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Freakonomics
Saturdays from 6 to 7 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

Freakonomics Radio is an award-winning weekly radio show.

Host Stephen J. Dubner has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature — from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt.

Freakonomics Radio is produced by Dubner Productions and WNYC Studios.

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  • Stephen Dubner talks to composer Luis Guerra about his score for our series on Richard Feynman. To get Plus episodes, become a member at Apple Podcasts or at freakonomics.com/plus. The post The Musical Mr. Guerra appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • It used to feel like magic. Now it can feel like a set of cheap tricks. Is the problem with Google — or with us? And is Google Search finally facing a real rival, in the form of A.I.-powered “answer engines”? The post Is Google Getting Worse? (Update) appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • A wide-open conversation with three women who guided Richard Feynman through some big adventures at the Esalen Institute. (Part of our Feynman series.) The post Mr. Feynman Takes a Trip — But Doesn’t Fall appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Ralph Leighton reflects on his decades-long friendship with Richard Feynman. To get Plus episodes, become a member at Apple Podcasts or at freakonomics.com/plus. The post The Keeper of the Feynman Flame appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • In his final years, Richard Feynman's curiosity took him to some surprising places. We hear from his companions on the trips he took — and one he wasn’t able to. (Part three of a three-part series.) The post The Vanishing Mr. Feynman appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Stephen Wolfram remembers his mentor Richard Feynman. To get Plus episodes, become a member at Apple Podcasts or at freakonomics.com/plus. The post “Apply Thinking to Everything” appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • What happens when an existentially depressed and recently widowed young physicist from Queens gets a fresh start in California? We follow Richard Feynman out west, to explore his long and extremely fruitful second act. (Part two of a three-part series.) The post The Brilliant Mr. Feynman appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • They’re heading to the Super Bowl for the second time in five years. But back in 2018, they were coming off a long losing streak — and that’s the year we sat down with 49ers players, coaches, and executives to hear their turnaround plans. It’s probably time to consider the turnaround a success. The post How the San Francisco 49ers Stopped Being Losers (Update) appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • Michelle Feynman remembers her physicist father as the smartest person in the room, and then some. To get Plus episodes, become a member at Apple Podcasts or at freakonomics.com/plus. The post Growing Up Feynman appeared first on Freakonomics.
  • From the Manhattan Project to the Challenger investigation, the physicist Richard Feynman loved to shoot down what he called “lousy ideas.” Today, the world is awash in lousy ideas — so maybe it’s time to get some more Feynman in our lives? (Part one of a three-part series.) The post The Curious Mr. Feynman appeared first on Freakonomics.