Freakonomics Radio

Just like the books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, Freakonomics Radio will explore "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.

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Freakonomics Radio

375. The Most Interesting Fruit in the World

The banana used to be a luxury good. Now it's the most popular fruit in the U.S. and elsewhere. But the production efficiencies that made it so cheap have also made it vulnerable to a deadly fungus that may wipe out the one variety most of us eat. Scientists do have a way to save it ? but will Big Banana let them?
00:36:40 4/17/2019

Past Episodes

Daniel Ek, a 23-year-old Swede who grew up on pirated music, made the record labels an offer they couldn't refuse: a legal platform to stream all the world's music. Spotify reversed the labels' fortunes, made Ek rich, and thrilled millions of music fans. But what has it done for all those musicians stuck in the long tail?
00:57:35 4/10/2019
As cities become ever-more expensive, politicians and housing advocates keep calling for rent control. Economists think that's a terrible idea. They say it helps a small (albeit noisy) group of renters, but keeps overall rents artificially high by disincentivizing new construction. So what happens next?
00:48:18 4/3/2019
What your disgust level says about your politics, how Napoleon influenced opera, why New York City's subways may finally run on time, and more. Five compelling guests tell Stephen Dubner, co-host Angela Duckworth, and fact-checker Jody Avirgan lots of things they didn't know.
00:53:53 3/27/2019
Kenji Lopez-Alt became a rock star of the food world by bringing science into the kitchen in a way that everyday cooks can appreciate. Then he dared to start his own restaurant ? and discovered problems that even science can't solve.
00:48:57 3/20/2019
For years, Gary Cohn thought he'd be the next C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs. Instead, he became the "adult in the room" in a chaotic administration. Cohn talks about the fights he won, the fights he lost, and the fights he was no longer willing to have. Also: why he and Trump are still on speaking terms even after he reportedly called the president "a professional liar."
00:48:23 3/13/2019
The road to success is paved with failure, so you might as well learn to do it right. (Ep. 5 of the "How to Be Creative" series.)
00:40:39 3/6/2019
Whether you're building a business or a cathedral, execution is everything. We ask artists, scientists, and inventors how they turned ideas into reality. And we find out why it's so hard for a group to get things done ? and what you can do about it. (Ep. 4 of the "How to Be Creative" series.)
00:54:53 2/27/2019
Whether you're mapping the universe, hosting a late-night talk show, or running a meeting, there are a lot of ways to up your idea game. Plus: the truth about brainstorming. (Ep. 3 of the "How to Be Creative" series.)
01:01:34 2/20/2019
Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible ? or, even better, Impossible??
00:51:47 2/13/2019
In 2005, Raghuram Rajan said the financial system was at risk "of a catastrophic meltdown." After stints at the I.M.F. and India's central bank, he sees another potential crisis ? and he offers a solution. Is it stronger governments? Freer markets? Rajan's answer: neither.
00:49:08 2/6/2019

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