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Freakonomics Radio

Think Like a Child (Rebroadcast)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When it comes to generating ideas and asking questions it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an eight year old.

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PRI's The World

Why are Ecuadoreans obsessed with the $2 bill?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Journalist John Dennehy is obsessed with $2 bills — and so, it seems, are Ecuadoreans. While living in Ecuador, which officially uses the US dollar as its currency, Dennehy discovered that the bill is even rarer there than it is in the US, and it's a prized good-luck charm to boot.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Baseball in Decline

Monday, April 27, 2015

The business side of Major League Baseball has been thriving in recent years, and yet there’s a widespread perception that the sport has drifted from the center of sports culture. On this week’s Out Loud podcast, Ben McGrath, a staff writer, and Daniel Okrent, the writer, editor, and inventor of Rotisserie League baseball, join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to assess the state of America’s national pastime. They discuss the legacy of baseball’s steroid era, how fantasy sports have change fandom, and the fact that the length of baseball games has increased by more than an hour in the past few decades.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Libyan Migrant Disaster

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Last week, a ship carrying more than 900 migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, killing nearly all aboard. The tragic incident has drawn international attention to the plight of African refugees, thousands of whom die every year attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. Mattathias Schwartz and Jon Lee Anderson join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the ongoing migrant crisis, its causes and its effects.

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The Takeaway

Obama Wants to Fast-Track the Biggest Trade Deal in 20 Years

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Most of President Obama's support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership has come from the GOP and big business. Democrats and others say it would drive wages down and encourage outsourcing. 

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Freakonomics Radio

Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

America's favorite statistical guru answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions, and more.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Economic Policies Driving Inequality

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says misguided priorities are leaving many Americans further and further behind.

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PRI's The World

Sorry, Oprah. You're not No. 1 anymore.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Is Nigeria’s wealthiest woman self-made, or part of a corrupt system?

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Freakonomics Radio

Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It may seem like winning a valuable diamond is an unalloyed victory. It's not. It's not even clear that a diamond is so valuable.

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The Takeaway

How Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Low Wages

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new study finds that companies like Walmart and McDonalds often pay employees such low wages that many are driven to federal assistance programs to make ends meet.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Love Letters, Murder and Lies, and Making it in Music

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Takeaway looks at artist Frida Kahol's love letters, a new film about murder and lies, and musician Amy Speace drops by.

Freakonomics Radio

How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The practice of medicine has been subsumed by the business of medicine. This is great news for healthcare shareholders -- and bad news for pretty much everyone else.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

The Legacy of Reconstruction

Friday, April 03, 2015

Most Americans look back at Reconstruction as a blemish on our shared history—an era of oppression, corruption, and systemic racism. A hundred and fifty years later, though, the United States is grappling with many of the same issues that plagued our country during Reconstruction. Jelani Cobb and Eric Foner talk with Dorothy Wickenden about the ways in which Reconstruction still affects American life.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Job Creation Slows in March

Friday, April 03, 2015

After months of robust job creation, the U.S. economy added just 126,000 jobs in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's the smallest gain in hiring since December 2013.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A lot of the conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

David Remnick and Nathan Thrall on Obama and Netanyahu

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to a fourth term, after casting doubt on prospects for peace with the Palestinians, long a goal of the United States, and decrying President Obama’s nuclear dealmaking with Iran. This week, David Remnick and Nathan Thrall talk about the rocky relationship between Obama and Netanyahu and the possibility of a two-state solution.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

If you are driving and kill a pedestrian, there's a good chance you'll barely be punished. Why?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Yemen in Crisis, Child-Free and Happy, and Rampant Corruption

Thursday, March 26, 2015

    

PRI's The World

How returning home to Mexico gets complicated after years in the US

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In this small city in Mexico's Yucatán, the choice between staying near family or earning more in the United States leaves some people restless.

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PRI's The World

The seafood you eat may have been caught by slaves

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thousands of men from Myanmar and other southeast Asian countries are being used as slaves to catch fish that may end up on American dinner tables. The Associated Press uncovered the story and followed the distribution trail to the United States.

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