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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio

In their books quotFreakonomicsquot and quotSuperFreakonomics,quot Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore quotthe hidden side of ...
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Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It?

03/06/14
Yes, it expands the mind but we usually don't retain much -- and then there's the opportunity cost.

Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?

02/27/14
In most countries, houses get more valuable over time. In Japan, a new buyer will often bulldoze the home. We'll tell you why.

Why Marry? (Part 2)

02/20/14
The consequences of our low marriage rate -- and if the old model is less attractive, how about a new one

Why Marry? (Part 1)

02/13/14
The myths of modern marriage.

What You Don’t Know About Online Dating

02/06/14
Thick markets, thin markets, and the triumph of attributes over compatibility.

Reasons to Not Be Ugly

01/30/14
The 'beauty premium' is real, for everyone from babies to NFL quarterbacks.

Everybody Gossips (and That’s a Good Thing)

01/23/14
The benefits of rumor-mongering

Fear Thy Nature (Rebroadcast)

01/16/14
What 'Sleep No More' and the Stanford Prison Experiment tell us about who we really are.

Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-Quently Asked Questions

01/09/14
Dubner and Levitt talk about fixing the post office, putting cameras in the classroom, and wearing hats.

What’s the “Best” Exercise?

01/02/14
Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.

Save Me From Myself (Rebroadcast)

12/26/13
A commitment device forces you to be the person you really want to be. What could possibly go wrong

Pontiff-icating on the Free-Market System

12/19/13
The Pope just gave it to the global economy with both barrels. Was he right to do so