Freakonomics began as a book, which led to a blog, a documentary film, more books, a pair of pants, and in 2010, a podcast called Freakonomics Radio. Hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, it became and remains one of the most popular podcasts in the world, with a reputation for storytelling that is both rigorous and entertaining. Its archive of more than 500 episodes is available, for free, on any podcast app, and the show airs weekly on NPR stations. Freakonomics Radio is now the flagship show of the Freakonomics Radio Network, which includes the podcasts No Stupid Questions (est. 2020), People I (Mostly) Admire (2020), Freakonomics, M.D. (2021), and a variety of special series. To keep up with everything, you can get our newsletter, read the FAQs, or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freakonomics Radio: Stephen Dubner explores things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do). Some of our most popular episodes are about the economics of sleep and how to become great at just about anything, plus the true stories of rent control, minimum wage, and the gender pay gap.
No Stupid Questions: Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth (a psychology professor and the author of Grit) both like to ask a lot of questions, and they’ve come to believe there’s no such thing as a stupid one. In No Stupid Questions, they explore the weird and wonderful ways in which humans behave.
People I (Mostly) Admire: Steven Levitt, the unorthodox University of Chicago economist and co-author of the Freakonomics books, tracks down other high achievers — from sports superstars to Nobel Prize winners — and asks questions that only he would think to ask.
Freakonomics, M.D.: Bapu Jena is an economist and physician who tries to discover the hidden side of healthcare. Every week, he explores a fascinating question at the intersection of medicine and human behavior.
Off Leash: Alexandra Horowitz heads the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she also teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing, and audio storytelling. In Off Leash, Alexandra explores topics ranging from what does it mean to “own” a dog to if dogs demonstrate genuine heroism.
The Freakonomics Radio Network podcasts are produced in partnership with Stitcher, the podcast production arm of SiriusXM.
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