Jeff Immelt Knows He Let You Down

Freakonomics Radio | 18 February 2021 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jeff Immelt about his book Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company. Discusses his time as CEO of GE, formerly the most valuable company in the world, now selling off body parts to survive.

How Much Do We Really Care About Children?

Freakonomics Radio | 14 January 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores child car seats as an example of a counter-productive policy intended to benefit children. Covers the downturn in fertility implied by COVID-19 economic downturn and the demographic challenges that implies; the reduction in fertility attributable to child car seat regulation; and the questionable benefits of child car seats.

What if Your Company Had No Rules?

Freakonomics Radio | 12 September 2020 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Reed Hastings about his book No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, co-authored with Erin Meyer. Backgrounds how he came to believe that corporate rules kill creativity and innovation. Advocates that for some companies the greatest risk can be taking no risks at all and that it is better to prioritise flexibility than efficiency.

See also How to Fire People, an interview with Patty McCord about the Netflix culture.

The Simple Economics of Saving the Amazon Rain Forest

Freakonomics Radio | 30 July 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Steven Levitt explains the economic case for the rest of the world paying Brazil to preserve Amazonian rainforest.

How to Make Your Own Luck

Freakonomics Radio | 2 July 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Maria Konnikova about her book The Biggest Bluff. Discusses insights on decisionmaking gleaned from learning to be a professional poker player. Includes excerpts read by Konnikova.

This is the prototype for a potential new podcast from Steven Dubner, which sets a new high standard for an author interview about their book. Email radio@freakonomics.com to offer encouragement.

The Truth About the Vaping Crisis

Freakonomics Radio | 21 November 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Contrasts the successful regulation of vaping in the UK, motivated by harm reduction, with the deaths and high teen uptake as the US attempts to ban vaping.