Freakonomics Radio podcast

Freakonomics Radio

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Cecilia Rouse, the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, is as cold-blooded as any economist. But she admits that her profession would do well to focus on policy that actually helps people. Rouse explains why President Biden wants to spend trillions of dollars to reshape the economy, and why — as the first Black chair of the C.E.A. — she has a good idea of what needs fixing. 

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Socialism episodeOur colleague in Chicago has forgotten about the Vikings..Score: 4/5

The best podcast everGreat content every week. Always interesting and absorbing!.Score: 5/5

Great podcast. Fascinating.Very informative, it takes you into a world you would never have thought would be so eye opening. Now take on a whole new look at the world around me. They should play this podcast in schools. I would have taken it far more seriously, instead we just had a stuffy teacher not selling the subject at all. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Adore this podcast but lost my saved episodesI have loved this podcast for awhile and look forward to episodes. I have just upgraded my phone and as a consequence, I have lost the 3 Bad Medicine episodes. Totally gutted. Anytime you can re-run them or make that available again, that would be fab. Love you!.Score: 5/5

Always learningListen learn repeat. I could listen to these podcasts all day. What a show and what a subject - always insightful and always educational. Hail the rise of the economists view!.Score: 5/5

Unsubscribing... :0(I’ve been ok with listening to people monetise their podcasts via adverts and sponsorship, that’s fair and reasonable. Merchandising, crowdfunding, live tours etc. I can get behind all of that, but actually blocking content behind a premium pay wall now? There are few things outside food, care and shelter which should be proactively and freely distributed to a modern, progressive society, but Freakonomics content in all its various forms should be one of those things... A poor choice, especially when the premium pay wall is embedded in an apocalyptically badly written app to add insult to injury... I shall miss you Freakonomics but have to bid you adieu because of financial realities as well as principles..Score: 1/5

Mind expanding & fun!One of my favourite podcasts, and definitely the best educational/economic one. I love how it tackles and discusses social, environmental, and other issues with an economist’s perspective. They do great interviews and also just love Stephen’s voice. HIGHLY recommend!!!.Score: 5/5

GreatA long time favourite! First subscribed to keep me entertained on long runs and never looked back..Score: 5/5

Excellent, insightful and engaging.More please!.Score: 5/5

Really engaging podcastI don’t always agree with the centrist ideologies they tend to favour, but it's usually a really engaging show. It gives me alternate points of view to contemplate, which I think we could all stand to do a bit more. The host is great! They recently talked about Universal Basic Income..yeah!.Score: 5/5

Very relevant to these timesThis is an extremely relevant to the show given the challenges that every nation now faces. It provides suggested solutions and gives an indication of what may be behind government policy in response to the Pandemic..Score: 5/5

Freakily good!Only Dubner could make economics so gripping. Terrifically engaging podcast..Score: 5/5

Episode history removedFantastic show, but I can now only access about 10 shows whereas before all episodes were available. Why has this happened and how can I get the rest again? Thanks!.Score: 5/5

BrilliantWell researched, engaging, funny and brilliantly presented and produced. Always enjoy no matter the subject..Score: 5/5

Factually based?Utterly inaccurate information regarding breastfeeding and C sections births. Educate yourself on the NICE guidlines in the UK should you want facts that have not been skewer by someone..Score: 1/5

Economics made funA long-time listener of Freakonomics I am a big fan. Stephen is a fantastic interviewer, his podcasts are always topical and he makes economic concepts understandable and fascinating for all..Score: 5/5

Too long now?Used to really enjoy this but the average length of episode these days means I can rarely clear the time to listen..Score: 3/5

Very interestingGets me thinking about topics that I wouldn’t normally, and has stimulated some creative problem solving for me..Score: 5/5

Where are all the womenHi Freakonomics, I enjoy your podcasts and the topics you cover. However, I can’t help but notice that they rarely feature any women. Moreover, your sponsors and advertisers specifically target men (male hair loss products, buy your girlfriend flowers on Valentine’s Day etc). It appears that you are, in fact, broadcasting from the 1850s. Clearly I, a woman, chose this podcast by mistake! I should obviously go find one about housework. Best, A female listener.Score: 1/5

Great podcastReally interesting and informative show on a wide range of topics.Score: 5/5

Obsessive Show!As someone that wants to learn about economics the easiest way possible, this show is PERFECT. The host is absolutely fantastic, super engaging and the content is of top QUALITY!.Score: 5/5

EngagingI’m surprised that this is always so interesting and understandable. Excellent.Score: 5/5

Not as good any moreA once great podcast with a unique perspective on everything has now reduced to a boring series on corporate economics. Not what I signed up for: I’m unsubscribing, sorry..Score: 2/5

Totally engagingI love this- have been downloading previous episodes- Stephen Dubner applies his intellect without arrogance and his total engagement with economics and how it works in the micro/macro context is addictive. An essential vitamin for the brain..Score: 5/5

Partisan but well researchedIf you like NYT, MSNBC, and The Guardian come here for your feel good bias reinforcement therapy..Score: 2/5

When it’s good it’s brilliant.Very quirky and enjoyable. In a cut throat planet I find this approach a breathe of fresh air..Score: 5/5

Dubner and co never disappointAlways interesting topics, well researched. Perfect for otherwise uneventful drives, runs, or monotonous, quarantined days. Thank you..Score: 5/5

