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    The Demonization of Gluten - Freakonomics Freakonomics

    FREAKONOMICS

    Celiac disease is thought to affect roughly one percent of the population. The good news: it can be treated by quitting gluten. The bad news: many celiac patients haven’t been diagnosed. The weird news: millions of people without celiac disease...
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    on Wed Dec 6 11:00 PM

    Why Is the Live-Event Ticket Market So Screwed Up?

    FREAKONOMICS

    The public has almost no chance to buy good tickets to the best events. Ticket brokers, meanwhile, make huge profits on the secondary markets. Here’s the story of how this market got so dysfunctional, how it can be fixed – and why it probably...
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    on Thu Nov 30 6:11 PM

    What Are You Waiting For?

    FREAKONOMICS

    Standing in line represents a particularly sloppy — and frustrating — way for supply and demand to meet. Why haven’t we found a better way to get what we want? Is it possible that we secretly enjoy waiting in line? And might it even be...
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    on Wed Nov 29 11:00 PM

    Are We Running Out of Ideas?

    FREAKONOMICS

    Economists have a hard time explaining why productivity growth has been shrinking. One theory: true innovation has gotten much harder – and much more expensive. So what should we do next? The post Are We Running Out of Ideas? appeared first on...
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    on Thu Nov 23 6:00 PM

    Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do? (Rebroadcast)

    FREAKONOMICS

    Season 7, Episode 12  You have perhaps come across the phrase homo economicus, which describes a model for human behavior as seen through the lens of economics. In this hour, you’ll hear Freakonomics Radio producer Greg Rosalsky embark on a...
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    on Wed Nov 22 11:00 PM

    Is America Ready for a “No-Lose Lottery”? (Update)

    FREAKONOMICS

    Most people don’t enjoy the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. But we do love to play the lottery. So what if you combine the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout? The post Is America Ready...
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    on Sun Nov 19 8:00 PM

    An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…: TMSIDK Episode 36

    FREAKONOMICS

    Why New York has skinny skyscrapers, how to weaponize water, and what astronauts talk about in space. John McWhorter is co-host; Bari Weiss is live fact-checker. The post An Astronaut, a Catalan, and Two Linguists Walk Into a Bar…: TMSIDK...
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    on Thu Nov 16 6:00 PM

    Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

    FREAKONOMICS

    Season 7, Episode 11 This week on Freakonomics Radio: what if there were a small step you could take that would prevent you from getting sick, stop you from missing work, and help ensure you won’t play a part in killing babies, the sick, and...
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