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Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner uncovers the hidden side of everything. Why is it safer to fly in an airplane than drive a car? How do we decide whom to marry? Why is the media so full of bad news? Also: things you never knew you wanted to know about wolves, bananas, pollution, search engines, and the quirks of human behavior. Join the Freakonomics Radio Plus membership program for weekly member-only episodes of Freakonomics Radio. You’ll also get every show in our network without ads. To sign up, visit our show page on Apple Podcasts or go to freakonomics.com/plus.

Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner uncovers the hidden side of everything. Why is it safer to fly in an airplane than drive a car? How do we decide whom to marry? Why is the media so full of bad news? Also: things you never knew you wanted to know about wolves, bananas, pollution, search engines, and the quirks of human behavior. Join the Freakonomics Radio Plus membership program for weekly member-only episodes of Freakonomics Radio. You’ll also get every show in our network without ads. To sign up, visit our show page on Apple Podcasts or go to freakonomics.com/plus.

 

#772

597. Why Do Your Eyeglasses Cost $1,000?

A single company, EssilorLuxottica, owns so much of the eyewear industry that it’s hard to escape their gravitational pull — or their “obscene” markups. Should regulators do something? Can Warby Parker steal market share? And how did Ray-Bans become a luxury brand? (Part one of a [two-part series] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast-tag/the-economics-of-eyeglasses/) .)   ---SOURCES: ------ [Neil Blumenthal] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nblumenthal/) , co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker. ------ [Dave Gilboa] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davegilboa/) , co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker. ------ [Jessica Glasscock] (https://www.newschool.edu/parsons/faculty/jessica-glasscock/) , fashion historian and lecturer at the Parsons School of Design. ------ [Neil Handley] (https://www.gresham.ac.uk/speakers/neil-handley) , curator of the British Optical Association Museum at the College of Optometrists. ------ [Ryan McDevitt] (https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/faculty/ryan-mcdevitt) , professor of economics at Duke University. ------ [Cédric Rossi] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/c%C3%A9dric-rossi-99832a19/) , equity research analyst at Bryan Garnier. ------ [Tim Wu] (https://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/timothy-wu) , professor of law, science and technology at Columbia Law School.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Leonardo Del Vecchio Dies at 87; Transformed Eyeglass Industry] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/27/world/europe/leonardo-del-vecchio-dead.html) ," by Jonathan Kandell (The New York Times, 2022). ------ [Making a Spectacle: A Fashionable History of Glasses] (https://amzn.to/3SbDwNE) , by Jessica Glasscock (2021). ------" [Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal: ‍A Vision for Business] (https://www.cnbc.com/warby-parkers-dave-gilboa-and-neil-blumenthal-a-vision-for-business/) ," by Lucy Handley (CNBC, 2020). ------" [The Roots of Big Tech Run Disturbingly Deep] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/07/opinion/google-facebook-mergers-acquisitions-antitrust.html) ," by Tim Wu and Stuart A. Thompson (The New York Times, 2019). ------" [The Spectacular Power of Big Lens] (https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/may/10/the-invisible-power-of-big-glasses-eyewear-industry-essilor-luxottica) ," by Sam Knight (The Guardian, 2018). ------ [The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age] (https://amzn.to/3WqYOsT) , by Tim Wu (2018). ------" [Statement of the Federal Trade Commission Concerning the Proposed Acquisition of Luxottica Group S.p.A. by Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A.] (https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/closing_letters/nid/1710060commissionstatement.pdf) ," FTC File No. 171-0060 (2018). ------ [Cult Eyewear: The World's Enduring Classics] (https://amzn.to/3Yqnjbl) , by Neil Handley (2011). ------ [A Far-Sighted Man] (https://amzn.to/3Y5z86o) , by Luca Goldoni (1991).   ---EXTRAS: ------" [Direct-to-Consumer Mattresses] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/direct-to-consumer-mattresses/) ," by The Economics of Everyday Things (2024). ------" [Are Two C.E.O.s Better Than One?] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/are-two-c-e-o-s-better-than-one/) " by Freakonomics Radio (2023). ------“ [Are We in a Mattress-Store Bubble?] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/are-we-in-a-mattress-store-bubble/) ” by Freakonomics Radio (2016). ... Read more

