Freakonomics Radio

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Freakonomics Radio
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Running timeVariable
SyndicatesWNYC Studios (radio)[1]
Stitcher (podcast)
Hosted byStephen Dubner
Created byStephen Dubner and Stephen Levitt
Original releaseJune 1, 2009 (2009-06-01) – present
No. of series5 (as of September 2014)
No. of episodes536 (as of 16 March 2023)

Freakonomics Radio is an American public radio program and podcast network which discusses socioeconomic issues for a general audience.[2] The show is a spin-off of the 2005 book Freakonomics. Journalist Stephen Dubner hosts the show, with economist Steven Levitt as a regular guest. The show is primarily distributed as a podcast, and is among the most popular on iTunes.[3] Created in September 2010,[4] it is a weekly podcast. From July 2018, production moved from WNYC to Stitcher Radio;[5] Freakonomics is released at 11 p.m. on Wednesday each week. You can find the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and on their website.[6]

A gameshow episode "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" was broadcast on October 6, 2014. The show was hosted at The Greene Space in New York City. In the show, selected audience members presented their ideas to host Stephen Dubner and a panel of three celebrity judges. The winner of the episode was a 12-year-old who competed alongside former New York Governor Patterson.[7]


As of 2023, the radio hosts the following shows:

  • Freakonomics, with Dubner.
  • People I (Mostly) Admire, with Levitt.
  • No Stupid Questions, with Dubner and Angela Duckworth.[8]
  • Sudhir Breaks the Internet, with Sudhir Venkatesh.
  • Footy for Two, with Dubner and his son Solomon.[9]
  • Question of the Day, with Dubner and James Altucher.
  • The Economics of Everyday Things, with journalist Zachary Crockett[10]

Tell Me Something I Don't Know is no longer active.


  1. ^ "Freakonomics Radio". WNYC Show Distribution. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  2. ^ Freyman, Neal. "'Freakonomics Radio' host Stephen J. Dubner on the podcast's 500-episode (and counting) run". Morning Brew. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  3. ^ Kevin Smith (14 May 2012). "Top 10 Podcasts to Feed Your Brain and Ease Your Commute". Business Insider. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  4. ^ "New Freakonomics Radio Podcast". NPR. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Freakonomics RadioPodcast Moves To Stitcher". InsideRadio.
  6. ^ "Freakonomics".
  7. ^ "Freakonomics Radio Presents: 'Tell Me Something I Don't Know'". The Greene Space. October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Bartos, Sarah. "Plug into these student-recommended podcasts". The Rice Thresher. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  9. ^ Gorce, Tammy La (2017-11-10). "How Stephen J. Dubner, of 'Freakonomics' and 'Tell Me Something I Don't Know,' Spends His Sundays". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  10. ^ "The most normal things can have loaded backstories: 'The Economics of Everyday Things' examines hidden and unexpected histories". Podsauce. Retrieved 2023-03-17.

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