What is happening to this show?It is about economics or social justice? The line is getting blurry. Economics should be impartial to anything other than facts. Please keep it that way, some episodes are painful to listen to..Score: 1/5

Useful for all!The recent series covering CEOs and the lessons that they have learned delivers useful strategies for everyone to apply to their lives..Score: 5/5

Brilliant👍.Score: 5/5

FreakanomicsGreat review, looking forward to more thought provoking & stimulating content. And NEVER change that music!!!.Score: 5/5

The BestStephen, you are simply the best. I’d give you 10 stars if I could. Keep going, keep doing what you’re doing, you are inspirational. Thank you..Score: 5/5

Brilliant podcastI have learnt so much from this podcast, I recommend it 100%.Score: 5/5

Probably the best podcast of them all.The ideas and concepts of things that I would never have considered have changed my thinking forever. Dubner is a marvellous host..Score: 5/5

Listening for yearsThis is definitely one of my “go to” podcasts! I love the diversity of topics and the alternative perspectives discussed..Score: 5/5

Interesting listenReally interesting topics - I tend to dip in and out though as not all the episodes have piqued my interest..Score: 4/5

Perfect intellectual companionBrilliant show. Fun and intellectual. I know it sounds like a contradiction but Stephen just makes it happen. In many ways Freakonomics is better than any other podcast I found so far. My son 10 told me to make sure I let the producers know that he loves the theme music (and I do too)..Score: 5/5

Brilliant podcastSuper informative. Thank you, Lara..Score: 5/5

Consistently fascinating...Consistently fascinating, worthy of repeat listening, and occasional note-taking for reference, save for the episode with David Cameron banging on about his bloody book..Score: 5/5

Very good podcastGreat show every week. Lots of various and entertaining topics. A must listen..Score: 5/5

Some good content but episodes are over-longLike many podcasts 20 minutes of content is strung out to over twice what’s really needed. I skip the first 2 or 3 minutes until the intro music starts (!) and also the last ~5 minutes. Still, it’s an advertising delivery service so I suppose we have to put up with this..Score: 3/5

I've never unsubscribedFreakonomics Radio is the best produced podcast out there. The research is thorough, there is always a good range of guests to test ideas from all angles, the audio and music is terrific, and Stephen Dubner is a smart, funny and gracious host. I've been listening to this for years and recommend it to everyone..Score: 5/5

Great showThis is an excellent show with lots of interesting episodes. I particularly enjoyed the Maria Konnikova episode where she was interviewed and read excerpts from her book. Please do more of that type of episode..Score: 5/5

Why remove older episodes?I really wish they would restore the back catalogue; I can’t think of any good reason not to have them here. They’re available in another app and on the podcast website, but neither of these work with our smart speakers. First world problems indeed!.Score: 1/5

Top mixologist podcast in uk I’d say.Enjoyed the surreal comedy of the bs mixologist mocumentary - it’s the next ‘The office’ in waiting..Score: 5/5

Good for everybodyDubner, Duckworth and Levitt are easy to listen to and the message sticks. Fact based and not too complicated. Maybe a bit too “nice”, but you’ll feel good after most of these. Best podcast in their universe is No Stupid Questions. Interesting fact checks..Score: 5/5

Always interesting, always thought provokingI started out with ‘the secret life of CEOs’ through recommendation, and have been hooked ever since.Score: 5/5

Great podAlways the first pod I listen to each week. Current CEO series is brilliant.Score: 5/5

InsightfulA very insightful show - I’m writing to assist though - the entire episode history is on their website you can stream or download directly from there please enjoy!.Score: 5/5

DisapointedNormally very good but the Brexit shows didnt answer the questions if nothing else gave the London Mayor a wonderful platform to sell himself. Pure politics. A wasted opportunity.Score: 1/5

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Ok episodes mostly interviews with dumb rich peopleHas some occasional good episodes mixed in with worship of the rich and class structure. The host is turned on by wealthy cruel petty people..Score: 2/5

The only correct response is 5 starsHonestly it baffles me that anyone could rate this podcast anything lower than 5 stars (albeit few reviews do). But seriously, amazing content, guests, opinions, facts etc. Well done! I recommend to everyone all the time..Score: 5/5

Love!I have fought and fought all my life! Two time cancer survivor, brain surgery from ruptured aneurysm and six back surgeries..... lost true love and still fighting....I love this podcast for many reasons, it’s real life, not all rainbows and still pays heed to what can happen.....well done Lance, a winner in my eyes! Thank you.Score: 5/5

Among the best podcasts out there, full stopDiverse ranges of opinions, topics and data sets with complex subjects discussed in an understandable and relatable way make for one of the best podcasts out there for almost anyone. Give it a listen and you’ll be hooked just like thousands already are..Score: 5/5

STOP with Levitt’s nonsenseI do not want to listen to Levitts idiotic a d arrogantly named podcast. Stop forcing it in my feed..Score: 1/5

Entertaining and informativeTo begin with I must admit I’m Freakonomics fan. I’ve read/listened to all four the the Dubner & Levin books. Always entertaining and enlightening. Their takeaways always leads to thought. Often long after the episode is past. Truly a great podcast. BHS WINDSOR, CANADA.Score: 5/5

The Numbers Don’t LieAlways looking forward to the next episode drop. Excellent presentation and content. Thanks..Score: 5/5

