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The pandemic provided city dwellers with a break from the din of the modern world. Now the noise is coming back. What does that mean for our productivity, health, and basic sanity?
Liberals endorse harm reduction when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Are they ready to take the same approach to climate change? 
The documentary filmmaker, known for The Civil War, Jazz, and Baseball, turns his attention to the Holocaust, and asks what we can learn from the evils of the past.
The pandemic moved a lot of religious activity onto the internet. With faith-based apps, Silicon Valley is turning virtual prayers into earthly rewards. Does this mean sharing user data? Dear God, let’s hope not …
As the Biden administration rushes to address climate change, Stephen Dubner looks at another, hidden cost of air pollution — one that’s affecting how we think.
The controversial Harvard economist, recently back from a suspension, “broke a lot of glass early in my career,” he says. His research on school incentives and police brutality won him acclaim — but also enemies. Now he’s taking a hard look at corporate diversity programs. The common thread in his work? “I refuse to not tell the truth.”
It boosts economic opportunity and social mobility. It’s good for the environment. So why do we charge people to use it? The short answer: it’s complicated. 
Breaking news! Sources say American journalism exploits our negativity bias to maximize profits, and social media algorithms add fuel to the fire. Stephen Dubner investigates.
According to a decades-long research project, the U.S. is not only the most individualistic country on earth; we’re also high on indulgence, short-term thinking, and masculinity (but low on “uncertainty avoidance,” if that makes you feel better). We look at how these traits affect our daily lives and why we couldn’t change them even if we wanted to. 
We often look to other countries for smart policies on education, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. But can a smart policy be simply transplanted into a country as culturally unusual (and as supremely WEIRD) as America?
It used to be at the center of our conversations about politics and society. Scott Hershovitz (author of Nasty, Brutish, and Short) argues that philosophy still has a lot to say about work, justice, and parenthood. Our latest installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club.
Sure, you were “in love.” But economists — using evidence from Bridgerton to Tinder — point to what’s called “assortative mating.” And it has some unpleasant consequences for society.
In one of the earliest Freakonomics Radio episodes, we asked a bunch of economists with young kids how they approached child-rearing. Now the kids are old enough to talk — and they have a lot to say. We hear about nature vs. nurture, capitalism vs. Marxism, and why you don’t tell your friends that your father is an economist.
Boosters say blockchain technology will usher in a brave new era of decentralization. Are they right — and would it be a dream or a nightmare? (Part 3 of "What Can Blockchain Do for You?")
Some of them are. With others, it’s more complicated (and more promising). We try to get past the Bored Apes and the ripoffs to see if we can find art on the blockchain. (Part 2 of "What Can Blockchain Do for You?")
No. But now is a good time to sort out the potential from the hype. Whether you’re bullish, bearish, or just confused, we’re here to explain what the blockchain can do for you. (Part 1 of a series.) 
Kevin Kelly calls himself “the most optimistic person in the world.” And he has a lot to say about parenting, travel, A.I., being luckier — and why we should spend way more time on YouTube.
In ancient Rome, it was bread and circuses. Today, it’s a World Cup, an Olympics, and a new Saudi-backed golf league that’s challenging the P.G.A. Tour. Can a sporting event really repair a country’s reputation — or will it trigger the dreaded Streisand Effect?
When the world went into lockdown, experts predicted a rise in intimate-partner assaults. What actually happened was more complicated.
In this new podcast from the Freakonomics Radio Network, dog-cognition expert and bestselling author Alexandra Horowitz (Inside of a Dog) takes us inside the scruffy, curious, joyful world of dogs. This is the first episode of Off Leash; you can find more episodes in your podcast app now. 
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Mary Daly

454€/5454$845

Sep 29th
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ForexTraderNYC

i hate any noise that doesn't benefit me..anything that takes away my focus.

Sep 29th
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Andre D'Elena

What about the waste? To produce enough electricity for all the US we would need to figure out what to do with 1000 cubic meters/year of high level nuclear waste. The kind of waste that remains toxic for hundreds of years. I would be interested in a conversation about that.

Sep 27th
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Stuart Morgan

Chernobyl HBO series was the real disaster.

Sep 23rd
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Joe A. Finley II

This should've been a two-part series: a first part that focuses on olden days courtship and a second part that focuses on the sociology of modern-day courtship, including dating apps.

Sep 23rd
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Stuart Morgan

Ken Burns, hard pass, the man struggles with objectivity.

Sep 22nd
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pooyan tahmasebi

the topic is great. it's recalling Adam Smith

Sep 21st
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Lian Keshiahian

Thanks for this very informative and interesting episode I enjoyed it even more because of all the scientific facts abd research results...

Sep 15th
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Stuart Morgan

His parable of his grandmother commenting on the 'superior race' shows he is still carrying a chip on his shoulder. Why do you need to bring someone else down to raise yourself up?

Sep 14th
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Tj Grant

Terrible episode!

Sep 11th
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Joe A. Finley II

Trump wasn't "well known"?! Maybe, politically. More like, staying in the theme of this episode, Trump tapped into the WORST parts of herd ignorance and exploited them.

Sep 5th
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Andrew Browne

one of the best podcasts that Freakanomicds has done in years. Is Roland on Twitter?

Sep 2nd
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Shivani Chandra

so what is this podcast called?

Aug 23rd
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Moshe Wise

The guest complains that the state gives the employer and employee too much freedom in determining labour conditions. His solution is to give the state even more power over private employment contracts. A man who believes that a more powerful state makes the citizen more free is not a serious thinker.

Aug 3rd
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Sanne Høybye

Love this podcast! Great host & interesting topics..

Jul 30th
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Kim Hawko Vitiello

“You don’t even understand what the program does.” You know what that sounds like to me? Synthetic CDOs and how no one understands those either. And what happened? The 2008 recession.

Jul 14th
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albus

wow

Jul 11th
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albus

wow

Jul 4th
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Joe A. Finley II

Honestly bored after the first ten minutes! You don't even give this guy's credentials right away, yet he's supposed to be some "expert!" Just rehashing the standard suburban moderate mantra that "both sides are to blame." Yeah, Republicans not wanting to expand Healthcare access is TOTALLY analogous to Democrats being reluctant to go along with tax cuts for the rich! And Bernie and Trump are populists for VERY different reasons: one wants to HELP people by expanding Medicare, and providing free Pre-K and paid family leave; one wants to ban Muslims and separate brown children from their parents for MONTHS! Gimme a break! Enough with these Center-Right clowns!!

Jul 1st
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albus

cool

Jun 26th
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