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Freakonomics Radio
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In their books "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics" and "Think Like a Freak", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore "the hidden side of everything," telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.
 
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World Update: Daily Commute
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A daily digest of news and features presented by Dan Damon.
 
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Planet Money
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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.
 
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The Economist: Babbage
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Named after Charles Babbage a 19th-century polymath and grandfather of computing, Babbage is a weekly podcast on science and technology. Host Kenneth Cukier talks to our correspondents about the innovations, discoveries and gadgetry making the news. Published every Wednesday on Economist Radio.
 
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EconTalk
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EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Host Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty and the Hoover Institution, draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book r ...
 
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Slate Money
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A weekly roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of business and finance, hosted by Felix Salmon. Part of the Panoply Network.
 
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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. So why do most Democrats hate him so much? In a rare series of interviews, he explains his political awakening, his management philosophy and why he supports legislation that goes against his self-interest.…
 
UK Prime Minister heads to Brussels for her first European summit since losing her Commons majority in the general election. Also: Finding new planets; Social housing in Britain.(Image: UK Prime Minister, Theresa May Credit: AFP/GETTY)
 
What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.
 
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The Economist: Babbage
 
What next for Uber following the departure of the company's CEO Travis Kalanick? A pathogen that causes cystic fibrosis is being used to fight tuberculosis. Also, the head of Bloomberg's venture capital fund Roy Bahat on the complexities of AI replacing jobs
 
Congressional election was seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency. Also: People smugglers go on trial in Hungary; Hong Kong's leader-elect: 'I am no puppet of Beijing'(Image: Republican Karen Handel retained her seat Credit: GETTY IMAGES)
 
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 Trici ...…
 
Danny Gratton recalls the trip to North Korea that ended in imprisonment of his roommate, Otto Warmbier. Also: Congressional election in Georgia; Portugal fires(Image: Otto Warmbier (L) is seen heading to his March 16, 2016, trial in Pyongyang, North Korea Credit: EPA)
 
Author and historian Thomas Ricks talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book, Churchill and Orwell. Ricks makes the case that the odd couple of Winston Churchill and George Orwell played and play an important role in preserving individual liberty. Ricks reviews the contributions of these two giants whose lives overlapped and whose leg ...…
 
As negotiations begin Dan Damon speaks to two people with experience of cutting a deal with the European Union. Yanis Varoufakis was the Greek Finance Minister in 2015 and had to negotiate with the EU during the country's government-debt crisis. Jason Langrish is the Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business. He was involv ...…
 
A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Also: Britain begins Brexit talks; Turkey's Syrian migrants (Picture: Armed policeman near Finsbury Mosque Credit: PA)
 
California is the most populous state in the USA, and for a century it has been vital to everything from aircraft manufacture to making movies, so the global influence of Californian culture may seem obvious. A new show at the Design Museum in London makes the case that what California has really given us is a sense of personal freedom. Our art ...…
 
Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann are joined by Call Your Girlfriend podcast host Aminatou Sow to discuss: Amanda Chantal Bacon and GOOP Pyramid schemes and Herbalife Email scams Check out other Panoply podcasts at panoply.fm. Email: slatemoney@slate.com Twitter:@felixs ...…
 
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World Update: Daily Commute
 
London tower block tragedy; Putin phone-in; A museum of failures
 
Qatar was on top of the world. Seemingly overnight, it became a pariah. On this episode, we drill into a rift years in the making: It's a tale of falcons, kidnapping, and a glowing Saudi Arabian orb.
 
Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure is set to rise, with fears the death toll could exceed 60. Also: Trump's new policy towards Cuba; Australia's first gun amnesty in 21 years (Picture: Grenfell Tower, badly damaged by fire and smoke Credit: Getty Images)
 
Most drones today are either cheap toys or expensive weapons. But innovative commercial uses are emerging in the middle, says our deputy editor Tom Standage. Also, physicist Geoffrey West on his theory of scale and how it relates to cities. And do pollsters deserve their bad reputation?
 
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Freakonomics Radio
 
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? Help us meet the Freakonomics Radio listener challenge. If 500 of you become sustaining members at ...…
 
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World Update: Daily Commute
 
Before the general elections British Prime Minister Theresa May had maintained that "no deal is better than a bad deal" for leaving the EU. But pressure for a softer exit from the bloc is growing after Conservatives lost their overall majority in Parliament.(Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May. Credit: Getty Images)…
 
Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.
 
Why is it that people in large cities like Paris or New York City people sleep peacefully, unworried about whether there will be enough bread or other necessities available for purchase the next morning? No one is in charge--no bread czar. No flour czar. And yet it seems to work remarkably well. Don Boudreaux of George Mason University and Mich ...…
 
Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss: - The UK election - The Spanish banking crisis - If Qatar is financing extremism Check out other Panoply podcasts at panoply.fm. Email: slatemoney@slate.com Twitter:@felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas, @JHWeissmann Production by Danie ...…
 
How a free-love commune embraced the free market and became a blockbuster brand.
 