FreakonomicsBest podcast on the market. In a caliber of its own!.Score: 5/5

Future of meatOnly episode I’ve listened to is future of meat. Due to the content I will never listen to another episode again..Score: 1/5

Can’t wait for new episodesI always get so excited when a new episode comes out. The podcast is informative and always tries to bring evidence to the points they make. Can listen to Steven talk for hours without ever getting bored I highly recommend this podcast!.Score: 5/5

Always top of my listI’ve read all the books, and the podcasts are sometimes better, sometimes not as good but ALWAYS entertaining. Thank you Stephen and the team for all the amazing episodes!.Score: 5/5

Interesting science backed issues discussedSomeone wrote “right-wing capitalism”? Huh? This is sensible, often science based, reasonable discussion of interesting issues..Score: 5/5

My favorite podcast everThis podcast is amazing. I honestly never grow tired of it, and I think it’s because even though it deals with economics, the topics are so diverse. It always keeps me interested and covers intriguing ideas. Keep it up 👌.Score: 5/5

Amazing PodcastFavourite podcast! Really informative and brings up topics which are controversial with ease. Steven has a very soothing voice and I look forward every week to their new podcast..Score: 5/5

I wish more people would listen to thisQGreat topics every week and very good host on explaining new ideas however, I sometime wish that they would conclude with if its a good thing or bad thing..Score: 5/5

What happened?Why does the new and improved Freakonomics feel like I’m listening to the same 3 second clips over and over..Score: 3/5

Fantastic, educational and currentOne of the best podcasts around. Great presenter, thoughtful content..Score: 5/5

Loving special featuresI’ve always found this podcast to be fun, informative and well researched. As a avid reader I’m especially liking the book review and author interviews as it’s introducing me to great topics I would not usually reach for..Score: 5/5

One of the best podcasts ever!Interesting stories and very good analysis and questions from Dubner. Learn about everything with this podcast. You will want to become an economist..Score: 5/5

Excellent!This podcast is a great example of good journalism, a good narrator and a good editor that puts together information given by experts on the subject (and not their own “unimportant” opinions on the matter!!!). Empirical knowledge is always needed, i listened to the economics of conservation of the rainforest in brazil and that episode was really fantastic. It was presented in a comprehensible, yet thorough way. Thank you!!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!!I listened to the new podcast with Bapu Jena and loved it, would definitely subscribe, looking forward to it. Thanks for making my night entertaining!.Score: 5/5

Essential podcast libraryAny serious podcaster will have subscribed to this seminal podcast.Score: 5/5

Sold outThe people at freakonomics have been with me in drives across Canada and the USA. You have been with me on my commute in the morning. At work. Playing games. Walking. Running. But now that you’re on stitcher I can just throw that out the door?.Score: 1/5

Good, but many under qualified guest interviewsOverall, I love this podcast. I do wish though that they would cut out the less qualified guests. The episode on opening a restaurant was definitely a low. I’m not saying I don’t like interviews, just stick to the more relevant and qualified guests..Score: 4/5

Modern sophismRight-wing propaganda. Modern-day sophism with the obvious goal to justify with appalling pseudo-philosophy the most brutal capitalist systems in place. Listen at your own risk.Score: 1/5

The podcast title looked more interestingI listened to the restaurant podcast “why you should not open one” thinking that you would cover economic aspects of it in a period of economic turmoil. But the fact that you should not open one because the guy was just whining about how the restaurant business has made him away from his wife is just ridiculous. I will hardly waste my time again listening to another of your podcast.Score: 2/5

RedoubtPlease mark episodes as previously presented if they are.Score: 4/5

Mediocre topicsAndrew yang is a dud and a genocide supporter. Talk about someone else.Score: 3/5

Excellent! Never DisaapointsLove this podcast. Excellent interviews of varied topics. Easy listening in that it is enlightening and uplifting. Thanks Stephen and Team for many years or info and entertainment..Score: 5/5

Episode 442I haven’t driven a GM product in 25 years and it’ll likely be another 25 years. Stephen, you let another one off the hook. Mary Barra was way too prepped and must of had your list of questions in her hands for weeks in advance. Part of GM’s problem is a machine that chooses someone like Mary Barra. I’m all for female leadership, but career CEO’s that have been in GM that long will never bring enough innovation or magic to a dying brand..Score: 3/5

Embarrassing LibertariansPresents a blinkered, cynical view of humanity that is unrecognisable out of a garbage Econ 101 textbook. Neoliberal Trash..Score: 1/5

I love this but ...Stop flooding my phone with my podcasts with old episodes. I heard them once, I don’t need it again..Score: 4/5

Freakonomics is fascinatingNo matter the topic I find the episodes so fascinating and so well done! Stephen Dubner is one of my favourite humans. His interview style and the way the podcast is organized makes is incredibly well done. I look forward to a new episode every week!.Score: 5/5

Stephen Dubner is captivatingI religiously listen to this podcast & after every episode I feel smarter than an average citizen. The insights, topics, research, questions and guests are truly experts in their fields. It’s like going to University without its huge debt..Score: 5/5

Informative listenI have been listening to this podcast for years. I found it went downhill when Steven Dubner started hosting on his own. Some of topic and guest choices are odd, and the episodes are definitely hit and miss. Nevertheless, I still look forward to listening to each new episode..Score: 4/5

