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When small businesses get bought by big investors, the name may stay the same — but customers and employees can feel the difference. (Part 2 of 2.)
A new podcast hosted by Zachary Crockett. In the first episode: Gas stations. When gas prices skyrocket, do station owners get a windfall? And where do their profits really come from? 
Big investors are buying up local veterinary practices (and pretty much everything else). What does this mean for scruffy little Max* — and for the U.S. economy? (Part 1 of 2.) *The most popular dog name in the U.S. in 2022. 
And with her book "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," she succeeded. Now she's not so sure how to feel about all the attention. 
We tend to look down on artists who can't match their breakthrough success. Should we be celebrating them instead? 
In a special episode of No Stupid Questions, Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth discuss classroom design, open offices, and cognitive drift. 
In this special episode of People I (Mostly) Admire, Steve Levitt talks to the best-selling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus about finding the profound in the obvious.
Labor exploitation! Corporate profiteering! Government corruption! The 21st century can look a lot like the 18th. In the final episode of a series, we turn to “the father of economics” for solutions. (Part 3 of “In Search of the Real Adam Smith.”)
Economists and politicians have turned him into a mascot for free-market ideology. Some on the left say the right has badly misread him. Prepare for a very Smithy tug of war. (Part 2 of “In Search of the Real Adam Smith.”)
A sneak peek at an upcoming series — and a call for would-be radio reporters.
How did an affable 18th-century “moral philosopher” become the patron saint of cutthroat capitalism? Does “the invisible hand” mean what everyone thinks it does? We travel to Smith’s hometown in Scotland to uncover the man behind the myth. (Part 1 of a series.)
In this special episode of Freakonomics, M.D., host Bapu Jena looks at a clever new study that could help answer one of parenting’s most contentious questions.
No — but he does have a knack for stumbling into the perfect moment, including the recent FTX debacle. In this installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, we revisit the book that launched the analytics revolution.
It used to feel like magic. Now it can feel like a set of cheap tricks. Is the problem with Google — or with us?
The banana, once a luxury good, rose to become America’s favorite fruit. Now a deadly fungus threatens to wipe it out. Can it be saved?
It’s fun to obsess over pop stars and racecar drivers — but is fandom making our politics even more toxic?  
The last two years have radically changed the way we work — producing winners, losers, and a lot of surprises.
It was supposed to boost prosperity and democracy at the same time. What really happened? According to the legal scholar Anthea Roberts, it depends which story you believe.
One Yale economist certainly thinks so. But even if he’s right, are economists any better?
New research finds that bosses who went to business school pay their workers less. So what are M.B.A. programs teaching — and should they stop? 
Comments (647)

The Derstine

sad to hear such audio pollution (adverts) at 10 decibels louder than podcast 😰🫤 really annoying

Jan 27th

niloofar sah

👊🏽❤️👏🏽enjoyed it lot! she's so genuine and I loved it!

Jan 19th


these comments are an absolute mess 😭

Jan 17th


does the Catholic Church even acknowledge evolution? I don't feel like you can ask them about souls of Neanderthals and homosapiens if they don't believe that humans actually evolved

Jan 10th

Joe A. Finley II

Not a real environmentalist, sorry.

Jan 4th

Khalid Shamlan

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Dec 24th

Juan Diego Jimenez Serna

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Dec 18th

Joe A. Finley II

As an urbanist Progressive, two nonstandard takes: A) What a CLEAR case for the need to reduce car dependency. B) Even hunters should see the IRONY in complaining about wolves hunting as their NATURAL predatory habit versus protecting "their" billions-of-dollars "industry" --it's not the 1800s anymore.

Nov 17th


I haven't heard this yet but I am your BIGGEST FAN. I really appreciate you.

Nov 10th

Stuart Morgan

a reckoning with media since Trump with journalist soul-searching? what media are these people talking about as all I have seen is a doubling down of partisanship.

Nov 4th


This is one of the most balanced episodes they have done.

Oct 30th

Moshe Wise

The most obvious problem with state intervention in private business is that the state's price is arbitrary while in private business the price can be impacted by competition. This problem is present for minimum wage and for rent control.

Oct 21st

Moshe Wise

Jesus saves & Moses invests

Oct 16th

Mary Daly


Sep 29th


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

Sep 29th

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

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

Stuart Morgan

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

Sep 22nd
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