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.

>> Visit the Freakonomics website for more detailed program information.

Podcasts

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:00pm

    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?

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:00pm

    There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?

  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017 11:00pm

    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 of risk versus uncertainty.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 11:00pm

    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.

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:00pm

    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 excluded from a drug trial is being included.