Displaying episodes 451 through 431
What Does a C.E.O. Actually Do?
January 17, 2018 | 9:00 pm
They're paid a fortune — but for what, exactly? What makes a good C.E.O. — and how can you even tell? Is "leadership science" a real thing — or just airport-bookstore mumbo jumbo? We put these questions to Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Indra Nooyi, S
How to Be a Modern Democrat — and Win
January 10, 2018 | 9:00 pm
Gina Raimondo, the governor of tiny Rhode Island, has taken on unions, boosted big business, and made friends with Republicans. She is also one of just 15 Democratic governors in the country. Would there be more of them if there were more like her?
Why Is My Life So Hard? (Rebroadcast)
January 03, 2018 | 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?
Trust Me (Rebroadcast)
December 27, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Societies where people trust one another are healthier and wealthier. In the U.S. (and the U.K. and elsewhere), social trust has been falling for decades — in part because our populations are more diverse. What can we do to fix it?
Make Me a Match (Rebroadcast)
December 20, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Sure, markets generally work well. But for some transactions — like school admissions and organ transplants — money alone can't solve the problem. That's when you need a market-design wizard like Al Roth.
Not Your Grandmother’s I.M.F.
December 13, 2017 | 9:00 pm
The International Monetary Fund has long been the "lender of last resort" for economies in crisis. Christine Lagarde, who runs the institution, would like to prevent those crises from ever happening. She tells us her plans.
Why Is the Live-Event Ticket Market So Screwed Up?
December 06, 2017 | 9:00 pm
The public has almost no chance to buy good tickets to the best events. Ticket brokers, meanwhile, make huge profits on the secondary markets. Here's the story of how this market got so dysfunctional, how it can be fixed – and why it probably won't be.
Are We Running Out of Ideas?
November 29, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Economists have a hard time explaining why productivity growth has been shrinking. One theory: true innovation has gotten much harder – and much more expensive. So what should we do next?
Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Update)
November 22, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Most people don't enjoy the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. But we do love to play the lottery. So what if you combine the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout?
Nurses to the Rescue!
November 15, 2017 | 9:00 pm
They are the most-trusted profession in America (and with good reason). They are critical to patient outcomes (especially in primary care). Could the growing army of nurse practitioners be an answer to the doctor shortage? The data say yes but — big sur
Why Is There So Much Ground Beef in the World? (Special Feature)
November 06, 2017 | 9:00 pm
In this live episode of "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," you'll learn about carcass balancing, teen sleeping, and brand naming. Joining Stephen J. Dubner as co-host is Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday); author A.J. Jacobs (It's All Relative) is th
How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution
October 25, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Academic studies are nice, and so are Nobel Prizes. But to truly prove the value of a new idea, you have to unleash it to the masses. That's what a dream team of social scientists is doing — and we sat in on their first meeting.
The Demonization of Gluten
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
Why Larry Summers Is the Economist Everyone Hates to Love
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)
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?