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In their books "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics" and "Think Like a Freak", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore "the hidden side of everything," telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.

Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 2)
6/23/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Why Learn Esperanto? (Special Feature)
9/26/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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It’s Crowded at the Top
5/1/2013, 8:00:00 PM
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What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast)
1/1/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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What’s the “Best” Exercise?
1/2/2014, 2:00:00 PM
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The Men Who Started a Thinking Revolution
1/5/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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The True Story of the Gender Pay Gap
1/7/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?
1/8/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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Trevor Noah Has a Lot to Say
1/12/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future
1/14/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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That’s a Great Question!
1/15/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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Fear Thy Nature (Rebroadcast)
1/16/2014, 2:00:00 PM
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Is the American Dream Really Dead?
1/19/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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Do Boycotts Work?
1/21/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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Someone Else’s Acid Trip
1/22/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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Everybody Gossips (and That’s a Good Thing)
1/23/2014, 2:00:00 PM
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Did China Eat America’s Jobs?
1/26/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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How Safe Is Your Job?
1/29/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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Reasons to Not Be Ugly
1/30/2014, 2:00:00 PM
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An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl
2/2/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency?
2/5/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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What You Don’t Know About Online Dating
2/6/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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How to Get More Grit in Your Life (Rebroadcast)
2/9/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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Who Needs Handwriting?
2/11/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?
2/12/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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Why Marry? (Part 1)
2/13/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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Professor Hendryx vs. Big Coal
2/16/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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How Can This Possibly Be True?
2/18/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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Hacking the World Bank
2/19/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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Why Marry? (Part 2)
2/20/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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No Hollywood Ending for the Visual-Effects Industry
2/23/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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Ask Not What Your Podcast Can Do for You
2/25/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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The Maddest Men of All
2/26/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?
2/27/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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The Taboo Trifecta
3/2/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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The United States of Cory Booker
3/3/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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This Idea Must Die
3/5/2015, 5:00:00 AM
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Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It?
3/6/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory
3/9/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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The No-Tipping Point
3/11/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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When Willpower Isn’t Enough
3/12/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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“It’s Fun to Smoke Marijuana”
3/13/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Why Is My Life So Hard?
3/16/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Women Are Not Men (Rebroadcast)
3/20/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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How Safe Is Your Job? (Rebroadcast)
3/23/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 (Rebroadcast)
3/24/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast)
3/26/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It
3/27/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Big Returns from Thinking Small
3/30/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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The Economics of Sleep, Part 2 (Rebroadcast)
3/31/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?
4/2/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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How to Make People Quit Smoking
4/3/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others?
4/6/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Are Payday Loans Really as Evil as People Say?
4/7/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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“If Mayors Ruled the World”
4/10/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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What Would Our Economy Look Like? (Earth 2.0 Series)
4/13/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?
4/14/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend
4/16/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?
4/17/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Is Income Inequality Inevitable? (Earth 2.0 Series)
4/20/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Be More Productive
4/21/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird”
4/23/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado?
4/24/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified?
4/27/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Become Great at Just About Anything
4/28/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Think Like a Child (Rebroadcast)
4/30/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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The Perfect Crime
5/1/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Being Malcolm Gladwell
5/2/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Food + Science = Victory! (Rebroadcast)
5/4/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Get More Grit in Your Life
5/5/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Could the Next Brooklyn Be ... Las Vegas?!
5/7/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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What Do Medieval Nuns and Bo Jackson Have in Common?
5/9/2013, 12:00:00 PM
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How Big is My Penis? (And Other Things We Ask Google)
5/11/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Win Games and Beat People
5/12/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Ten Years of Freakonomics
5/14/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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The Three Hardest Words in the English Language
5/15/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Hoopers! Hoopers! Hoopers!
5/18/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Be Tim Ferriss
5/19/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Failure Is Your Friend (Rebroadcast)
5/21/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Think Like a Child
5/22/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor?
5/25/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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The Longest Long Shot
5/26/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Rebroadcast)
5/28/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast)
5/29/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns?
6/1/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble?
6/9/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Making Sex Offenders Pay -- and Pay and Pay and Pay
6/11/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)
6/12/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Evolution, Accelerated
6/15/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Why Do We Really Follow the News? (Rebroadcast)
6/16/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Make Me a Match
6/18/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer
6/19/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 1)
6/22/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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The Suicide Paradox (Rebroadcast)
6/30/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)
7/2/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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A Better Way to Eat
7/3/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Confessions of a Pothole Politician
7/7/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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The Economics of Sleep, Part 1
