Used to be good
Dave Arneson
But then they got Woke
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Insightful, clever, and entertaining. Can’t recommend enough.
i don't have one yahhhhhhh
Great podcast!
Love topics and depth of content
My favorite podcast—great scope and depth of topics—particularly as hey touch on behavioral economics
One of my favorites
I have been listening since episode one. It has been a great educational experience of looking at how we make choices as humans and how incentives can help shape others behaviors.
It is not enjoyable
Very boring in long car rides
Used to be my favorite podcast
This used to be my favorite podcast— easily. I felt like they explored interesting topics, did thorough research, and took interesting perspectives. Ever since this got taken over by stitcher, the quality has dropped way down. The interviews are boring and aren’t critical. The angles from which topics are explored are not unique at all. And there are fewer new episodes being released! I feel like every other episode is “from the archives” or an episode of the game show, which used to be a separate podcast (that I never listened to because I was not a fan). I want a return to the stuff that made the book and early episodes of this podcast good, rather than a heartless money-grab. A few episodes have been interesting, but I honestly don’t enjoy this podcast like I used to anymore. The worst part is that when stitcher took over, Dubner releases a whole episode saying the future of freakonomics was gonna be bigger and better than ever, but it’s just turned in to a lame cash grab.
Just like Radiolab
Benjamin Sprinklesworth
The older episodes are fantastic, but the newer episodes aren’t worth the time.
Awesome Podcast!!
Brooke Craven
Stephen, host of Freakonomics Radio, highlights all aspects of business, entrepreneurship and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
Older Episodes???
As someone who is a recent convert to the world of podcasts, it is interesting that there is a limited number of past episodes available for listeners. While the subject matter has been interesting in the available episodes, I’m finished with all 13 (out of a supposed 379). So, now what?
Previous Episodes Please!
I’m enjoying this podcast very much, but would love to have access to more than the last 2-3 episodes. I recommended one to a family member and when they went to listen it was gone. Such good information and interesting topics and I would love to share them!
Love it
Great podcast! Always an interesting topic approached with humor, intelligence and put in a easy way to the listener. One of my favorites podcast so far
Best Podcast going
Love it, keep it up!
Absolutely The Best!!!!!
Love the podcast. Great work guys, keep it!!!!
Pregnancy data
Writing as an OB/GYN...your guest economist fails to recognize that for years pregnant patients have been a protected population in regards to research. And therefore, she will be hard pressed to find a lot of hard data on recommendations. So that’s important history to note. We have to extrapolate and use common sense.
Missed a very important question on 23andMe episode
CLT Wook
I’ve been very concerned about the privacy of a person’s DNA when they use these home test kits. To the point that I read the complete terms of use of 23andMe. The host, Dubner asked about privacy and a persons data being sold to insurance companies or employers. The CEO said that per their policy, a customer must explicitly consent to their individual DNA data being used by 3rd parties. Great... So what about 10 years from now when 23andMe has data on 200 million people and sells the business to a medical insurance company for a couple billion dollars? 23andMe’s terms of use says that the data becomes the property of any future owner. Kiss your ability to get medical insurance goodbye if you have a hint of costly disease in your DNA. Such an obvious follow up question for someone as savvy as Dubner and it was entirely overlooked. Intentional? Hmm... I hope this show doesn’t become another advertising/marketing tool for companies trying to connect with a audience that trusts Freakonomics Radio.
More please!!!
Can’t get enough of this podcast!
Best Ever
This isn’t just the best podcast- it’s the best media I’ve ever consumed. The podcast and books have helped change the way I look at the world. Five stars is not enough to properly rate this show.
Lawyer Farmer
The entire 23&Me episode was just a sales pitch for 23&Me. Very disappointing.
Freakonomics Radio
Very interesting topics,just listened to better ways to get a college education without going broke.I hope you will talk about trade schools,some people are not college material but would do better in a trade like carpenter and plumbers , electricians are in great demand .Some people think trade schools are a dead end but for some I think it’s better than going to college and not finishing because it was not really for you.Thanks again for your great podcast
Poor ethics standards, often misleading
Too often lets interviewed subjects, especially political figures, assert their own version of history without any dispute or fact checking, either during or after the interview.
Best Econ Podcast
King Trub 10
Most of the comments complain on how they delete episodes and while this is annoying you can easily go to the website and get the episodes. However this podcast is amazing. Teaches me a lot about economics. I also like how Steven Dubner interviews his guests. Asks amazing questions. By far one the best podcasts.. Surprised it’s not Top 10
Stephen is Insightfully Anti-Progress
Just listened to episode 377 and I have to say, shame on you Stephen for being such a hack in the way you treated Mitch Daniels. He is your political enemy and your repeated failed attempts to smear him made me laugh out loud. It amazes me that your enemy could best our Democrat leaders at serving the people and you still can’t accept it. Your ignorance and temerity got you respectfully owned on your own show, fitting. I consider myself left of Bernie Sanders and you are an embarrassment to the party. Well done Mitch Daniels.
Long time fan
Been a listener for years. Loving the new episodes and topics like the sports series. CEO series. Keep em coming!
Terrible Science
I’ve been a big fan in the past. But having someone on that advocates sleep training? Makes me think your research isn’t as sound as you think it is.
One of the best
Long time listener and grateful for all that I’ve learned over the years. I like that it’s more conversational, letting the guests have their time.
