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Freakonomics Radio

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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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He was handed the keys to the global economy just as it started heading off a cliff. Fortunately, he'd seen this movie before.

He was handed the keys to the global economy just as it started heading off a cliff. Fortunately, he'd seen this movie before.

Even a brutal natural disaster doesn't diminish our appetite for procreating. This surely means we're heading toward massive overpopulation, right? Probably not.

In our collective zeal to reform schools and close the achievement gap, we may have lost sight of where most learning really happens -- at home.

Lessons from Tom Petty's rise and another rocker's fall.

A kitchen wizard and a nutrition detective talk about the perfect hamburger, getting the most out of garlic, and why you should use vodka in just about everything.

Researchers are trying to figure out who gets bored - and why - and what it means for ourselves and the economy. But maybe there's an upside to boredom?

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don't?

The process is famously secretive (and conducted in Swedish!) but we pry the lid off at least a little bit.

When one athlete turned pro, his mom asked him for $1 million. Our modern sensibilities tell us she doesn't have a case. But should she?

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