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Stupid Stuff: TMSIDK Episode 12

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

This episode of Tell Me Something I Don't Know is all about "Stupid Stuff" — things that seem stupid but aren't and things don't but are.

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The Men Who Started A Thinking Revolution

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:41:58 +0000

Season 6, Episode 29 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio: Stephen J. Dubner interviews Michael Lewis about the two men who created behavioral economics, redefining how humans think and changing our world. Among the discoveries discussed on this episode, this one comes from psychology: human behavior is influenced, not only by our inner bearings, but by our […]

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How Safe is Your Job? (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:00:07 +0000

Economists preach the gospel of “creative destruction,” whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?

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Under the Hood: TMSIDK Episode 11

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:14 +0000

This week, we go "Under the Hood," unearthing the secrets behind concealed ovulation, kosher food, cheesy dreams, pneumatic felines and negotiating.

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Why Are We Still Using Cash?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:32:58 +0000

Season 6, Episode 28 This week on Freakonomics Radio: cash 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. Plus: why thinking of Bitcoin as just a digital currency is like thinking about the Internet as just email. To find […]

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Why Is My Life So Hard?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:00:11 +0000

Most of us feel we face more headwinds and obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. How can we avoid this trap?

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Collections: TMSIDK Episode 10

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:00:06 +0000

We've gathered amazing and surprising facts from the world of Collections. We're not talking baseball cards and Beanie Babies—we've got: glucose, gamma rays, brainwaves, fake art and some very blue Russian.

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Bad Medicine, Part 2: Death By Diagnosis

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:23:01 +0000

Season 6, Episode 27 This week on Freakonomics Radio: 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? Plus: Stephen J. Dubner investigates how so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to the market. To find out more, check out […]

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Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:00:13 +0000

The pizza-and-gaming emporium prides itself on affordability, which means its arcade games are really cheap to play. Does that lead to kids hogging the best games — and parents starting those infamous YouTube brawls?

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Athletes’ Feats: TMSIDK Episode 9

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 04:00:49 +0000

This episode of Tell Me Something I Don't Know is all about the written — or spoken, or programmed, or texted — word. Let's start with the letter "A": abbreviations, absenteeism, AI, advertisements and ...a rising tide.

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