Freakonomics Radio

  • Hosted by Steven Levitt/Stephen Dubner

Freakonomics Radio is an American public radio program which discusses socioeconomic issues for a general audience. The show is a spin-off of the 2005 book Freakonomics. Journalist Stephen Dubner hosts the show, with economist Steven Levitt as a regular guest.

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Podcasts

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:00pm

    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?

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:00pm

    Good intentions are nice, but with so many resources poured into social programs, wouldn't it be even nicer to know what actually works?

  • Wednesday, July 5, 2017 11:00pm

    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 reversed that trend, right?

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:00pm

    How a pain-in-the-neck girl from rural Virginia came to run the most powerful university in the world.

  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:00pm

    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 management philosophy, and why he supports legislation that goes against his self-interest.