18 Jul 2024

54 MINS

54:39

18 Jul 2024


#771

EXTRA: People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard. (Update)

You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. But that’s what Richard Thaler has done. In an interview from 2018, the founder of behavioral economics describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being lazy; and his efforts to fix the world — one nudge at a time.   ---SOURCES: ------ [Richard Thaler] (https://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/directory/t/richard-h-thaler) , professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago.   ---RESOURCES: ------“ [Behavioral Economics] (https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/694640) ,” by Richard Thaler (The Past, Present, and Future of Economics: A Celebration of the 125-Year Anniversary of the JPE and of Chicago Economics, December 2017). ------ [Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics] (https://amzn.to/3zGwcmH) , by Richard Thaler (2015). ------ [Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness] (https://amzn.to/3S5BtdN) , by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein (2008).   ---EXTRAS: ------" [Farewell to a Generational Talent] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/farewell-to-a-generational-talent/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2024). ------" [Why Is Richard Thaler Such a ****ing Optimist?] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/why-is-richard-thaler-such-a-bleep-optimist/) " by People I (Mostly) Admire (2021). ------" [All You Need Is Nudge] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/all-you-need-is-nudge/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2021). ------" [How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/how-to-launch-a-behavior-change-revolution/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2017). ------“ [How To Win A Nobel Prize] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/how-to-win-a-nobel-prize/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2015). ------ [The Big Short] (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/) , film by Adam McKay (2015). ... Read more

15 Jul 2024

53 MINS

53:13

15 Jul 2024


#770

596. Farewell to a Generational Talent

Daniel Kahneman left his mark on academia (and the real world) in countless ways. A group of his friends and colleagues recently gathered in Chicago to reflect on this legacy — and we were there, with microphones.   ---SOURCES: ------ [Maya Bar-Hillel] (https://en.psychology.huji.ac.il/Bar-HillelMaya) , professor emeritus of psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. ------ [Shane Frederick] (https://som.yale.edu/faculty-research/faculty-directory/shane-frederick) , professor of marketing at the Yale School of Management. ------ [Thomas Gilovich] (https://psychology.cornell.edu/thomas-d-gilovich) , professor of psychology at Cornell University. ------ [Matt Killingsworth] (https://www.mattkillingsworth.com/) , senior fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. ------ [Barbara Mellers] (https://psychology.sas.upenn.edu/people/barbara-mellers) , professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. ------ [Eldar Shafir] (https://behavioralpolicy.princeton.edu/people?ps_people_category=214) , director of the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy at Princeton University. ------ [Richard Thaler] (https://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/directory/t/richard-h-thaler) , professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Experienced Well-Being Rises With Income, Even Above $75,000 Per Year] (https://www.pnas.org/doi/abs/10.1073/pnas.2016976118) ," by Matthew A. Killingsworth (PNAS, 2021). ------" [The False Allure of Fast Lures] (https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2020-10523-007) ," by Yigal Attali and Maya Bar-Hillel (Judgment and Decision Making, 2020). ------" [Learning Psychology From Riddles: The Case of Stumpers] (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323276875_Learning_psychology_from_riddles_The_case_of_stumpers) ," by Maya Bar-Hillel and Tom Noah (Judgment and Decision Making, 2018). ------ [Thinking, Fast and Slow] (https://amzn.to/3Lj68Av) , by Daniel Kahneman (2011). ------" [High Income Improves Evaluation of Life but Not Emotional Well-Being] (https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1011492107) ," by Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton (PNAS, 2010). ------" [Varieties of Regret: A Debate and Partial Resolution] (https://www.scholars.northwestern.edu/en/publications/varieties-of-regret-a-debate-and-partial-resolution) ," by Thomas Gilovich, Victoria Husted Medvec, and Daniel Kahneman (Psychological Review, 1998). ------" [Some Counterfactual Determinants of Satisfaction and Regret] (https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315806419-9/counterfactual-determinants-satisfaction-regret-thomas-gilovich-victoria-husted-medvec?context=ubx&refId=cd92b14c-9f4e-4b78-8f3b-920755d306d7) ," by Thomas Gilovich and Victoria Husted Medvec (What Might Have Been: The Social Psychology of Counterfactual Thinking, 1995).   ---EXTRAS: ------" [Remembering Daniel Kahneman] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/remembering-daniel-kahneman/) ," by People I (Mostly) Admire (2024). ------" [Academic Fraud] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast-tag/academic-fraud/) ," series by Freakonomics Radio (2021). ------" [Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/heres-why-all-your-projects-are-always-late-and-what-to-do-about-it/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2018). ------" [The Men Who Started a Thinking Revolution] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-men-who-started-a-thinking-revolution/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2017). ... Read more

