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

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:18:49 +0000

Season 7, Episode 19 This week on Freakonomics Radio: 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. To […]

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How to Be a Modern Democrat — and Win

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:00:39 +0000

Gina Raimondo, the governor of tiny Rhode Island, has taken on unions, boosted big business, and made friends with Republicans. She is also one of just 15 Democratic governors in the country. Would there be more of them if there were more like her?

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How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:00:56 +0000

Season 7, Episode 18 This week on Freakonomics Radio: Academic studies are nice, and so are Nobel Prizes. But to truly prove the value of a new idea, you have to unleash it to the masses. That’s what a dream team of social scientists is doing — and we sat in as they drew up their […]

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Why Is My Life So Hard? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 04:00:55 +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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Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 23:00:50 +0000

Season 7, Episode 17 This week on Freakonomics Radio: the biggest problem with humanity is humans themselves. Too often, we make choices — what we eat, how we spend our money and time — that undermine our well-being. Stephen J. Dubner asks, “How can we stop?” And this radio hour has two answers: think small, and make behavior […]

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Trust Me (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 04:00:04 +0000

Societies where people trust one another are healthier and wealthier. In the U.S. (and the U.K. and elsewhere), social trust has been falling for decades — in part because our populations are more diverse. What can we do to fix it?

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Why Are We Still Using Cash? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:00:11 +0000

Season 7, Episode 16 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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Make Me a Match (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 04:00:26 +0000

Sure, markets generally work well. But for some transactions — like school admissions and organ transplants — money alone can’t solve the problem. That’s when you need a market-design wizard like Al Roth.

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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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