Really enjoyed this podcast ( I do like them all) this one was a bit more thought provoking in that you asked the questions that made me think on a deeper level and more importantly, inward reflection on how move through this life. Also found your comments about energy interesting especially Nuclear, with which I agree. Overall, a lot of information in a short Podcast, and a great listen!
Learn stuff and think about it. Have an open mind to make sense of the information and understanding some of what you can learn here to explain why things happen the way they do. Here's an example: the messed up health insurance system in the US? The roots of that being linked to your job was covered in a show in ~2012. If it hasn't been rebroadcast it ought to be because we are wasting a lot of money supporting insurance industry executives. No other nation does what we do and it seems most of us fight against the chains of employer based insurance and universal insurance at the same time. Michael Bloomberg referred to having a “insurance company we love“ during a debate but he must own shares in an insurance company to believe that anyone would be in a position to love their insurance company. Obviously we need facts and, if recent episodes seem political, it's only because we're approaching an election between a party who has a moral compass and values truth and another that values deception.
Just listened to their Cold War supermarket episode and heard some rather silly criticisms about farm subsidies amongst other things helping the west to out compete the Soviets. To imply the west might not have won without government help when the East was all government all the time they totally missed the clear economic point that the western free markets win because it was more free. Any economist that doesn’t understand this clear lesson from history should return their degree and demand a refund.
Love this podcast and it’s unbiased approach to how the economic world turns. I feel like a solid foundation understanding economics can help us all make educated decisions in life and have a better understanding on how our decisions and actions impact our lives and lives of others.
Freakonomics of 3 years ago is what I miss. They provided answers to categories of questions implied by the name, like “why are there so many mattress stores?”...now, everything is political. The system must be torn down. Let’s talk about whether the system should be destroyed rather than legitimate questions posed within the system itself. The podcast that once only occasionally revealed it’s left leaning views flexes it’s socialistic worldview with each episode. To be fair, it’s a podcast genre that’s nearly impossible to show complete impartiality, especially in 2020.
Do-not plan. Socialist
I love Freakonomics careful discussion of politics. I’m a conservative but your discourse is fact based, intellectual, thorough, and thoughtful. For my conservative friends, practice what we preached. Please don’t be hypocrites like our conservative leaders. kkkrump and his cronies are not conservatives, they’re nazis. I hope my conservative friends won’t have their feelings hurt by me using kkkrump. I hope you will allow me to practice political incorrectness too. Conservative’s definition of political incorrectness is the ability to insult liberals and not allow liberals to insult us. Conservative’s definition of free speech is to suppress liberal speech and protect conservative speech. Please stop our hypocrisy. I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings.
How can the title of the episode state the pros and cons of reparations but the bulk of episode focuses on the opinion of a conservative black economist? His selection seemed intentionally aimed at providing an exclusively anti-reparation perspective by a Black person. Disgusting. This episode clearly intended to propagate “boot strapping” as the main strategy for the collective uplift of Black Americans. If you’re unable to provide a balanced discussion, perhaps consider not discussing it. This episode was trash.
Everytime I listen to this podcast I learn something. Love the thought provoking questions.
This ap needs a search bar. I’m looking for an episode exploring eye witness accounts
I was so impressed with the variety of viewpoints on this episode. It provides so much to think about. This was one of the most topical podcasts I’ve listened to recently.
One fluff piece. Not one true challenging question or counter argument. Just a communist advertisement. Utopia that spreads out misery to everyone equally. Guess the only counter argument is history.
This show is entertaining, informative and enlightening! I really enjoy it
Smart. Witty. At times hilarious, at times concerning. All the time interesting and sparking thoughtful conversation. The opening tune alerts my brain it is about to get KNOWLEDGE, something I’ve had a hard time finding since leaving the college academic bubble. This is your dose of motivation to get out there and do something that positively affects the world like all these intelligent interview subjects.
This show is amazing. Great content...researched, edited, and of true value. As good if not better than the books. Thank you for this show it enriches our entire culture. Well done!
I used to recommend this podcast to anyone and everyone that listened to podcasts because it was an unbiased and honest, straightforward economic viewpoint. Since the start of 2020 it’s become very political and biased, straying further from economics. I do understand politics and economics are involved with one another so I could understand a little politics here and there, but it’s gotten out of hand and I’ve stopped listening and recommending.
I feel like I get 15 minutes of content in an hour with the show. Too much music and narrative overview. You have these great guests why not let them speak? I don’t need you to tell me what they’re gonna say let them say it. Feels like some coffee house college NPR show.
Sometimes I can’t listen to this podcast because I’m not ready for the truth. I don’t know if Dubner is liberal, conservative or what, just that he cares about getting to the bottom of things—regardless of what he finds. Even if the truth hurts. That’s a man and a methodology I can get behind.
Dubner does a great job of really rounding out his topics with plenty of opinons and balance between them. It stems into the political, economic, and social impacts of our decisions. I wasn't really a "behavioral economist" per se, but I've become more of one thanks to connecting with the work of many of his subjects' publishing.
I loved how to make your own luck. The idea of spinning off this pod cast format into a new show I think is fantastic and enthusiastically look forward to.Thank you so much.
Before PEBS started taking over they used to be really good, they did their best to be unbiased, and focus just on the economics. But now their no longer focused on being balanced and just focusing the facts and economics.
Freakonomics used to be all about finding the unseen about economic. This is no longer the case. Episodes now are generally one-sided, uncritical dispositions of a conventional Keynsian economic perspectives. Little criticism debate or insights are presented. Many more economic podcasts are out there worth your time.
Big fan of Mr. Dubner’s work. Each episode is interesting, well-researched, and even fun to listen to. Good stuff.
It’s hard to listen to when one word ends with a proper /s/ and the next word containing /s/ is pronounced /th/. It’s very distracting!
So, I thought this episode was supposed to be about the pros and cons of Reparations? All I heard was the pros. Where were the cons exactly? Not a single person in this discussion is thinking about or advocating regarding the consequences of Reparations : ie. race-based government preference programs, upon future generations. Dishonest titling of podcast and biased reporting
I thoroughly enjoy all of Dubner’s episodes. They’re interesting, insightful, and presented well. I’ve listened for years and I will continue.
Thank you for providing such a well-researched perspective on reparations.... I think it’s important to distinguish between every black person in the US and the descendants of Africans who were enslaved in the US. This is different and an important distinction. Also, the discussion needs to include more information about the present day effects of systematic racism by current US federal, state, and local government. This discussion needs to include more stories of the social impacts of these injustices. Anyway, thank you! Thank you! Thank you for even creating the episode that you do. It was a delight. 🙂
To repair those who were never slaves at the expense of those who did no wrong is the strange vision of Justice now espoused on the Left, and it’s racist. The fact is that Jamaicans who immigrate would receive reparations “for slavery,” and white families that arrived after slavery would be punished. That means in practice that the policy depends on race and not addressing past wrongs. And it’s racism. Plain as day.
Stop trying to make reparations happen. Reparations will never happen. If they do, you will see a mass exodus from the U.S. by the victims of such a policy. Holding people accountable for the crimes of their perceived ancestors is not a viable long term strategy for cultural unity. If you disagree, you hate this country.
This is a short response to the women soccer podcast. All salaries are based off of demand for labor, especially sports (entertainment). A great composer makes far less than Nicki Minaj, even though he/she makes (almost) objectively better music, and almost certainly has a better grasp for music. Why? Because more people pay for and listen to Nicki Minaj. No one is out to get the composer, they just simply find her/his product to be worth less than they find NM’s. Men’s soccer also appeals to The Whole world, where they not only play, but have a part in all these other countries’ FIFA chances. Countries who care much more about men’s soccer than women’s. This all seems painstakingly obvious to me, and I enjoy women’s soccer, but they simply need to negotiate their contracts like every athlete. They should make way more, and they will. They just signed a terrible licensing deal to a cable company, and now they know how much money they missed out on or “deserve”.
Loved this format. Gave me an interesting book to read. Thanks
Lets stop telling minorities that they are victims. Let's instead, encourage them that they can do anything that they put their minds to. Lets teach them to "catch their fish", rather than give them fish. Lets give them school choice. Lets remember that today is a new day, we are not living in the past. What happened in the past, is done. None of us living today are guilty of our ancestors sins. Love ALL OF THE HUMAN RACE. Stop dividing us by color, sex, religious views etc., we are only victims if we allow ourselves to be.
Loved the episode with Maria konnikova
Better than any crap on the radio. And I love the objectivity.
Lots of interesting topics, engaging interchange
What used to be a great podcast has turned into a woke pile of the Dubner’s leftist views.
Normally very respectable and very scientific, but episodes as of late are nothing short of propaganda. Reserve racism, shilling for the police state, I get Dubner is biased himself but he’s never forced it into the show like he has now. Very disappointed, very sad this is what’s happening to a once great show about economics and human behavior
If you’ve listened to a few episodes, you’ve probably noticed this too: the host loves to show off how well he understands something or how much he knows, even though the interviewee is a (if not THE) leader in the field. What I mean is that he introduces or explains an idea BEFORE he plays the audio of the interviewee explaining the same thing. The content is interesting and informative, no doubt, but I find this behavior annoying.
please do the spin off series this was so cool!!!
great show, thanks
Dubnar, welcome back baby!!!!
The old episodes are very good and fact based. The newer episodes are basically leftists political talking points and a lot of times don’t even discuss the obvious economic downfalls of what their guests are saying.
Insightful edition! Very powerful concepts well presented...definitely on my reading list!
That intro music by the Hitchhikers is capital Dee-lightful, and I’m going to miss hearing it regularly on the podcast. I’ve held out hope for too long on this one, though. If there’s been a peep out of Freakonomics to give a platform to much needed race-related dialogue, I have missed it. (For a great example of journalism in this area, see Planet Money’s episode on the price of reparations to torture victims, some of whom are still serving time for confessions that were coerced by corrupt police using a cattle prod.) Between this conspicuous absence of one of the most salient issues facing Americans today, and a thinly-argued episode that states conclusively that rent control doesn’t work — I’d be entirely willing to consider this, but it arrives at its conclusion far too quickly and smugly, with limited examples and small section of biased spokespeople, alongside the failure to truly acknowledge and grapple with the housing crisis, why rent control has been fought for, and the other side of the coin (the way wealthy landlords consciously weaponize gentrification, violating rules and getting slaps on the wrist, conducting endless construction around the clock to terrorize residents out of their homes) — I have to walk away from this podcast, shaking my head. And when I think on that intro music, I realize there’s another taste of bitterness: amazing Black music opening for a podcast that entirely fails to grapple with the hard questions and, through its silence, ends up being actively complicit with an unjust system.
Book Club - Yes please!!
This show tries really hard to be intellectually honest but suffers from always looking at the macro view of world problems and not questioning guests who simply say things based on conventional wisdom. Their biggest issue may be economic conservative group think. They seem to think having a corporate Democratic and corporate republican on means they’ve done their due diligence and treated an issue fairly leaving out that both those groups serve their donors above the people.
Loved the story and format. More please!
Great book preview and interview! Downloaded the book right away!
I love this podcast! Stephen is so down to Earth and always has an interesting perspective. I enjoy the guests he brings on, and always find them and the topics chosen to be timely, relevant, and informative. I look forward to when new episodes come out!!
Loved the Maria Kannikova episode. Great format, would enjoy more!
Used to be a great podcast just presenting interesting points and data but has lately become very politically biased. Nearly all those interviewed anymore are on the political left with almost no representation of different perspectives or views which used to be one of the shows strong points. The older episodes are great and definitely worth a listen. The new ones have mostly just been leftist political talking points where the left is being interviewed explaining why they are good and right and anyone not them is bad.
