Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers. read less

Our Editor's Take

Freakonomics Radio looks at the hidden side of things like the economy and human behavior. Steve Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner introduced their style of analysis in the blockbuster book Freakonomics in 2005. On the podcast, the duo uses data to help listeners understand the world around them. They interview leading experts to get to the bottom of intriguing real-world problems. The show aims to answer difficult questions. Past topics have included "Why Are There So Many Bad Bosses?" and "Is 'Toxic Positivity' a Thing?" along with many more.

With counterintuitive takes such as exploring why traffic jams are actually good for us, they help to show the world in a whole new light. This light is shone with the help of expert opinions and guests. Guests on the show include bestselling author Alexandra Horowitz and economist Chris Paxson.

Each episode tackles a specific topic and uses data and stories to answer questions in a new way. The results are often unexpected. Themes range from politics to culture and are always topical. Freakonomics Radio helps listeners forge a new view of contemporary life. No matter what the topic, Freakonomics Radio always provides listeners with fascinating insights.

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