Why Are There So Many Bad Bosses?

Freakonomics Radio | 3 March 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Backgrounds the Peter Principle: the tendency to promote people in hierarchies until they reach their level of incompetence. Considers the evidence on whether managers matter, explains why firms keep producing incompetent managers, and why that’s unlikely to change.

Why Do Most Ideas Fail to Scale?

Freakonomics Radio | 24 February 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with John List about his book The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale. Discusses the factors to get right to ensure that promising trial results can successfully be replicated at scale.

What’s Wrong With Shortcuts?

Freakonomics Radio | 18 November 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Marcus du Sautoy about his book Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut in Math and Life. Argues that shortcuts can be applied to practically anything: maths, music, psychotherapy, and even politics.

The Economist’s Guide to Parenting: 10 Years Later

Freakonomics Radio | 21 October 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Ten years ago Freakonomics asked a bunch of economists with young kids how they approached child-rearing (episode 39). This episode checks in with the children about their parents. It’s hilarious, covering nature versus nurture, capitalism versus Marxism, and why you sometimes don’t tell your friends that your father is an economist.

All You Need Is Nudge

Freakonomics Radio | 9 September 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Richard Thaler about his book Nudge: The Final Edition co-authored with Cass Sunstein). Discusses behavioural economics; how nudge theory held up in the face of a global financial meltdown, a pandemic, and other existential crises; and argues that nudging is more relevant today than ever.

How to Get Anyone to Do Anything

Freakonomics Radio | 27 May 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Cialdini about the expanded and revised edition of his book Influence. Backgrounds the science of persuasion and 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.

How to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot Apocalypse

Freakonomics Radio | 6 May 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Evaluates the impact that robots (and other smart technologies) will have on jobs, particularly the scope for newer collaborative robots (“cobots”) to totally reinvigorate how work gets done.

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.