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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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Video: Lopate and Locavores - Tips From Your Waiter

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


WNYC host Leonard Lopate kicked off the series "Lopate and Locavores" with a panel of former and current NYC restaurant wait staff who shared insider tips and tales of what it's like to be on the other side of the dining table. Catch the video!