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 firstname.lastname@example.org to offer encouragement.
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.
Freakonomics Radio | 5 September 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Traces the development of fantasy-sports and explores the implications as sports betting becomes legal in the US.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.