Archive for the ‘Freakonomics’ Category

Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast   Leave a comment

freak bitcoinLink: http://freakonomics.com/2014/03/27/why-everybody-who-doesnt-hate-bitcoin-loves-it-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/ 

Summary: Freakonomics explains the new digital currency Bitcoin and its potential capabilities as well as its shortcomings. Economists and internet pioneers such as Marc Andreeseen and Susan Athey provide their opinions on  this emerging currency.

Original Air Date: March 27, 2014

Length: 36 min

If Mayors Ruled the World   Leave a comment

mayors ruledLink: http://freakonomics.com/2014/04/10/if-mayors-ruled-the-world-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: Stepher Dubner from Freakonomics Radio interviews Benjamin Barber, author of If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfanctional Nations, Rising Cities, who outlines why good governance  is more efficient in cities compared to nation states.

Original Air Date: April 10, 2014

Length: 32 min

Why Bad Environmentalism Is Such an Easy Sell   Leave a comment

frek greenLink: http://freakonomics.com/2013/10/24/why-bad-environmentalism-is-such-an-easy-sell-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast-2/

Summary: Ed Glaeser, University of Harvard professor sheds light on why it is easy for politicians and marketers to sell green.

Original Air Date: October 24, 2013

Length: 25 min

Would a Big Bucket of Cash Really Change Your Life?   Leave a comment

bucket o cashLink: http://freakonomics.com/2013/09/26/would-a-big-bucket-of-cash-really-change-your-life-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: How much can a 19th century land lottery tell us about today’s income inequality? Would giving cash to a poor family effect the trajectory of its future? The statistics say no.

Original Air Date: September 26, 2013

Length: 29 min

How to Think About Money, Choose Your Hometown, and Buy an Electric Toothbrush   Leave a comment

elec toothbrushLink: http://freakonomics.com/2013/10/03/how-to-think-about-money-choose-your-hometown-and-buy-an-electric-toothbrush-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: What makes us choose the places we decide to settle down and start a family? Does electronic banking effect the way we spend money or in other words how we do “mental accounting?” Freakonomics Radio sheds a bit of light in the different ways people decide where to live and the generational shift between hard cash and credit.

Original Air Date: October 3, 2013

Length: 26 min

Posted October 22, 2013 by leonidhapulluqi in Behavioral economics, Finance, Freakonomics

10 Ways to Fight Obesity   Leave a comment

freak obesityLink: http://www.freakonomics.com/2013/03/27/100-ways-to-fight-obesity-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner hosts a forum of experts who discuss and brainstorm strategies to combat childhood obesity. Considers strategies from the perspective of biology, politics, economics and psychology.

Length: 37:23

Original air date: March 27, 2013

Parking is Hell   3 comments

freak parkingLink: http://www.freakonomics.com/2013/03/13/parking-is-hell-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: Interview with Professor of Urban Planning, Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking about the hidden price of ‘free’ parking. Includes consideration of the use / abuse of handicapped placards and the percentage of urban land taken up by parking areas.

Length: 37:09

Original air date: March 13, 2013