This podcast is a cover for right-wing propaganda. Do not bother listening.
This is the best podcast I know of. I look forward every week to insightful, interesting and even humorous stories.
This has become some far left of center and one sided it’s absurd. Merely another millionaire in the liberal elite trying to tell people how they should think. It uses “economics” to merely prove a hypothesis they were trying to prove. Zero objectivity. I will never listen again
Economics was so pretty. So free of judgement calls. And then the hidden hand made visible, grabbed the headlines and the funds. Wasn’t what the bettors wanted, and the moralists just cried, and yet moneyball became the incense on which we choked and died.
What happened to your past episodes? Why can we only see the past few?
Freakonomics Radio is extreamly intriguing! The amount of knowledge one gains from each episode is unbelievable, especially that it's done is such a relaxed way, you don't even realize how much you are taking in. Fun and educational at the same time. I think schools should learn like this instead;)
I was dismayed by the disingenuous statements made in this episode. Why did our leaders send all of our industry to a communist country? They were either stupid, greedy or corrupt. I don’t think they are that stupid. Even the man on the street knew it was a bad idea. Clinton, Busch and Obama administrations are guilty of selling out the American public. I can’t believe the guest had the audacity to criticize President Trump. He is the only President in the last quarter century to stand up to China.
I love Freakonomics and find many things of interest in every episode, and I particularly appreciate that the podcast is an example of “constructive journalism” as defined in he episode “Reasons to Be Cheerful.” I mainly want to respond to Dubner’s stated desire in that episode for the ability to curate the news to be less negative. I’ve been doing that for the past couple of years with the NPR One app. Every morning I choose from the OnDemand menu to create a playlist. Lately I’ve grown tired of so many coronavirus stories, so I pick and choose and order the day’s stories as I like. I love the feeling of control, and consuming the news this way gives my days a better start.
This is a refreshingly truthful, fact based presentation.
Of all the podcasts I listen to, this is one I have to listen to weekly and hate to miss. I learn something new every time I listen to it and feel like I gain so much. Please continue to put out the excellent content you have been!
I like most of the interviews, stories and discussions. Consider adding voices that are not tenured professors. If you do, you might find out more about the economy of ordinary people
I am very tired of listening to people who attend or who are employed by Ivy League Schools. I am exhausted by rich talking heads (obv not you DB) and ego-maniacal journalists plugging their published works. Find some real economic freaks, Dubner! They may be hard to find bc they don’t seek normal economic rewards but we will never grow as a people until we find them and illuminate them.
Truth and facts can be hard to listen to
While one can argue how much a government should be involved in a particular economical or social issue and what is in particular should be done about it. However the show understands that facts have to be presented correctly and they should be explored truthfully. This could be a turn off for those who think that any lie is okay in order to advance some kind of cause.
This is biased towards the left. I liked the first few but then you turned toward the left. Go back to being unbiased
College covid impacts was out of the park, well done and thought provoking. - thank you. Looks like you and the media hype missed the mark on ventilators though- how many unnecessary ventilators will the media be responsible for and at what cost? There is a story. Media run by ratings, never checks with actual scientists before hyping science stories. What is the economic cost of these ventilators? Opportunity cost, $$, loss of focus on other problems, infection due to making tens of thousands of unneeded ventilators.
Hands down, the best podcast out there. Interesting topics, excellent interviews, and entertaining. Dubner is a character and is the best at what he does.
Most people now days are ignorant no readers and gamers can’t concentrate
Fascinating. Really enjoyed this. Good to hear Levitt again.
Thanks for the info and entertainment.
Freakonomics has become one of my favorite podcasts, and this episode is one of the reasons. My opinion of Emanuel has substantially changed.
I love this podcast but given his performance in Chicago, on what grounds should Rahm Emanuel be giving advice on how to run the world?
Freakenomics is one of the better examples of how to use economics to shed light on poorly understood concepts. Every lens we have at our disposal allows us to see more and more detail and sometimes a better grasp of the big picture.
I enjoy this podcast because it offers a thorough investigation of many topics of discussion. I’m not always interested in the topic being discussed in each episode, but there are plenty of episodes with very interesting and engaging topics. Big fan of Stephen Dubner’s inquisitive personality as well. I’ve always enjoyed that trait in him, but learned to appreciate it even more when he was in the Joe Rogan Podcast. Although Dubner was the interviewee, his inquisitive behavior shined through in a way that made him seem like the interviewer and Joe the interviewee. Great stuff.
Great interview with Rahm Emmanuel! I hope this spinoff works .... it's going to be hard to find subjects as knowledgeable and engaging as Rahm.
Very high quality guests. Very high quality conversations. Very high quality production. No political axe to grind so far as I can tell. And Dubner often asks those skeptical questions that I'm silent scremaing for him to ask.
I enjoyed the discussions & hope you do more of these podcast formats.
Just listened to Levitt interview Rahm Emanuel. What a treat. Nice work for someone who doesn’t really like people😊. Keep up the good work!
I really liked their first few books, but something has changed. There is a huge bias towards democratic talking points. The last podcast about Covid-19 was a joke! Please go back to looking at topics as unbiased economists and not political hacks.
I truly enjoyed this podcast but I just heard something that made my skin crawl. China made a heroic effort to keep the Chinese Coronavirus from spreading. They may have made an heroic effort within China, but they kept allowing flights to the rest of the world. And, they mislead the WHO who, in turn, mislead the rest of the world on the seriousness of the virus. Shame.
Terrific, look forward to every Thurs so I can listen to the best podcast there is. Dubner is very, very smart and talented. I am a big fan.
Pharmacists have long been over-educated and underutilized due to the need to keep the hands of this arm of healthcare out of the total monetary pie. It's evidence based that the inclusion of a pharmacist in the care team improves patient outcomes. It's just one of many problems with our healthcare system, but it was a welcome change to hear any part of the conversation outside of a dark, hidden corner of the healthcare machine.
Reputable guests and great research. Plus Dubner has a unique voice and a pleasant personality.
Used to love this podcast and the books, but it’s become too biased and partisan for my taste and these episodes have nothing to do economics anymore. I suggest moving on from this subscribe to Econ Talk with Russ Roberts instead.
Freakonomics is one of my favorite podcasts already. Levitt’s show would be an absolute bonus. I also enjoy his interviewing style. I think he poses excellent questions and is very objective in his interview approach. I even liked the disclaimer about his nerves upfront.
In an age where politically driven biases drive most conversations, it is a breath of fresh air to hear people who are still interested in finding the truth using data based information.
Rahm Emanuel closes 50 public schools and covered up the murder of 16yo Laquan McDonald by police.
Hatred of individual freedom. Intense criticism of those seeking liberty, blind acceptance of flawed data and conclusions of corrupt institutions.
Like many others, I used to enjoy listening to this clearly on the left podcast. However, it has stopped trying to be objective or present the other side of things, and just gone so far left that it is no longer based in fact. I will be unsubscribing.
Well produced , but Dubner structures these supposedly “ fair” episodes to be basically left wing agit/prop. Listen to what is said - then you can easily find the truth elsewhere with a few clicks.
And now a pro-abortion group is sponsoring. I’m out and will be urging my friends and family to do the same. How the Freakonomics books can be so interesting and the podcast so bland is hard to figure out. While the books use real world examples to explore behavioral economics in a fascinating way the podcast is filled with mind numbingly boring interviews and behaves more like an economics course at a community college that you’re forced to take.
This show is not fair or balanced. Listen with a boulder of salt. Be wary of this influencer. Put on your critical thinking cap and dig deep For truth by searching out other viewpoints.
I believe there are “two sides” to a coin and that’s why I used to like this show. However, the recent shows are based mostly on interviews of “experts” and diverted from its investigative spirit. If a reasonable excuse has to be made for the degradation of the content, at the very least, offer your audiences two OPPOSING sides/viewpoints so they will not constantly hear your guests agreeing to each other’s statements and the host lobbing soft ball questions. This is a clear sign the quality of the show is less robust and less thought evoking than in the past years. Unsubscribed.
I keep wanting to be open minded about this podcast and then you get that ‘ol influence again that zings you from Eliteville. Then to hear a commercial about being ‘abortion positive?!?! You just lost me and I’m deleting Freakonomics from the library. Freakonomics is like a good meal that you sometimes find a bug in at the end.
The show is fun. Brain teaser and well done. The GM commercial though... it tries to start as an advice, and it’s annoying. Change that please
It seems the china did not have the right to rise up and develop the latest technology...
This is my favorite podcast because it keeps me informed on economic issues. The issues discussed are supported by reputable sources. Freakonomics speaks truth to power and sometimes discusses the shady practices of certain people and/or companies (e.i. Koch Family).
I listened with extra interest to this one, the stakes being obvious. Sure, all the tools of media literacy were deployed, and biases are evident, but this was time well invested in my opinion.
A necessary weekly listen.
COVID can’t tip us into a cold war that we’ve been in with China for over a decade. They knew, anyone reading the business news knew it. The US probably lost it already. China leads the world, the USA needs to ensure it gets to stay around for the ride.
The domestic episodes are great minus the Koch BS. But once he’s in the realm of global economics and politics the conversations are ahistorical and way too much of a state department propaganda narrative to be taken seriously
Good job. The two China experts stayed away from gotcha politics. Thanks for that; we have too much of that nonsense. What I didn’t here is any discussion on the significant financial interests that American entities have in China. When we consider turning tougher on China that means that American interests that get wealthy in China will suffer financial loss. This Congress will see a fight due to the competing lobbying interests.
While there were continuing incidents of Dubner bending facts to fit his episode narrative, I tried to give him a pass, but he publicity piece he did for the Koch brothers crossed the line and I stopped listening.
How can you talk about the Venezuelan economy without even mentioning the dramatic effects of US sanctions and other manipulations for the last 20 to 100 years!? Claiming the US has found better solutions than Latin American countries without mentioning that every Lat Am government has been created, manipulated, or overthrown by the US is irresponsible. The policies in those countries were designed for them to the benefit of local elites and US investors (and earlier the Spanish) to the detriment of civil society. Steve Hassett
Long time listener. I don’t mind listening to a left leaning podcast, but if you are to the point of having an abortion positive ad off the top I’m going to have to unsubscribe. Thanks for your work up until now.
Stephen is a fantastic interviewer and the topics are always very interesting.
Really love this podcast, and have read all his books. One critique, make the podcast about 10 minutes shorter. Boiling down the content would be a more effective way to keep listener interest while still communicating the information. Do that, and the rating goes from good to great.
Honestly, my favorite podcast. Listen every week and often go back to re-listen to old podcasts.
Thank you for helping me to understand the supply situation & alternatives. Terrific assessment!
They lost me once they started having Abortion positive ads. The show had always been so neutral and informative till now. They lost a listener in me and many others. Sorry SD.
SD appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast recently and it was excellent. Mr. Dubner is such an interesting interview and it’s three hours long. Freak. is one of my favorite shows of all time.
I look forward to each new episode! The topics are relevant and approaches in such an interesting way. The host is such a good interviewer, asking great questions and getting to the heart of each topic. Love it!
Freakonomics is a very nice podcast. Each episode is nicely developed and with excellent supporting interviews. 10 starts.
I just listened to your $2 trillion bailout episode. As a freelance/self-employed person who has run a small business for more than 30 years, I felt that most of your guests were completely out of touch with the realities of most citizens, especially those of us who don’t travel the traditional work route. Every time I heard Gary Cohn speak I wanted to slap his smug face. Out of all your guests, I felt that Cory Booker has the best grasp of what it is like to be a regular citizen under immense stress from this pandemic.
If you think the left has never been wrong this is the show for you
If you love economics, thinking outside of the box, applying long term thinking to current events or human behavior- check out this podcast!
