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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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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Warm and Cozy

Sunday, November 04, 2012

An old-fashioned waitress, and a poet at high tide, in stories by an American master and a contemporary Irish writer.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Man Walk Into a Bar

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Interesting characters at eateries—a working man’s lunch spot, and an Irish pub—link these two stories, one an early work by an American master, the other a contemporary tale by an Irishman.

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