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How Safe is Your Job? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:00:07 +0000

Economists preach the gospel of “creative destruction,” whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?

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Under the Hood: TMSIDK Episode 11

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:14 +0000

This week, we go "Under the Hood," unearthing the secrets behind concealed ovulation, kosher food, cheesy dreams, pneumatic felines and negotiating.

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Why Are We Still Using Cash?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:32:58 +0000

Season 6, Episode 28 This week on Freakonomics Radio: cash facilitates crime, bribery and tax evasion – and yet some governments (including ours) are printing more cash than ever. Other countries, meanwhile, are ditching cash entirely. Plus: why thinking of Bitcoin as just a digital currency is like thinking about the Internet as just email. To find […]

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Why Is My Life So Hard?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:00:11 +0000

Most of us feel we face more headwinds and obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. How can we avoid this trap?

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Collections: TMSIDK Episode 10

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:00:06 +0000

We've gathered amazing and surprising facts from the world of Collections. We're not talking baseball cards and Beanie Babies—we've got: glucose, gamma rays, brainwaves, fake art and some very blue Russian.

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Bad Medicine, Part 2: Death By Diagnosis

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:23:01 +0000

Season 6, Episode 27 This week on Freakonomics Radio: by some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what’s to be done? Plus: Stephen J. Dubner investigates how so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to the market. To find out more, check out […]

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

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:00:13 +0000

The pizza-and-gaming emporium prides itself on affordability, which means its arcade games are really cheap to play. Does that lead to kids hogging the best games — and parents starting those infamous YouTube brawls?

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Athletes’ Feats: TMSIDK Episode 9

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 04:00:49 +0000

This episode of Tell Me Something I Don't Know is all about the written — or spoken, or programmed, or texted — word. Let's start with the letter "A": abbreviations, absenteeism, AI, advertisements and ...a rising tide.

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Bad Medicine, Part 1: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:43:06 +0000

Season 6, Episode 26 This week on Freakonomics Radio: We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. Stephen J. Dubner looks at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and asks whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution. Plus: sometimes […]

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The Taboo Trifecta

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:00:19 +0000

Serial entrepreneur Miki Agrawal loves to talk about the bodily functions that make most people flinch. That’s why she’s building a business around the three P’s: periods, pee, and poop.

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