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Latest episode: June 22, 2017 | 9:00 pm - Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 2)

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Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 2) (38:58) June 22, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal. So why do most Democrats hate him so much? In a rare series of interviews, he explains his political awakening, his
Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 1) (43:18) June 21, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal. So why do most Democrats hate him so much? In a rare series of interviews, he explains his political awakening, his
BONUS: "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" on the topic of Rivalry (61:39) June 19, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the "Freakonomics" co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the lit
Evolution, Accelerated (35:40) June 14, 2017 | 9:00 pm
A breakthrough in genetic technology has given humans more power than ever to change nature. It could help eliminate hunger and disease; it could also lead to the sort of dystopia we used to only read about in sci-fi novels. So what happens next? Help us
He’s One of the Most Famous Political Operatives in America. America Just Doesn’t Know It Yet. (42:14) June 07, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Steve Hilton was the man behind David Cameron's push to remake British politics. Things didn't work out so well there. Now he's trying to launch a new political revolution – from sunny California.
How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? (27:59) May 31, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Nearly two percent of America is grassy green. Sure, lawns are beautiful and useful and they smell great. But are the costs — financial, environmental and otherwise — worth the benefits?
Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor? (43:55) May 24, 2017 | 9:00 pm
A series of academic studies suggest that the wealthy are, to put it bluntly, selfish jerks. It's an easy narrative to swallow — but is it true? A trio of economists set out to test the theory. All it took was a Dutch postal worker's uniform, some envelo
Hoopers! Hoopers! Hoopers! (39:21) May 17, 2017 | 9:00 pm
As CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer was famous for over-the-top enthusiasm. Now he's brought that same passion to the N.B.A. -- and to a pet project called USAFacts, which performs a sort of fiscal colonoscopy on the American government.
How Big is My Penis? (And Other Things We Ask Google) (34:01) May 10, 2017 | 9:00 pm
On the Internet, people say all kinds of things they'd never say aloud -- about sex and race, about their true wants and fears. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has spent years parsing the data. His conclusion: our online searches are the reflection of our true
Food + Science = Victory! (Rebroadcast) (36:43) May 03, 2017 | 9:00 pm
A kitchen wizard and a nutrition detective talk about the perfect hamburger, getting the most out of garlic, and why you should use vodka in just about everything.
There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified? (45:36) April 26, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Some people argue that sugar should be regulated, like alcohol and tobacco, on the grounds that it's addictive and toxic. How much sense does that make? We hear from a regulatory advocate, an evidence-based skeptic, a former FDA commissioner — and the or
Earth 2.0: Is Income Inequality Inevitable? (40:54) April 19, 2017 | 9:00 pm
In pursuit of a more perfect economy, we discuss the future of work; the toxic remnants of colonization; and whether giving everyone a basic income would be genius -- or maybe the worst idea ever.
Earth 2.0: What Would Our Economy Look Like? (42:50) April 12, 2017 | 9:00 pm
If we could reboot the planet and create new systems and institutions from scratch, would they be any better than what we've blundered our way into through trial and error? This is the first of a series of episodes that we'll release over several months.
Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others? (35:21) April 05, 2017 | 9:00 pm
The biggest problem with humanity is humans themselves. Too often, we make choices — what we eat, how we spend our money and time — that undermine our well-being. An all-star team of academic researchers thinks it has the solution: perfecting the science
Big Returns from Thinking Small (30:44) March 29, 2017 | 9:00 pm
By day, two leaders of Britain's famous Nudge Unit use behavioral tricks to make better government policy. By night, they repurpose those tricks to improve their personal lives. They want to help you do the same.
BONUS: “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” on the topic of Collections. (53:58) March 27, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Hear live journalism wrapped in a game show package and hosted by Stephen J. Dubner. In this episode, Tim Ferriss, Eugene Mirman and Anne Pasternak are panelists. The self-help guru, the comedian and the Brooklyn Museum director talk about brainwaves, su
How Safe Is Your Job? (Rebroadcast) (33:17) March 22, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?
Why Is My Life So Hard? (30:29) March 15, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Most of us feel we face more headwinds and obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy. How can we avoid this trap?
March 2017 Freakonomics Flyaway to NYC Contest Rules March 09, 2017 | 2:43 pm


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Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory (31:22) March 08, 2017 | 9:00 pm
The pizza-and-gaming emporium prides itself on affordability, which means its arcade games are really cheap to play. Does that lead to kids hogging the best games — and parents starting those infamous YouTube brawls?

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