11 Jul 2024

52 MINS

52:41

11 Jul 2024


#769

595. Why Don't We Have Better Candidates for President?

American politics is trapped in a duopoly, with two all-powerful parties colluding to stifle competition. We revisit a 2018 episode to explain how the political industry works, and talk to a reformer (and former presidential candidate) who is pushing for change.   ---SOURCES: ------ [Katherine Gehl] (https://www.katherinegehl.com/) , former president and C.E.O. of Gehl Foods. ------ [Michael Porter] (https://www.isc.hbs.edu/about-michael-porter/biography/Pages/default.aspx) , professor at Harvard Business School. ------ [Andrew Yang] (https://www.andrewyang.com/) , co-chair of the Forward Party and former U.S. presidential candidate.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Why U.S. Politics Is Broken — and How to Fix It] (https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_yang_why_us_politics_is_broken_and_how_to_fix_it) ," by Andrew Yang (TED, 2024). ------ [The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy] (https://amzn.to/4bKtbPH) , by Michael Porter and Katherine Gehl (2020). ------“ [Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America] (https://www.hbs.edu/competitiveness/Documents/why-competition-in-the-politics-industry-is-failing-america.pdf) ,” Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter (Harvard Business School, 2017). ------“ [Stronger Parties, Stronger Democracy: Rethinking Reform] (https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Stronger_Parties_Stronger_Democracy.pdf) ,” by Ian Vandewalker and  Daniel I. Weiner (Brennan Center for Justice, 2015). ------ [On Competition] (https://amzn.to/4coHtq1) , by Michael Porter (2008). ------ [Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors] (https://amzn.to/4cPQY1v) , by Michael Porter (1980).   ---EXTRAS: ------" [Andrew Yang Is Not Giving Up on Politics — or the U.S. — Yet] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/andrew-yang-is-not-giving-up-on-politics-or-the-u-s-yet/) ," by People I (Mostly) Admire (2021). ------" [The Future of New York City Is in Question. Could Andrew Yang Be the Answer?] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-future-of-new-york-city-is-in-question-could-andrew-yang-be-the-answer-ep-462/) " by Freakonomics Radio (2021). ------" [Why Is This Man Running for President? (Update)] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/why-is-this-man-running-for-president-rebroadcast/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2019). ------“ [Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/idea-must-die-election-edition/) ,” Freakonomics Radio (2016). ... Read more

