How to Change Your Mind

Freakonomics Radio | 30 May 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the barriers to changing your mind (ego, overconfidence, inertia and cost) and how to get better at changing your mind with neuroscientist (and primatologist) Robert Sapolsky.

How to Fix Student-Loan Debt

Freakonomics Radio | 9 May 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
The cost of a university has skyrocketed, creating a debt burden that’s a drag on the economy. A possible solution is to shift the risk of debt away from students and onto investors looking for a cut of the graduates’ earning power. Explores university education, how to fund it, and politics more generally with Mitch Daniels, the President of Purdue University.

The Most Interesting Fruit in the World

Freakonomics Radio | 18 April 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
The banana is the most popular fruit in the U.S. and elsewhere. But the production efficiencies that made it cheap have also made it vulnerable to a deadly fungus that may wipe out the one variety most of us eat. Scientists have a way to save it – but will Big Banana and public opinion on GMOs let them?

The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and Marriage

Freakonomics Radio | 6 July 2017 | 0h 43m | Listen Later
Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in “marriageable” men. Cleverly uses high paying jobs for less educated men in the fracking boom as a natural experiment to explore marriage dynamics.

How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?

Freakonomics Radio | 2 April 2015 | 0h 41m | Listen Later
A lot of conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than a hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that.

The Future of Meat

Freakonomics Radio | 14 February 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?

This Economist Predicted the Last Crisis. What’s the Next One?

Freakonomics Radio | 7 February 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Raghuram Rajan, formerly chief economist at the IMF and Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, on financial system risks and potential solutions.