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Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:00:50 +0000

We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.

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Who Needs Handwriting? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:00:15 +0000

Season 6, Episode 49 This week on Freakonomics Radio: the digital age is making pen and paper seem obsolete. But what are we giving up if we give up on handwriting? A famous economics essay features a pencil (yes, a pencil) arguing that “not a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make […]

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What Are You Waiting For? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 03:00:08 +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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Urinetown: TMSIDK Episode 26

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:03 +0000

Tell Me Something I Don't Know is on the weird side of the tracks in Philadelphia with everything you've ever wanted to know about graffiti, cockroaches, tattoos, pee, and more. James Altucher (host of The James Altucher Show) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as real-time fact-checker.

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Trust Me (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:00:04 +0000

Season 6, Episode 48 This week on Freakonomics Radio: 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? Plus: some of our most important […]

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

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 03:00:56 +0000

The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here’s how to become your own financial superhero.

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Creature Comforts: TMSIDK Episode 25

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:27 +0000

Relax with a TMSIDK episode filled with facts on quiet rooms, pillows, comfort food, and ...Spam? Krista Tippett (host of On Being) is our special guest co-host, with Maggie Ryan Sandford (science writer, researcher and producer) as real-time fact-checker.

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When Helping Hurts

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:00:44 +0000

Season 6, Episode 47 This week on Freakonomics Radio: Stephen J. Dubner investigates one of the most fascinating and troubling research findings in the history of social science. To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “When Helping Hurts.” You can subscribe to the Freakonomics Radio podcast at Apple […]

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The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:00:54 +0000

It’s hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. So why are we willing to pay big fees for subpar investment returns? Enter the low-cost index fund. The revolution will not be monetized.

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Behavior Change (Ultra Egghead Edition): TMSIDK Episode 24

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:54 +0000

Angela Duckworth (psychologist and author of Grit) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is in Philadelphia with a cornucopia of the world's most renowned behavior change experts presenting original research.

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