7/9/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common?
7/10/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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When Helping Hurts
7/13/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Is the Internet Being Ruined?
7/14/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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The Economics of Sleep, Part 2
7/16/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Why You Should Bribe Your Kids
7/17/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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These Shoes Are Killing Me!
7/20/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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What Are Gender Barriers Made Of?
7/21/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush
7/23/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Does Religion Make You Happy?
7/24/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money
7/27/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten
7/28/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Create Suspense
7/30/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Why Do We Really Follow the News?
8/6/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast)
8/7/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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What Are You Waiting For? (Rebroadcast)
8/10/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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What Are You Waiting For?
8/11/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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The Dangers of Safety (Rebroadcast)
8/13/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush (Rebroadcast)
8/18/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Make a Smart TV Ad
8/20/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Parking Is Hell (Rebroadcast)
8/21/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset? (Rebroadcast)
8/25/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset?
8/27/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast)
8/28/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Who Are the Most Successful Immigrants in the World?
8/29/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (Rebroadcast)
8/31/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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The Future (Probably) Isn’t as Scary as You Think
9/1/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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The Harvard President Will See You Now
9/3/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Regulate This!
9/4/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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The Suicide Paradox (Rebroadcast)
9/5/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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"How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?"
9/7/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Why Uber Is an Economist’s Dream
9/8/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Preventing Crime for Pennies on the Dollar
9/10/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying
9/11/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Whatever Happened to the Carpal Tunnel Epidemic?
9/12/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian
9/15/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Outsiders by Design
9/18/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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The Economist’s Guide to Parenting (Rebroadcast)
9/19/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship?
9/22/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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How Did the Belt Win?
9/24/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Fitness Apartheid
9/25/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Would a Big Bucket of Cash Really Change Your Life?
9/26/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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Why Larry Summers Is the Economist Everyone Hates to Love
9/28/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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Why Are We Still Using Cash?
9/29/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Meet the Woman Who Said Women Can’t Have It All
10/1/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition
10/2/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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How To Win A Nobel Prize (Rebroadcast)
10/6/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them?
10/8/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten (Rebroadcast)
10/9/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten
10/10/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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This Is Your Brain on Podcasts
10/13/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat
10/14/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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How To Win A Nobel Prize
10/15/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas?
10/16/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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The Demonization of Gluten
10/19/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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In Praise of Maintenance
10/20/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying (Rebroadcast)
10/22/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”
10/23/2014, 4:00:00 PM
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Why Bad Environmentalism Is Such an Easy Sell
10/24/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution
10/26/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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In Praise of Incrementalism
10/27/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Am I Boring You?
10/29/2015, 3:00:00 AM
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What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics?
10/30/2014, 4:00:00 AM
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Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1 (Rebroadcast)
10/31/2013, 1:00:00 PM
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Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It?
11/2/2017, 3:00:00 AM
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The White House Gets Into the Nudge Business
11/3/2016, 3:00:00 AM
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Food + Science = Victory
11/5/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico?
11/6/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2 (Rebroadcast)
11/7/2013, 2:00:00 PM
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Trust Me
11/10/2016, 5:00:00 AM
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Should Everyone Be in a Rock Band?
11/12/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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Why Do People Keep Having Children?
11/13/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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Who Runs the Internet?
11/14/2013, 2:00:00 PM
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Nurses to the Rescue!
11/16/2017, 4:00:00 AM
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How to Make a Bad Decision
11/17/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late?
11/19/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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The Man Who Would Be Everything
11/20/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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The No-Tipping Point (Rebroadcast)
11/24/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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Why Do People Keep Having Children? (Rebroadcast)
11/26/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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Fighting Poverty With Actual Evidence
11/27/2013, 2:00:00 PM
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Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6
12/1/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps
12/4/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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The Most Dangerous Machine
12/5/2013, 2:00:00 PM
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Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations
12/8/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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The Cheeseburger Diet
12/10/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)
12/11/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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Ben Bernanke Gives Himself a Grade
12/3/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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Are Gay Men Really Rich?
12/12/2013, 2:00:00 PM
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Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis
12/15/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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Is Migration a Basic Human Right?
12/17/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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Time to Take Back the Toilet
12/18/2014, 5:00:00 AM
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Pontiff-icating on the Free-Market System
12/19/2013, 2:00:00 PM
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How to Be More Productive (Rebroadcast)
12/22/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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Save Me From Myself (Rebroadcast)
12/26/2013, 2:00:00 PM
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How to Become Great at Just About Anything (Rebroadcast)
12/29/2016, 4:00:00 AM
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When Willpower Isn’t Enough (Rebroadcast)
12/31/2015, 4:00:00 AM
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Baby, You Can Program My Car
5/29/2013, 8:00:00 PM

A Burger a Day
7/11/2013, 1:00:00 PM

Running to Do Evil
4/25/2013, 1:00:00 PM

Jane Austen, Game Theorist
7/3/2013, 9:00:00 PM

Government Employees Gone Wild
7/18/2013, 1:00:00 PM

Do Baby Girls Cause Divorce?
8/1/2013, 1:00:00 PM

The Middle of Everywhere
8/15/2013, 1:00:00 PM