Although a little too liberal for me, I actually enjoy that you have multiple perspectives. Well done.
I have been an avid Freakonomics listener since I read all of these books nearly 8 years ago. I always loved the show and especially the different viewpoints and topics given by the different speakers. I too have witnessed the slow degradation in quality to show us unbiased reporting especially over the past couple years. Although I will always be a Freakonomics listener, it’s discouraging to think I must investigate additional viewpoints on each topic since the podcast is clearly biased and the scoffing attitudes toward conservative theories is unprofessional.
Episode 404 seemed to be nothing more than a vailed attack on the President. I am not a huge fan myself, but to bring on someone that is so vocally opposes opposes Trump and to allow him to spew it on you pod cast is pathetic. I thought I was going to listen to an informative pod cast about the shift of government power within the three branches, but what I got was no more informative than MSNBC.
Just finished this episode and am inspired to write a review. The panel of experts was exceptional and the editing as usual is brilliant. I came away much better informed on the risks and benefits of the stimulus package and a bit more hopeful that our leaders are focused on find the right solutions to this scary and devastating pandemic. My thanks to everyone on the Freakonomics team for your excellent journalism.
Good to hear a more in depth analysis than offered on news clips. Any thoughts on the short or long term effects on hospitals and health care. Many of the sickest patients are on Medicare, low reimbursement, or have no insurance and no ability to pay for care. Hospitals are required to care for patients, even if the patient cannot pay
I couldn’t concentrate on the message in your introduction because of the horrible repetitive sounds going on in the background. Please take this out. I have loved your books and audio books, but I can’t endure the intro.
I feel guilty having listened for over 4 years and this is my 1st review. I subscribe to over 40 different podcasts, more than if I listened 24 hours a day. There isn't enough time for. them all. Freakonomics is one of my never miss show. I listed to "How Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System back in 2011. It turned me into an Adaptive/personalized zealot. Thank you.
I’m a big fan and a political economist focusing on Municipal Debt and the effects of money on legislation I’m curious, what effects will the COVID Stimulus have on M0 and M1, also what will this mean for inflation going forward? Thanks!
👎🏻. Too bad. Used to be mildly interesting.
This thought seems right up your alley: as of 26 Mar 2020, 1295 people in the USA died from Coronavirus. In that same time period (starting 3 Mar-26 Mar) the is likely a decline in auto and gun deaths. What’s your view on this from your unique perspective on freakenomics.
Consistently entertaining! I love how this show always does a great job offering a new perspective backed by data on a variety of issues. Highly recommend this show.
Dear dub Your supposed to be the guy who gets behind the noise to the real story. As of today 3/24 21,000 people out of 7 billion have died from covid 19. Since the first reported death in wuhan over 15 million people have died on Earth from other causes. The covid deaths are a fraction of a fraction. My calculator doesn’t go down that low. This is an epidemic not a pandemic. Its the most overhyped story ever, overhyped for clicks. Mass hysteria has resulted from a virus less potent than a common flu. As a result you get 1 star.
Great podcast but please don’t include ads with doorbell sounds—your listeners with dogs say thanks in advance!
You should make the Andrew Yang interview available. I think his ideas from that interview are so much more relevant given recent events.
I’ve been following this podcast for several years and it’s still my favorite. Timely topics, intelligent input by experts in the field, and yet fun and interesting. Every single episode. Love it!
Podcast is pretty good but very difficult to listen to. Producer/engineer puts way too much effort into showing off their Logic Pro skills, adding way too many edits, flourishes and unnecessary music bumpers. 5 minute intro unnecessarily long and just gets skipped anyway.
Stephen, I have a rather disturbing question to ask, but Freakonomics may be willing to find the answer. COVID-19 has us worried. We have taken a strict stance in Ohio shutting down schools, bars, and primary elections. It is important to do these things to keep people healthy and save lives. Restricting travel and the like is also causing a pretty major market decline and possible recession. In recessions, bankruptcies spike. Financial hardship can cause depression and even worse suicide. I fear that exponentially more people will die from suicide than from COVID-19 due to swift actions taken to slow the spread of the disease. Even worse (because I’m a young person), the average age passing from COVID-19 is 80 and I imagine the average age of suicide victims is much lower. On the other side of the question, I think about half of bankruptcies are medical bankruptcies meaning the bankruptcy was caused by unpaid medical bills. So preventing the spread of the virus, limiting the number of sick people is preventing a number of medical bankruptcies. Can you shed some light on the topic? Thank you, Keith
This show used to be quite good. Over the last few years it’s become an arm of the Democratic Party. Now the podcast is nearly 100% political. This has become nasty and unprofessional. Its creators should feel shame and embarrassment. Pass on this one. Unsubscribed.
I don’t buy the argument that land lords are less motivated to rent their apartments out bc of lower profits. What would this theoretical landlord do with his property if he decides he isn’t making enough profit, just let it sit unoccupied and make zero profit? Also if a potential problem is lack of new housing bc of lower profits, why not rent control existing housing and allow new apartments to charge what the market decides? Poof problem gone. Once the market has decided cap possible rent increases on existing tenants after a period of 5 years free market.
Loved the book. Love the podcast
Very good data presented here. Presented thoughtfully as well. Being liberal doesn’t discredit you guys, but offering backhanded comments every time a conservative view is presented really makes me question your impartiality. This is an economics podcast. Please don’t make it political. Or at least disclose your bias more clearly.
found out about this from JRE, this podcast rips
This show has excellent guests, excellent structure, and covers both sides of every issue. Fantastic work Freaks!
Subscribed after the socialism podcast. Informative and unbiased
For years this has been one of my favorite podcasts. I learn so much with each one. I enjoy the refreshing perspectives on so many aspects of our world. The economist’s perspective is so valuable. Keep up the great work!
Very timely and helpful to explain what is (and isn’t) socialism.
Good job nerds. Steve Dubbler and michael Leavitan are great at talking and stuff. I use podcasts and kittens to escape the harsh reality of life. 5 stars all the way!!!!!!!
Great how this neoliberal show ignores the impact of the US governments attempted Cue in Venezuela, despite spending 30 mins “examining” the oil rich countries current state. GARBAGE! Leaving out significant information is the same as lying. GARBAGE!
Love this podcast, please do an episode on modern monetary theory. As an undergrad economics major, the idea of MMT basically flies in the face of all macro classes I’ve taken & I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
I’m so excited each week when Freakonomics drops into my library! Dubner does a fantastic job of picking interesting topics and exploring them in a way I never would have thought to. He’s informative, unbiased, and presents everything with a dose of humor. Great podcast!
Seriously, one of the best informative podcasts out there. It’s truly a pleasure to listen.
Last interviewee highly partisan, detracted, more soured the the episode. This is why Trump was elected, the opposing side is not used to someone pushing back and they hate it.
So I used to listen to this religiously and generally respected that data and analytics were most important and most information was unbiased. Now though every discussion is tinged with backhanded liberal comments. Just take the last podcast with the FCC chairman that dubner would always monologue with his own or other liberal views versus just sticking to facts. Time for a new podcast.
Appreciate the inclusion of such non-mainstream topic. But you let Pai get away with non-answer like any politician. He said nothing specific about how to enforce robocalls. He listed 4 wireless carriers as example of great competition, 4. He bragged about eliminate dial 9 for out-going call which is not a typical consumer concern. After the interview, I felt like I was listened to NPR or CNN.
I’ve been listening to Freakonomics for years. Have loved it. But running an episode that features Ajit Pai— I’m unsubscribing. Talk about classical economic theory’s principle that consumers (consumer-citizens, etc.) need freedom of access to information in order to maintain a truly free market. And how Ajit Pai’s administration of the FCC violates the heck out of it. Goodbye Freakonomics.
Every episode is fascinating and thoughtful.
Drink every time he says “I’m just curious” and you can still hit his softball questions.
It started off promising but fell off a cliff in terms of content. Repeating old topics and selling as new was first. Then it just got worse. Read the book but skip the podcast . Way too many better option out there
This liberal had subscribed for 4 years, but I will unsubscribe after the most recent episode. Freakonomics has gone all in on trump derangement syndrome and lost all pretense of impartiality.
Obama and the Democrats created the divisiveness. Coming from a two time Obama supporter and lifelong “democrat”. I saw it with my own eyes for 8 years and went away from parties after watching my party attempt to ruin our great country. Keep America Great! Our president wasn’t impeached FYI I’m unsubscribing from you soon. Tired of your unwavering opinion. You pretend to be open minded but your wine was shines through. Clown
Very biased, stay fair you will do better:..you sound like a sore demoncrate loser
If you let people come on your show that are blatantly politically biased and don’t challenge them, it discredits your stance on every other topic.
Freakonomics was the first podcast I ever listened to, years ago when I had to google which podcast app to download in order to listen to it. As a result, I’ve mentally compared every podcast I’ve ever listened to since then to Freakonomics. Listen, many of them are good, and well researched and enjoyable, but Freakonomics is just the best. Stephen’s guests are always the top people in their field, and even still, the interviews are edited to include evidence and data beyond what the guest provides. I’ve had so many ideas questioned and challenged while listening to Freakonomics. It’s a truly wonderful feeling, and I recommend it to everyone.
everyone needs to listen to the episodes on the opioid crisis. I like how he breaks things down and gives both sides without trying to tug at the heart strings over the overdose deaths by talking to some grieving parents or something.
Freakonomics used to be synonymous with deep analysis leading to surprising results. Now it seems to be: do a couple of interviews, come to a conclusion, line up data to support it. No need to come here for that.
Thank you for the lengthy look at Beuprenorophine, however, the show never looks at the drug’s role in pain relief. I am a MS patient who can now live without typical opiates for pain relief. This was a long, hard journey that took me across the state from pain clinic to pain clinic, doctor to doctor. Beuprenorophine knocked my pain back 90%.
I enjoy the original show format but don’t like the live show format
I really enjoyed the first 2 freakanomics books. I wish this wasnt political. If they want to do that they should have both sides. This podcast makes Me want to revisit the books for bias.
Steven does a wonderful job on all his interviews, he will be going somewhere big. I can see him doing even bigger greater thinks then just Freakonomics!!! I have most recently been enjoying the Opioid Tragedy that dropped the third week of January 2020! Great job! Absolutely no political bias just hard facts and statistics!!!
I enjoyed the shows, worth the listen!
A balanced and thoughtful podcast has turned into another example of political bias since the 2016 US presidential election. I have unsubscribed due to the lack of balance.
Each podcast is filled with wonderful and timely lessons. Your production staff does a great job. Plus your band creates a lively feel.
This podcast is an essential in my skill development and understanding of the economics within this crazy world. I work for a First Nations government and the information shared within this podcast has helped to boost my economic game!
Since the original Freakonomics book publication with Levitt, Dubner has been changing the way people think about economics in daily life. The most interesting episodes are often when the research team puts a different spin on publicly accepted views regarding mundane, everyday items. Great thought inspiration.
Stephen: The concept of a conversation between you and Angela Duckworth is, well, interesting, but not attractive to me. I tried the “Tell me something..” show and couldn’t listen. I fear this endeavor could go down the same path. When you build a narrative arc, and in your incisive style pull out the pro and con threads of an issue, it’s compelling. That’s a hallmark of your main show model. I recommend you stick to that model. The conversational model you propose here is too scattershot, too random, and I fear, less of a sustained exposition of a story. I prefer that type of show. If I want a trivia show, I’ll watch Jeopardy. If I want a really powerful analysis of a single subject, I’ll tune into your main feed Freakonomics podcast every time. John.
