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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. Join the Freakonomics Radio Plus membership program for weekly... more

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People who are good at their jobs routinely get promoted into bigger jobs they’re bad at. We explain why firms keep producing incompetent managers — and why that’s unlikely to change. more

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Fareed Zakaria says yes. But it’s not just political revolution — it’s economic, technological, even emotional. He doesn’t offer easy solutions but he does offer some hope. more

10 days ago

The political debates over immigration can generate a lot of fuzzy facts. We wanted to test Americans’ knowledge — so, to wrap up our special series on immigration, we called some Freakonomics Radio listeners and quizzed them. more

13 days ago

As the U.S. tries to fix its messy immigration system, our neighbor to the north is scooping up more talented newcomers every year. Are the Canadians stealing America’s bacon? (Part three of a three-part series.) more

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  • The Feynman series 💕

    I’ve loved Freakonmics for years, and I’ve loved Feynman for even longer. It all made so much sense when Dubner talked so excitedly about Feynman and his legacy. There’s definitely a common thread that has drawn me to both. more

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    17 days ago
  • Biased to the left, unfortunate

    Analysis of immigration was interesting, but left biased. There was no acknowledgment of the differences between immigration today and immigration of the 20th century. Ideological blindness.

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    United States21 days ago
  • Better suited for cocktail party chatters

    No denial this podcast makes econ fun. Although it seems that for the most part, the aim is to show “contrarian” views (with the unshakable premise of Capitalism is king) with anecdotes or selective data presented as proofs, either inevitably lead to an aha conclusion or pitched against each other for dramatic effects. Fun as casual chat feeds, as long as you don’t rely it to make real world judgement or prediction.

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