Freakonomics Radio podcast

Freakonomics Radio

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Not so long ago, G.E. was the most valuable company in the world, a conglomerate that included everything from light bulbs and jet engines to financial services and The Apprentice. Now it’s selling off body parts to survive. What does the C.E.O. who presided over the decline have to say for himself? 

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Most interesting discussion is always here.I never would have thought I’d be interested in an hour long analysis of the healthcare research, or kidney transplants. Yet here I am. Great topics, great way to tackle them and great commentary. Always respectful and mind opening..Score: 5/5

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

No rules rules is right...takes guts thoughDid the same with my company - the key is to hiring the right people / don’t interview either get them to join you for a week see if it works! Give people risk chips and let them play and get EVERYONE in company driving sales, service and researching the future....and yes The Management just set the beats and clear the bracken for the team to go forward. Also get a revolving strategy team to continually look where we are (should be) going ! DONT Carry any dead wood it splinters the rest of the team..Score: 5/5

EngagingI’m surprised that this is always so interesting and understandable. Excellent.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CEO seriesLoving the CEO series. Finding it very educational and inspirational. Well thought out questions and varied case studies that are enlightening, detailed and accessible.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

Freakily good!Only Dubner could make economics so gripping. Terrifically engaging podcast..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

Brilliant👍.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great podcastReally interesting and informative show on a wide range of topics.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

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

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

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

Excellent, insightful and engaging.More please!.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

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

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

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

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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

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 My favouritesWell researched. Engaging. Eye opening. Fun.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Kinda biased and sexistNot a great episode on the gender wage gap. The statistics on kinda contradict everything they say. As well as nearly every unbiased study on the gender gap. Stopped listening when politics became more important than facts..Score: 1/5

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

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

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

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

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

They’re the reason I’m an econ major!I love this show.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

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

All Time FavoriteLearned to love podcasts because of Freakonomics. Intellectually indulging!.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

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

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

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

Used to be goodUsed to really like it when it first came out, was better then, now its kinda different. im over it and am deleting it. i remember they did an EP on ...pencils(?!)...and since then its been downhill for me.Score: 2/5

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

Addictive, informative, funnyAbsolutely LOVE this podcast! I can’t get enough! Seriously, if you’re on the edge of whether to give this a try or not - believe me, you need this podcast in your life! I would give it 10 stars if I could..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

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

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

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

Make an appThe apple podcasts app is really bad; make a mobile app for your podcasts..Score: 5/5

GreatLove it. Sometimes a bit too much repetition between the interview and the podcaster but overall great to listen to.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favourite Podcast in a world of podcastsI have the liberty to listen to podcasts when I work and I listen to a lot of them. Freakonomics is my favourite. Interesting subjects really nicely packaged. Stephen Dubner is a great journo..Score: 5/5

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TrashMakes ignorant claims about police and fails to check the facts..Score: 1/5

🙏 Thank youAmazing show always something new to learn thank you very much and for the team behind the show we appreciate you.Score: 5/5

Says no ads in Stitcher premium but still played thereDubner says with stitcher premium there are no ads. However when you listen to this podcast in stitcher premium it still plays ads just like everywhere else..Score: 3/5

Thank you so much StephenI need to apologize, perhaps my disclaimer will do; I mis-heard something that was said on the podcast “No Stupid Questions". I do have a pretty substantial head injury. Ali Schuback.Score: 5/5

10/30 ep - give Sudhir a podcast!Truly enjoyed his interviewing style, as well as his background of ethnography + tech industry..Score: 5/5

Poor theme song selectionHow is “Get ur freak on” by Missy not the theme for this podcast???.Score: 5/5

Great subjectsTons of great subjects interwoven with economic principles. Thoroughly enjoy the podcast..Score: 5/5

Not a fanToo much simping to the same guests. as the saying those those that can teach ecnomics.Score: 1/5

