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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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Freakonomics Radio

Does Religion Make You Happy?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It’s a hard question to answer, but we do our best.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why You Should Bribe Your Kids

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Educational messaging looks good on paper but kids don’t respond to it -- and adults aren’t much better.

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Freakonomics Radio

What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It isn’t easy to separate the guilty from the innocent, but a clever bit of game theory can help.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dubner and Levitt answer reader questions in this first installment of the “Think Like a Freak” Book Club.

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio: Should Tipping Be Banned?

Friday, June 20, 2014

To an economist, tipping is a puzzling behavior – why pay extra when it’s not required? In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, host Stephen Dubner looks at why we tip, which factors affect the amount, and whether tipping should perhaps be eliminated altogether. Research shows that African-American servers earn smaller tips than white servers, so there’s an argument to be made that the practice is discriminatory.

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Freakonomics Radio

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Is it really in a restaurant’s best interest to give customers free bread or chips before they even order?

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio: The Cobra Effect

Thursday, June 19, 2014

If you want to get rid of a nasty invasive pest, it might seem sensible to offer a bounty. But as we’ll hear in this episode of Freakonomics Radio, bounties can backfire. We look at bounties on snakes in Delhi, rats in Hanoi, and feral pigs in Fort Benning, Georgia. In each case, bounty seekers came up with creative ways to maximize their payoff – and pest populations grew. Host Stephen Dubner talks to Steve Levitt about how incentives don’t always work out the way you’d expect.

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Freakonomics Radio: Spite Happens

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This episode of Freakonomics Radio explores our surprising propensity for spite. We discover the gruesome etymology of the phrase “cut off your nose to spite your face” (it involves medieval nuns). Host Stephen Dubner talks to economist Benedikt Herrmann about “money-burning” lab experiments, in which people often choose to surrender some of their own cash in order to take money away from other participants.

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Freakonomics Radio: How Much Does Your Name Matter?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney typed her name in Google one day, she noticed something strange: an ad with the heading: “Latanya Sweeney, Arrested?” But she had never been arrested -- and neither had the only other Latanya Sweeney in the U.S. So why did the ad suggest so?

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Freakonomics Radio

Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Every four years, the U.S. takes a look at the World Cup and develops a slight crush. What would it take to really fall in love?

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Freakonomics Radio

Failure Is Your Friend

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says ... Are you sure?

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Think Like a Child

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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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The Three Hardest Words in the English Language

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Why learning to say “I don’t know” is one of the best things you can do.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Think Like A Freak: The Art of Persuasion

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Logic and facts are no match for ideology - here's how to persuade people who don't want to be persuaded.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How To Think Like A Freak: Think Like A Child

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, hosts of the Freakonomics podcast and authors of Think Like A Freak, talk about ways to retrain your brain and challenge how you think. Today: why thinking like a child -- thinking small -- can help solve big problems.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Think Like a Freak -- and Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt talk about their new book and field questions about prestige, university life, and (yum yum) bacon.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Perfect Crime

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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

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Freakonomics Radio

Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When it comes to exercising outrage, people tend to be very selective. Could it be that humans are our least favorite animal?

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