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No Hollywood Ending for the Visual-Effects Industry

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:51:17 +0000

Season 6, Episode 625 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio: In a world where Hollywood movies are visually extravagant…why has the visual effects industry in Hollywood vanished? Stephen J. Dubner looks at where America’s CGI jobs have gone and who’s to blame. To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: […]

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No Hollywood Ending for the Visual-Effects Industry

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:00:22 +0000

In their chase for a global audience, American movie studios spend billions to make their films look amazing. But almost none of those dollars stay in America. What would it take to bring those jobs back — and would it be worth it?

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Perfection: TMSIDK Episode 7

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:00:37 +0000

In 1921, Congress considered a bill that would add a 13th month called Vern. The goal was to create a year with 13 identical months of exactly four weeks (28 days). We would have a perfectly fixed calendar — every date of every month would fall on the exact same day of the week. Always. […]

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Is the American Dream Really Dead?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:23:21 +0000

Season 6, Episode 24 This week on Freakonomics Radio: Stephen J. Dubner asks, “Is the American Dream Really Dead?” For years, the U.S. government has been trying to make the American Dream a reality. So how successful have these efforts been? Plus: has China eaten all of America’s jobs? To find out more, check out the podcasts […]

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Professor Hendryx vs. Big Coal

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:00:36 +0000

What happens when a public-health researcher deep in coal country argues that mountaintop mining endangers the entire community? Hint: it doesn’t go very well.

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What You Don’t Know About Online Dating

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:21:53 +0000

Season 6, Episode 23 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio: an economist’s guide to dating online. PJ Vogt bravely lets us evaluate his OkCupid account, and we teach him how to game the algorithms. Plus: Stephen J. Dubner on the state of the marriage union. To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: […]

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How to Get More Grit in Your Life (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:00:50 +0000

The psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that a person’s level of stick-to-itiveness is directly related to their level of success. No big surprise there. But grit, she says, isn’t something you’re born with — it can be learned. Here’s how.

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An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:14:08 +0000

Season 6, Episode 22 This week on Freakonomics Radio: Stephen J. Dubner celebrates the Super Bowl, America’s favorite secular holiday. We assembled a panel of smart dudes — a two-time Super Bowl champ; a couple of NFL linemen, including one who’s getting a math Ph.D at MIT, and our resident economist — to tell you what […]

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An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 04:00:42 +0000

We assembled a panel of smart dudes—a two-time Super Bowl champ; a couple of NFL linemen, including one who's getting a math Ph.D at MIT, and our resident economist--to tell you what to watch for, whether you're a football fanatic or a total newbie.

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Trevor Noah Has a Lot to Say

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:16:28 +0000

Season 6, Episode 21 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio: Stephen J. Dubner sits down with The Daily Show host Trevor Noah to discuss being born a crime in apartheid South Africa, the subject of Noah’s new memoir. The comedian has a sui generis view of American politics, customs, and obsessions. Plus: who are the most successful […]

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