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    • Freakonomics

    • Revised Edition
    • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but be careful

    • By Shackleton on 07-03-08

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    • Trevor Noah Has a Lot to Say

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner, Trevor Noah
    • Length: 35 mins
    • Original Recording
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    The Daily Show host grew up as a poor, mixed-race South African kid going to three churches every Sunday. So he has a sui generis view of America — especially on race, politics, and religion — and he's not afraid to speak his mind.

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    • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
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    The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here's how to become your own financial superhero.

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    • Think Like a Freak

    • The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
    • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,778
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    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not much new

    • By Bobbie on 05-24-14

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    • BONUS EPISODE: Being Malcolm Gladwell

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
    • Length: 28 mins
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    "Books are a pain in the ass," says Gladwell, who has written some of the most popular, influential, and beloved non-fiction books in recent history.

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    • SuperFreakonomics

    • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,725
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,880

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth Your Time

    • By Rich on 01-04-10

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    • The Men Who Started a Thinking Revolution

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner, Michael Lewis
    • Length: 35 mins
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    Starting in the late 1960s, the Israeli psychologists Amos Tversky and Danny Kahneman began to redefine how the human mind actually works.

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    • How to Become Great at Just About Anything (Rebroadcast)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    What if the thing we call "talent" is grotesquely overrated? And what if deliberate practice is the secret to excellence? Those are the claims of the research psychologist Anders Ericsson, who has been studying the science of expertise for decades. He tells us everything he's learned.

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    • The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 48 mins
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    It's hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. So why are we willing to pay big fees for subpar investment returns? Enter the low-cost index fund. The revolution will not be monetized.

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    • How to Be More Productive (Rebroadcast)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 39 mins
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    In this busy time of year, we could all use some tips on how to get more done in less time. First, however, a warning...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intuitive

    • By Miggy M on 10-18-17

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    • When to Rob a Bank

    • ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants
    • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt, Erik Bergmann
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 2,235
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,966

    When Freakonomics was initially published, the authors started a blog - and they've kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • this book is free on the blog and podcast.

    • By Spencer on 05-12-15

    Regular price: $27.37

    • This Is Your Brain on Podcasts

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 45 mins
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    Neuroscientists still have a great deal to learn about the human brain. One recent MRI study sheds some light...

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    • How to Get More Grit in Your life

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 44 mins
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    The psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that a person's level of stick-to-itiveness is directly related to their level of success. No big surprise there. But grit, she says, isn't something you're born with -- it can be learned. Here's how.

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    • How To Win Games and Beat People

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Does your name affect your future? Should tipping be banned? Should you bribe your children? In his weekly podcast, Stephen Dubner of the best-selling Freakonomics books explores the hidden side of everything.

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    • The Suicide Paradox (Rebroadcast)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 58 mins
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    There are more than twice as many suicides as murders in the U.S., but suicide attracts far less scrutiny. Freakonomics Radio digs through the numbers and finds all kinds of surprises.

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    • Big Returns From Thinking Small

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 30 mins
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    By day, two leaders of Britain's famous Nudge Unit use behavioral tricks to make better government policy. By night, they repurpose those tricks to improve their personal lives. They want to help you do the same.

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    • Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner, Gary Johnson
    • Length: 50 mins
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    Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate, likes to say that most Americans are libertarians but don't know it yet...

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    • "How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?"

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner, John Urschel
    • Length: 47 mins
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    John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage...

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    • When Helping Hurts

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Good intentions are nice, but with so many resources poured into social programs, wouldn't it be even nicer to know what actually works?

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    • There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified?

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 45 mins
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    Some people argue that sugar should be regulated, like alcohol and tobacco, on the grounds that it's addictive and toxic...

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