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Latest episode: October 18, 2017 | 9:00 pm - The Demonization of Gluten

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The Demonization of Gluten (43:55) October 18, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Celiac disease is thought to affect roughly one percent of the population. The good news: it can be treated by quitting gluten. The bad news: many celiac patients haven't been diagnosed. The weird news: millions of people without celiac disease have quit
What Are the Secrets of the German Economy — and Should We Steal Them? (57:03) October 11, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Smart government policies, good industrial relations, and high-end products have helped German manufacturing beat back the threats of globalization.
Time to Take Back the Toilet (Rebroadcast) (31:45) October 04, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?
“Tell Me Something I Don't Know” on the topic of Behavior Change (Special Feature) (55:16) September 30, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Stephen J. Dubner hosts an episode full of the world's most renowned behavior change experts, including Colin Camerer, Ayelet Fishbach, David Laibson, Max Bazerman, Katy Milkman, and Kevin Volpp. Angela Duckworth (psychologist and author of Grit) is our
Why Larry Summers Is the Economist Everyone Hates to Love (50:29) September 27, 2017 | 9:00 pm
He's been U.S. Treasury Secretary, a chief economist for the Obama White House and the World Bank, and president of Harvard. He's one of the most brilliant economists of his generation (and perhaps the most irascible). And he thinks the Trump Administrat
Why Learn Esperanto? (Special Feature) (31:49) September 25, 2017 | 9:00 pm
A language invented in the 19th century, and meant to be universal, it never really caught on. So why does a group of Esperantists from around the world gather once a year to celebrate their bond?
What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) (41:04) September 20, 2017 | 9:00 pm
We explore votes for English, Indonesian, and … Esperanto! The search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Will technology finally solve that?
Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) (43:04) September 13, 2017 | 9:00 pm
There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?
"How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?" (47:04) September 06, 2017 | 9:00 pm
John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Here's the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions in the face o
Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (Rebroadcast) (47:20) August 30, 2017 | 9:00 pm
By some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what's to be done? Our third and final episode in this series offers some encouraging answers.
Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Rebroadcast) (45:35) August 23, 2017 | 9:00 pm
How do so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on "dream patients" who aren't representative of a larger population. On the other hand, sometimes the only thing worse than being exc
Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Rebroadcast) (44:02) August 16, 2017 | 9:00 pm
We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new
What Are You Waiting For? (Rebroadcast) (36:19) August 09, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Standing in line represents a particularly sloppy — and frustrating — way for supply and demand to meet. Why haven't we found a better way to get what we want? Is it possible that we secretly enjoy waiting in line? And might it even be (gulp) good for us
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask) (43:59) August 02, 2017 | 9:00 pm
The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here's how to become your own financial superhero.
The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money (48:00) July 26, 2017 | 9:00 pm
It's hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. So why are we willing to pay big fees for subpar investment returns? Enter the low-cost index fund. The revolution will not be monetized.
These Shoes Are Killing Me! (39:14) July 19, 2017 | 9:00 pm
The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in "a coffin" (as one foot scholar calls it) that stymies so much of its ability — and may create more problems than it solves?
When Helping Hurts (51:25) July 12, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Good intentions are nice, but with so many resources poured into social programs, wouldn't it be even nicer to know what actually works?
The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage (43:54) July 05, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in "marriageable" men. Surely the fracking boom revers
The Harvard President Will See You Now (Rebroadcast) (39:18) June 28, 2017 | 9:00 pm
How a pain-in-the-neck girl from rural Virginia came to run the most powerful university in the world. Help us meet the Freakonomics Radio listener challenge. If 500 of you become sustaining members at just $7/month before June 30th we'll unlock an addit
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

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