In their books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior. As boring as that may sound, what they really do is tell stories — about cheating schoolteachers, self-dealing real-estate agents, and crack-selling mama's boys. Those Freakonomics stories — and plenty of new ones — are now coming to the radio, with Dubner as host. Just like the books, Freakonomics Radio explores "the hidden side of everything." It will tell you things you always thought you knew but didn't, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00am
Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?
Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00am
As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:00am
Verbal tic or strategic rejoinder? Whatever the case: it’s rare to come across an interview these days where at least one question isn’t a “great” one.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 12:00am
Influenza kills, but you’d never know it by how few of us get the vaccine.
Thursday, January 1, 2015 12:00am
Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.