In their books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior. As boring as that may sound, what they really do is tell stories — about cheating schoolteachers, self-dealing real-estate agents, and crack-selling mama's boys. Those Freakonomics stories — and plenty of new ones — are now coming to the radio, with Dubner as host. Just like the books, Freakonomics Radio explores "the hidden side of everything." It will tell you things you always thought you knew but didn't, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:00pm
If any other product failed 94 percent of the time, you'd probably stop using it. So why do we put up with burglar alarms?
Thursday, May 9, 2013 8:00am
A look at whether spite pays -- and if it even exists.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 4:00pm
Why is unemployment still so high? It may be because of something that happened well before the Great Recession.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:00am
An interview with Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, whose younger brother turned him in -- and what it says about the Boston bombers.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:00pm
In many states, it is perfectly legal to not hire someone who smokes. Should employers also be able to weed out junk-food lovers or motorcyclists -- or anyone who wants to have a baby?