Freakonomics Radio

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Factual, entertaining, educational.
I have not majored in economy in any of my highschool or college years. This podcast kinda makes me regret that.
Late to the party here but I've absolutely been loving this podcast. Very informative with just the right amount of wit and humor to keep you engaged.
I love this podcast. It's my favorite "economics" podcast (compare Planet Money). They go for the contrarian angle in many of their episodes and, for the most part, they nail it. This podcast does not talk down to you. If there's a tricky issue that they want to explain, they do it in a straightforward way. The hosts don't play dumb and act like they are learning about the issue for the first time and they don't apologize for being smart. Stephen Dubner is actually a really strong interviewer too, he asks some really tough questions in a nice way and get the guests to open up.
Very cool! Each episode brings something new to the table!
Simply the best there is, the gold standard of podcasts for me.
The best economics podcast, out-there, broad view, varied themes, humour and data to back-up a lot of insights! A must!
Freakonomics offers a stream of new perspectives that will upend your thinking on seemingly unrelated topics. This is a great show for curious, open, expanding minds.
Interesting but americacentric
An economic viewpoint of the world is often an unrealistic one. Economists are taught in school that growth is infinite: the economy just has to keep growing for everything to proceed as normal. You know what's not infinite? Earth. And all the natural resources that need to be exploited for the economy to keep growing. Still I listened to Freakonomics Radio for a few years anyway, but stopped at their episode on "Why Rent Control Doesn't Work," where they advanced the argument that rent control "doesn't work" because it keeps wealthy property owners from kicking out their tenants, remodeling their buildings, and selling their properties at a greater profit... thus exacerbating gentrification. If profit for the wealthy at the expense of a hundred poor citizens is what you believe "works," then we have a fundamental difference of morals, and I'm through listening to Freakonomics Radio.
Absolutely great!
This podcast will change the way you think about everything in life.
A very good way to learn about a enormous variety of subjects, with humour.
It had been going downhill for a while, but I unsubscribed due to a couple of disgraceful, utterly unjournalistic fawning episodes that were simply a platform for Charles Koch to spew his billionaire “socialism” with exactly no pushback to his moronic, utterly-dumb ideas. It was the last straw for a podcast fast running out of steam and ideas.
Keeps you thinking about everything. Has fantastic analyses of everything. Very good interviews as well with spot on questioning about the topic and about the person, every time again
Used to be an amazing podcast, but recent (the last year or so) have really gone downhill. I would recommend listening to their back catalog rather than the new episodes.
Very interesting content, and I listen to nearly every episode. However, I tend to feel empty by the end of each episode with no real conclusion. Keep them coming!
Has both good and bad episodes. Steven Dubner seems to veer towards an economics solution to lots of problems but does not seem to be aware of complex add on effects. He does not seem to understand that items which work at micro levels, breakdown at macro levels. I would suggest listening to the first 5 minutes of each episode and determining if it is interesting to you.
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Podcast Details

Feb 6th, 2010
Latest Episode
Mar 26th, 2020
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