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.
Freakonomics Radio | 25 August 2016 | 0h 37m | Listen Later
We spend billions on end-of-life healthcare that doesn’t do much good. So what if a patient could forego the standard treatment and get a cash rebate instead? Thought provoking. Easy to see the pitfalls as NZ debates choice about end-of-life.
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™?
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.
Freakonomics Radio | 26 April 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later
Conversation with Atul Gawande, cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author. The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Discusses Gawande’s simple ideas for treating a painfully complex system.
Freakonomics Radio | 20 December 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Good humoured interview with Richard Thaler about winning a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. Backgrounds behavioural economics. Describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being lazy; and his efforts to fix the world — one nudge at a time.