Where has this podcast been all my life?I was long put off by this podcast because (to me) its name suggested it would be all about money. How wrong I was! What a perfect pod, with a smart host who asks all the questions I want to ask, great guests, and that general interest knack for making me realize how interested I am in things I had no idea I was interested in. Tell me more!.Score: 5/5

Best journalistic & informative posdcastThe content is of great value for anyone wishing to have a easy to listen to podcast about a great variety of subjects!.Score: 5/5

The BestNot enough episodes in a week. Please make more content. You guys are amazing !!! And yesss more book club. Dubner is excellent..Score: 5/5

Informative & EntertainingGreat storytelling, always learn something from every episode!.Score: 5/5

Very biased interviewI am so disappointed with just the first episode I’ve listened to. The Covid episode and relationship with China, both the host and interviewees are so biased, how would you discuss a matter of both countries when you only have one side of party, does Michelle has the evidence when pointing finger to blame China? How can you spread the words to listeners when you don’t even have the source of data?.Score: 1/5

One of the Best!Dubner is an incredibly listenable host. This podcast is one of 5 that I wouldn’t want to live without. Thanks for the informative and fun show..Score: 5/5

SolidSolid podcast. Well written with evidence-based discussions. Only annoyance is that sometimes it’s a bit obvious in its political agenda. Then again, everyone has bias!.Score: 4/5

Informative and entertainingExcellent guests and topics. My favourite podcast since 2009..Score: 5/5

AmazingWhat a great interviewer, smart, witty, interested. I've learned so much!!.Score: 5/5

One of My favouritesWell researched. Engaging. Eye opening. Fun.Score: 5/5

Freakanomics lives up to its manifestoFreakanomics never fails to teach me something new, and uses plain language to get info across in a way that makes it easy to understand..Score: 5/5

Incredibly informative and engaging!Steven is such an amazing host and the topics are so variable in order to appeal to almost every audience! There’s an episode for everyone..Score: 5/5

All Time FavoriteLearned to love podcasts because of Freakonomics. Intellectually indulging!.Score: 5/5

Great Platform for Comedy butI listen on my way to work and sometimes, just sometimes I find myself laughing so hard at the brilliance of comics. Tom Papa’s set at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival was a case in point. But then he joked that Gandhi wore a diaper. Really, dude? I stopped laughing. CBC should have a disclaimer that his material may be offensive to over 1.3 billion people..Score: 3/5

New podcast please!I’m 9:53min into your episode with Angela Duckworth and I’ve already decided I want more :).Score: 5/5

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Critical thinking primerAppreciate the critical look that the host and guests bring to topics that are in the front and back of the mind of many people..Score: 4/5

Neoliberal ideas to exploit an underclassEconomics - who gets what and why. Nothing this show loves more than permanent poverty, an eroding middle class, & medical bankruptcy nipping at the heels of the upper middle class. The rapacious plutocrats won & this podcast does everything can to blame your problems on the poor..Score: 1/5

Stop the drums!!!! UnlistenableThis is such a fascinating podcast but it is being ruined by a ridiculous redundant drum sample every few moments. Please make it stop! I can no longer stand to listen to this podcast even though the content is so good..Score: 2/5

RoundaboutsGood episode. I live in Hamilton County, Indiana (the home of Carmel) and work in Carmel. I love roundabouts ... sitting at a light when I first moved here for no traffic was absurd. We have more than anywhere in the country and need a lot more (talking to you Westfield ... a stop sign backing up for nearly a mile when there is nearly no cars on the cross street is asinine)..Score: 5/5

Get new music!I love Freakonomics, but I am so, so, so sick of their background music. They keep playing the same goofy marimba riff over and over. It's unbearable..Score: 3/5

Brain exerciseFreakonomica asks questions about how and why we’ve navigated to our status quo. Sometimes the “answers” of these questions range from freaky to anti-climactic. But thinking along with the podcast scratches the itch to keep learning and be willing to re-learn or unlearn common notions and practices. Favorite question that Dubner (the host) asks: “Because why?”.Score: 5/5

ExcellentVery good.Score: 5/5

Let’s Be Blunt, Marijuana for Older WorkersI agree with the idea, but I fear the presenter is citing specious research. Nice that her findings show that older people feel better when they use marijuana. But I doubt that marijuana will have any effect on older people participating more in the work force. Agism confounds her finding: the rejection of folks over 60, regardless of their experience and training predominates in our culture. Experience and success counts for nothing. Older workers can’t find meaningful work-not because they are “depressed” but they are depressed because no one wants us. For those who must keep working, they are relegated to minimum wage jobs with impossible hours—next time you are Target realize that the old biddy that is helping you probably graduated from Columbia Business School and ran a few companies afterward. No doubt marijuana gives a lift, but it won’t help any of us get a job. Most older folks have to pay fees to find meaningful volunteer work. Or accept humiliation from the inflated millennial..Score: 3/5

Andrew Yang 🇵🇸Don’t promote candidates who support ethnic cleansing.Score: 1/5

Stupendous workI cannot express enough how elated I am that this podcast is diving deep into the horrendous US excuse for a healthcare system. Every podcast is enlightening, enthralling and overall a great listen. Thank you for your work!.Score: 5/5

My favorite podcast!I'm always waiting for the next episode, as well as the other podcasts from Freakonomics Radio.Score: 5/5

Love the drums!Please play the whole song sometimes! Fascinating subjects, but could be edited down to 30min max.Score: 5/5

SmartThey make me sound really smart what I basically retell the entire episode to my parents..Score: 5/5

