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School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef: TMSIDK Episode 31

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:46 +0000

We filled this episode with insights about the true value of ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more. Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday, The Atlantic) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker.

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When the White House Got Into the Nudge Business

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:00:49 +0000

Season 7, Episode 6 This week on Freakonomics Radio: a tiny behavioral-sciences startup in the Obama White House tried to improve the way federal agencies did their work. Considering the size (and habits) of most federal agencies, it wasn’t so simple. Plus: a terrorism summit. Stephen Dubner reviews what we do and don’t know about terrorism; what’s […]

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What Are the Secrets of the German Economy — and Should We Steal Them?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:00:54 +0000

Smart government policies, good industrial relations, and high-end products have helped German manufacturing beat back the threats of globalization.

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Congratulations to Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler!

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:14:18 +0000

It should surprise no one, and delight everyone, that Richard Thaler has won this year’s Nobel in economics. Congratulations! Thaler is a big reason I personally got interested in economics. (I’ve known him quite a bit longer than I’ve known Steve Levitt.) He is everything to be admired in a scholar and thinker: original, judicious, […]

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How to Count to Infinity: TMSIDK Episode 30

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Mary Roach (author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Gulp, and Grunt) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. If the promise of tractor beams doesn't pull you in, our guests also explore robotic fish, counting to infinity, and more.

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

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 22:00:44 +0000

Season 7, Episode 5 This week on Freakonomics Radio: 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? Stephen J. Dubner investigates. […]

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Time to Take Back the Toilet (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 03:00:40 +0000

Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?

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The Perfect Potato Chip, the Origin of Seltzer, and Why We Eat “Beef” and Not “Cow”: TMSIDK Episode 29

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:45 +0000

Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America and Chopped) is our special guest co-host, with Sean Rameswaram (Radiolab Presents: More Perfect) as real-time fact-checker. Tell Me Something I Don't Know explores the origins of food words, children's menus, and seltzer.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:00:15 +0000

Season 7, Episode 4 The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. This week on Freakonomics Radio: how to become your own financial superhero. Plus: Stephen J. Dubner brings you the tale of the $15 tomato. To find out more, […]

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Why Larry Summers Is the Economist Everyone Hates to Love

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 03:00:35 +0000

He’s been U.S. Treasury Secretary, a chief economist for the Obama White House and the World Bank, and president of Harvard. He’s one of the most brilliant economists of his generation (and perhaps the most irascible). And he thinks the Trump Administration is wrong on just about everything.

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