Episode 612: The Indicator Strikes Back

Friday, March 20, 2015

Look at the numbers today, and things seem promising for the economy. Jobs and home prices are up. But look under the hood, and you see that in a lot of ways the crisis is still with us.


Episode 611: Community

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Only one in three students finish community college—even if money is not the problem.


The Leonard Lopate Show

When Government Agencies Friend Tech Companies

Monday, March 02, 2015

Journalist Robert Scheer discusses how government agencies and tech corporations monitor virtually every aspect of our lives, and offers a defense of privacy and democracy.

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Episode 604: Hey Big Spender

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today, one man at the center of a high stakes negotiation, a group of poker players try to give their money away and that thing everyone loves to hate: airplane baggage fees.


The Takeaway

FCC Chairman: A Declaration of Independence for the Internet

Thursday, February 05, 2015

After 4 million responses from the public and a nudge from the president, the FCC chairmen sent a strong message yesterday: All internet must be treated equally.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

It's a centerpiece of U.S. climate policy and a sacred cow among environmentalists. Does it work?

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Episode 222: The Price Of Lettuce In Brooklyn

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

And what it has to do with how big your raise is next year.


Episode 595: The Rest Of The Story, 2014 Edition

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On today's show, we follow up on a few of our stories from 2014.


Episode 589: Hello, I'm Calling From La Mafia

Friday, December 12, 2014

On today's show: What it's like to live and work in the most dangerous country in the world.


Episode 587: Jubilee! (?)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Iceland is trying out an idea from the Bible. What happens, when you just wipe debt clean?


Episode 585: Chasing The Dread Pirate Roberts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Imagine a marketplace completely free of government interference. A place with no contracts, no courts and no regulations. Except for one pirate, the Dread Pirate Roberts.


Episode 474: The North Korea Files

Friday, November 21, 2014

We got a stack of letters from American citizens who wanted to buy stuff from North Korea. On today's show, we try to figure out who sent the letters, and why.


Episode 583: Cow Noir

Friday, November 14, 2014

There is a crime wave in the West right now. Cattle theft, or as they call it in Oklahoma, cattle rustling, is on the rise. The crime is as old as America, and it's making a big comeback.


Episode 582: Guarding The Secret Path

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There's a tiny town on the border between Ivory Coast and Liberia. On one side, Ebola is raging. On the other side, people are doing everything they can to make sure not a single case arrives.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Judicial Activism vs Judicial Restraint

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Joined by senior editor at Reason magazine, Damon Root, we look at the competing views of how the Supreme Court should operate.

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Episode 578: How To Steal A Million Barrels Of Oil

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stealing oil takes a global system. Lots of people are in on it - small time crooks, criminal bosses, oil tankers owners and corrupt officials.


Episode 577: The Kansas Experiment

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state, and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come. Now he's fighting for his political life.


Episode 575: The Fondue Conspiracy

Friday, October 10, 2014

The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a cartel of Swiss cheese makers, which ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Francis Fukuyama on Why Liberal Democracy Is Ideal But Hard to Achieve

Thursday, October 09, 2014

An examination of the crucial factors that enable stable, equitable, open societies to form, and a look at some successes and failures, from the French Revolution to today.

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All Things Considered

How A Law From The Civil War Fights Modern-Day Fraud

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A Civil War-era law that encourages whistleblowers to turn in their employers has been successful at exposing corporate fraud.