This podcast has continually surprised me in a great way about new ways to look at things. Stephen does a great job exploring topics that from afar seem boring but are far from that. Keep up the good work!
I think This is one of the best podcasts available. Dubner has a an amazing knack for looking at ideas and our culture and presenting thoughtful and thought provoking podcasts. Well worth your time. Think of it as exercise for your mind.
I really enjoyed the books and also the movie. But there are much better podcasts out there. This podcast takes simple problem prompts and repeats it over and over again for 85% of the episode bringing nothing new, just restating what we want to get to the bottom of. By the time you reach the 15% that's worth listening to u have probably already lost interest. Read the book they condense it. Podcast is a waste of time.
Thank you for all the thought provoking analysis of daily life. Love it, really adds to my week.
Great podcast! It's nice to feel like you get a good return on your time investment.
Exploring the riddles of everyday life is one of the most enjoyable pass times. The topics discussed are ever insightful and delivered in an entertaining way.
Everything Freakonomics I've listened to has just been great. These folks really know how to present and keep the topics interesting and fresh!
Listening to this podcast is always a joy, and it's fun!
I wish these came out 3x per week!
Great stuff! The economics of everyday life. Covers a wide range of topics and can be serious or funny.
Always a great listen.
I love freakonomics as it's always making me learn something new. It's helped me frame lifestyle choices a different way and approach large topics differently. Great podcast!
Constantly talks about how robotics are going to take jobs from middle class folks. Mostly gloom and doom about are future.
Love this podcast, thoughtful and informative.
Generally contains at least one data point I did not know, the interviews are very well done and the enthusiasm level is very high.The production certainly comes with its worldview and biases, particularly on the subject of free markets, and can actually come across as a little dated at times because of it. But it's good!
Always gives my brain a jump start! Love this factoid filled podcast!
I very much enjoy the insights on this show
Freakconomics has thought me to think differently about almost everything I do in my daily life. I even feel smarter. I always have to listen on my way to work! Thank you Freakconomics!
A great poet once said, "Men lie, women lie--numbers don't." Freakonomics is a fun look at the numbers/economics of the world around us. Episodes put science to hypothetical questions like do financial windfalls change people for the better? and why have children? A fun show, look through the archive and listen to a topic that strikes your interest...you'll be hooked.
This podcast is intelligent and fulfilling to listen to. I've listened to it for a year and just want more, have begun to dig into the very first episodes too. The host is relaxed, curious, and the asks expansive questions from the interviewed guests.
every episode is fascinating and i feel smarter with every episode
Once upon a time in the early years of this podcast, I would have rated it with 5 stars. However, between the terrible episodes on charter schools (supported by charter schools) and the Koch interview, I've since deleted this podcast from my rotation. In addition, I've deleted Tell Me Something I Don't Know. If there is anything I know for sure: Dubner is not worth the air time he thinks he deserves.
Follow it if you want to be average like everyone else.
Sad to hear one of my favorite podcasts wasn't above being bought off by the Koch brothers. If you're going to give us a Pro-Koch episode, give us one from the other side...that is unless you can't. #sellouts
I love this podcast. Steven is super interesting and can be funny from time to time - in unexpected moments. His interviews are fantastic. You definitely need to listen to his take on things.
Great take on economics, politics, psychology
I look forward to new episodes every time. I appreciate that topics are explored from a variety of angles and that there are lot of interesting experts.
I read one of the previous reviews about the research not being deep enough or balanced enough. I am a student right now. I have enough deep and balance research, thank you. I don't mind a little bit of entertainment that is deeper than worrying about what some Starlet is wearing
Top notch production, intriguing topics, and knowledgable guests.
I have enjoyed listening to Stephen Dubner for a long time and previously found his podcast to be insightful and honestâ¦. however, the two part âInterviewâ with Koch showed how the podcast has deteriorated into puff piece imitation of real journalism. How much did Koch pay you to create this phony whitewashed podcast. Its sad, but I have unsubscribed to Freakanomics in favor of other honest and more credible podcasts.
I've been listening for years. Dubner is a quirky, curious guy that searches for the hidden truth. Love it when Levitt drops in to chime in. Their relationship is adorable.
I often use information I learn from Freakonomics in my work in policy! The podcast presents deeply thoughtful analysis, and Dubner is a master interviewer.
Best ever podcast
Softball questions in interviews, for example the multiple interviews with one of the Koch brothers didn't press on their funding for climate change denial in government.
Gets the brain going
Fans of the book and newcomers alike will really like this podcast. It's both entertaining and easy to follow and doesn't skimp on facts. This podcast will change the way that you look at the world.
Freakonomics is an interesting podacst about science and topics you won't hear on the news.
Every episode is interesting!
I used to love Freakonomics podcast but am starting to get bored. It's mostly Dubner now with less frequent economic influence from Steven Levitt in last year or so. I enjoyed the economics aspect and it's mostly interviews now. Honestly, it had a great run but it's getting old.
My favorite podcast! I listen every weekI feel like I learn so much when I listen to this podcastI actually came back to add more to my review... that's how much I love it! Thank you!!
I listen to a lot of non-fiction - books, interviews, and podcasts. Freakonomics Radio has the same level of polish and insight as a published periodical, because that's essentially what it is, for free. Start listening from any point in the series and you will be amazed at how insightful this show can be.
Koch brother lackeys
I used to like this show, but recently it's gotten so narrow-minded and sloppy. They now examine basically every issue from the viewpoint of a wealthy, libertarian man.
While not the first podcast I listened to, Freakenomics ushered me into a podcast-frenzied season of life. I feel like I've learned a lot, and have enjoyed doing so. My friends laugh because I all-to-often start stories with "I heard on Freakenomics the other day..."
If your a nerd this is an essential, well produced, asks and attempts to answer big and small questions about the world.
No complaints. One of the regular listens