Archive for the ‘Freakonomics’ Category

Who Owns the Words That Come Out of Your Mouth?   Leave a comment

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Summary: A discussion of the use, intricacies, and reform of copyright law, set in the context of the dedicated use of copyright law by the estate of Winston Churchill. Includes an estimate of the cost per word to use Churchill quotes, and how higher prices per quote of Clementine Churchill result in  a reduction in the use of quotes from his wife. Also includes a discussion of the obstacles to business created by the system of copyright / intellectual property law in Britain.

Original air date: January 17, 2013

Length: 2:21


The Tale of the $15 Tomato   Leave a comment


Summary: Steven Levitt discusses his favorite fast foods and considers what our modern interest it doing things ‘old school’ (growing vegetables, baking, brewing) tells us about the current state of economic affairs (hint: it is good!).

Original air date: September 24, 2012

Length: 10:10


Posted May 20, 2013 by audioecon in Economic growth, Freakonomics, Utility

Why Cities Rock   Leave a comment

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Summary: Edward Glaeser, professor of Economics at Harvad University and author of the book Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier explains the importance of urban cities and the positive effects they produce for our overall wellbeing.

Original Air Date: February 18, 2011

Length: 17 min

Trashed   3 comments


Summary: Freakonomics radio sheds a bit of light on the insidious characteristics of the “economics of trash” and asks how incentives effect the level of trash produced by the average household.

Original Air Date: January, 12 2011

Length: 22 min

We the Sheeple   Leave a comment



Summary: Freakonomics radio interviews Bryan Caplan, author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies in order to consider the relationships among the average American voter, their representatives and the democratic system formed in the process.

Original Air Date: October 25, 2012

Length: 23:24 min

What would the World look like if economists were in charge?   Leave a comment

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Summary: To what extent would the world change if economists ran the world? The podcast interviews Estonian prime minister, Mart Laar, who revamped his economy based on the teachings of  Milton Friedman;  and Friedman’s grandson, Patri Friedman, who want to build cities in the middle of the ocean.

Original Air Date: March 24, 2010

Length: 20 min

Is America’s Obesity for Real?   3 comments



Summary: The obesity crisis in America has economists, politicians and healthcare professionals debating the causes and hidden costs of overeating. This podcast considers the moral and political arguments surrounding this growing concern.

Original Air Date: February 26, 2010

Length: 22 minutes