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How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)

Listen to How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)Aisle upon aisle of fresh produce, cheap meat, and sugary cereal — a delicious embodiment of free-market capitalism, right? Not quite. The supermarket was in fact the endpoint of the U.S. government’s battle for agricultural abundance against the U.S.S.R. Our farm policies were built to dominate, not necessarily to nourish — and we are still living with the consequences.

428. The Simple Economics of Saving the Amazon Rain Forest

Listen to 428. The Simple Economics of Saving the Amazon Rain ForestEveryone agrees that massive deforestation is an environmental disaster. But most of the standard solutions — scolding the Brazilians, invoking universal morality — ignore the one solution that might actually work

427. The Pros and Cons of Reparations

Listen to 427. The Pros and Cons of ReparationsMost Americans agree that racial discrimination has been, and remains, a big problem. But that is where the agreement ends.

426. Should America (and FIFA) Pay Reparations?

Listen to 426. Should America (and FIFA) Pay Reparations?The racial wealth gap in the U.S. is massive. We explore the causes, consequences, and potential solutions. Also: another story of discrimination and economic disparity, this one perpetrated by an international sporting authority. The first of a two-part series.

425. Remembrance of Economic Crises Past

Listen to 425. Remembrance of Economic Crises PastChristina Romer was a top White House economist during the Great Recession. As a researcher, she specializes in the Great Depression. She tells us what those disasters can (and can’t) teach us about the Covid crash.

424. How to Make Your Own Luck

Listen to 424. How to Make Your Own LuckBefore she decided to become a poker pro, Maria Konnikova didn’t know how many cards are in a deck. But she did have a Ph.D. in psychology, a brilliant coach, and a burning desire to know whether life is driven more by skill or chance. She found some answers in poker — and in her new book The Biggest Bluff, she’s willing to tell us everything she learned.

423. The Doctor Will Zoom You Now

Listen to 423. The Doctor Will Zoom You NowThanks to the pandemic, the telehealth revolution we’ve been promised for decades has finally arrived. Will it stick? Will it cut costs — and improve outcomes? We ring up two doctors and, of course, an economist to find out.

422. Introducing "No Stupid Questions"

Listen to 422. Introducing "No Stupid Questions"In this new addition to the Freakonomics Radio Network, co-hosts Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth discuss the relationship between age and happiness. Also: does all creativity come from pain? New episodes of "No Stupid Questions" are released every Sunday evening — please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

421. How to Prevent Another Great Depression

Listen to 421. How to Prevent Another Great DepressionMillions and millions are out of work, with some jobs never coming back. We speak with four economists — and one former presidential candidate — about the best policy options and the lessons (good and bad) from the past.

420. Which Jobs Will Come Back, and When?

Listen to 420. Which Jobs Will Come Back, and When?Covid-19 is the biggest job killer in a century. As the lockdown eases, what does re-employment look like? Who will be first and who last? Which sectors will surge and which will disappear? Welcome to the Great Labor Reallocation of 2020.

How to Make Meetings Less Terrible (Ep. 389 Rebroadcast)

Listen to How to Make Meetings Less Terrible (Ep. 389 Rebroadcast)In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict.

419. 68 Ways to Be Better at Life

Listen to 419. 68 Ways to Be Better at LifeThe accidental futurist Kevin Kelly on why enthusiasm beats intelligence, how to really listen, and why the solution to bad technology is more technology.

418. What Will College Look Like in the Fall (and Beyond)?

Listen to 418. What Will College Look Like in the Fall (and Beyond)?Three university presidents try to answer our listeners’ questions. The result? Not much pomp and a whole lot of circumstance.

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