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Can You Be Too Smart for Your Own Good? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dubner and Levitt talk about circadian rhythms, gay marriage, autism, and whether "pay what you want" is everything it's cracked up to be.

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Mark from Boston

On further incentive for the cure of cancer (or any other medical condition) is that many people have a family member or friend who is currently suffering from cancer in one form or another, and there is certainly a desire to help those people if they can. There are many anecdotal stories of people who move into medical research because they had a close family member who was afflicted or died, and they want to prevent it from happening to others. This is different from, but shares aspects of, the 'hero' incentive imo.

May. 23 2013 09:23 AM

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In their books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomicsSteven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior. As boring as that may sound, what they really do is tell stories — about cheating schoolteachers, self-dealing real-estate agents, and crack-selling mama’s boys. American Public Media’s Marketplace and WNYC are now bringing those Freakonomics stories — and plenty of new ones — to the radio, with Dubner as host. Just like the books, Freakonomics Radio will explore “the hidden side of everything.” It will tell you things you always thought you knew but didn’t, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do.

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