If you’re eager to speak intelligently about polarizing (or non-polarizing but interesting) issues, this is a podcast for you. It is data-driven, relevant, balanced, and anti-sensationalist. Listening to Freakonomics is an integral step in the transformation from a dilettante to an aficionado, be it about the gender pay gap, Brexit, the E-cig/vaping “crisis,” or the remarkable inner-workings of Trader Joe’s. In a world where the word “facts” has lost its meaning and we must work for the truth, Freakonomics is our ally.
I have always listened to this podcast and enjoyed it, but when I recently listened to the “why does tipping still exist episode”, and I don’t know if I will listen again. I have been sitting here typing arguments against it for an hour, but just decided to leave it be and I am just disappointed that they decided to have not one competent person on the show that is pro tipping when it comes to 2.5 million jobs. I earned my way to owning a restaurant through a tipped profession. One thing that is glossed over is that if you take tipping away the extra money and savings to costumers will not be passed on to employees. Please just look at Seattle and any other state that has high minimum wage for employees.
In the age of fast headlines and topical discussions on important issues, Freakanomics goes deep to show the hidden side of everything. I learn something new and see the world in a whole new way.
I use to listen to every episode of this podcast but find myself turning off episodes. Found them starting to become biased I like to hear all points of views but don’t like to feel like I’m not getting two sides of the stories only one side.
Audience beware, the “science” here is often not based on good statistics, behavioral science is a young field and the conclusions cannot be treated as fact.
I learn something new every single time. Been hooked since the first book!
I can’t access the archives. I don’t know why. I used to love listening, but I am not sure why I can’t access past episodes. I’m looking for 273 about the American Dream.
I was hoping this would be a fair and balanced scientific and political discussion on todays top issues but it’s honestly very bias. It would have been great to hear from both progressive and conservative guests on interviews. Each episode seems to state a thesis and then backs only one side with some facts and even more speculation. I’m unsubscribing after listening for two years.
Me and my family go on roadtrips often and I BEG them to put freakonomics on the radio.Whenever I hear this particular podcast it guaranteed to get me hooked on.
Decent podcast but you run out of episodes quickly.
You are currently my favorite podcaster to listen to!!i love the topics you delve into- very well researched and very very VERY fascinating. Literally, I listen to you all day at work (one headphone in) cuz I cannot get enough 🙌🏻
Meat podcast gives too much misinformation. More research should be done.
Love Freakonomics, but the last episode I can get to is Aug 28, 2019. Why?????
Way to sneak in a cleverly played political jab! Yes! Hey policy makers stop writing policies based on the fiction version of yourself and let’s make policies that actually reflect human behavior! Can’t wait for the rest of the episode!
It’s a great podcast to listen to while you are on a three hour drive to Chicago or something
If you could only take one podcast with you to a desert island ... this would be the one
Always something interesting.
Through leftist Uber liberal chuckleheads
I avoid this live show. It’s not nearly as in depth... it’s topical, and I often feel that the hosts’ topics are cut off instead of explored - - - of course it’s hard to have time enough time to give to each guest within one show. It’s clunky and watered down through this. Main point. (I get that the host got bored and everyone needs socialization) but I much less prefer this variety of the podcast. My previous rating is bellow: This podcast is intelligent and fulfilling to listen to. I've listened to it for a year and just want more, have begun to dig into the very first episodes too. The host is relaxed, curious, and the asks expansive questions from the interviewed guests.
I've enjoyed the show for years. Keep it up!
I am like a lot of people, who prefer to tip in cash rather than add it and n the app. We had heard rumors that Uber kept the tips, end it also adds to taxable income for the driver who is often working this as a second or third job. Same as restaurant servers prefer cash tips, so do Uber drivers. So your conclusions are erroneous, and could potentially harm drivers by justifying no tip. Otherwise love your books and podcast.
I didn't expect to love this show as much as I do, but I'm glad I found it.
Im listening to you . From Iran, big fan mr dubner, and i get to 'SPEAK SOFTLY And CARRY BIG DATA ' and im walking down the street of tehran , wondering how hard is our days , just for sanctions , its us, people who are suffering, soooo much,not the government
I’ts not the perfect timing for this review because next episode is very British but the tipping episode could have been complemented with many many european examples, because tipping is not a thing at restaurants thwre
Great show! Do you think the difference between women and men could be that your phone is under your husband name. How do they know that the passenger is male or female?I always tip on Uber and Lyft. But my phone is under my husband plan. Thank you
This episode is a huge let down from a series that usually features outstanding unbiased, facts driven conclusions. To hear Geena Davis opine that gender equality is the answer to most of the world’s problems is ludicrous, especially since the problem was so thoroughly debunked by an earlier episode from this same Podcast. A real disappointment.
Sad when real truth has to get manipulated to push the woke agenda. Not surprised since they are university professors, but unfortunately nonetheless.
Malcolm Gladwell comes a fairly close second, but Dubbner and his team offer, week after week, an insanely high quality of production and writing, intelligent humor that makes me laugh and nuanced debate on such a broad range of topics that are important (except for EU football, sorry). Also love TMSIDK and all the interviews. Definitely the most entertaining way to learn things that I use and discuss over and over.
I am always excited to see what topic is next - the audio work keeps me focused on the pod where O may otherwise become distracted. Narration is legit.
I don’t know ... bearing in mind the thrust of many Freakonomics analysis (Roe v Wade and the longitudinal reduction of crime) that turn things upside down and inside out .... I felt that the argument that austerity was necessary to balance the budget / deficit following the international financial crisis needed much more pushback from Steven. I fail to see the link between paid library staffing and corrupt financial practice that brought the global economy to its knees. A little cowing. Austerity was a candy shop for Cameron and the ‘Big Society’ was classic privileged single idea. Cameron & his partner in crime Nick Clegg are guilty of crimes against the state. And then he walked away!?! Shameful. Of course I usually live the show.
The books and the podcasts are so good, so well researched, constructed and delivered that I feel like I am getting a true education in psychology and economics as well as history, social sciences and sometimes politics. Stephen Dubner is an excellent interviewer who has a journalists ability to ask difficult questions and the results usually strengthen his guests’ points of view. I have no gripes except I want episodes daily!!
I look forward to every new podcast. They are always interesting - even the ones I don't think I'll be interested in turn out to be very much worth listening to. You have a real talent for making different subjects easy to understand without any dumbing down whatsoever. Keep up the good work, and thank you. Update - So happy to have Steve Levitt back. More please! Of the two of you together.
I enjoy listening to some interesting points about our world, but it presented through a liberal lense... 3 stars for bias.
I haven’t listened to Freakonomics in more than a year. Upon finishing all my other weekly podcasts, I thought I’d give it one more shot. Hearing Steven Levitt’s voice again brought tears to my eyes. Every once in a while, I still play one of his few videos on the internet before bed. His soft and steady voice is truly a thing of beauty. Many of my best ideas have come after dreams inspired by his one of a kind worldview. Thank you Dubner for bringing the dynamic duo back! Writing my first review is the best thing I can do until I can figure out how to repay you in full. Until then, I’m guaranteed some good nights of sleep!
A great introduction to economics research and data driven understanding of the world around us.
This was nothing but disorganized pseudo scientific BS. How do I get back the 40 minutes of my life that I wasted listening to it.
I’ve listened to Freakonomics for years now. Over time, it seems to have abandoned its scientific bent for mass appeal. I also don’t think Dubner does a good job asking more direct and potentially critical questions of his guests, be they CEOs or researchers, leading to what feels like a sycophantic exchange rather than a thoughtful and pointed conversation.
Excellent podcast with interesting stories and people! Steven Dubner is very intelligent and seems to know something about every topic and does his research! You will consistently learn something new from this podcast and I highly recommend it to everyone!
A combination of really unique and interesting stories. Admittedly though some are almost too “out there” for my liking but always well produced and tremendous thorough work and quality. Delivers a very unique perspective though which I like tremendously.
Always fun, different views on familiar subjects makes this show fascinating.
They talk about relevant stuff, stuff Everyone should know about and at least be thinking about. What I love is how they make somewhat boring topics and make it fun and interesting! Thanks and keep it up! 🤗
I listened to a couple episodes - mesmerized... then I realized ALL his interviewees are very close to the same individual with different accents... Minnesota accent professor or researcher? YES. I do not believe his research or podcast is objective as projected. World: “What have you done for me lately?” Freakonomics: “Steven Dub’d an ‘expert’ on something menial into our show and sensationalized it.”
This podcast launched my love of podcasts more generally. Every episode is interesting, gives me a new perspective, and leaves me with something to ponder. Great work, hope it continues long in the future.
I’ve been listening for years. After listening to incredibly biased show on nurse practitioners and a number of other episodes, it seems like physicians are the go-to negative comparator. You have a lot of interesting content, but I have to unsubscribe because you seem to hate my passion and profession. It’s easy to point fingers at one or another of us in history. But as a group of highly educated, dedicated and loving people I think it’s harmful to hold us in such low regard. I loved your story on universal income and looking at the world through the eyes of an economist but I don’t need a finger in the eye every third episode.
The freakanomics folks know how to choose topics that fuel my curiosity!
Hard to find a bad show. From week to week, Freak is remarkably consistent and fun to listen to. I listen during long runs and they make otherwise grueling hours fly by. One of my favorites.
Funny, interesting, and smart. I always learn something new listening to this. One of the best podcasts out there.
One of my favorite podcasts. I look forward to new episodes each week and relisten to old episodes on long drives.
Steven Dubner speaks and articulates very smoothly and succinctly thus making the listening experience superb!!!!!! He is great to listen to 👍🏼
An intelligent show that proves you can be entertained and educated at the same time.
This is a request to all news media that instead of bringing us stories surrounding victims & families of these senseless acts of gun violence; how about placing the mic in front of our congressional elected officials and asking them directly what action/legislation are they going to implement to stop/halt the purchase of automated weapons. Let’s put the pressure back on those who are meant to serve the people, not the NRA, or those with the most money lining their pockets. This is where, you, the media can help us, the people, get to the real problem. Help us please and keep up the great journalism.
I don't think there has been a single episode that I have disliked at all. Thank you and keep up the great work!
I unsubscribed and stopped listening after they kept using Jed York as an expert on sports economics. A show focusing on economics should be able to sort out business persons who have little knowledge of economics based on their track record.
Enjoyed this show in particular. 1) In the 1980’s my step-dad worked in the international division at a medium sized pharmaceutical company. Over the years many of his colleagues came and visited the company and stopped by our home for dinner & drinks. When we had guests from Eastern European and other small countries, one of their most consistent remarks about the US was the abundance of fresh meats, vegetables and everything else available at our supermarkets. I remember a normally stoic Czechoslovakian Dr. jump out of his chair while explaining his experience walking through our local A&P. He so badly wished his wife could be with him to witness the glory of our supermarkets. Five minutes earlier he had described seeing Niagara Falls and it elicited almost zero excitement from him! I also recall many heated political discussions but it’s the dozen first time “supermarket experiences” that stick in my mind. 2) Why do we continue to treat/support some businesses so differently than others? A $16 billion farm subsidy?! There’s inherent risks in business and farming should be treated no differently. At least we should exempt the super-farms from receiving subsidies. And it’s unbelievable how ethanol subsidies have become a sacred cow for 30 years, or more. I’m guessing this is partly the result of Iowa holding the second primary? Not sure. I’m in favor of funding research and providing grants for agriculture and USDA projects (not to the tune of $16 billion), but shielding an entire industry from the normal ups and downs of the market for going on 100 years is asinine. There’s a family behind every small business and I feel for the financial hurt during the bad years. But businesses change, go out of business, etc. And some industries cease to exist altogether. About 20 years ago I recall seeing a 4th generation logger in his late 20’s complaining to the TV that he couldn’t make a living anymore. Environmentalists and the government (of course) were preventing him and his family from carrying on the family business. I was dumbfounded by his sense of entitlement and the spitting righteous indignation of his plea. Um, sorry dude; there’s a finite number of Doug Firs in Oregon and the ecosystems they thrive in. You made a bad bet thinking a resource was going to last forever. Perhaps at some point you’ll thank your lucky stars that this industry lasted as long as it did while feeding and sheltering three generations of your family. Now it’s time to move on to something else (coal mining anyone)? My family owned three donut shops and they went out of business. Not participating in any crowdfunding, Govt. subsidy or public sympathy. It was fun while it lasted. We all went to work doing something else.
