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Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?

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

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

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
The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted

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
Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Terrible/Awesome (Part 2)

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
Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Awesome/Terrible (Part 1)

Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Awesome/Terrible (Part 1)

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains the thinking behind the controversial new Republican tax package — and why its critics are wrong. (Next week, we’ll hear from the
Extra: Ray Dalio Full Interview

Extra: Ray Dalio Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the founder and longtime C.E.O. of Bridgewater Associates, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” The post Extra: Ray Dalio Full
The Invisible Paw

The Invisible Paw

Humans, it has long been thought, are the only animal to engage in economic activity. But what if we've had it exactly backward? The post The Invisible Paw appeared first on Freakonomics.
Extra: Mark Zuckerberg Full Interview

Extra: Mark Zuckerberg Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the Facebook founder and C.E.O., recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” The post Extra: Mark Zuckerberg Full Interview appeared
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Rebroadcast)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Rebroadcast)

The bad news: roughly 70 percent of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: all the important stuff can fit on one index card. Here’s how to become your own financial superhero. The post
Extra: Carol Bartz Full Interview

Extra: Carol Bartz Full Interview

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The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money (Rebroadcast)

The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money (Rebroadcast)

It’s hard enough to save for a house, tuition, or retirement. So why are we willing to pay big fees for subpar investment returns? Enter the low-cost index fund. The revolution will not be
Extra: Jack Welch Full Interview

Extra: Jack Welch Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the former longtime C.E.O. of General Electric, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” The post Extra: Jack Welch Full Interview

How to Train Your Dragon Child

Every 12 years, there’s a spike in births among certain communities across the globe, including the U.S. Why? Because the Year of the Dragon, according to Chinese folk belief, confers power, fortune,
Extra: Satya Nadella Full Interview

Extra: Satya Nadella Full Interview

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Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It

Whether it’s a giant infrastructure plan or a humble kitchen renovation, it’ll inevitably take way too long and cost way too much. That’s because you suffer from “the planning fallacy.” (You also have
Extra: David Rubenstein Full Interview

Extra: David Rubenstein Full Interview

Stephen Dubner's conversation with the co-founder and longtime co-C.E.O. of the Carlyle Group, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” The post Extra: David Rubenstein
Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late? (Rebroadcast)

Does “Early Education” Come Way Too Late? (Rebroadcast)

The gist: in our collective zeal to reform schools and close the achievement gap, we may have lost sight of where most learning really happens — at home. The post Does “Early Education” Come Way Too

A Great Free Course on the Economics of Cities

Ed Glaeser, the Harvard economist who has dazzled Freakonomics listeners and readers with his insights on cities (and a zillion other things) is offering a free, online HarvardX course called “Cities
Extra: Richard Branson Full Interview

Extra: Richard Branson Full Interview

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