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Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers. The entire archive, going back to 2010, is available o ...
 
Historically known as a nomadic people, the Somali diaspora's presence can be felt in nearly every country and region of the world. Often pioneering as the first generation in their families to be successful in their education and careers, the process in which it takes to break those barriers is rarely highlighted. This podcast aims to celebrate and highlight Somali excellence while shedding light on the countless success stories within our community both on a local and global scale. Focusin ...
 
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The incoming Biden administration will inherit a trading landscape that has been shaped by President Trump's protectionism. The key question is: How much continuity will there be between Trump and Biden's trade policies? Moreover, how strong of a stance will we take against Chinese mercantilism in the next few years, and will other countries join u…
 
We’ve collected some of our favorite moments from People I (Mostly) Admire, the latest show from the Freakonomics Radio Network. Host Steve Levitt seeks advice from scientists and inventors, memory wizards and basketball champions — even his fellow economists. He also asks about quitting, witch trials, and whether we need a Manhattan Project for cl…
 
Humans are both 'traders' and 'tribalists' by nature. We're traders because we have exchanged knowledge and goods throughout history. Indeed, the story of human progress has been the story of humanity combining its skills and resources to become more prosperous than would have been possible on our own. But we're also tribalists, because we evolved …
 
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has come under a lot of fire recently. But what does the law actually say, and how would changing it affect the internet as we know it? I discuss these questions and more in today's interview with Jeff Kosseff. Jeff is an assistant professor of cybersecurity law in the US Naval Academy's cyber science d…
 
In this lesson we help you to understand how we use the Spanish Present Perfect tense with pronouns. Do you know the RID rule? You will after this lesson. Come and join us for some great information on the Spanish Present Perfect and on how to use it well! Un saludo, Gordon y Cynthia:) Video for This Spanish Lesson As well as the lessons that you r…
 
In this episode of No Stupid Questions — a Freakonomics Radio Network show launched earlier this year — Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth debate why we watch, read, and eat familiar things during a crisis, and if it might in fact be better to try new things instead. Also: is a little knowledge truly as dangerous as they say?…
 
Happy holidays! We'll have a new episode next Wednesday, but today I wanted to re-share my favorite interview of 2020 with you all. I hope you enjoy it. Many Americans view our space program skeptically, wondering why we should bother spending money on it when we have so many problems to fix on Earth. Ever since the space race with the Soviet Union…
 
There are many anti-Big Tech activists and politicians who want to heavily regulate or dismantle companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook. They fear that these companies have become too big and too powerful, often even referring to these companies as 'monopolies.' But maybe this isn't a fair characterization. Perhaps these Big Tech compan…
 
In this lesson we help you with the Spanish Personal A and the curious ways that it is used. You’ll find out that Spanish speakers even break all of the rules with it! Come and join us on our quick tip lesson as we help you with the Spanish Personal A and all of its uses. Un saludo, Gordon y Cynthia:) Video for This Spanish Lesson As well as the le…
 
The incoming president argues that the economy and the environment are deeply connected. This is reflected in his choice for National Economic Council director — Brian Deese, a climate-policy wonk and veteran of the no-drama-Obama era. But don’t mistake Deese’s lack of drama for a lack of intensity.By Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher
 
Health care policy is difficult, featuring intractable trade-offs that make it nearly impossible to satisfy everyone. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that one of our two political parties has increasingly flirted with the utopian proposal of Medicare for All, with little understanding of how to enact it or what the unintended consequences might be.…
 
Should Americans look back nostalgically on the economy of the 1950s and 1960s? If so, what lessons should policymakers learn from this time period, and how can they be applied to boost economic opportunity today? On today's episode, I'll be discussing these questions and more with Jim Tankersley. Jim is a tax and economics reporter for The New Yor…
 
G.M. produces more than 20 times as many cars as Tesla, but Tesla is worth nearly 10 times as much. Mary Barra, the C.E.O. of G.M., is trying to fix that. We speak with her about the race toward an electrified (and autonomous) future, China and Trump, and what it’s like to be the “fifth-most powerful woman in the world.”…
 
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