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Why Are We Still Using Cash?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:00:58 +0000

It 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. And if Star Trek is right, we won’t have money of any sort in the 24th century.

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Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:30:10 +0000

Season 6, Episode 3 Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, likes to say that most Americans are libertarians but don’t know it yet. So why can’t Libertarians (and other third parties) gain more political traction? To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “Ten Signs You Might Be […]

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Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 03:00:59 +0000

Sure, we all pay lip service to the Madisonian system of checks and balances. But as one legal scholar argues, presidents have been running roughshod over the system for decades. The result? An accumulation of power that’s turned the presidency into a position the founders wouldn’t have recognized.

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Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:30:30 +0000

Season 6, Episode 2 This week on Freakonomics Radio: When one athlete turned pro, his mom asked him for $1 million. Our modern sensibilities tell us she doesn’t have a case. But does she? Plus, Steve Levitt talks about what he learned from his dad, good and bad. Next, Stephen Dubner shares one of the best lessons he ever learned, […]

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Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 03:00:00 +0000

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, likes to say that most Americans are libertarians but don’t know it yet. So why can't Libertarians (and other third parties) gain more political traction?

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Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:30:09 +0000

Season 6, Episode 1 We Americans may love our democracy — at least in theory — but at the moment our feelings toward the Federal government lie somewhere between disdain and hatred. Which electoral and political ideas should be killed off to make way for a saner system? This episode features ideas from Olympia Snowe, Howard Dean, Joaquin […]

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Why Uber Is an Economist’s Dream

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 03:00:50 +0000

To you, it’s just a ride-sharing app that gets you where you’re going. But to an economist, Uber is a massive repository of moment-by-moment data that is helping answer some of the field’s most elusive questions.

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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 22:30:08 +0000

Season 5, Episode 46 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio, a live game show with host Stephen Dubner, and judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson. Audience members are invited onstage to tell us something we didn’t know. We learn a bit, laugh a lot, and as a bonus, each of the judges tell us […]

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The Future (Probably) Isn’t as Scary as You Think

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 03:00:19 +0000

Internet pioneer Kevin Kelly tries to predict the future by identifying what’s truly inevitable. How worried should we be? Yes, robots will probably take your job — but the future will still be pretty great.

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Is Migration a Basic Human Right? (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:30:09 +0000

Season 5, Episode 45 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio: The argument for open borders is compelling — and deeply problematic. We hear from economists for and against the argument, as well as immigrants, including former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. To learn more, check out the podcast from which this hour was […]

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