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. Help us meet the Freakonomics Radio listener challenge. If 500 of you become sustaining members at just $7/month before June 30th we'll unlock an add ...…
 
The president's budget promises 3% growth. Is that doable? Yes, but he won't like what it would take.
 
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The Economist: Babbage
 
Companies are striving to control an evolving digital infrastructure that will guide everything from self-driving cars to drones. Veteran investor Bill Janeway explains the parallels between artificial intelligence and electricity. Also, a Braille-controlled camera system offers an efficient way to guide the blind…
 
Historian Christy Ford Chapin of University of Maryland Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins and author of Ensuring America's Health talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book--a history of how America's health care system came to be dominated by insurance companies or government agencies paying doctors per procedure. Chapin explains ho ...…
 
Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss leaving the Paris Agreement, credit scores at a record high, and Goldman Sachs buying Venezuelan bonds. Check out other Panoply podcasts at panoply.fm. Email: slatemoney@slate.com Twitter:@felixsalmon,@Three_Guineas, @JHWeissman ...…
 
A battle with a weed divides neighbors and leads one farmer to shoot another dead. Today's show: The hunt for a better pesticide gets way out of hand.
 
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?
 
A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.
 
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The Economist: Babbage
 
Can computer-generated composition compete with human creativity? 3D printing is adopting traditional techniques to give us reinforced floors. And cricket adds yet more technology into the game: what does this mean for the sport's hallowed commentators?
 
What is the state of liberty in America? Is liberty increasing or decreasing? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the future? This week EconTalk features David Boaz, P.J. O'Rourke, and George Will discussing these questions and more with EconTalk host Russ Roberts in front of a live audience at the Cato Institute.…
 
Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss corruption in Brazil, US fracking and the effects on OPEC, and Paul Romer's war on bankspeak. Check out other Panoply podcasts at panoply.fm. Email: slatemoney@slate.com Twitter:@felixsalmon,@Three_Guineas, @JHWeissmann Producti ...…
 
You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.
 
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? A trio of economists set out to test the theory. All it took was a Dutch postal worker's uniform, some envelopes stuffed with cash, and a slight sense of the absurd.…
 
In the last of our three-part road trip looking at how Brexit could effect different industries, we go to the docks and see how the haulage industry is prepared for Brexit.(IMAGE: The port of Dover at night CREDIT: merlinpf)
 
As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.
 
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The Economist: Babbage
 
In the wake of the Manchester bombing, Dr Robert Wesley explains how artificial intelligence can spot extremist behaviour early. Coloured light can now be used to control how genetically-engineered organisms behave. Also, what we must to do to preserve the oceans
 
How should we think about growth and poverty? How important is the goal of reducing the proportion of the world's population living on less than a dollar a day? Does poverty persist because people lack skills or because they live in economic systems where skills are not rewarded? What is the role of experimental methods in understanding what re ...…
 
Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss: - The auto industry as an indicator of a slowing economy - Artificial intelligence as the next big innovation - Apple’s new headquarters Check out other Panoply podcasts at panoply.fm. Email: slatemoney@slate.comTwitter: @felix ...…
 
How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.
 
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.
 
Dan Damon continues his road trip looking at the possible effects of Brexit on three different industries. In part two, Dan takes us to Ramsgate Harbour, and meets the fisherman who was a big campaigner to leave the EU.(IMAGE: A pro-Brexit flag flies on a fishing boat as a crew member washes their catch in Ramsgate on June 13, 2016 - CREDIT: CH ...…
 
The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.
 
This feature-length episode dives into the technology that will shape our world over the next decades. Host Kenn Cukier and The Economist's Executive Editor Daniel Franklin are joined by experts in artificial intelligence, cyber-security, healthcare and warfare to discuss how technology will transform many aspects of our lives…
 
Author and legal scholar Cass Sunstein of Harvard University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, #Republic. Sunstein argues that the internet has encouraged people to frequent informational echo chambers where their views are reinforced and rarely challenged. In addition, there is a loss of public space where people mig ...…
 
Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss: - Matthew Desmond’s piece on the mortgage interest deduction in the New York Times Magazine.- The low level of the Volatility Index- Snap’s first earnings report after going public Check out other Panoply podcasts atpanoply.fm. ...…
 
What happened when India's Prime Minister declared most of the paper money in India worthless? We travel to India to see what happened after the country's demonetization.
 
On the Internet, people say all kinds of things they'd never say aloud -- about sex and race, about their true wants and fears. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has spent years parsing the data. His conclusion: our online searches are the reflection of our true selves. In the real world, everybody lies.
 
Something incredible happened in India about six months ago. The government declared most of the paper money invalid. Demonetization they called it. Today, we meet the man who came up with the plan.
 
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