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    • Freakonomics Radio, Intro

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    Hello, this Channel is no longer a part of the Audible Channels listening experience. Please explore the featured tab to discover original audio series and great news articles from premium partners. Thank you for listening!

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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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    • Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (Rebroadcast)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 48 mins
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    By some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what's to be done? Our third and final episode in this series offers some encouraging answers.

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    • Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Rebroadcast)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 45 mins
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    How do so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on "dream patients"...

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    • Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Rebroadcast)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 44 mins
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    We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series..

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    • What Are You Waiting For? (Rebroadcast)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 36 mins
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    Standing in line represents a particularly sloppy — and frustrating — way for supply and demand to meet. Why haven't we found a better way to get what we want?...

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

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 44 mins
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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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    • 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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    • These Shoes Are Killing Me!

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 39 mins
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    The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in "a coffin"...

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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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    • The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 43 mins
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    Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why?...

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    • The Harvard President Will See You Now (Rebroadcast)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 37 mins
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    How a pain-in-the-neck girl from rural Virginia came to run the most powerful university in the world.

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    • Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 2)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner, Charles Koch
    • Length: 37 mins
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    Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal...

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    • Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 1)

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner, Charles Koch
    • Length: 43 mins
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    Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal...

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    • BONUS: "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" on the Topic of Rivalry

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner, Steve Levitt, Scott Turow, and others
    • Length: 57 mins
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    Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the Freakonomics co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the little-known battle between butter and margarine that landed in the Supreme Court. WBEZ's Tricia Bobeda, co-host of the Nerdette podcast, is fact-checker.

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    • Evolution, Accelerated

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 35 mins
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    A breakthrough in genetic technology has given humans more power than ever to change nature. It could help eliminate hunger and disease...

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    • He’s One of the Most Famous Political Operatives in America. America Just Doesn’t Know It Yet.

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner, Steve Hilton
    • Length: 40 mins
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    Steve Hilton was the man behind David Cameron's push to remake British politics. Things didn't work out so well there. Now he's trying to launch a new political revolution – from sunny California.

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    • How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns?

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 28 mins
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    Nearly two percent of America is grassy green. Sure, lawns are beautiful and useful and they smell great. But are the costs — financial, environmental and otherwise — worth the benefits?

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    • Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor?

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 43 mins
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    A series of academic studies suggest that the wealthy are, to put it bluntly, selfish jerks. It's an easy narrative to swallow — but is it true?

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    • Hoopers! Hoopers! Hoopers!

    • By: Stephen J. Dubner
    • Length: 39 mins
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    As CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer was famous for over-the-top enthusiasm. Now he's brought that same passion to the N.B.A. — and to a pet project called USAFacts, which performs a sort of fiscal colonoscopy on the American government.

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