I really enjoy most of the content of this podcast, but I find it painful to listen to with all the cutting and jumping around. Let me just listen to a conversation. You already have my attention. You don’t need to try to keep grabbing it. It becomes annoying.
This podcast literally changed my life to the point that I once dreamed of a partner who would sounded like Steven Dubner and as 1/2 smart as him. Then my life would be completed. Thanks God for Freakonomics!
I have been listening to Freakonomics for over two years and listened to almost every episode. I always find that I learn something fun and interesting and I particularly love the episodes Tell Me Something I Don’t Know where they touch on a variety of interesting facts from industry professionals. Highly recommend!
Marketing tip for the abortion paper title-scrap the current one and replace with “more love equals less crime:how wanted kids receive the tools in upbringing to avoid crime.” No one can argue that the this country could use more love. Keep it up-this show continues to keep me curious while also coming to my own conclusions. Appreciate the great work!
Topically, this show is great - far-ranging and quirky. However, they NEVER question their slavish devotion to capitalism and markets as the only viable option. Guys - do a show or three wherein you examine this!
An intellectual deep dive into a variety of topics. Guaranteed thought provoking episodes that will increase your understanding of how we think. The detail and thought that goes into each episode is fantastic.
I am pursuing a PhD in applied economics and owe a lot to this show for the ideas that they have given me for projects and its insights on economics and our society. Excellent job from Stephen Dubner. My favorite show.
The latest issue, 384, is fantastic. The organization of the points and discussion, the quality of the presentations by the academics, the pacing and the editing.are all top notch. The shows are usually good, but this one is excellent.
Sometimes is is very interesting, but sometimes - not so much.
Keeps evolving as the podcast landscape changes -- old fans should try it with new ears!
By encouraging the listener to consider counterintuitive views of a subject, the podcast encourages us to venture out of our little boxes and preconceived notions
I like Wait wait don’t tell me petter Sagan
You really learn something valuable. I would suggest listening it more than once to understand and remember the gold
It took some time, but eventually it’s easy to see the conservative and unbalanced bent to the interviews - they choose to interview conservative guests and the interviews are guided toward a conservative message that is not balanced by countering perspectives. Also, they have an episode that focuses on medical advice and they choose to interview an economist and ask them to examine research studies, rather than a medical doctor or a medical researcher?? Odd choices that reflect a biased message the podcasters are trying to convey. Very shady.
I always learn something interesting in this podcast.
I love the normal shows, but not the live show. If I wanted to listen to Tell Me Something I Don’t Know I would, but I want to listen to Freakonomics.
I love this show, learn something new every time.
Absolutely entertaining. They discuss issues that are pertinent to everyday people and analyze the economic implications and how it will affect the masses. They break down issues and discuss the interactions and the structures that effect that topic. The recordings of their live shows are the greatest!
S Dubs and crew shine a light on so many interesting subjects week after week.
This podcast is fun and educational. It helps me to see things in a different light.
I love getting to learn something new every day in these short, informative, and relevant episodes!
But then they got Woke
Insightful, clever, and entertaining. Can’t recommend enough.
My favorite podcast—great scope and depth of topics—particularly as hey touch on behavioral economics
I have been listening since episode one. It has been a great educational experience of looking at how we make choices as humans and how incentives can help shape others behaviors.
Very boring in long car rides
This used to be my favorite podcast— easily. I felt like they explored interesting topics, did thorough research, and took interesting perspectives. Ever since this got taken over by stitcher, the quality has dropped way down. The interviews are boring and aren’t critical. The angles from which topics are explored are not unique at all. And there are fewer new episodes being released! I feel like every other episode is “from the archives” or an episode of the game show, which used to be a separate podcast (that I never listened to because I was not a fan). I want a return to the stuff that made the book and early episodes of this podcast good, rather than a heartless money-grab. A few episodes have been interesting, but I honestly don’t enjoy this podcast like I used to anymore. The worst part is that when stitcher took over, Dubner releases a whole episode saying the future of freakonomics was gonna be bigger and better than ever, but it’s just turned in to a lame cash grab.
The older episodes are fantastic, but the newer episodes aren’t worth the time.
Stephen, host of Freakonomics Radio, highlights all aspects of business, entrepreneurship and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
As someone who is a recent convert to the world of podcasts, it is interesting that there is a limited number of past episodes available for listeners. While the subject matter has been interesting in the available episodes, I’m finished with all 13 (out of a supposed 379). So, now what?
I’m enjoying this podcast very much, but would love to have access to more than the last 2-3 episodes. I recommended one to a family member and when they went to listen it was gone. Such good information and interesting topics and I would love to share them!
Great podcast! Always an interesting topic approached with humor, intelligence and put in a easy way to the listener. One of my favorites podcast so far
Love it, keep it up!
Love the podcast. Great work guys, keep it!!!!
Writing as an OB/GYN...your guest economist fails to recognize that for years pregnant patients have been a protected population in regards to research. And therefore, she will be hard pressed to find a lot of hard data on recommendations. So that’s important history to note. We have to extrapolate and use common sense.
Can’t get enough of this podcast!
This isn’t just the best podcast- it’s the best media I’ve ever consumed. The podcast and books have helped change the way I look at the world. Five stars is not enough to properly rate this show.
The entire 23&Me episode was just a sales pitch for 23&Me. Very disappointing.
Very interesting topics,just listened to better ways to get a college education without going broke.I hope you will talk about trade schools,some people are not college material but would do better in a trade like carpenter and plumbers , electricians are in great demand .Some people think trade schools are a dead end but for some I think it’s better than going to college and not finishing because it was not really for you.Thanks again for your great podcast
Too often lets interviewed subjects, especially political figures, assert their own version of history without any dispute or fact checking, either during or after the interview.
Most of the comments complain on how they delete episodes and while this is annoying you can easily go to the website and get the episodes. However this podcast is amazing. Teaches me a lot about economics. I also like how Steven Dubner interviews his guests. Asks amazing questions. By far one the best podcasts.. Surprised it’s not Top 10
Just listened to episode 377 and I have to say, shame on you Stephen for being such a hack in the way you treated Mitch Daniels. He is your political enemy and your repeated failed attempts to smear him made me laugh out loud. It amazes me that your enemy could best our Democrat leaders at serving the people and you still can’t accept it. Your ignorance and temerity got you respectfully owned on your own show, fitting. I consider myself left of Bernie Sanders and you are an embarrassment to the party. Well done Mitch Daniels.
Been a listener for years. Loving the new episodes and topics like the sports series. CEO series. Keep em coming!
I’ve been a big fan in the past. But having someone on that advocates sleep training? Makes me think your research isn’t as sound as you think it is.
Long time listener and grateful for all that I’ve learned over the years. I like that it’s more conversational, letting the guests have their time.
I feel you and your interviewees missed the mark. Most of the things you stated regarding the negative aspects of rent control Hawaii has with no rent control. We are an island with limited space, not unlike Manhattan. It would be far too long to get into. But I’d hope in the future they have a much more well rounded discussion.
It’s an amazing podcast it reminds me a lot of planet money by NPR this podcast and planet money money are my favorite podcast they need to step up how much they make their pod casts
...to previous podcasts. Freakonimics itself is a 5-star production but this decision to limit access is not.
Sadly we cannot listen to previously played podcasts and we are subjected to ads. Things have gone too far in the attempt to extract maximum profit.
Allow access to previous podcasts.
I like the unique way of presenting stuff
The podcast has great content and information. The problem is that they delete episodes, only to re-upload a year or so down the line with “an update” that generally provides no new relevant content. All it does it perturb long time listeners.
I'm a longtime Frekonomics fan from the original books, but I'm still impressed with the freshness the podcast continues to have, even hundreds of episodes in. The recent rent control and Spotify episodes were relevant, thought provoking, inciteful and entertaining. I have tickets to the upcoming live event in Los Angeles, and am really looking forward to it. Who knows - I may even tell them something they don't know!
Incredible how something as boring as economics could be so entertaining. Great Podcast!
Listen to Freakanomics over the course of a year and you will be shocked by the range of topics Dubner covers. This podcast takes the essays and books to the next level. Whether it be the economics of sports, in-depth interviews with CEOs who are not normally accessible- including an amazing interview with former Goldman Sachs COO and former Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn - to the role of creativity in business and in success. I’ve listened for awhile but felt compelled to write this review after the episode this week where Spotify was center stage through an interview with founder Daniel Ek. Seriously the most interesting interview I’ve heard given the evolution of Spotify and Ek to a company no longer strictly interested in meeting the demands of masses of music fans but to a whole new ethos where audiobooks and healthcare can be woven into the model. Dubner, thanks for keeping it fresh!
This is my favorite podcast. I am constantly entertained and learning something new. Even when a subject seems like something I wouldn’t find interesting, somehow, I always get sucked into the “story”.
What else to say? :)
The best podcast and my favorite... I am def a podcast junkie. Steve is a fabulous at what he does and the topics and guest never fail.
When it’s good it’s really good, but sometimes it feels like Stephen Dubner is just trying to fill time. I generally prefer the one-off episodes to the series they’ve been doing recently.
The show used to be thought provoking. Now it’s just some guy interviewing nice but slightly uninteresting friends.
Love this podcast. Information and challenging concepts are presented in such an entertaining fashion.
2 minutes into a podcast, plays the first commercials and starts at the beginning. After doing this several times, I gave up. The podcast shows that it is 15 minutes in, but it’s still at the beginning
One of the best Freakonomics episodes EVER! I wish he was our President!
You ever come across one of those types of people that insist on putting the emphAAAsis on a different syllAAAble to let you know how smart and cultured they are? Do you find it even more annoying when the word is from another language and they’re still pronouncing it wrong? Yeah, well, this dude does this constantly. Cherry-picks science and pushes nonsense social issues too.
I thought it was just me, but looks like I'm not the only one who thinks Freakonomics Radio has really gone downhill in the past year. It no longer covers the variety of topics it once did. It's gotten more and more repetitive (and I'm not even referring to the CEO or sports series, which were only moderately interesting). The interview format is dull, and I many episodes are re-runs (but show notes -- at least in iTunes -- don't necessarily always indicate that an episode is a rerun - Frustrating.) The episode on Andy Yang was decent, as were the ones on the future of meat and on Trader Joe's. (At least they weren't about sports!) Years ago, Freakonomics Radio was one of my first (and favorite) introductions into the podcast world, but I'm sorry to say it no longer stands out in the crowd.
Keep up the good work and thank you!!!!
Being a college student, I love listening to this on my way to class or even when I'm doing homework. It's so intresting to learn new information that isn't easy to find out without research, and so many of these topics have came up in my personal conversations !
I have long been a fan of Freakonomics, having first been introduced by buying and reading the first book. These guys have a gift at breaking common assumptions about issues and looking at a topic in an innovative and revealing way. Now, I think Dubner is becoming one of the best interviewers out there. For example, the range of topics he covered recently with Dominique Foxworth was amazing. Keep up the enlightenment, fellas!