04 Jul 2024

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1:01:50

04 Jul 2024


#768

594. Your Brand’s Spokesperson Just Got Arrested — Now What?

It’s hard to know whether the benefits of hiring a celebrity are worth the risk. We dig into one gruesome story of an endorsement gone wrong, and find a surprising result.   ---SOURCES: ------ [John Cawley] (https://economics.cornell.edu/john-cawley) , professor of economics at Cornell University. ------ [Elizabeth (Zab) Johnson] (https://marketing.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/zabj/) , executive director and senior fellow with the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. ------ [Alvin Roth] (https://web.stanford.edu/~alroth/) , professor of economics at Stanford University.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Kanye and Adidas: Money, Misconduct and the Price of Appeasement] (https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/27/business/kanye-west-adidas-yeezy.html) ," by Megan Twohey (The New York Times, 2023). ------" [The Role of Repugnance in Markets: How the Jared Fogle Scandal Affected Patronage of Subway] (https://www.nber.org/papers/w31782) ," by John Cawley, Julia Eddelbuettel, Scott Cunningham, Matthew D. Eisenberg, Alan D. Mathios, and Rosemary J. Avery (NBER Working Paper, 2023). ------" [How Celebrity Status and Gaze Direction in Ads Drive Visual Attention to Shape Consumer Decisions] (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mar.21772) ," by Simone D'Ambrogio, Noah Werksman, Michael L. Platt, and Elizabeth Johnson (Psychology & Marketing, 2022). ------" [Consumer Responses to Firms’ Voluntary Disclosure of Information: Evidence from Calorie Labeling by Starbucks] (https://www.nber.org/papers/w29080) ," by Rosemary Avery, John Cawley, Julia Eddelbuettel, Matthew D. Eisenberg, Charlie Mann, and Alan D. Mathios (NBER Working Paper, 2021). ------" [Consumer Heterogeneity and Paid Search Effectiveness: A Large Scale Field Experiment] (https://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/stadelis/BNT_ECMA_rev.pdf) ," by Thomas Blake, Chris Nosko, and Steven Tadelis (NBER Working Paper, 2014). ------" [The Economics of Obesity] (https://www.nber.org/reporter/2013number4/economics-obesity) ," by John Cawley (The Reporter, 2013). ------" [Repugnance as a Constraint on Markets] (https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/jep.21.3.37) ," by Alvin Roth (Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2007).   ---EXTRAS: ------" [Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 2: Digital)] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/does-advertising-actually-work-part-2-digital-ep-441/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2020). ------" [Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV)] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/does-advertising-actually-work-part-1-tv-ep-440/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2020). ... Read more

27 Jun 2024

43 MINS

43:38

27 Jun 2024


#767

593. You Can Make a Killing, but Not a Living

Broadway operates on a winner-take-most business model. A runaway hit like Stereophonic — which just won five Tony Awards — will create a few big winners. But even the stars of the show will have to go elsewhere to make real money. (Part two of a [two-part series] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast-tag/stereophonic/) .)   ---SOURCES: ------ [David Adjmi] (https://www.davidadjmi.com/) , author and playwright. ------ [Sonia Friedman] (https://www.soniafriedman.com/) , theater producer and founder of Sonia Friedman Productions. ------ [John Johnson] (https://www.wagnerjohnson.com/) , theater producer and co-founder of Wagner Johnson Productions. ------ [Tom Pecinka] (https://www.tompecinka.com/) , actor. ------ [Sarah Pidgeon] (https://www.instagram.com/sarah__pidgeon/?hl=en) , actor.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Tony Award Winners 2024: The Full List] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/16/theater/tony-award-winners.html) ," by Rachel Sherman (The New York Times, 2024). ------" [Everything to Know About the Stranger Things: The First Shadow Play in London] (https://www.netflix.com/tudum/articles/stranger-things-play-london-2023) ," by Tara Bitran (Tudum, 2024). ------ [Stereophonic] (https://stereophonicplay.com/) , by David Adjmi, Will Butler, and Daniel Aukin (2023).   ---EXTRAS: ------" [How to Make the Coolest Show on Broadway] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/how-to-make-the-coolest-show-on-broadway/) ," by Freakonomics Radio (2024). ... Read more