Healthcare workers are owed an apology after #444Incredibly insulting to MDs, RNs and all other HCW who are currently sacrificing their mental health and risking their lives tight now. You have a MAJOR directionality issue here. Lack of compassion doesn’t CAUSE burnout, lack of compassion is a SYMPTOM of burnout. Look at the incredibly toxic system that we work in. Hospital CEOs like the ones you used as your experts treat us all like cogs in a money making machine, ever pressing us to get them more and more profit. Safe staffing is traded for cold pizza in the break room. Reasonable work loads is traded for trite “You all are inspiring” emails from administration. If employee satisfaction surveys look bad, we’re enrolled in mandatory wellness computer trainings that amount to “have you tried managing your work stress with breathing exercise? Yoga? Sleep hygiene?” I have seen this field take brilliant, compassionate MDs and RNs and break their spirit. The rates of moral injury and suicide are horrific. But please, interview some administrators, and have those “experts” tell you that we Healthcare workers only suffer burnout because somehow, despite going into this profession to help people, we just casually decided to become broken and emotionally cut off. You owe us all an apology. You owe us a redo of this topic, perhaps where you actually talk to MDs and RNs whose jobs center around direct patient care. What a slap in the face..Score: 1/5

Love the depth.What I like most is learning the unknown. Knowing more on topics I thought I knew. Well done!.Score: 5/5

Background music kills it for meI can’t understand why the distracting background music. The struggle to hear isn’t worth it..Score: 3/5

Background music too loudI like and enjoy this podcast , however, more often than not , the background music is obnoxious, loud and not related to the topic at hand. It is too distracted and I often don’t finish the episode because of this..Score: 3/5

Brain foodTop pick for my daily commute. Informative and interesting..Score: 5/5

Love this podcast but Kevin Hart ads are not okI love the content on this podcast, but taking money from and advertising a harmful homophobe isn’t a thing I’m ok with. As soon as the ad starts I stop and delete the episode. It’s also what knocks a star off this review..Score: 4/5

Always interesting!No matter the topic, I enjoy and learn from every episode!.Score: 5/5

Freakin’ Freakonomics!Love it almost all of the time, which is about as rationally positive a review I can give and one Dubner would likely appreciate. More Levitt please!.Score: 5/5

Feed dumpersThey keep dumping large blocks of old episodes in your feed and don’t even bother to update them. They seem to always do this around the holidays, like people have nothing better to do on holidays then to listen to a bunch of stale, mediocre episodes. They don’t seem to understand podcasting. If I want to listen to an old episode, I’ll go back and listen. This is just a cheesy way to boost downloads artificially. Since I have complained about this twice before and they have just ignored me, I will be deleting the podcast. So, now you will lose numbers..Score: 2/5

My TherapyThe day my friend recommended the book, I was hooked and became an advocate of Freaknomics. The podcast has become my therapy in dismantling the world around and critically looking through the Freaknomics looking glass. Thank you Stephen and Steven and to the entire Freaknomics family for making it all happen..Score: 5/5

AwesomeAlways informative in a fun way! Everything they cover is interesting.Score: 5/5

Too much politicsUsed to be a fan, even though they did express a political side. It has been getting worse and worse. Unsubscribed.Score: 1/5

GuestsDo you have to have been in the Obama administration to be a guest? I really want to like the show but they now seem to only show one side of their topic too often.Score: 2/5

Dumb***You lost a fan when you play liberty liberty liberty 8 times.....Score: 1/5

Interesting topics every weekThe perfect podcast for new learners in the sector as well as more experienced people as well in order to grasp the current conversations in the industry!.Score: 5/5

ByeToo much politics. bye..Score: 1/5

Tone deafYes, asking doctors and nurses to do virtual reality modules about how they need to be more compassionate will definitely decrease burnout. After all, medical providers definitely don’t do enough computer work and modules. Did every evil administrator ever help write this episode? Literally no mention of compassion FOR doctors during this entire extremely weak episode..Score: 1/5

Love itAll the people giving it bad ratings are just republicans who don’t have time for facts and think that you think doctors are doing great right now. Really good podcast. The background music is a little annoying but personally I don’t care enough to want it gone..Score: 5/5

