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Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:00:51 +0000

Season 6, Episode 46 This week on Freakonomics Radio: a series of academic studies suggest that the wealthy are, to put it bluntly, selfish jerks. It’s an easy narrative to swallow. But, Stephen J. Dubner asks, is it true? Plus: a lot of ideas about how to successfully raise money — using good old-fashioned guilt, for instance. […]

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These Shoes Are Killing Me!

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:00:03 +0000

The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in “a coffin” (as one foot scholar calls it) that stymies so much of its ability — and may create more problems than it solves?

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Three Sheets to the Wind: TMSIDK Episode 23

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:24 +0000

John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression) is our special guest co-host, with Maggie Ryan Sandford (science writer, researcher and producer) as our real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is in Minneapolis for a show exploring the environment, morning drinking, skyways, hidden figures and more.

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Evolution, Accelerated

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:00:07 +0000

Season 6, Episode 45 This week on Freakonomics Radio: Stephen J. Dubner explores a breakthrough in genetic technology that has given humans more power than ever to change nature. So what happens next? Plus: some of the hoops we jump through to get ahead are poorly designed for girls and women. Behavioral economics could help change that. […]

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When Helping Hurts

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 03:00:03 +0000

Good intentions are nice, but with so many resources poured into social programs, wouldn’t it be even nicer to know what actually works?

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Medicine: TMSIDK Episode 22

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:45 +0000

Bapu Jena, Christine Hurley and Evan Allen are panelists. The physician-professor-economist, the comedian and the New England Revolution head athletic trainer join us in Boston for a show on Medicine. Side effects include extra kidneys, Lyme disease, hairlessness, cardiac arrest and magical mucus. WBUR's Carey Goldberg is fact-checker.

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How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns?

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:00:53 +0000

Season 6, Episode 44 This week on Freakonomics Radio: why are we so obsessed with lawns? Plus: Stephen J. Dubner talks to the British political operative trying to launch the United States’s next political revolution. To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns?” and […]

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The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 03:00:40 +0000

Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in “marriageable” men. Surely the fracking boom reversed that trend, right?

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Getting There: TMSIDK Episode 21

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:11 +0000

Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Ginger Evans and Mary Catherine Curran are panelists. The rapper/political organizer, the commissioner of Chicago's Department of Aviation and the comedian join us in the City of Big Shoulders for a show on transitions — from here to there, from low to high and from fish to humans. Jesse Dukes is fact-checker.

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Food + Science = Victory!

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:00:43 +0000

Season 6, Episode 43 This week on Freakonomics Radio: a full menu of goodies. First up: a nutrition detective. And then, Stephen J. Dubner explores the war on sugar. To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Food + Science = Victory!” and “There’s A War On Sugar. Is It Justified?” […]

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