20 Jun 2024

49 MINS

49:39

20 Jun 2024


#766

EXTRA: The Fascinatingly Mundane Secrets of the World’s Most Exclusive Nightclub

The Berlin dance mecca Berghain is known for its eight-hour line and inscrutable door policy. PJ Vogt, host of the podcast Search Engine, joins us to crack the code. It has to do with Cold War rivalries, German tax law, and one very talented bouncer.   ---SOURCES: ------ [Lutz Leichsenring] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lutzleichsenring/?locale=de_DE) , executive board member of Clubcommission Berlin and co-founder of VibeLab. ------ [PJ Vogt] (https://x.com/pjvogt?lang=en) , reporter, writer, and host of the podcast Search Engine.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Berghain: 36 Hours Inside the World's Most Exclusive Nightclub] (https://www.papermag.com/berghain-linux#rebelltitem1) ," by Linux (Paper Magazine, 2022). ------ [Berlin Bouncer] (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9584906/) , documentary by David Dietl (2019). ------" [High Culture Club: Berghain Secures Same Tax Status as Berlin Concert Venues] (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/12/berlins-berghain-nightclub-classed-as-culturally-significant-venue) ," by Philip Oltermann (The Guardian, 2016). ------" [One Eye on the Door, the Other on His Photography] (https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/world/europe/03germany.html?auth=login-google1tap&login=google1tap) ," by Nicholas Kulish (The New York Times, 2011). ------ [Lost and Sound: Berlin, Techno and the Easyjet Set] (https://amzn.to/3KLfpRy) , by Tobias Rapp (2009).   ---EXTRA: ------ [Search Engine] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/) , podcast by PJ Vogt. ... Read more

17 Jun 2024

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44:58

17 Jun 2024


#765

592. How to Make the Coolest Show on Broadway

Hit by Covid, runaway costs, and a zillion streams of competition, serious theater is in serious trouble. A new hit play called Stereophonic — the most Tony-nominated play in history — has something to say about that. We speak with the people who make it happen every night. (Part one of a [two-part series] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast-tag/stereophonic/) .)   ---SOURCES: ------ [David Adjmi] (https://www.davidadjmi.com/) , author and playwright. ------ [Sonia Friedman] (https://www.soniafriedman.com/) , theater producer and founder of Sonia Friedman Productions. ------ [John Johnson] (https://www.wagnerjohnson.com/) , theater producer and co-founder of Wagner Johnson Productions. ------ [Tom Pecinka] (https://www.tompecinka.com/) , actor. ------ [Sarah Pidgeon] (https://www.instagram.com/sarah__pidgeon/?hl=en) , actor.   ---RESOURCES: ------ [Stereophonic] (https://stereophonicplay.com/) , by David Adjmi, Will Butler, and Daniel Aukin (2023). ------ [Lot Six: A Memoir] (https://amzn.to/4bWJXMg) , by David Adjmi (2020). ------" [On the Performing Arts: The Anatomy of Their Economic Problems] (https://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~wbaumol/OnThePerformingArtsTheAnatomyOfTheirEcoProbs.pdf) ," by W. J. Baumol and W. G. Bowen (The American Economic Review, 1965). ... Read more

