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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher
DocumentarySociety & Culture

Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner uncovers the hidden side of everything. Why is it safer to fly in an airplane than drive a car? How do we decide whom to marry? Why is the media so full of bad news? Also: things you never knew you wanted to know about wolves, bananas, pollution, search engines, and the quirks of human behavior.


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4.5 out of 5 stars from 40k ratings
  • Fascinating episode as ever. It made me think, which is always a good thing, Maybe col Bogdanos should take 5 minutes to do the same thing though. Whenever anybody talking about an obviously complex subject says it's simple my hackles rise. If defining something as stolen and returning it really is as simple as he suggests then any American with non native American heritage, such as the colonel, had better find somewhere else to live. So no, defining theft and ownership of ancient artifacts isn'... more

    John Caulfield
    22 days ago
  • The benchmark for any informative/interview based podcasts!!

    More than the unique topics that they cover, what I really love about Freakonomincs Radio is the presentation by Steven Dubner and the impeccable editing. Interviews are paused with a cut, context/caveats added, and then swiftly moves back to the interview to present a nice cohesive story that is just absolutely easy listening to and follow. Just love it. One criticism that I do have of it is that most of the topics are heavily US/UK focused. I’d love to see unique topics from India, South East ... more

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    India24 days ago
  • as an iranian, i'd rather not receive them unless the regime changes! they are even selling and renting our historical monuments! 😢

    payam kohan
    25 days ago
  • Great stuff

    Entertaining and informative. One of my favorites.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • Continually Interesting

    Was I wondering about repatriating stolen art? No. Was it fascinating? Absolutely! Another example of well- researched reporting on subjects that you didn’t even know you were interested in. Well done!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago

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