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Why Is My Life So Hard? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:00:58 +0000

Season 7, Episode 15 This week on Freakonomics Radio: most of us feel we face more obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. Stephen J. Dubner asks, “How can we avoid this trap?” To find out more, check out the […]

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Not Your Grandmother’s I.M.F.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:00:52 +0000

The International Monetary Fund has long been the “lender of last resort” for economies in crisis. Christine Lagarde, who runs the institution, would like to prevent those crises from ever happening. She tells us her plans.

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The Demonization of Gluten

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:00:44 +0000

Celiac disease is thought to affect roughly one percent of the population. The good news: it can be treated by quitting gluten. The bad news: many celiac patients haven’t been diagnosed. The weird news: millions of people without celiac disease have quit gluten – which may be a big mistake.

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Why Is the Live-Event Ticket Market So Screwed Up?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:00:50 +0000

The public has almost no chance to buy good tickets to the best events. Ticket brokers, meanwhile, make huge profits on the secondary markets. Here’s the story of how this market got so dysfunctional, how it can be fixed – and why it probably won’t be.

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What Are You Waiting For?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:11:54 +0000

Standing in line represents a particularly sloppy — and frustrating — way for supply and demand to meet. Why haven’t we found a better way to get what we want? Is it possible that we secretly enjoy waiting in line? And might it even be (gulp) good for us?

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Are We Running Out of Ideas?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 04:00:57 +0000

Economists have a hard time explaining why productivity growth has been shrinking. One theory: true innovation has gotten much harder – and much more expensive. So what should we do next?

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Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:00:23 +0000

Season 7, Episode 12  You have perhaps come across the phrase homo economicus, which describes a model for human behavior as seen through the lens of economics. In this hour, you’ll hear Freakonomics Radio producer Greg Rosalsky embark on a long and tortuous process to live his life like this strange creature. Is this even […]

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Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Update)

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:00:29 +0000

Most people don’t enjoy the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. But we do love to play the lottery. So what if you combine the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout?

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An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…: TMSIDK Episode 36

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:00:16 +0000

Why New York has skinny skyscrapers, how to weaponize water, and what astronauts talk about in space. John McWhorter is co-host; Bari Weiss is live fact-checker.

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Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:00:57 +0000

Season 7, Episode 11 This week on Freakonomics Radio: what if there were a small step you could take that would prevent you from getting sick, stop you from missing work, and help ensure you won’t play a part in killing babies, the sick, and the elderly? That actually exists: it’s called the flu shot. But […]

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