This should be labeled as if for entertainment purposes only. Expert opinions are often unchallenged, and thus can be interpreted as if fact. Host consistently asks leading questions of the listener, and only sometimes are all critical factors mentioned on a given topic. This is not to say the host lies at all, he certainly does not, but he makes little effort to keep experts honest, whether during an interview or during narration, when they provide fuzzy or disproven data. Even as a self-described progressive, I feel many episodes have an unfair, covert bias that defaults forward-thinking ideas as solutions. Unfortunately, the best episodes are usually the ones about historical occurrences and how they influenced us.
I learn something new about all sorts of subjects that I would have never learned in school. It’s a fun way to learn!
Love the content but an 8 min intro in which all of the content will be repeated is annoying to go through in every episode
This program use to be phenomenal, with new and interesting topics that had significant influence and importance about our world. Not it’s nothing more than a talk show catering to the team owners. Freakomics would be better to move to stitcher, or another paid service. This saves us from dealing with constant disappointment over the new direction of the show, and opens up time for better economic shows such as the indicator and planet money to take over.
This latest never ending series of sports episodes is wearing me out. One of my favorite things about this podcast is the variety of topics. Mix it up again please Dubner!
The podcast stories are great topics but there is always the politically correct/ mainstream media slant that is interjected. Stay with the objective, informative discussion. Listeners can watch TV to get the slant.
Why oh why has Freakonomics become nothing but sports? I've grown very tired of it! What happened to a variety of topics guys? Please do some more episodes about anything else for a change for your listeners that are not sports fans.
This podcast is all about sports anymore. Not much general economic. Too much single niche. I am unsubscribing.
Continuously using the same few sound bits for several sports episodes. Very repetitive hearing the same stories in different episodes by the same Publisher.
When I saw that moronic libs seem to hate this, I decided to give it a try and it was great!
I absolutely LOVE this podcast!
I have learned so much. I love that the questions I’m thinking in my head get asked, and I love learning about how these things affect our daily lives. Admittedly, I do already enjoy economics, but I think this is a bit of brain candy for anyone who’s interested in learning more about the world around them and how the puzzle pieces fit together.
This show went from really cool economic tidbits and analysis of different issues to liberal leaning bios and pop-psychology. How did we get from a great show like what conservative and liberal economists agree on to the current run of shows we are on? Very disappointed. Hope it turns around.
Seriously. I loved freakenomics radio. I read the book, read the sequel, listened to the podcast religiously, but the past year this podcast has just gotten terrible. As I type this I am listening to Steven broadcast his rock paper scissors game. He is on his 5th game. Really? This is the only content you can come up with? Other episodes like that interview with the sports guy — it was just terrible. Like he has an obligation to publish something — anything. I feel like he just does not care anymore. Maybe my expectations have gone up after listening to radio lab, or planet money or Ted talks. Hopefully he got a good payout when he sold the podcast. Unsubscribed.
I used to love this podcast, but lately (and maybe it’s just me) there have just been way too many entire episodes and topics of conversation comparing sports to economics. Seriously? I’d rather watch baseball...
Freakonomics is great. But I wish they would break the interview episodes and “tell me something I don’t know” episodes into a separate podcast.
I used to really enjoy the podcast but in the past year I have intentionally skipped the weekly podcast. The constant re-runs of old episodes starts to get annoying. The creative and interesting topics have been replaced with overlong interviews with sports figures or CEOs, sometimes repeatedly mixing cuts of previous episode interviews in with new episodes. It just feels low effort and repetitive most of the time. The only reason why I continue to subscribe is because sometimes a glimmer of this podcast’s former glory shows through... but more likely they just replay the Grit episode yet again.
Everyone needs to listen to this and remember the name of Andrew Yang. He had real policy solutions for the problems of the United States!!!
Its easy to 5 star a podcast that 'speaks your language' or is on a topic you are extremely interested in, but I'm barely intersted in socioeconomics on any level, however, more often than not I end up coming away from these podcasts having learned something valuable. After a year of listening, I can safely highly recommend this podcast, even if you don't think you care much about socioeconomic issues.
Always interesting and often insightful. Can’t say enough about this podcast.
This show use to be insightful and educational. Nowadays, it's all about boring interviews and reruns. The episode about "Grit" was downloaded to my feed at least 4 times. Sorry to see this show is going down like this, I will move on.
Most episodes are thought provoking,but others are objectionable. One guest started talking about a racist and a non-racist. Then all of a sudden the racist was conservative and the other was a democrat. Very interesting when the actual results of the pertinent study showed evidence for the opposite conclusion. This was not mentioned. That along with another guest's gratuitous vulgarity was off putting to say the least.
I am combing through the history to make sure I listen to every episode. But I can’t stand the new approach of the live radio episodes.
I really enjoy this podcast. It makes me think critically about things in a new way. It seems more balanced than some of the other podcasts I listen to about our world.
Always learning something new here. Great analysis and it is obvious these guys do their homework. Not the same old shtick, they find a new creative angles on historic norms.
I was a fan of Dubner, et al’s work until a series of podcasts with Charles Koch & on Libertarianism. He unfortunately lost his objective & critical edge in these interviews, allowing the interviewees’ statements to go unchallenged far too often. Their viewpoint is also more and more notably white, name & middle-upper class which makes their show less and less interesting. Agree with previous comments that if you want a more economics-focused & less “my opinion with some economics behind it” focused discussion go to NPR’s Planet Money.
Generally I love this podcast, but one of my favourite shows within it is the Tell Me Something I Don’t Know. I am thrilled that a bunch of intellectual elites got together and managed to create something that’s so intellectually stimulating while being incredibly fun and humorous and interesting. Bravo!
One of my favorite podcasts. Have just listened to some live episodes. Entertaining and educational!
I actually look forward to the 7 hour drive from the Bay Area to Orange County because I can binge on Freakonomics! Dubner is a brilliant interviewer, asks the tough questions in such a disarming manner. And the topics range so far and wide. Who knew the whole world revolved around social economics!
I never knew a podcast could get so good
ITS SO AMAZING IT ACTUALLY MAKES ME THINK ABOUT LIFE
Love the NEW episodes and Love the podcast overall!!! Lately these LAZY REPLAYS are getting arduous!! TOO MANY!!! I look forward to episodes only to find it’s a REPLAY!!!!
Great show. Soothing voice and interesting and relevant information, but PLEASE PRONOUNCE YOUR Ls IN THE WORD ALMOND (Trader Joes episode).
A very underrated podcast in my opinion. Its fun and educational always exploring a wide range of topics. Everyone should give it a chance
I used to regularly listen to this podcast and learn something new. They used to present things in a different light and remain neutral. However, since they sold their souls to Goldman Sachs and corporate cronyism, it has transformed into a mouthpiece for corporate greed and corruption. Very sad.
I enjoy the show, but found that a lot of the shows seem to be left leaning. As a conservative, I enjoyed hearing the left leaning arguments. After reading through the reviews I was surprised to see how many far left people gave the show a bad review for relying too much on main stream economics. I guess they didn’t listen to the episode on the why the government is and should be more entrepreneurial aka socialist. Despite all this, I still get a lot of value out of the show.
Trader Joe’s episode was so so good
There is quite a breadth of topics but I do wish there was a tad more focus on economics. You can still cast a wide net and keep focus. My only major complaint is repeating episodes.
Had a lot of fun with this one until a curious episode was loaded into the feed. Then a few weeks later a curious commercial sponsor was mentioned during a different episode. I could not remove this from my subscription list fast enough. No integrity. Sad!
It used to be the best podcast to listen to. It was my favorite. Well made, interesting, non pretentious. Now it’s inconsistent. Sometimes boring. Planet money is much better in 2018z
I like it, it's gotten worse over time unfortunately. The topics have gotten less interesting to me. I skip any interview shows, as Dubner is not an excellent interviewer. I liked when they had Levitt on more often. Steven, stop calling soccer "Footie", you're not British, even if you'd like to be.
Enjoyed the interview w/ Ford CEO - it convinced me to sell ALL my Ford stock. Hackett will be gone when they hit $8. They simply need to focus on designing great looking vehicles that run well. Not too complicated.
Highly recommend. It makes you think about things you never knew you should think about.
Long time listener. Your duopoly episode was the best in about three years. It was nice to hear you get back to reporting from both sides. Your inability to remove your own personal political views and to take shots at the opposing side had me at the brink of “unsubscribe”. I don’t expect anyone to look at things the way I do, but there are positive facts that support both sides. This should not be ignored. The worst thing is that you have injected your political agenda and then asked for money to support you. No way. Get back to the data.
Wide variety of topics covered. Many times I have used information from episodes to start a conversation around the dinner table.
I have been listening for years and it's still one of my all time favorite podcast. I always learn something and am entertained while doing so!
I love this podcast, but I’m wondering who is lobbying all the podcasts I frequent to talk about ranked choice voting...🤔
One of the best
Don’t join the chorus blaming schools for yet another something. Many who do well and lead our society come from those same schools. To say schools fail students is such a dramatic, inaccurate generalization. Not all schools are poor institutions. Which schools fail? Why? Which schools do well? Why? No article, slanted statistic, podcast, or survey ever, ever talks at length about parenting and home life. Those who talk negatively about schools use schools as a scapegoat because there is no specific legislation regarding parenting. Naysayers want schools to work miracles but boldly disregard the root of a child. I’m for all involved taking their share of responsibility, schools, parents, students, communities, educational policy, etc. Many people have been inspired, learned critical thinking methods, began creative thinking practices and become life long learners because of school.
Really love this podcast, learn something new everytime. Thank you.
Love this podcast!! I love that they are unbiased and never fail to present insightful, enlightened, well-supported, and well-researched topics with accounts from real experts in the field.
I love this podcast but I’ve was disappointed that the creativity show this week focused on genius examples who were almost all white males. Looking forward to the creativity series but hope they are more inclusive of other types of creatives.
Great amazing interesting
I loved reading both Freakanomics books and have really enjoyed listening to the podcast. The topics and guests are interesting and the way Dubner weaves in stories is excellent.
Human behavior is always fascinating to dive more deeply into. I do wish they’d expand their panel of experts beyond academics however. Would be nice to hear professionals from other fields putting this to use in unique “everyday” ways.
So your listening to a "very" entertaining podcast and about halfway through the podcast you realize you are learning valuable life lessons. Out of all my podcast subscriptions this is the one I give my undivided attention to. I trust the reports / stories are factual and well balanced.
I started listening to podcasts about a year ago and unfortunately never stumbled onto Freakanomics until the beginning of this summer. Ever since then, I have been listening to every episode produced and going back and listening to old podcasts. I highly recommend listening to this podcast. You will not regret it!!
I’ve loved the podcast for years until now, please ease up on the sports or just make a spin-off show for it, it’s overtaking every other theme on the show.
As a long time listener, I very disappointed with the direction of this show over the last few months. I am also not looking forward to episode after episode of sports, especially when the entire episode is a boring interview.
Love the topics. Love the presentation. Love the guest experts. Really well done.
Great story on 49rs. But to go all in on Garappolo only to lose him for the season. I feel the pain as he was my fantasy QB back up.
What are you doing Dubner??? We are already bombarded with loads of crappy news and talk shows! Why must you too devolve to the lowest common denominator?
They changed into some SJW podcast. instead of providing their real unique blend of economics and sociology on why our society can both be functioning and in need of improvement we get this new garbage covering athletes and their left wing ideology now. In case you didn’t notice Dubner I can get that on any podcast. Thanks for selling out.
This show lost me when I saw a two part episode on how the Koch brothers aren’t so bad paired with new ads for Koch Industries. No credibility from that point forward.
Always intriguing, this is the most in-depth look at subjects I love.
