Freakonomics

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  • Location: New York, New York
Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.

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Series

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10 Pieces

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303 Pieces

Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.


Pieces

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When the world went into lockdown, experts predicted a rise in intimate-partner assaults. What actually happened was more complicated.

  • Added: Jun 23, 2022
  • Length: 53:31
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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. ...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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The social psychologist Robert Cialdini is a pioneer in the science of persuasion. His 1984 book Influence is a classic, and he has just published ...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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Educators and economists tell us all the reasons college enrollment has been dropping, especially for men, and how to stop the bleeding.

  • Added: Jun 02, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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As the Supreme Court considers overturning Roe v. Wade, we look back at Steve Levitt’s controversial research on an unintended consequence of the 1...

  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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Educators and economists tell us all the reasons college enrollment has been dropping, especially for men, and how to stop the bleeding. (Part 4 of...

  • Added: May 19, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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America’s top colleges are facing record demand. So why don’t they increase supply?

  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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We think of them as intellectual enclaves and the surest route to a better life. But U.S. colleges also operate like firms, trying to differentiate...

  • Added: May 05, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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The political scientist Yuen Yuen Ang argues that different forms of government create different styles of corruption. The U.S. and China have more...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2022
  • Length: 53:30
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Nearly 2 percent of America is grassy green. Sure, lawns are beautiful and useful and they smell great. But are the costs — financial, environmenta...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2022
  • Length: 53:30