Stephen J. Dubner
Stories that use the tools of economics to explore hidden side of everything, telling you things you always thought you knew but didn't, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do.
Legacy of a Jerk
We explore the power of poop. Also, we've all heard our share of poignant and loving eulogies. But what if the deceased was (gulp) a real jerk?
Jan 13, 2013
Freakonomics Goes to College
We explore the value of a college degree and the market for fake diplomas. Plus a look at tuition costs and how the college experience makes people so much better off.
Jan 06, 2013
The Truth Is Out There... Isn't It?
Stephen Dubner explores sending chicken “paws” to China and Hong Kong other examples of weird recycling. Plus, the strange moments when knowledge is not power.
Dec 30, 2012
You Eat What You Are
Americans have access to more and better and cheaper food than ever before but at the same time, we are surrounded by junk food and a rise in obesity and heart disease.
Dec 23, 2012
Save Me from Myself
Sometimes we have a hard time committing ourselves, whether it’s quitting a bad habit or following through on a worthy goal. We share stories about "commitment devices."
Dec 16, 2012
Is a 'No-Lose Lottery' the Answer to America's Savings Problem?
What do you do when smart people keep making stupid mistakes? And: are we a nation of financial illiterates?
Mar 04, 2012
Eating and Tweeting
Does the future of food lie in its past or inside a tank of liquid nitrogen? Also, how anti-social can you be on a social network?
Feb 26, 2012
The Power of the President ... and the Thumb
How much does the President of the United States really matter? Also, where did all the hitchhikers go? Plus, a pair of "attribution errors."
Feb 19, 2012
Show and Yell
Is booing an act of verbal vandalism or the last true expression of democracy? Also, when you drive a Prius, are you guilty of "conspicuous conservation?"
Feb 12, 2012
The Days of Wine and Mouses
Do more expensive wines taste better? And what does one little rodent in a salad say about a restaurant's future?
Feb 05, 2012
The Upside of Quitting
You know the bromide: winners never quit and quitters never win. To which Freakonomics Radio says, "Are you sure?" Sometimes quitting is strategic, and sometimes...
Jul 17, 2011
Can We Stop Predicting the Future?
It's impossible to predict the future, but we can’t help ourselves. With misses that go unpunished, we’ve been trained to ignore the record of those who make predictions.
Jul 10, 2011
The Suicide Paradox
There are twice as many suicides in the US each year than murders, and yet the vast majority of them aren't discussed at all...
Jul 03, 2011
An Economist's Guide to Parenting
Becoming a parent means entering one of the largest seas of advice known to man. Much of it is written by amateurs...
Jun 26, 2011
The Church of 'Scionology'
When you spend your life building a successful business, it's natural to hand the reins to your son or daughter. But economic research indicates that's a terrible idea.
Jun 19, 2011
Which Way, LA? Blog
Award-winning moderator Warren Olney leads lively, thoughtful and provocative discussion on the issues Southern Californians care about.
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