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To Bribe or Not to Bribe

I am a diehard Freakonomics fan, and have soothed myself through some stressful Miami driving by tuning into weekly podcasts by my two favorite pop economists, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. 355 more words

How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten-Freakonomics Radio

As social entrepreneurs/innovators, you may need more insight into fundraising. This podcast from Freakonomics Radio from October 10, 2013 can help you better understand what works and what doesn’t in fundraising. 9 more words


Book Review: Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

The authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain in their new book titled Think Like a Freak. Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and is known for applying economic theory to subjects normally ignored by traditional economics, such as the economics of drug dealing and the relationship between the legalization of abortion and the reduction in crime. 859 more words

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Bribes for health?

A recent Freakonomics radio episode discussed the importance of incentives for people to make healthier eating choices.  Studies indicate that educating people on the benefits of healthy eating is not enough; an incentive or “bribe” is necessary for actually making a change. 309 more words


How to eat 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes (and why setting targets may hold back progress*)

This month, competitors at the height of their physical prowess came together to contest their sport’s most glittering and sought after prize.

No, I’m not talking about the World Cup in Brazil. 1,181 more words


In the Name of Love

What overtakes us when we’re in love? What is this passion, this force that motivates us to set ourselves aside?

What you don’t understand is…

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Our Prison State

Here’s an arresting statistic, courtesy of Vox.com: from 1811 and 1979, state and federal governments built 711 prisons in the U.S. Between 1980 and 2004, they built 936. 521 more words