My favourite podcast by a wide margin, one that broadens your mind and makes you see the world differently. Essential listening for any educated person, especially those curious about human behaviour and decision-making.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s used this title! 🤓 But, it’s true. Dubner provides listeners with a variety of interesting topics and digs deep. Often the contents of the episodes are unexpected. That’s one of my favorite things about being a “freak” LOL
One of the most enjoyable and informative podcasts out there. It is very educational about topis in microeconomics as well as finance, politics and more.
Been listening since the beginning and won't stop. Mostly Dubner now. If you like the books I think you will like this show as much or more.
Love the show but now on the mobile app I can only see 14 episodes?? It’s like all of them have been deleted!? I want to send one of the older episodes to a friend.
I consider this to be one of the flagships of all podcasts.
Dubner rocks. Funny, kind and smarter than anyone in the room...any and every room.
This podcast is the best lol
I found this podcast after reading "When to Rob a Bank" a collection of their blog posts. I greatly appreciate the wide ranging topics and the eye for incentives and pressures in things beyond supply and demand of widget a.
I am a huge fan of this podcast. I am have gotten a lot out of my time listening. I am looking forward to more episodes.
I absolutely love Freakonomics. I love it so much that it inspired me to pursue a masters degree and now begin behavioral research as I build my credentials for PhD program applications. Thank you Stephen Dubner for creating a show that constantly teaches and challenges me. My thirst for knowledge continues to grow because of you!
I started listening about 2 months ago and really enjoyed it, so much so that I decided to start from episode 1. A few days ago all the earlier podcasts disappeared from both my “available episodes” and “previously played” lists. I’d love to have those back!
I have been listening to Freakonomics for years and they just keep informing, educating, and surprising me with the material. If asked what podcasts I recommend, this one is always at the top of the list!
Team - I’m an avid fan of Freakonomics. Like many of your listeners (I’m sure), I believe I’ve listened to every episode to date. Ominously, this is the first time I’ve been moved to review. The recent episodes are painfully banal. I just tapped out of the Restaurant episode with 13ish minutes left after listening to the challenges of cooking pretzels and the “innovation” of not having the cooks top sausages. I’m still trying to figure out the point and/or the through-line of the Lance Armstrong episode. I guess a common lesson of these two episodes is that conversations with “pop-culturally interesting” figures does not by definition yield interesting podcasts. This review is likely disproportionately harsh, but I implore you to please rediscover your groove! Thanks, Thomas
I loved their books, and I love the podcast! The topics are widely varied, and I appreciate the multiple angles from which the hosts analyze each topic in great detail.
They do a great job of diversifying topics and guests to make an interesting and insightful show.
No delete button on iTunes to delete a review so have to put something here
In their most at recent cast, they present geo-engineering as a more wizard way of combatting climate change than pursuing renewable energy on a global scale. Really? I don’t think you get more wizard than harnessing the endless energy of the sun. The Koch machine is such a joke.
A couple of years ago, I found this podcast entertaining. Upon further scrutiny, I have found it instead to be shallow; the hosts definitely shape any data or anecdotal evidence to suit their entertainment designs. I began listening less and less as I finally realized it was worse than small biases, it's actual misinformation. I find it to be harmful. Unsubscribed.
This makes my commute much enjoyable! Thanks!
I’m in love with Dubner’s voice! His inflections and word choices keep everything so intriguing that I find myself listening all the way to the end! Thanks for a great podcast and a great voice Steve! :)
Lost all respect!
So much fun information all in one place. Prefer the ones that stick fairly closely to economics and statistics, but there are some gems in the less mathematically bounded ones too.
I used to listen to this podcast on a regular basis and usually made it to the end of the show. But then they had a softball interview with one of the Koch brothers where they totally just sucked up to the baron. That was enough to lose me. These guys are sell outs. They were probably hoping to get some grant money.
One of the best podcast ever a staple
Thanks for this great podcast
I like your podcast. It is always interesting and we love to listen as a family!
From the original book through the latest podcast, the series turns “the dismal science” into useful, interesting and enjoyable information. Love their common sense approach, and debunking of many of the prevailing assumptions regarding why societies act and react the way they do.
we lov what u do Steve. Thank you. however i always listen to u on Tune.FM. Please keep the TuneFM stream going. It works across all my devices and its a blessing. Hope u can continue. If you are ever in Plano, Texas - Holler. Will make sure u have a great time.
This episode was the most enjoyable episode to listen too because, of the drama involved into it. Overall this podcast is in my top five. Great job Stephen!
Dubner is a great interviewer with thoughtful questions. I appreciate hearing all sides of each topic.
I wish I had started listening sooner, the range of subjects seems unlimited and I look forward to every episode. Highly recommend it!
Steven Dubner is a pro’s pro. He’s fair to all his guests and brings a wide variety of perspectives and synthesizes them very well.
I usually really enjoy the Freakenomics podcasts but was pretty disheartened when listening to the puff piece on Lance Armstrong. He wasn’t just a cheater he aggressively bullied, harassed, and discredited good people. I’d much rather hear an interview with Greg LeMond—a legit cycling hero and champion (and someone who Lance tried to discredit).
Fascinating and presented in a digestible way for a layman. Love it!
Freakonomics used to be a great podcast. the actual episodes are still ineresting but the shameless overpromition of his game show and the injection of those episodes into the feed have just made me start to question if I should unsubscribe. it really diminishes what would otherwise be a good podcast.
Koch interview was a disgrace. Koch points to Denmark as an example his ideal economy for its “freedom index”, sounding a lot like my guy Bernie, and the interviewer doesn’t even bring up this clear contradiction. I guess that sounds better than post-soviet Russia or industrial revolution America/Britain, which is what they truly advocate for.
Thank you for the wonderful explanations in Freakonomics. Your episodes have been life savers in my classroom discussions, book club, stalled conversations with my dad, and overall feeling smarter! Rita
I’ve never left a review on Podcasts before, but my lunch time is a thousand times better because of your show. Thank you for being awesome.
Please Stick to economic issues/articles and the way they affect us, macro- and microscopically. The interview with Armstrong was self-serving for him with your softball questions and had absolutely nothing to do with the typical show. I’ll start with the 5 stars but more of these ‘woe is me’ interviews from people who knowingly gamed the system will probably make me feel less likely to recommend your podcast and lower my reviews.
I love this pod, love that they did an episode with Lance Armstrong, love cycling and still somehow still loathe Armstrong. Ugh! I also loved that Lance got asked all the questions I would have wanted to ask. Betrayal is a big word.
Lance Armstrong came clean long ago. Listen to Joe Rogan’s 3hr interview, where he talked about everything last year... While I enjoy your podcast, and even more your over all premise, it’s episodes like this that make me skip so many. Well, that and your rebroadcasts, ugh! Content is king, and regurgitating old successes to patch your way through new content releases doesn’t show well to long time listeners. At any rate, I’m not sure how your belated Lance episode qualified under your typical criteria, but it’s odd to say at the least. Keep your game up boys, and stay relevant as much as possible. You create great content when you choose to. I’m not crying too much because I appreciate any quality content that’s free... However, I can’t give ya 5 stars when half your podcast are reruns I’ve already heard.
I would give more stars if I could.
And I trtze
Ok you 2, been listening to you for a long time. Splain me this - I did all the contribute to my 401k/403b since I was about 30 in 1984 - I mean contributing the max. Year after year. Some years I made really great money. That compounding you talk about - never happens that way. Indexes are predicated on a fallacy. You want/need me to splain that to you? I should be filthy rich. I’m not. 401k/403b/457m crap is a farce. It never will work. Friend me on Facebook. Name is just like my handle. Happy to share what I’ve found is real not hype.
Your introductions are way too long. I don’t know what the topic is until minutes into the program. My time is limited. No podcast should least last over 40 minuets. I have to delete your podcast. Greg
Have listened to this podcast for a long time. While it was initially interesting, it has become much less so over the years, and I’ve been put off by the arrogance of both Dubner and Levitt. Now that it’s mostly Dubner’s show, it’s also become a lot less about economics and more whatever he seems to feel like talking about. Dubner’s interviews with CEOs and politicians are all softball questions and it seems like he’s more interested in cozying up with powerful people than doing actual journalism.
I really enjoy these podcasts and the broad variety of topics covered. Thought-provoking and interesting are what I often think afterwards—and considering it’s all about economics, that’s invaluable.
Best podcast ever. I got hooked on the “Secret Life of a CEO” and have been a devotee ever since. I am a word nerd and don’t have a very good relationship with numbers. Economics was always dull and lifeless until I found this podcast. Even Marketplace was dull. But somehow you humanize finance and give the whole topic nuance and depth I never saw before. Thank you!
I’m a huge fan of Freakonomics, and have been for a few years. I love how they take issues and break them down, as well as explain the science behind things. I believe they follow the facts!
How is it there is a podcast that addresses why women are pretty much responsible for the pay gap bc of their own choices for the most part but then have another to address the glass ceiling?
Stephen, I dismissed your sons clearly one-sided bias as youthful naïveté and lack of familiarity with journalistic fairness. However, you then proceeded to spend an additional ten minutes extolling the virtues of the false prophet paying only passing lip service to Ronaldo. Were you away Messi is such a poor competitor he publicly announced he was quitting after he lost his last major tournament? Did you know Ronaldo at the age of 33, three years older than Messi, has won the last three European player of the awards? Dominating football and Messi during a time in his life when most former stars, Messi included as demonstrated by recent performance, are mere ghosts of their former selves? Did your son inform you that while Messi was so naturally gifted even his diminutive size couldn’t dampen his talent that Ronaldo has worked significantly harder to turn mediocre talent into world class ability? Please, Stephen, we want to hear your well researched and informed coverage not the bias-tinged opinions of your son.
I used to be an avid subscriber of this podcasts and enjoyed the point of views based strictly on evidence, until the Trump Tax cuts episode. I feel it leaned left instead of staying center in line with facts. If your show cannot stay true to fact based arguments then your podcasts will continue to lose those of us to looked forward to a podcast where there was no biased. R/S Arturo
Constantly get “Episode Unavailable” for this podcast, when all my other podcasts play just fine. What gives?
Freakanomics radio continually over and over is the most entertaining yet incredibly informative show in the universe of podcasts. The only bias you'll find is that they'll endeavor to give you the economic angle of every topic. I recommend to any and all.
I’ve been a listener for years and a fan since the Freakonomics book came out, but even though Stephen Dubner’s skills as an interviewer are superb, the show seems to err on the side of featuring problematic people in order to “present opposing arguments”. Most interviews tilt towards asking softball questions without pressing subjects on their false or flawed statements. The topics are always great, but because Dubner clearly wants to appear “fair” he sometimes seems to dismiss or ignore truly abhorrent points of views—strictly allowing discourse that is intellectually interesting, but morally and ethically questionable. Though experts are often brought in to debate topics, and many of these experts are usually staples of the ‘intellectual podcast’ circle, the show works hard to not challenge anyone too much—both on the left and the right of most topics.
Stephen J. Dubner asks eloquently worded tough questions. He’s polite to his guests, but doesn’t let them off the hook easily. I don’t always agree with Dubner or his sometimes partner-in-crime Steve Levitt. And some episodes are better than others. (One could skip most of the snooze fest six-part series on the life of CEOs altogether.) But Freakonomics is far and away my favorite podcast of all time because of the rigorous reporting, the variety of topics covered and the critical thinking involved. Dubner and his team not only teach me new facts, but more importantly also challenge me to ask myself why I believe the things I believe.
I initially enjoyed this program for the research and difference of perspective. It has since gone so far left, it doesn’t provide a solid viewpoint based on a good understanding of economics. (The podcast pushing Big Pharma as a victim while providing the most in charitable donations was the final push for me to drop my subscription)
Always a learning experience
The host asks the right questions, not too many softballs, and brings on guests who we want (or should want) answers from.
