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20 ноября, 04:00

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

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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 Episode 36 appeared first on Freakonomics.

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17 ноября, 02:00

Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

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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 the elderly? That actually exists: it’s called the flu shot. But […] The post Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine? appeared first on Freakonomics.

16 ноября, 07:55

Nurses to the Rescue!

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They are the most-trusted profession in America (and with good reason). They are critical to patient outcomes (especially in primary care). Could the growing army of nurse practitioners be an answer to the doctor shortage? The data say yes but — big surprise — doctors’ associations say no. The post Nurses to the Rescue! appeared first on Freakonomics.

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13 ноября, 04:00

Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven: TMSIDK Episode 35

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This week, we work on our survival skills: in the desert, on the tundra, and growing food in abandoned warehouses. Actress Sas Goldberg is co-host; A.J. Jacobs (author of It’s All Relative) is live fact-checker. The post Farming Without Sun or Soil and Eating Manna From Heaven: TMSIDK Episode 35 appeared first on Freakonomics.

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10 ноября, 02:00

What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

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Season 7, Episode 10 This week on Freakonomics Radio: What would be the best universal language? Stephen J. Dubner explores votes for English, Indonesian, and … Esperanto! The search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Will technology finally solve that? To find out more, check out the […] The post What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) appeared first on Freakonomics.

09 ноября, 07:00

How Can I Do the Most Social Good With $100? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

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Dubner and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt answer your questions about crime, traffic, real-estate agents, the Ph.D. glut, and how to not get eaten by a bear. The post How Can I Do the Most Social Good With $100? And Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions appeared first on Freakonomics.

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06 ноября, 05:15

Mind Games: TMSIDK Episode 34

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This is not a riddle: Why would water run uphill in Antarctica? According to researcher Robin Bell from Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, some Antarctic ice sheets sit two miles above rivers, squishing everything below them and squeezing water up the side of mountains — against gravity — for 60 to 70 miles. When the water gets […] The post Mind Games: TMSIDK Episode 34 appeared first on Freakonomics.

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03 ноября, 01:00

Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

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Season 7, Episode 9 This week on Freakonomics Radio: there are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel? Plus: the search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Stephen J. Dubner asks, “Will technology finally solve […] The post Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) appeared first on Freakonomics.

02 ноября, 06:00

Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It?

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Corporations and rich people donate billions to their favorite think tanks and foundations. Should we be grateful for their generosity — or suspicious of their motives? The post Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It? appeared first on Freakonomics.

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30 октября, 03:00

Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells: TMSIDK Episode 33

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Things we learn this week: dogs aren't so great at sniffing, men aren't so lazy, and New York doesn't smell so bad (anymore). Gail Simmons (Top Chef) is co-host; Jon Batiste plays his melodica for us; the live fact-checker is Mike Maughan. The post Jon Batiste, Gail Simmons, and Strange Smells: TMSIDK Episode 33 appeared first on Freakonomics.

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27 октября, 01:00

What Are the Secrets of the German Economy — and Should We Steal Them?

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Season 7, Episode 8 This week on Freakonomics Radio: smart government policies, good industrial relations, and high-end products have helped German manufacturing beat back the threats of globalization. But how did “the sick man of Europe” turn into the economic stud we see today? To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour […] The post What Are the Secrets of the German Economy — and Should We Steal Them? appeared first on Freakonomics.

26 октября, 06:00

How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution

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Academic studies are nice, and so are Nobel Prizes. But to truly prove the value of a new idea, you have to unleash it to the masses. That’s what a dream team of social scientists is doing — and we sat in as they drew up their game plan. The post How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution appeared first on Freakonomics.