Freakonomics Radio

16 EpisodesProduced by ​Dubner Productions and Stitcher

Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at… read more

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375. The Most Interesting Fruit in the World

April 18th, 2019


The banana used to be a luxury good. Now it’s the most popular fruit in the U.S. and elsewhere. But the production efficiencies that made it so cheap …

374. How Spotify Saved the Music Industry (But Not Necessarily Musicians)

April 11th, 2019


Daniel Ek, a 23-year-old Swede who grew up on pirated music, made the record labels an offer they couldn’t refuse: a legal platform to stream all the …

373. Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work

April 4th, 2019


As cities become ever-more expensive, politicians and housing advocates keep calling for rent control. Economists think that’s a terrible idea. They …

372. Freakonomics Radio Live: “Would You Eat a Piece of Chocolate Shaped Like Dog Poop?”

March 28th, 2019


What your disgust level says about your politics, how Napoleon influenced opera, why New York City’s subways may finally run on time, and more. Five …

Why You Shouldn’t Open a Restaurant (Ep. 347 Update)

March 21st, 2019


Kenji Lopez-Alt became a rock star of the food world by bringing science into the kitchen in a way that everyday cooks can appreciate. Then he dared to start his own restaurant — and discovered problems that even …

371. A Free-Trade Democrat in the Trump White House

March 14th, 2019


For years, Gary Cohn thought he’d be the next C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs. Instead, he became the “adult in the room” in a chaotic administration. Cohn …

370. How to Fail Like a Pro

March 7th, 2019


The road to success is paved with failure, so you might as well learn to do it right. (Ep. 5 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)

369. A Good Idea Is Not Good Enough

February 28th, 2019


Whether you’re building a business or a cathedral, execution is everything. We ask artists, scientists, and inventors how they turned ideas into reality. And we find out why it’s so hard for a group to get things done — …

368. Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

February 21st, 2019


Whether you’re mapping the universe, hosting a late-night talk show, or running a meeting, there are a lot of ways to up your idea game. Plus: the truth about brainstorming. (Ep. 3 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)

367. The Future of Meat

February 14th, 2019


Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?

366. This Economist Predicted the Last Crisis. What’s the Next One?

February 7th, 2019


In 2005, Raghuram Rajan said the financial system was at risk “of a catastrophic meltdown.” After stints at the I.M.F. and India’s central bank, he …

Extra: Domonique Foxworth Full Interview

February 2nd, 2019


Stephen Dubner’s conversation with the former N.F.L. player, union official, and all-around sports thinker, recorded for our “Hidden Side of Sports” series.

365. Not Just Another Labor Force

January 31st, 2019


If you think talent and hard work give top athletes all the leverage to succeed, think again. As employees in the Sports-Industrial Complex, they’ve got a tight earnings window, a high injury rate, little choice in …

Extra: Mark Cuban Full Interview

January 26th, 2019


A conversation with the Shark Tank star, entrepreneur, and Dallas Mavericks owner recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”

364. Inside the Sports-Industrial Complex

January 24th, 2019


For most of us, the athletes are what make sports interesting. But if you own the team or run the league, your players are essentially very expensive migrant workers who eat into your profits. We talk to N.F.L., N.B.A., …

Extra: Mark Teixeira Full Interview

January 19th, 2019


A conversation with former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sports.”

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