Losing its appealThis use to be a favorite of mine, but I haven’t found an episode of late that I find interesting or thought provoking as in the past. Seems like the quality of guests or content has dipped, at least IMO.Score: 2/5

No more…I used to listen to this podcast without fail. It seems to have changed direction and I’ve stopped following. Plant Money has picked up on what these guys used to cover..Score: 2/5

Best Argument Presented for All SidesThis podcast is superb for presenting the very best and thorough arguments for each side of the debate allowing you to form your own opinion after hearing all the facts and opinions. I enjoy how non-partisan this show is..Score: 5/5

The bestAlways interesting.Score: 5/5

The drumsI used to love this podcast so much - smart, entertaining, engaging- but I have just deleted it from my library. I cannot handle the constant interjection of drum riffs- they are so jarring, and make the content so hard to listen to. They totally ruined the conversation with Charles Blow- I couldn’t even finish it. I’ll check back in a few months to see if the drums have been eliminated; if so, I’ll happily re-subscribe..Score: 1/5

Show getting a little too ‘woke’ for me - loose relationship w/ truth and facts.Unplugging....Score: 1/5

Love it.These r great topics covered in right amount of details and research. I really like how Steven Dubner organizes each talk with his relevant comments and questions. I like his tone and the preciseness and timing of each of his comment and question. It makes the talk lot more enjoyable and easy to follow and understand. Cheers Steven. I am your big fan..Score: 5/5

Great, thought-provoking showListen if you like to use both sides of your brain.Score: 5/5

Well made and reasonably unbiased but....As is often the case economists use statistics and calculations to relevant to moral decisions but statistics and calculations don’t make moral decisions. As Dostoevsky said, two times two is math. Policy making is a question of first principles more so than numbers. Not really a critique of the podcast as much as it is the field of economics..Score: 3/5

Economics Through the Fun House Looking Glass (and What Dubner Saw There)Over 150 years ago Karl Marx claimed that: “ To be radical is to grasp the root of the matter. But, for man, the root is man himself.” Marx believed philosophy had reached the end of its tether with GWF Hegel. There was no more blood to squeeze out of that stone. If humans wanted to gain greater insight into the truth of their nature and society, they would need to look somewhere else. Shortly after making this statement Marx would leave behind philosophy and take up economics. The exchange of disciplines is telling, but the hint is still ignored by philosophers, psychologists, and to a lesser degree, sociologists to this day. “Homo-economicos” as Arisotle said. Humans are at their root economic creatures. Creatures who primarily live to procure and use resources. Yes, humans are also creatures who make art, play, and love. But their ability to live creatively is contingent upon the essential resources they secure for themselves. And the quality of their play improves proportionally with the quality of those resources. Stephen Dubner is with Marx—to understand humans, one must understand economics. But Dubner is also with Groucho Marx who insisted: “I am not a Marxist.” That is what is so refreshing about the Freakonomics. In our age of polarization, fake news, and cancel culture, Dubner divests himself of all ideologies and allegiances. His only loyalty is to the science of econmomics. During The French Revolution politics split off from economics and became almost exclusively rhetoric and cultural critique. Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations was, after all, “a critique of political” economy. The leaders of the revolution deployed ideology in the absence of practical reasoning concerning the reconstruction of society. Since then ideology has continued to eclipse reason in the justification of social policy. As a result, political rhetoric and to some extent, the very policies that rhetoric articulates, bear almost no relationships to the realities they claim to address and modify. Stephen Dubner attempts to address this desperate situation with Freakonomics. Every episode is a deep dive in the behavioral economics that drive our ideologies. Dubner has his finger on the pulse of the excesses and maladies that plague our society, and he is willing to entertain any remedy offered to cure these ills provided it is practical, ethical, and efficient. Kant believed all philosophy could be boiled down to the three questions that served as the backbone of his three Critiques. Similarly, we could say of Dubner that he believes all economics are contained in the three questions: “Does it work? Is it right? Can it be sustained?” Dubner may have a complex religious background, but I don’t think he his trying to be a savior. He’s not starting any movements or singing any odes to future utopias. Like all great philosophers, his investigations turn up more questions than answers, But in an age where the problems themselves have become so obfuscated, it is easier to ignore them in spite of their urgency, the person who makes our problems clearer, might be the closest thing we have to a prophet..Score: 5/5

Awesome podcast very informativeI listen to this podcast every week and always look forward to it. Stephen is a great speaker and always chooses interesting topics..Score: 5/5

Freakonomics introduced me to Behavioral EconomicsI feel guilty having listened for over 4 years and this is my 1st review of it.Today I listened to Episode 453 (Mar 3) A Recue Plan for Black America, Charles Blow discussing the topic of his New book, The Devil You Know: A Back Power Manifestor. Dubner is a fabulous interviewr and Charles Blow has invoative ideas. I will share with Blackfiends so we have real meat for a discussion. I subscribe to over 40 different podcasts, more than if I listened 24 hours a day. There isn't enough time for. them all. Freakonomics is one of my never miss show. I listed to "How Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System back in 2011. It turned me into an Adaptive/personalized zealot. Thank you..Score: 5/5