Enlightening and thought provokingThis podcast is very well put together; very professional. The host is very articulate and explains topics well. The content is often enlightening and thought provoking. Only knock against it is that if topic is remotely political, the conversations and opinions will lean to the left as the majority of the guests are liberals. Still a very good podcast, worth listening. Just know this bias going in..Score: 3/5

Very InsightfulI’ve always been interested in economics. This podcast explains concepts in a fun and interesting way. Always an enjoyable listen on the daily commute..Score: 4/5

Best Podcast ever!I am learning new things everyday. Stephen’s way of asking questions and explaining the details are amazing and entertaining . I am going to listen to each and every episode. I really like his high energy and enthusiasm..Score: 5/5

Compassion crisisThis episode really hit home! I’m an acute care physical therapist in practice for almost 25 years. I’m getting burned out strictly due the focus on productivity with extraordinarily high volume of computerized documentation. I just want to help my patients!.Score: 5/5

Solid goldThis is why we do what we do. Ty!.Score: 5/5

Thought it would be more like the bookI really like the podcast. I just thought it would be more like the book. The exploration of the wild and unknown. Seems to be looking like a news of the day podcast more and more. I don’t want to hear about elections or COVID. Be more like the book you wrote. Malcolm Gladwell is eating your lunch. Kinda disappointing..Score: 3/5

Freaknomics radioPlease please stop playing the low distracting purposeless music.Score: 2/5

Thanks Stephen!Love the podcast! And everything else you and Levitt have written! As an economics teacher, it’s a great resource for class and also gets me through long runs and car rides. Much respect and appreciation my friend!.Score: 5/5

Spin-offs are lousyUsed to really like. Now they try to spoon feed lousy spin-offs! Dropping Now.Score: 1/5

January6 episodeCorrection: Witch hunting came from Judaism or Jesus who destroyed European history and liberalism, democracy, republics and reduced Europe to a third wold status where all knowledge and science was exterminated..Score: 3/5

For the CuriousI cannot over emphasize how much I love this pod and all the pods on the network, like NSQ. What I appreciate is how well researched this is, the questions they ask are on point, and the episodes always leave you with more questions. Excellent way to stimulate the brain and challenge your own deeply held notions..Score: 5/5

GM’s Mary BARRA just gave a master class interviewWarm, humble, smart, and interesting!.Score: 5/5

InsightfulA truly enjoy this insightful episode about a woman’s effort to reform the funeral industry. I have a different view about my end of life goals and it is helpful to know that I am not out of sync with someone in the industry..Score: 5/5

Podcast could be much better.Just saying..Score: 1/5

All episodes availableFINALLY.Score: 5/5

I was cheering to the endThis is the best interview I have heard from a business person in years..Score: 5/5

Bland, meh....Like listening to a couple of high school kids who are a hair smarter than average and wannabe woke. At least the episode I just listened to regarding retreating to the familiar in unfamiliar times..Score: 2/5

I Love Your Shows/Books - But I have to Disagree With This CastIn your two-part podcast - does advertising work (440.Score: 5/5

'Republicans buy sneakers, too'Used to be my favorite podcast until it became overtly political..Score: 2/5

One of the BestIf you know the word, “podcast,” you should know about Freakonomics. They have been in my top five since my first iPhone..Score: 5/5

Nuanced and unbiasedOne of the best places for nuanced discussion, varying opinions, and no agendas..Score: 5/5

Hands downThe best podcast out there.Score: 5/5

I love this show!It’s so cool to be able to look through the lens of an economist..Score: 5/5

One of the BestWhat a way to expand your brain. I love to listen to this..Score: 5/5

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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

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

Good stuffLike it.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

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

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

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

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

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

Thought provokingTakes an ordinary part of life and flips your thinking on its head..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

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

Great listeningAlways enjoy this, well presented and interesting topics and guests..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

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

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

Amazing!!Listened to every episode! Amazing! Can’t remember life before freakonomics..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

Great podcast!Very entertaining. nice way to pass time..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

Always interestingThanks!.Score: 5/5

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

Quality contentAlways interesting subjects and well presented.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of my favsGreat format and topics!.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

