

5:59 Listen
We the Sheeple

Oct. 24, 2012

23:25 Listen
Lying to Ourselves

Oct. 17, 2012

5:45 Listen
The Cobra Effect

Oct. 10, 2012

34:10 Listen
Why America’s Economic Growth May Be (Shh!) Over

Oct. 3, 2012

5:46 Listen
The Tale of the $15 Tomato

Sept. 23, 2012

9:24 Listen
Why Online Poker Should Be Legal

Sept. 19, 2012

5:25 Listen
Fear Thy Nature

Sept. 12, 2012

37:15 Listen
Can Selling Beer Cut Down on Public Drunkenness?

Sept. 5, 2012

5:45 Listen
How Deep Is the Shadow Economy?

Aug. 29, 2012

19:22 Listen
There’s Cake in the Breakroom!

Aug. 22, 2012

6:10 Listen
Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2

Aug. 15, 2012

33:32 Listen
The Season of Death

Aug. 8, 2012

6:16 Listen
Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1

July 29, 2012

29:01 Listen
Olympian Economics

July 25, 2012

6:42 Listen
Legacy of a Jerk

July 18, 2012

43:10 Listen
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