DialysisThis was such a good analysis of the issues with dialysis. You left out a couple of issues. First ‘EPO’ use by dialysis centers is problematic. Several years ago it Was revealed that higher EPO doses resulted in increased deaths - primarily from blood clots. EPO is one of the highest reimbursed drugs in our system. Higher hemoglobins may make patients feel better but at a cost. Secondly blood borne diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and to a lesser extent HIV make home dialysis very attractive.... one would think ethically home dialysis is the way to go when possible as China has demonstrated. I have One correction regards the California initiative for physician presence in these dialysis centers. One has only to be present when a patient goes into cardiac arrest at a davita center to be convinced that at the very least a mandated level of licensure on site / be it RN or NP/PA or MD is vital. They will tell you there is always at least a RN but I doubt any center closes it’s doors to patients when he/ she calls in sick. The United States has a ridiculously priced health care system snd people are dying because of it.!.Score: 5/5

Please get rid of the drumsLove this podcast! Such smart perspectives to explain what is really happening and why. But the drum roll/ba-da-chh transition sound is just the worst. It’s reminiscent of drums on a talk show that follow a punch line. Awful. Silence would be an improvement..Score: 5/5

Always interestingAlways interesting and entertaining..Score: 5/5

5 minute commercialsYour kidding me!.Score: 1/5

Take it easy with the de-esser!I love this podcast but your new engineer is hitting that de-esser so hard Stephen now has such a lisp I can’t listen anymore!.Score: 3/5

TriangulationVery Impressive and interesting episode. But I wonder why go through the trouble of marathon or other event routes. Should not this difference in survival rate exist in let’s say Day -time and night-time heart attacks or traffic time and non-traffic time heart attacks. That analysis may give a scale that every minute added due to traffic delays causes x percentage increase in death due to delay. And then one can simply estimate how much delay is caused due to marathon or other events and extrapolate possible increase in the death rate. Or least this will help in triangulation of this study..Score: 5/5

Episode 457I really learned so much about the dialysis business during this podcast. Since so many of the patients get to this point from having diabetes, shouldn’t that be a starting point to help the end stage renal failure patients? I am in my 50s and diabetic my father had end stage renal failure and unfortunately passed away. I suspect much more can be done for diabetes patients but that industry is also profit driven and probably also has just as much corruption or problems. Thank you for educating me, I love the podcast!.Score: 4/5

Episode durationRecent episodes have durations!.Score: 5/5

Canceled after this racist drivelOpen bigot Charles Blow interview was the end of the road of once interesting podcast. Just replace black with white to see if npr would allow such open hate in their programs. Enough..Score: 1/5

US medical care episode….u lost me.The entire episode dodged the 900 pound Gorilla in the room. Every option discussed dodged the “big swing” solutions, Single payer/ medicare-for-all solutions. This show was dedicated to the notion that a for profit system be maintained in the US. This was a non stop display of slick-willy solutions that dont solve anything. We have an entire industrialized world of single payer systems to look at and adopt from and pay HALF, in one big swing. BUT NOOOOOOOO. lets not discuss that. Who am I? A retired RN who left the US in disgust and moved to Europe where everyone gets medical care and the national bankruptcy system isn’t run by medical profiteering. How in Gods name could you NOT discuss the viable solution taken by most of the industrialized world?.Score: 1/5

Still one of the bestI’ve been listening for years and it is still easily in my top 3. Rarely a truly dud episode..Score: 5/5

Fascinating!Such a great array of interesting topics..Score: 5/5

Best of the bestMake me laugh and learn, the best combination of combinatorics from freakonomics.Score: 5/5

The truthMost people now days are ignorant no readers and gamers can’t concentrate Harvard did a study. It said that 250.000 die from doctor mistakes every year.Score: 5/5

Wait...what?! 5 for content, 3 for moral compassMost podcasts are making money from really interesting companies. I cannot fathom how Freakanomics came to the conclusion they wanted sponsorship from 3M. Of course 3M is looking to better their reputation after the PFOA DuPont scandal, but doesn’t this pod have better options? Can someone with key lime Chaga eye cream please give them some money so they stop acting so desperate? Otherwise, love the content, love the new host etc etc..Score: 3/5

Used to follow the math... now just wokeWhat happened?.Score: 1/5

Thoughtful discussionsThoughtful and interesting discussions but please get rid of the silly drum roll that belongs between slapstick type jokes..Score: 5/5

Great great greatLove the book club episodes especially. Give Maria her own podcast!.Score: 5/5

InformativeInteresting and fascinating! Love it!.Score: 5/5

Andrew Yang 👎I had to tune out after first 10 minutes due to his uneasy weird laugh. Just like that of Kamala Harris, An anxious uneasy awkward laugh is distracting and a red flag!.Score: 5/5

Great show!Have listened for a few years, love the show.Score: 5/5

So much so good so deep so weirdGoing to a frame of reference far far away. Deeply weird. Weirdly good. Getting underneath the under side..Score: 5/5

Longtime ListenerI believe this was the first podcast I ever subscribed to and it’s still one of my favorites. Nine years of Freakonomics has broadened my thinking, perspective, and analysis on so many issues, big and small. I have no doubt I view the world around me differently because of this podcast!.Score: 5/5

SuggestionThis is my favorite podcast. But one suggestion: Try to stop ending your questions to quests with "yeah???" or "yes???" all the time. Thank you..Score: 5/5

Missed a huge pointMissing the elephant in the room, at home dialysis! Walker R, Marshall MR, Morton RL, McFarlane P, Howard K. The cost-effectiveness of contemporary home haemodialysis modalities compared with facility haemodialysis: a systematic review of full economic evaluations. Nephrology (Carlton). 2014 Aug;19(8):459-70. doi: 10.1111/nep.12269. PMID: 24750559. Could be a podcast all by itself..Score: 5/5