Everyone should listen to this.A great way to broaden your thinking!.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

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

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

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

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

Always interestingI love the show.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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Bgangk kazuigarashi: 日本では家が消耗品になっている事が貧乏化の一因という指摘。建築家、建設業が占める割合が多いようです .Score: 5/5

Stan_Hanco kazuigarashi: 日本では家が消耗品になっている事が貧乏化の一因という指摘。建築家、建設業が占める割合が多いようです .Score: 5/5

Rima_tk kazuigarashi: 日本では家が消耗品になっている事が貧乏化の一因という指摘。建築家、建設業が占める割合が多いようです .Score: 5/5

Yoshidamasaaki kazuigarashi: 日本では家が消耗品になっている事が貧乏化の一因という指摘。建築家、建設業が占める割合が多いようです .Score: 5/5

Piyota0 kazuigarashi: 日本では家が消耗品になっている事が貧乏化の一因という指摘。建築家、建設業が占める割合が多いようです .Score: 5/5

Kazuigarashi日本では家が消耗品になっている事が貧乏化の一因という指摘。建築家、建設業が占める割合が多いようです .Score: 5/5

Scientificcons3GarettJones tylercowen possibly but this has been the case during most of postwar japan .Score: 5/5

Norville001 Freakonomics: What were JeffImmelt’s last months as CEO of generalelectric like? “They were excruciatingly sad.” Listen to his story….Score: 5/5

KarieWyckoffFascinating .Score: 5/5

FreakonomicsWhat were JeffImmelt’s last months as CEO of generalelectric like? “They were excruciatingly sad.” Listen to his… .Score: 5/5

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Freakonomics Radio Podcast Episodes

452. Jeff Immelt Knows He Let You Down

Not so long ago, G.E. was the most valuable company in the world, a conglomerate that included everything from light bulbs and jet engines to financial services and The Apprentice. Now it’s selling off body parts to survive. What does the C.E.O. who presided over the decline have to say for himself? 

451. Can I Ask You a Ridiculously Personal Question?

Most of us are are afraid to ask sensitive questions about money, sex, politics, etc. New research shows this fear is largely unfounded. Time for some interesting conversations!

450. How to Be Better at Death

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician who would like to put herself out of business. Our corporate funeral industry, she argues, has made us forget how to offer our loved ones an authentic sendoff. Doughty is the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory. In this installment of the Freakonomics Radio Book Club, she is interviewed by guest host Maria Konnikova.

449. How to Fix the Incentives in Cancer Research

For all the progress made in fighting cancer, it still kills 10 million people a year, and some types remain especially hard to detect and treat. Pancreatic cancer, for instance, is nearly always fatal. A new clinical-trial platform could change that by aligning institutions that typically compete against one another.

448. The Downside of Disgust

It’s a powerful biological response that has preserved our species for millennia. But now it may be keeping us from pursuing strategies that would improve the environment, the economy, even our own health. So is it time to dial down our disgust reflex?  You can help fix things — as Stephen Dubner does in this episode — by chowing down on some delicious insects.

447. How Much Do We Really Care About Children?

They can’t vote or hire lobbyists. The policies we create to help them aren’t always so helpful. Consider the car seat: parents hate it, the safety data are unconvincing, and new evidence suggests an unintended consequence that is as anti-child as it gets.

446. “We Get All Our Great Stuff from Europe — Including Witch Hunting.”

We’ve collected some of our favorite moments from People I (Mostly) Admire, the latest show from the Freakonomics Radio Network. Host Steve Levitt seeks advice from scientists and inventors, memory wizards and basketball champions — even his fellow economists. He also asks about quitting, witch trials, and whether we need a Manhattan Project for climate change. 

Trust Me (Ep. 266 Rebroadcast)

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?

445. Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?

In this episode of No Stupid Questions — a Freakonomics Radio Network show launched earlier this year — Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth debate why we watch, read, and eat familiar things during a crisis, and if it might in fact be better to try new things instead. Also: is a little knowledge truly as dangerous as they say? 

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