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The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet "aftercare." But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet?

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How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Okay, maybe the steps aren’t so easy. But a program run out of a Toronto housing project has had great success in turning around kids who were headed for trouble.

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Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

If U.S. schoolteachers are indeed “just a little bit below average,” it’s not really their fault. So what should be done about it?

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The Man Who Would Be Everything

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boris Johnson -- mayor of London, biographer of Churchill, cheese-box painter and tennis-racket collector -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions.

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Why Do People Keep Having Children?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Even a brutal natural disaster doesn’t diminish our appetite for procreating. This surely means we’re heading toward massive overpopulation, right? Probably not.

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Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Corporations around the world are consolidating like never before. If it’s good enough for companies, why not countries? Welcome to Amexico!

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What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A lot! “The Economics of the Undead” is a book about dating strategy, job creation, and whether there should be a legal market for blood.

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“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The debut of a live game show from Freakonomics Radio, with judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson.

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How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Norwegian government parleys massive oil wealth into huge subsidies for electric cars. Is that carbon laundering or just pragmatic environmentalism?

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How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The science of what works -- and doesn't work -- in fund-raising

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Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition

Thursday, October 02, 2014

A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.'s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.

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Fitness Apartheid

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Markets are hardly perfect, but the results can be ugly when you try to subvert them.

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Outsiders by Design

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What does it mean to pursue something that everyone else thinks is nuts? And what does it take to succeed?

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How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?

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Regulate This!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, EatWith, and other companies in the “sharing economy” are practically daring government regulators to shut them down. The regulators are happy to comply.

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Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The online universe doesn't have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world. Discuss.

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Parking Is Hell (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There ain't no such thing as a free parking spot. Somebody has to pay for it -- and that somebody is everybody.

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What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A look at whether spite pays -- and if it even exists.

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Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's awkward, random, confusing -- and probably discriminatory too.

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How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A kid's name can tell us something about his parents -- their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

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