I have learned so much from this podcast!
Never boring and always providing new learnings, I have loved this podcast since it came out. Love books, keep coming back for the podcast!
I was skeptical when people in my xylophone music fan forum said that this was the best podcast about repetitive xylophone melodies, but I checked it out and it's true! There is no other podcast that uses more xylophone accompaniment or more repetitive xylophone melodies. But be warned: the older episodes aren't the same, just the newer ones. Only four stars because there's still some moments without any xylophone sounds at all, so there's room for improvement.
This podcast helps me think . To try to find the why behind the why in my daily personal and professional life. Thanks guys.
It's been 9 months since I gave up AM talk Radio, and when I exhausted the wonderful Skeptoid podcast, I somehow chanced upon Freakonomics. The first episode was about "How Big is Your Penis?" and I was hooked. I'm back in the archive now, and still enjoying it as much as ever. My wife loves it that I don't come home all fired up about the latest political smear/outrage/scandal, and I have acquired a very useful collection of insights, facts, and insider terms. "Laffer curve? My dear boy, let me tell you a few things about taxable income elasticity . . ." --Remember, half the job of "being an expert" is knowing insider jargon and pronouncing things correctly. Freakonomics Radio has been a great education for me, and Dubner's reasoned, fact-based and results-oriented look at controversial topics has genuinely moved me in surprising directions.
Love the show and the various topics.
I really enjoy the variety of subjects! I usually fall asleep listening to this podcast every night. But also replay the next day!
If I were queen of the universe, I would make this show - which emphasizes data-backed critical thinking - required listening for every college and high school student every week. Some eps are a bit heavy on filler, but overall a tremendous (and entertaining) survey of what makes life, the universe, and everything tick from an economics perspective.
#1 Podcast of all time. I can't say enough about it. It will satisfy curiosities you didn't even know you had. Go listen now!!!!
Great podcast. Recommend it 100%. But I would listen to planet money first.
I subscribed and listened until the podcast turned into a Koch platform. Itâs not that interesting that I need to submit to that.
In general, this is a great podcast â as you would expect with the freakonomic guys.My only concern is: did they sell themselves out for a sponsorship with the Koch brothers? They are sponsored by the Koch brothers and they had a podcast that was very pro-Koch brothers... almost an info-mercial. At the time, I was surprised, thinking wow, the Koch brothers must be misunderstood. Then, I started hearing advertising on this podcast for Koch industries... And that made me question whether or not it was actually a balance podcast. I don't believe it was and that is disappointing.
Always intelligent, informative, and still entertaining. Consistently a great listen
I really enjoyed this show in the previous format. Now Iâm slowly losing interest.
Excellent information, very well done.
This podcast!! Expertly intertwines economic concepts (e.g. risk v uncertainty) with an event or life experience (e.g. fights among parents at Chucky Cheese).
I was shocked when the 27 September show started out with the news that this show is sponsored by the Koch brothers and Koch Industries.This family has worked very hard to destroy democracy, the environment, and the American middle class. I cannot support as legitimate journalism a podcast that is funded by, and therefore influenced by, these rapacious capitalists.
Unfortunately this podcast is allowing inappropriate political perspectives to enter their discussions. It's beginning to allow unfounded and misleading information in the show. It's helping to spread made up assertions Last year I would have rated This show a 5 This season, it's a ZERO
Dubner is nothing more than a liberal hack who lacks objectivity. Sad, because economics should pursue truth above partisan bias.
Great fun. Excellent ideas.
I love hearing a fresh point of view.
I love it!! I'm a recent college graduate about to start my professional career, and I listen to EVERY new episode when I'm out for a run. Makes the time fly by, and I always come home and tell my boyfriend about the cool new stuff I learned
Freak is probably my favorite podcast. Great production value!
This podcast covers some very interesting topics. The guests are great and the stories are intriguing.
I started listening after reading the book. I have been working my way through all the episodes from the beginning. I learn something new every time and the show as a whole teaches me to think in broader terms about the widespread interactions of everything we do. Too often we try to reduce complex systems to simple rules. This podcast makes you think not just about the obvious things we are ignoring or missing, but to consider the less obvious ones too.
This show makes me think about the things I take for granted in the world differently. I love the respect for clean, quantitative data that they have. Fun and informative!
Stephen explains the social science behind all kinds of things in a fun and interesting tone. Good for someone like me, who otherwise wouldn't know about these things.
I started listening to podcasts because of freakonomics. I found out that I really enjoy learning about behavioral economics.
A sheltered nerd's paradise. So called intelligent guests can't even pronounce familiar correctly. "Fermiliar" is not a word, as far as I know. Maybe it is for people who say "flahrida" instead of Florida, who knows.
This was by far the best podcast I have heard, just so well researched, plenty of humanistic stories, didn't point fingers in any one direction and very well done
I'm surprised at how many negative reviews this podcast has because I enjoy Freakonomics to a degree that I should probably be a little embarassed about, haha. I learn so much and enjoy every minute. I often find myself starting sentences in conversations with friends with "well, I learned on Freakonomics...".
Helps you dig deep in the weeds on good topics that don't always get covered, but in ways you can understand and relate to.
What a great series, it helps understand the issues behind effectiveness and efficiency in health care, and how it affects us all. Entertaining, educational, and helpful for everyday decisions.
I love the "Fact based entertainment" that Freakenomics offers. I've gleaned so many amazing insights from their shows that I simply can't count them. I recommend this podcast early and often.
Sometimes stories are not super engaging, but I enjoy the host and his style.
I really like this show, but it is constant rebroadcasts. If I want to hear the same episode I just listened to 6 months ago, I never have to worry about having to find it. They will just release them over and over. New cont every once in a while too.
I read a review that criticized this podcast as 'economics lite.' Yep, just what this layperson is looking for :)
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Love it always a good show
Love this podcast. Excellent topics. Expert guests. Thought provoking. Subject matter handled very objectively. Steven Dubner is a great interviewer - respectful and always asks insightful questions. My fav podcast by far!!
Very informative and entertaining!
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!