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The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:00:48 +0000

Season 7, Episode 3 This week on Freakonomics Radio: it’s hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. Stephen J. Dubner asks, “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. To find out more, check out the podcast […]

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

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:00:51 +0000

We explore 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?

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Womb to Tomb: TMSIDK Episode 27

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:47 +0000

Alexandra Petri (Washington Post columnist) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK covers everything from birth to earth, including pregnancy tests, parenting, monogamy, aging better, and, finally, embalming.

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“How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?”

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 22:00:43 +0000

Season 7, Episode 2 This week on Freakonomics Radio: John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. also getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Stephen J. Dubner brings you the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions […]

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

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 03:00:32 +0000

There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?

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Sneak Peek of TMSIDK Season 4

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:33 +0000

Alex Guarnaschelli, Alexandra Petri, Hari Kondabolu, Mary Roach, and Jemele Hill are some of the brilliant co-hosts joining us during Season 4. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll learn in 10 new episodes beginning September 17th.

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These Shoes Are Killing Me!

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:00:59 +0000

Season 7, Episode 1 This week on Freakonomics Radio: the human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in “a coffin” (as one foot scholar calls it) that stymies so much of its ability — and may create more problems than it solves? […]

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“How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?”

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 03:00:56 +0000

John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Here’s the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions in the face of risk versus uncertainty.

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Do Boycotts Work? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:00:34 +0000

Season 6, Episode 52 This week on Freakonomics Radio: the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the South African divestment campaign, Chick-fil-A! Almost anyone can launch a boycott, and the media loves to cover them. But do boycotts actually produce the change they’re fighting for? Also, we speak with the editors of an unusual book called The Encyclopedia of Ethical […]

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Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 03:00:01 +0000

By some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what's to be done? Our third and final episode in this series offers some encouraging answers.

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