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Freakonomics Radio

by Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers.

Copyright: 2021 Dubner Productions and Stitcher

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The podcast is hosted on Each episode is on average 39:11 long.


Introducing “The Economics of Everyday Things”

A new podcast hosted by Zachary Crockett. In the first episode: Gas stations. When gas prices skyrocket, do station owners get a windfall? And where do their profits really come from? 

15:23 playtime · Published 14 days ago · Permalink

531. Should You Trust Private Equity to Take Care of Your Dog?

Big investors are buying up local veterinary practices (and pretty much everything else). What does this mean for scruffy little Max* — and for the U.S. economy? (Part 1 of 2.) *The most popular dog name in the U.S. in 2022. 

42:05 playtime · Published 18 days ago · Permalink

Extra: Samin Nosrat Always Wanted to Be Famous

And with her book "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," she succeeded. Now she's not so sure how to feel about all the attention. 

39:06 playtime · Published 21 days ago · Permalink

530. What's Wrong with Being a One-Hit Wonder?

We tend to look down on artists who can't match their breakthrough success. Should we be celebrating them instead? 

50:22 playtime · Published 25 days ago · Permalink

529. Can Our Surroundings Make Us Smarter?

In a special episode of No Stupid Questions, Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth discuss classroom design, open offices, and cognitive drift. 

46:42 playtime · Published about 1 month ago · Permalink

528. Yuval Noah Harari Thinks Life is Meaningless and Amazing

In this special episode of People I (Mostly) Admire, Steve Levitt talks to the best-selling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus about finding the profound in the obvious.

51:59 playtime · Published about 1 month ago · Permalink

527. Can Adam Smith Fix Our Economy?

Labor exploitation! Corporate profiteering! Government corruption! The 21st century can look a lot like the 18th. In the final episode of a series, we turn to “the father of economics” for solutions. (Part 3 of “In Search of the Real Adam Smith.”)

48:49 playtime · Published about 2 months ago · Permalink

526. Was Adam Smith Really a Right-Winger?

Economists and politicians have turned him into a mascot for free-market ideology. Some on the left say the right has badly misread him. Prepare for a very Smithy tug of war. (Part 2 of “In Search of the Real Adam Smith.”)

01:11:18 playtime · Published about 2 months ago · Permalink

Freakonomics Radio Needs Your Help

A sneak peek at an upcoming series — and a call for would-be radio reporters.

05:55 playtime · Published about 2 months ago · Permalink

525. In Search of the Real Adam Smith

How did an affable 18th-century “moral philosopher” become the patron saint of cutthroat capitalism? Does “the invisible hand” mean what everyone thinks it does? We travel to Smith’s hometown in Scotland to uncover the man behind the myth. (Part 1 of a series.)

46:42 playtime · Published about 2 months ago · Permalink

Freakonomics Radio has 676 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 441:30:20. This podcast has been added on June 16th 2022. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on January 25th, 2023 17:20.

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