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Freakonomics is written by Stephen Dubner and economics professor Steven Levitt who penned the best-selling b [Read More]

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In Praise of Maintenance (Rebroadcast)
Has our culture's obsession with innovation led us to neglect the fact that things also need to be taken care of? The post In Praise of Maintenance (Rebroadcast) appeared first on Freakonomics....
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How to Catch World Cup Fever
For soccer fans, it's easy. For the rest of us? Not so much, especially since the U.S. team didn't qualify. So here's what to watch for even if you have no team to root for. Because the World Cup isn't just a gargantuan sporting event; it's a microco...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How to Build a Smart City
We are in the midst of a historic (and wholly unpredicted) rise in urbanization. But it's hard to retrofit old cities for the 21st century. Enter Dan Doctoroff. The man who helped modernize New York City — and tried to bring the Olympics there — is n...
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? (Rebroadcast)
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? The post How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? (Rebroadcast) ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Most Vilified Industry in America Is Also the Most Charitable
Pharmaceutical firms donate an enormous amount of their products (and some cash too). But it doesn't seem to be helping their reputation. We ask Pfizer's generosity chief why the company gives so much, who it really helps, and whether all this philan...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?
Corporate Social Responsibility programs can attract better job applicants who'll work for less money. But they also encourage employees to misbehave. Don't laugh — you too probably engage in "moral licensing," even if you don't know it. The post Doe...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5 Psychology Terms You're Probably Misusing
We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — "bystander apathy" and "steep learning curve" and "hard-wired." Most of the time, they don't actually mean what we think they mean. But don't worry — the experts are getting it wrong, t...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Evolution, Accelerated (Rebroadcast)
A breakthrough in genetic technology has given humans more power than ever to change nature. It could help eliminate hunger and disease; it could also lead to the sort of dystopia we used to only read about in sci-fi novels. So what happens next? The...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted
Sure, medical progress has been astounding. But today the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Atul Gawande — cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author — has some simple ideas for treatin...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Terrible/Awesome (Part 2)
Three former White House economists weigh in on the new tax bill. A sample: "The overwhelming evidence is that the trickle-down, magic-beanstalk beans argument — that's just nonsense." The post Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Terrible/Awesome (Part 2) app...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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