Freakonomics Radio

by Stephen J. Dubner and WNYC Studios

In their books "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics" and "Think Like a Freak", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore "the hidden side of everything," telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.

  

Latest Episodes

Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Terrible/Awesome (Part 2)

hree former White House economists weigh in on the new tax bill. A sample: "The overwhelming evidence is that the trickle-down, magic-beanstalk beans argument — that's just nonsense."


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Posted on 19 April 2018 | 3:00 am


Why the Trump Tax Cuts are Awesome/Terrible (Part 1)

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains the thinking behind the controversial new Republican tax package — and why its critics are wrong. (Next week, we'll hear from the critics.)


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Posted on 12 April 2018 | 3:00 am


Extra: Ray Dalio Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the founder and longtime C.E.O. of Bridgewater Associates, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.


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Posted on 9 April 2018 | 3:00 am


The Invisible Paw

Humans, it has long been thought, are the only animal to engage in economic activity. But what if we've had it exactly backward?


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Posted on 5 April 2018 | 3:00 am


Extra: Mark Zuckerberg Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the Facebook founder and C.E.O., recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.


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Posted on 2 April 2018 | 3:00 am


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Rebroadcast)

The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here's how to become your own financial superhero.


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Posted on 29 March 2018 | 3:00 am


Extra: Carol Bartz Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the former C.E.O. of Yahoo, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.


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Posted on 26 March 2018 | 3:00 am


The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money (Rebroadcast)

It's hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. 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.


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Posted on 22 March 2018 | 3:00 am


Extra: Jack Welch Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the former longtime C.E.O. of General Electric, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.


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Posted on 19 March 2018 | 3:00 am