Taking a break from college and fixing up my family’s new home and listening for hours on end the interesting topics and thoughtful and sometimes tough questions freakanomics ask of their interviewees. Really really like it. Thank you.
I understand that your primary sponsor is goldmansachs but your catering to all these fat cats on your program is really making me sick to my stomach. When your sacrificing scientific inquiry in order to be politically correct, that just makes you a hypocrite.
This podcast used to be good but now turning into mouth piece and propaganda machine for American corporations.
What a great podcast. Been with you from episode one. Wish high school had been this interesting. Look forward to each new episode. Keep up the quality work
Been following freakonomics since the first book. Now I can hear more here. Every week, I look forward to their new episodes. Thought provoking.
This show brings such wonderful perspectives to the modern world...I feel smarter after listening each week.
And I hate myself for not starting sooner! I love it
Every show is always interesting and thought-provoking. Keep up the good work.
Well at least they don’t pretend to be unbiased. This is a typical Trump bashing podcast. They do have a token conservative, but they make sure to either bash his ideas before he talks or after. It’s interesting how the party of “acceptance and tolerance” can be so hateful towards those who think differently than they do.
Like many have previously stated, the show used to be better, but now I think they are having a hard time coming up with ideas for new ones. But, my biggest pet peeve is how many times Dubner says Freakonmics on the show. We get it, we know what we are listening to. You don’t have to keep saying it.
Some episodes are great (e.g., The Invisible Paw). Some episodes are good. And some are kind of boring.
Really loved this podcast but over the last 6 months it’s been shifting from understanding the hidden economics in life to just another interview show of “interesting people” with a lot more political undertones. Wish it would go back. Am great with the occasional social message and interviews are part of telling the story but now it seems this show is just becoming tarred with politics.
Every time I click on episode it says it’s not available right now and never plays. maybe it’s my iPhone SE issue but I have no problem listening to any other podcasts but this one. This podcast was recommended to me and I have been subscribed to it for couple of months now already trying to get something to play but I think its pointless already. Unsubscribed
So much information today is heavily biased. But, this podcast takes a nuanced approach that is refreshing
Who knew finances could actually be interesting. The real world example and analogies make it easy to listen to. The speeded up speech does not. It sounds like the whole program is played at an accelerated speed. Can I adjust the speed on my phone?
Teaching me things every week that I’ve often wondered about for years. Thanks, Sir Dubner - you’re a natural!
Who knew economics could be so interesting?
It’s hokey and distracting. Let the substance of the show stand on its own.
There are things I've learned from this podcast that have changed how I look at life as a whole. I like that the hosts define terms but don't dwell on the basics. It's a great combo.
Very well researched. The CEO series are really excellent - much better than reading a book. You really get a first hand view of leadership from these episodes. Well done!
All time favorite podcast! Smart, current, interesting, thought provoking and at times even super funny! A must listen!
Best interview ever given/gotten just now in April 2018 “Extra: Ray...” This former CEO rocks and really told it like it was. He goes toe-to-toe with our fearless host towards the end. And it’s a TKO. But for a brief moment while our host was roped like a dope and being pummeled by this CEO superhero, our host looses his mask (of prim and proper, preppy, service-boy-with-a-smile sharp, but not too incisive, always daring but never the revolutionary) and reveals he’s just scared crybaby. Congrats for revealing to us, your loyal fans, your first baby picture. Such a cutie! Hope you show us more of yourself as you take on Everyman’s challenge to grow up. Cheers, Albert
Freakonomics makes economics and financial literacy interesting! I am learning about corporate America while on the treadmill! Very thankful for these conversations while being a young adult.
I listen to this show quite regularly and I must say that it is not only insightful but also quite interesting!
Not sure this Frekonomics topic is in the radio podcast archive. check! Connecting the drop in crime in the 1990s and 2000s with access to legal abortions in the 1970s-1980s is in the book and in the film which I found at the library.
I consider myself a relatively informed and educated fella. However, after listening to this for a few months, I consider myself super stupid now. Thanks. Love the show.
Love this podcast. It’s well produced and offers a fascinating and unique take on topics that many other journalists beat to death with the same old lines. The only reason I can’t give it five stars is because of its tech setup. The episodes quite frequently will not load, and I grow frustrated and give up, leaning to a long backlog of Freakonomics podcasts in my library that I would love to listen to but can’t. I don’t have this problem with any of the other 10+ podcasts I subscribe to.
Dubner is one of the smartest, most articulate interviewers out there. I so enjoy the poscast’s behavioral economic frame on the world.
Great topics , high level conversations and week produced. But Dubner, couldn’t u get Elon Musk in your CEO interviews? The most interesting ceo in the world!
I would usually give this podcast at least a 4 star rating. However, how Dubner handled the Carol Bartz interview was absolutely horrible!!! Instead of asking her general CEO questions like he asked all the other CEOs, he turn this conversation into a discussion on gender. This is somewhat of a litmus test for how our society looks at gender and leadership, and reveals that shallow people like Dubner are truly not ready for equality of gender in leadership positions. Dubner fell into the same gender equality trap that he rather pretentiously accuses so many others of doing. He turned this interview into a gender discussion, undermining Bartz’s vast experience, knowledge, leadership insights. What a horrible interview Dubner! You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself! Your irrelevant interview perpetuates negative stereotypes on gender, and does nothing to show what an amazing CEO she really is! You have disrespected her, and women in general with your underdeveloped and petty interview. Carol Bartz, we are with you! I’m truly sorry you have been disrespected by Dubner in such a manner, as he refused to put you on a level playing field with your male counterparts, who were also interviewed on this show, and not asked such arbitrary questions on gender, for 85% of the show. They were asked about their leadership style, how they deal with people, their perspectives on management and change, innovative strategies, and the like. This episode was truly pathetic! Dubner, you should be replaced!
I loved the book and now this is my favorite podcast! I love how Dubner and Levitt take in-depth looks into the unexpected. I look forward to it each week.
Well written and presented
Always interesting, relevant, and enjoyable
This is a fun and educational podcast. The hosts ask simple questions and then search out the brightest minds the answer these questions, often with surprising results. Also, thank you for rebroadcasting your episode on investing. After hearing “The Mooch” make the case for actively traded funds, I am firmly convinced my money should be in low cost index funds.
Koreans don't follow the Lunar calendar. Am I the only one annoyed by the Chloe Kim reference in the How to Train Your Dragon Child episode? Considering the entire podcast was on traditional Chinese zodiac beliefs and ethnic Chinese diaspora? Disappointing racial extrapolation by a supposed research and fact-based program.
I have other podcast in my favorite list, however I always come back to Freakonomic radio. Interviews are very straightforward and thoughtful questions. Topics very interesting and of a wider interest and easy to follows. So far my favorite one.
This podcast feeds my soul!
Learn about everything ranging from why there are so many mattress stores to what makes a good CEO.
Who would have thought that a personal injury lawyer from Minnesota would find economics interesting. Not me I thought. I was wrong. I thoroughly enjoy the podcasts. The information in valuable and informative for all.
I've followed this for years. Early on, when they were full of material from their books, it was a 5-star podcast. For the last year or two, there are quite a few re-broadcasts and they feel as if they're running low on material. Down to a 4-star.
Love it. Listen as soon as it drops. Learn a lot and enjoy the journey.
This is one of the few podcasts I still listen to and the one podcast I have been listening to for years. I have read the freakonomics book, and their second book too I think. I love the topics they discuss and I love that they apply economic principles to topics that are interesting and relevant. This podcast has made me think in new ways about subjects I never thought I cared about. Most importantly, it has made me a more interesting conversationalist. Thank you guys!!! So much respect.
Loved the frank interviews of CEO’s and also the great questions asked
I love how easily the conversations flow in each podcast. every guest that has come onto the show has been really interesting. I listen to the podcasts on my way to work in the mornings and its way better then morning radio for sure. always a delight! 👍
Unsubscribed after the two part Koch infomercial without asking obvious questions about their unethical involvement in using their millions for their political gain. At least Stephen Dubner could have disclosed to the audience of his conflict of interest, as Koch Brothers are one of their sponsors.
The CEO series was very boring, otherwise usually good.
Thanks, Stephen (and Steven) and the team.
Every episode is well produced but the Secret Lives of CEOs has been extra awesome.
I love your podcast. Keep them coming!
I enjoy how this podcast is about economics, but it tells stories from angles you would not think about. Always entertaining and informative.
Pursuing a business degree, and this is a great show that has cool insights on the world of economics. Learning here and there, hope they keep the segments coming.
Good topics covered and continued good insights. Don’t mind replaying old programming as I learn more by listening to episodes again.
I love how they add economics to all topics. I'm a biochemist now working in IT. And economics was my last favorite topic in school... But the real life applications are amazing and it the podcast I talk about the most with my coworkers
Always strong and keep up the good content
Dubner’s podcast is in my top 5, and the current series on CEOs is even more interesting and useful than usual.
Dubner is a fantastic journalist. The show is produced very well. Love the content and I always learn a ton!
I am not in business and don’t usually listen to podcasts about business, but I found the recent episodes about the lives of CEOs completely fascinating. I especially appreciated the attempt to get some gender diversity in the group of CEOs interviewed for the series. Definitely worth a listen.
Asking the right leading questions to guide a discussion but to also avoid having the question dictate the response is a tough balance to strike. This podcast has found that balance. The diversity of topics is wonderfully broad, and Dubner does a fantastic job making them all worth listening too. This should be a staple in anyone’s podcast library.
The intro to the CEO series was SO informative! And also the one that explains why an insider is often a better choice than an outsider. Thanks!
This podcast never gets old. Always something fresh that changes the way I see the world.
This show dives deeper into the weird side of economics than any other show. keep it up
I listen to a lot of podcasts, but this is my favorite. Always educational, interesting, and entertaining. I always look forward to seeing a new episode.
I love the Freakonomics podcast! As a freshman in high school I read Dubner and Levitt’s “Freakonomics” for the first time and I immediately knew that I wanted to study economics once I got to college (which I now do). Since then I’ve had to get my hands on everything the two have worked on. I learned about the podcasts late, but now try to listen to one every morning while I’m getting ready (or one of Dubner’s other podcasts - Tell Me Something I Don’t Know and Question of the Day). I love starting off the day with a new piece of knowledge! Every topic covered on the podcast is extremely interesting and relevant, plus the nature of the podcast makes everything easy to understand. I highly recommend this podcast!!
Unfortunately, the podcast has succumbed to SJW identity politics. They used to make great use of Steve Levitt’s amazing economics pedigree and skills to investigate interesting economic questions and phenomena. Now Steve Dubner, formerly of the left leaning NYT runs the show virtually solo and it’s devolved into just another screed about aggrieved identity politics, racism, sexism, and on and on. Today I heard an interview with Carol Bartz where she felt slighted for being fired from Yahoo on the phone and not in person and attributed that to being a woman. C’mon Dubner, move out of the People’s Republic of New York and get this podcast back on track!
Loved the most recent CEO series.
I listened to this podcast a lot a few years back but ended up moving on for a few other shows on my daily commute. Recently listened to an episode of freakonomics again and I forgot how interesting these episodes are! You feel smarter when you’re listening, then you get to work and realize you’re still you :-)
Dubner has a great voice for a radio podcast and the topics that freaks does are curious and insightful. I always find myself learning new things and gaining perspective.
You really can’t go wrong with this one. Will be of interest to anyone - whether you're into Econ or not.
I am an uneducated ploob with naught but a high school diploma. This podcast is my absolute favorite—they hit that sweet spot of not talking down to the audience, yet breaking complex economic issues and forces down to be understood by the ploobs of the world. Every episode is fascinating and every episode is worth talking about!