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How to Be Happy (Ep. 345)

The U.N.’s World Happiness Report — created to curtail our unhealthy obsession with G.D.P. — is...

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Who Decides How Much a Life Is Worth?

After every mass shooting or terrorist attack, victims and survivors receive a huge outpouring of...

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367. The Future of Meat

Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental...

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373. Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work

As cities become ever-more expensive, politicians and housing advocates keep calling for rent...

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A Conversation With PepsiCo C.E.O. Indra Nooyi (Ep. 316 Update)

One of the world’s biggest and best-known companies just announced that its C.E.O. would be...

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Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348)

We all know the standard story: our economy would be more dynamic if only the government would...

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How Sports Became Us (Ep. 349)

Dollar-wise, the sports industry is surprisingly small, about the same size as the cardboard-box...

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How to Stop Being a Loser (Ep. 350)

The San Francisco 49ers, one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world, also used to be...

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There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified? (Ep. 285 Rebroadcast)

Some people argue that sugar should be regulated, like alcohol and tobacco, on the grounds that...

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Freakonomics Radio Live: “We Thought of a Way to Manipulate Your Perception of Time.”

We learn how to be less impatient, how to tell fake news from real, and the simple trick that...

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How to Be Happy (Ep. 345 Rebroadcast)

The U.N.’s World Happiness Report — created to curtail our unhealthy obsession with G.D.P. — is...

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363. Think Like a Winner

Great athletes aren’t just great at the physical stuff. They’ve also learned how to handle...

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370. How to Fail Like a Pro

The road to success is paved with failure, so you might as well learn to do it right. (Ep. 5 of...

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374. How Spotify Saved the Music Industry (But Not Necessarily Musicians)

Daniel Ek, a 23-year-old Swede who grew up on pirated music, made the record labels an offer they...

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378. 23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)

The revolution in home DNA testing is giving consumers important, possibly life-changing...

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379. How to Change Your Mind

There are a lot of barriers to changing your mind: ego, overconfidence, inertia — and cost....

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383. The Zero-Minute Workout

There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that...

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173. A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)

Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn...

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356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)

We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the...

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386. How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War

Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of...

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