Why Rent Control...
Q & T
I feel you and your interviewees missed the mark. Most of the things you stated regarding the negative aspects of rent control Hawaii has with no rent control. We are an island with limited space, not unlike Manhattan. It would be far too long to get into. But I’d hope in the future they have a much more well rounded discussion.
Steep decline
I used to enjoy listening to this podcast, but the quality of this podcast has greatly gone downhill over the last two years and now most of the episodes are boring. Additionally, whenever this host interviews someone that's famous, he never asks any tough questions and he lets the other person fully control the narrative. It's almost as if he's trying to become buddies with the famous people he interviews.
So good but needs to make more videos
Business maniac
It’s an amazing podcast it reminds me a lot of planet money by NPR this podcast and planet money money are my favorite podcast they need to step up how much they make their pod casts
Let my people listen
...to previous podcasts. Freakonimics itself is a 5-star production but this decision to limit access is not.
Missing previously listened to podcasts :(
Sadly we cannot listen to previously played podcasts and we are subjected to ads. Things have gone too far in the attempt to extract maximum profit.
Perturbed long time listener
Felipe Rutledge
Allow access to previous podcasts.
I like the unique way of presenting stuff
Regurgitated info
Mick Nason
The podcast has great content and information. The problem is that they delete episodes, only to re-upload a year or so down the line with “an update” that generally provides no new relevant content. All it does it perturb long time listeners.
Keeps getting better
I'm a longtime Frekonomics fan from the original books, but I'm still impressed with the freshness the podcast continues to have, even hundreds of episodes in. The recent rent control and Spotify episodes were relevant, thought provoking, inciteful and entertaining. I have tickets to the upcoming live event in Los Angeles, and am really looking forward to it. Who knows - I may even tell them something they don't know!
Who Knew?
Montee' Ball Zach Ertz
Incredible how something as boring as economics could be so entertaining. Great Podcast!
Freakanomics covers a lot of ground
Battling Vector
Listen to Freakanomics over the course of a year and you will be shocked by the range of topics Dubner covers. This podcast takes the essays and books to the next level. Whether it be the economics of sports, in-depth interviews with CEOs who are not normally accessible- including an amazing interview with former Goldman Sachs COO and former Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn - to the role of creativity in business and in success. I’ve listened for awhile but felt compelled to write this review after the episode this week where Spotify was center stage through an interview with founder Daniel Ek. Seriously the most interesting interview I’ve heard given the evolution of Spotify and Ek to a company no longer strictly interested in meeting the demands of masses of music fans but to a whole new ethos where audiobooks and healthcare can be woven into the model. Dubner, thanks for keeping it fresh!
The best podcast ever
This is my favorite podcast. I am constantly entertained and learning something new. Even when a subject seems like something I wouldn’t find interesting, somehow, I always get sucked into the “story”.
Loved the book Love the podcast
What else to say? :)
Bob Puckett
The best podcast and my favorite... I am def a podcast junkie. Steve is a fabulous at what he does and the topics and guest never fail.
When it’s good it’s really good, but sometimes it feels like Stephen Dubner is just trying to fill time. I generally prefer the one-off episodes to the series they’ve been doing recently.
Boring interviews
The show used to be thought provoking. Now it’s just some guy interviewing nice but slightly uninteresting friends.
Love it!
Love this podcast. Information and challenging concepts are presented in such an entertaining fashion.
Can’t get anywhere
2 minutes into a podcast, plays the first commercials and starts at the beginning. After doing this several times, I gave up. The podcast shows that it is 15 minutes in, but it’s still at the beginning
Gary Cohn interview!
One of the best Freakonomics episodes EVER! I wish he was our President!
He pronounces words so super smart
You ever come across one of those types of people that insist on putting the emphAAAsis on a different syllAAAble to let you know how smart and cultured they are? Do you find it even more annoying when the word is from another language and they’re still pronouncing it wrong? Yeah, well, this dude does this constantly. Cherry-picks science and pushes nonsense social issues too.
Really gone downhill...
I thought it was just me, but looks like I'm not the only one who thinks Freakonomics Radio has really gone downhill in the past year. It no longer covers the variety of topics it once did. It's gotten more and more repetitive (and I'm not even referring to the CEO or sports series, which were only moderately interesting). The interview format is dull, and I many episodes are re-runs (but show notes -- at least in iTunes -- don't necessarily always indicate that an episode is a rerun - Frustrating.) The episode on Andy Yang was decent, as were the ones on the future of meat and on Trader Joe's. (At least they weren't about sports!) Years ago, Freakonomics Radio was one of my first (and favorite) introductions into the podcast world, but I'm sorry to say it no longer stands out in the crowd.
Great stuff!!!!
Keep up the good work and thank you!!!!
It's perfect !
Miki 🌸
Being a college student, I love listening to this on my way to class or even when I'm doing homework. It's so intresting to learn new information that isn't easy to find out without research, and so many of these topics have came up in my personal conversations !
Consistently go two or three levels deeper than anyone else on important topics of society
I have long been a fan of Freakonomics, having first been introduced by buying and reading the first book. These guys have a gift at breaking common assumptions about issues and looking at a topic in an innovative and revealing way. Now, I think Dubner is becoming one of the best interviewers out there. For example, the range of topics he covered recently with Dominique Foxworth was amazing. Keep up the enlightenment, fellas!
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