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The Economics of Everyday Things
The Economics of Everyday Things
Freakonomics Network & Zachary Crockett

Who decides which snacks are in your office’s vending machine? How much is a suburban elm tree worth, and to whom? ... more

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Episodes

Bowling Alleys (Replay)

Once America’s favorite recreational activity, bowling has been in the gutter for decades. But some surviving alleys are resetting the... more

04 Mar 2024 · 15 minutes
38. Junk Mail

Why does the mailman bring us so many catalogs, credit card offers, and pizza coupons? Because his job depends on... more

26 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
37. Personal Injury Lawyers

If you can make it through three years of law school, you too might end up on a billboard. ... more

19 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
36. ATMs

Why do you have to pay $4 to get $40 cash at a bar? And who does it go to?... more

12 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
35. Dental Insurance

Why is it separate from medical insurance? And is it really insurance at all? Zachary Crockett goes in for a... more

05 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
34. Store-Brand Products

Those low-priced staples on grocery-store shelves — where do they come from? Zachary Crockett finds out at a national convention... more

29 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
33. Sex Scenes

Behind these steamy sequences, there are body doubles, pubic wigs, legal documents, and dedicated choreographers who make sure everyone is... more

22 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
32. Used Golf Balls

American golfers lose 300 million balls a year — and all those bad swings are someone else’s business opportunity. Zachary... more

15 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
31. Superhot Chili Peppers

The market for gustatory pain is surprisingly competitive. Zachary Crockett feels the burn.

08 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
30. Card Counting

Casinos think they can stop skilled gamblers from eking out a tiny edge at blackjack. Is that a losing bet?... more

01 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
The Economics of Everyday Things
Bowling Alleys (Replay)
The Economics of Everyday Things