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Fascinating and engagingLove the format which includes interviews and fascinating discussions on the mechanics of life..Score: 4/5

Love it!I love learning more - with scientific rigour - thanks to SJD and colleagues. Keep it up!.Score: 5/5

My first podcast loveThis is the reason I got into listening to podcasts and I look forward to it every week.Score: 5/5

CEO SeriesThe recent CEO series has taken a great podcast to a whole new level. One of the most insightful podcasts I’ve listened to. If only there were more!.Score: 5/5

Great podcast!Very entertaining. nice way to pass time..Score: 5/5

Great podcastOne of my favourite podcasts - everyone should listen.Score: 5/5

Good stuffLike it.Score: 5/5

Great podcastI find the topics dealt with by this podcast really interesting, especially the behavioural economics. I've learnt so much listening to these walking the dogs along the beach. Keep them coming..Score: 5/5

Good stuffAlways interesting blend of psychology and economics that leaves you well informed and dying to learn more. Highly recommended..Score: 5/5

10/10 accessible academiaThis podcast presents complex economic topics in such an accessible way. Keep up the great work.Score: 5/5

Thought provokingTakes an ordinary part of life and flips your thinking on its head..Score: 5/5

Always interestingThere’s always something here to keep me interested - learn something new every time I tune in. Great for plane trips!.Score: 5/5

Informative & InterestingCan be a bit dry, but very well researched.Score: 4/5

Fantastic and useful podcastA very enjoyable and well-formatted podcast. Host is smart and practical..Score: 5/5

Give it a goExcellent host, always discussing a variety of topics in a unique manner.Score: 5/5

Stop the picks of the week please!I generally enjoy these podcasts but of late they’re peppering their offerings with old episodes under the header “pick of the week”. It’s a bit of a pain to continually find episodes I’ve already heard in my stream..Score: 3/5

Pretty Freakanomically Epic!!!:).Score: 5/5

Love from the first momentMy husband introduced me to Freakanomics a few years ago and was the reason I started listening to podcasts,. I like how Stephen Dubner explains the various concepts. He makes difficult topics interesting and easier to understand..Score: 5/5

Addictive and brilliantIm someone who travels a whole lot for a living. I couldn’t survive without this podcast, funny, informative and entertaining. Low cost index funds, boom.Score: 5/5

Always insightfulAlways insightful and something to learn with every episode! The only unfortunate thing is that they entire library of podcasts isn't on iTunes :(.Score: 5/5

A must have for your collectionA must have for your collection.Score: 4/5

Always interestingThanks!.Score: 5/5

My official favourite ATMYou must listen to the back catalogue ! This is the best examination of how to look at the way humans effect eVery area of life they touch and the currency that connects them to it. If u like TED you will AdoRE this !!!.Score: 5/5

Sponsored by juul xxDisappointing vape podcast, was it sponsored by juul? How about the narrator go smoke 5% juul pods for a year and come back and say that their lungs are fine and that it’s just THC causing lung issues, because mine sure aren’t from juuling for only 8 months. Really disappointing..Score: 1/5

A show for real fansThis show is a breath of fresh air. I should know, I'm a true fan..Score: 5/5

What a Tight Fit !!Freakenomics hits the spot for me. I have an analytical mind. Maybe I should have become an economist. Congratulations Stephen on a fabulous production. Oh by the way just saying I love your theme music introduction. I’m now going backwards and listening to all the back episodes..Score: 5/5

Quality contentAlways interesting subjects and well presented.Score: 5/5

Fantastic and informativeI really enjoy the unique perspective taken to a wide variety of topics. The series on CEOs was extraordinary. This series was closely followed by the one on sports. Keep up the great work!.Score: 5/5

Long time podcast listener, first time reviewer.This is my favourite podcast by far. I’ve listened to almost two years worth in the last three months. Very clever and well produced. Thanks Stephen..Score: 5/5

Consistently most listened to podcastCovers a wide range of topics, while not all are interesting, the shear scope of material means I am frequently learning from this entertaining podcast.Score: 5/5

InspiredAfter many years of study, this podcast made me realise that what I really love is academic research and behavioural science, changing my career path in the progress. A really informative yet entertaining podcast! Slickly produced and is a cut above anything else I've ever heard..Score: 5/5

Light chat about heavy stuffI am really enjoying catching up after only just discovering this one. I find the content isn't outdated even though I'm listening years after episodes first aired and I love that I feel like after a not very brain challenging day at work I can think big thoughts on the way home, in an easily digestible commute friendly way. I get so interested I look up the research papers when I get home (and I haven't felt that excited about learning since uni)..Score: 5/5

Definitely worth itInteresting interviews and easy to understand alternative ways to understand what we are told about how the world works.Score: 5/5

Enough of the CEOs interviews !!!I am a fan, but please stop bringing CEOs to the show just for the sake of being a CEO. Their stories are just not that interesting and overall, they are just charismatic, yet out of touch individuals..Score: 4/5

Always challengingA great series that probes interesting and long held mis-beliefs. Great interviews with smart and engaging experts, with NO mindless celebrities!.Score: 4/5

