Freakonomics is a podcast hosted by author, Stephen Dubner. Freakonomics has over 400 episodes, and the subjects include: the effects of social distancing, figuring out whether rent control is actually effective, discussing what socialism really entails, and the economics of running a sports team/sports gambling. These are just examples of the types of topics that are discussed, usually between Dubner and experts on the field he is researching.
Each episode of Freakonomics is around 45 minutes or so, and usually Dubner brings on 3-4 guests debating different sides of the same issues. Usually, this allows for a relatively unbiased debate on a particular subject, one in which the listener ultimately determines which side he/she is on. I personally enjoy this format because it means that two people can listen to the same podcast and come away with entirely different takeaways. After listening to an episode such as Episode 408: Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is?, you may come away a supporter or a non-supporter of socialism, depending on which experts viewpoint left a bigger impression on you.
Overall, I personally think Freakonomics does a good job of keeping listeners engaged and allowing for freedom of choice. There are many podcasts out there that only discuss one side of a topic, and this creates an echo chamber. Especially in these current times, people should be open to learning more, regardless of whether they agree or disagree with the viewpoint.
Freakonomics Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
Leave a Reply