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Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, are groundbreaking books that explore "the hidden side of everything." Now there's a Freakonomics podcast, hosted by Dubner. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.

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We spend billions on end-of-life healthcare that doesn't do much good. So what if a patient could forego the standard treatment and get a cash rebate instead?

Hire a Harvard psych professor as the pitchman. Step 2: Have him help write the script ...

What do NASCAR drivers, Glenn Beck and the hit men of the NFL have in common?

There are all kinds of civics-class answers to that question. But how true are they? Could it be that we like to read about war, politics, and miscellaneous heartbreak simply because it's (gasp) entertaining?

Why is soccer the best sport? How has Harlan Coben sold 70 million books? And why does "Apollo 13" keep you enthralled even when you know the ending?

The comedian, actor -- and now, author -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions

People who sleep better earn more money. Now all we have to do is teach everyone to sleep better.

Could a lack of sleep help explain why some people get much sicker than others?

Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?

We seem to have decided that ethnic food tastes better when it's served by people of that ethnicity (or at least something close). Does this make sense -- and is it legal?

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