Does not support my personal unrelated opinionI believe very heavily in the rights of McDonald happy meals but yet they aren’t covered in a way I find respectful to the happy meal. This is a joke I actually love this podcast.Score: 5/5

Very Entertaining & InformativeA good listen. Well put together and edited..Score: 5/5

Entertainment + good reporting = fun learning!As someone who dragged her feet through undergrad econ class, I was sceptical of this podcast’s high ratings. But it’s fantastic!! I’ve learned so much and enjoyed every minute!.Score: 5/5

Thought-provoking and interestingFabulous podcast that delves into parts of society that are rarely considered..Score: 5/5

Favourite podcastThis is by far the best podcast I’ve heard so far. A lot of other podcast hosts tend to spend a lot of time telling everyone how successful and amazing they are which I found a little tiring and pretentious. They also clog it with ads which you have to endure for the first 3 minutes. This podcast gets straight to the facts and I’ve learned so much. The host is really engaging and enjoyable to listen to. It gets me through the work day and I will cry when I run out of episodes..Score: 5/5

The best podcast outBy far my favourite podcast. The topics are relevant and interesting, the content is insightful and informative and the overall production is quite excellent. Would definitely recommend (especially the bad medicine mini series)..Score: 5/5

Amazing!!Listened to every episode! Amazing! Can’t remember life before freakonomics..Score: 5/5

Stephen D you have come so far!You are a master producer of sophisticated, intelligent, complex nonfiction narrative. Please keep doing what you are doing..Score: 5/5

Everyone should listen to this.A great way to broaden your thinking!.Score: 5/5

One of my favsGreat format and topics!.Score: 5/5

Solid podcastIt's been great to see this podcast go on such an interesting journey. Awesome content and great production value!.Score: 5/5

Always interestingI love the show.Score: 5/5

Great listeningAlways enjoy this, well presented and interesting topics and guests..Score: 5/5

I love this format!This format is interesting to listen to and well balanced. Hearing the author read the content of their book together with discussion of related insights and their personal story is of high value to me. Of note is the depth of analysis of the topic without the persistent self referencing from the host. Great work! When’s the next one?.Score: 4/5

Always interesting and well informed^^.Score: 5/5

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Eisfeldt Freakonomics: These Shoes Are Killing Me! This week, an episode from the Freakonomics Radio archive: .Score: 5/5

SarrafshiraziPersianscarlett Adam Grant (Psychology, Work culture, behavioral economics) Drive by Peter Attia (Health and Well-… .Score: 5/5

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JonathanDune Freakonomics: She’s From the Government, and She’s Here to Help. This week on Freakonomics Radio: .Score: 5/5

Mpmclenaghan Freakonomics: She’s From the Government, and She’s Here to Help. This week on Freakonomics Radio: .Score: 5/5

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Davengdesign"Patients in the U.S. healthcare system often feel they’re treated with a lack of empathy. Doctors and nurses have… .Score: 5/5

WesleyWhistleA great interview on Freakonomics today with CeciliaERouse with plenty of #HigherEd, including free community col… .Score: 5/5

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Freakonomics Radio Podcast Episodes

466. She’s From the Government, and She’s Here to Help

Cecilia Rouse, the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, is as cold-blooded as any economist. But she admits that her profession would do well to focus on policy that actually helps people. Rouse explains why President Biden wants to spend trillions of dollars to reshape the economy, and why — as the first Black chair of the C.E.A. — she has a good idea of what needs fixing. 

465. Introducing a New “Freakonomics of Medicine” Podcast

Bapu Jena was already a double threat: a doctor who’s also an economist. Now he’s a podcast host too. In this sneak preview of the Freakonomics Radio Network’s newest show,  Bapu discovers that marathons can be deadly — but not for the reasons you may think.

464. Will Work-from-Home Work Forever?

The pandemic may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean we’ll return to full-time commuting and packed office buildings. The greatest accidental experiment in the history of labor has lessons to teach us about productivity, flexibility, and even reversing the brain drain. But don’t buy another dozen pairs of sweatpants just yet.

463. How to Get Anyone to Do Anything

The social psychologist Robert Cialdini is a pioneer in the science of persuasion. His 1984 book Influence is a classic, and he has just published an expanded and revised edition. In this episode of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, he gives a master class in the seven psychological levers that bewitch our rational minds and lead us to buy, behave, or believe without a second thought. 

These Shoes Are Killing Me! (Ep. 296 Rebroadcast)

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?

462. The Future of New York City Is in Question. Could Andrew Yang Be the Answer?

The man who wants America to “think harder” has parlayed his quixotic presidential campaign into front-runner status in New York’s mayoral election. And he has some big plans.

461. How to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot Apocalypse

It’s true that robots (and other smart technologies) will kill many jobs. It may also be true that newer collaborative robots (“cobots”) will totally reinvigorate how work gets done. That, at least, is what the economists are telling us. Should we believe them?

460. The True Story of the Minimum-Wage Fight

Backers of a $15 federal wage say it’s a no-brainer if you want to fight poverty. Critics say it’s a blunt instrument that leads to job loss. Even the economists can’t agree! We talk to a bunch of them — and a U.S. Senator — to sort it out, and learn there’s a much bigger problem to worry about.

459. Let’s Be Blunt: Marijuana Is a Boon for Older Workers

The state-by-state rollout of legalized weed has given economists a perfect natural experiment to measure its effects. Here’s what we know so far — and don’t know — about the costs and benefits of legalization.

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