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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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Nurses to the Rescue!

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:55:07 +0000

They are the most-trusted profession in America (and with good reason). They are critical to patient outcomes (especially in primary care). Could the growing army of nurse practitioners be an answer to the doctor shortage? The data say yes but — big surprise — doctors’ associations say no.

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Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven: TMSIDK Episode 35

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 01:00:26 +0000

This week, we work on our survival skills: in the desert, on the tundra, and growing food in abandoned warehouses. Actress Sas Goldberg is co-host; A.J. Jacobs (author of It’s All Relative) is live fact-checker.

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What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 23:00:43 +0000

Season 7, Episode 10 This week on Freakonomics Radio: What would be the best universal language? Stephen J. Dubner explores votes for English, Indonesian, and … Esperanto! The search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Will technology finally solve that? To find out more, check out the […]

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How Can I Do the Most Social Good With $100? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 04:00:53 +0000

Dubner and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt answer your questions about crime, traffic, real-estate agents, the Ph.D. glut, and how to not get eaten by a bear.

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Mind Games: TMSIDK Episode 34

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 02:15:30 +0000

This is not a riddle: Why would water run uphill in Antarctica? According to researcher Robin Bell from Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, some Antarctic ice sheets sit two miles above rivers, squishing everything below them and squeezing water up the side of mountains — against gravity — for 60 to 70 miles. When the water gets […]

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Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:00:32 +0000

Season 7, Episode 9 This week on Freakonomics Radio: there are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel? Plus: the search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Stephen J. Dubner asks, “Will technology finally solve […]

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Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:00:59 +0000

Corporations and rich people donate billions to their favorite think tanks and foundations. Should we be grateful for their generosity — or suspicious of their motives?

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