13 Jun 2024

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1:05:08

13 Jun 2024


#764

591. Signs of Progress, One Year at a Time

Every December, a British man named Tom Whitwell publishes a list of 52 things he’s learned that year. These fascinating facts reveal the spectrum of human behavior, from fraud and hypocrisy to Whitwell’s steadfast belief in progress. Should we also believe?   ---SOURCES: ------ [Tom Whitwell] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomwhitwell/?originalSubdomain=uk) , managing consultant at Magnetic.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Supercentenarian and Remarkable Age Records Exhibit Patterns Indicative of Clerical Errors and Pension Fraud] (https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/704080v3) ," by Saul Justin Newman (Working Paper, 2024). ------" [52 things I learned in 2023] (https://medium.com/magnetic/52-things-i-learned-in-2023-a3bbb9f9323d) ," by Tom Whitwell (Magnetic Notes, 2023). ------" [Job Satisfaction 2023] (https://www.conference-board.org/pdfdownload.cfm?masterProductID=46114) ," by The Conference Board (2023). ------" [What Fax Machines and Floppy Disks Reveal About Britain’s Productivity Problem] (https://www.economist.com/britain/2017/11/09/what-fax-machines-and-floppy-disks-reveal-about-britains-productivity-problem) ," (The Economist, 2017). ------ [Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City] (https://amzn.to/3X5HWJ5) , by Peter D. Norton (2008). ------" [Beyond Propaganda] (https://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/14/opinion/14kenney.html) ," by John Kenney (The New York Times, 2006). ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

53 MINS

53:20

06 Jun 2024


#763

EXTRA: The Opioid Tragedy — How We Got Here

An update of our 2020 series, in which we spoke with physicians, researchers, and addicts about the root causes of the crisis — and the tension between abstinence and harm reduction.   ---SOURCES: ------ [Gail D’Onofrio] (https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/gail-donofrio/) , professor and chair of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and chief of emergency services at Yale-New Haven Health. ------ [Keith Humphreys] (https://profiles.stanford.edu/keith-humphreys) , professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. ------ [Stephen Loyd] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/drstephenloyd) , chief medical officer of Cedar Recovery and chair of the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council. ------ [Nicole O’Donnell] (https://penncamp.org/bio/p-j-brennan-md-chief-medical-officer-penn-medicine-executive-sponsor/) , certified recovery specialist at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy. ------ [Jeanmarie Perrone] (https://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g321/p1870) , professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. ------Eileen Richardson, restaurant manager.   ---RESOURCES: ------“ [Toward Healthy Drug Policy in the United States — The Case of Safehouse] (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1913448?query=TOC) ,” by Evan D. Anderson, Leo Beletsky, Scott Burris, and Corey S. Davis (The New England Journal of Medicine, 2020). ------“ [Buprenorphine Deregulation and Mainstreaming Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder] (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2719455) ,” by Leo Beletsky, Kevin Fiscella, and Sarah E. Wakeman (JAMA Psychiatry, 2018). ------“ [Emergency Department–Initiated Buprenorphine/Naloxone Treatment for Opioid Dependence] (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4527523/) ,” by Gail D’Onofrio, Patrick G. O’Connor, Michael V. Pantalon, Marek C. Chawarski, Susan H. Busch, Patricia H. Owens, Steven L. Bernstein, and David A. Fiellin (JAMA, 2015). ------“ [Buprenorphine-Naloxone Therapy In Pain Management] (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3999180/pdf/nihms559403.pdf) ,” by Lucy Chen, Kelly Yan Chen, and Jianren Mao (National Institutes of Health, 2014). ------“ [Prevalence and Correlates of Street-Obtained Buprenorphine Use Among Current and Former Injectors In Baltimore, Maryland] (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3805723/) ,” by Jacquie Astemborski, Becky L. Genberg, Mirinda Gillespie, Chris-Ellyn Johanson, Gregory D. Kirk, Shruti H. Mehta, Charles R. Schuster, and David Vlahov (U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 2014). ------“ [The Promotion and Marketing of OxyContin: Commercial Triumph, Public Health Tragedy] (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2622774/) ,” by Art Van Zee (U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 2009).   ---EXTRAS: ------" [Why Is the Opioid Epidemic Still Raging?] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast-tag/why-is-the-opioid-epidemic-still-raging/) " series by Freakonomics Radio (2024). ------" [The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: 'We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-opioid-tragedy-part-1-weve-addicted-an-entire-generation-ep-402/) ,'" by Freakonomics Radio (2020). ------“ [The Truth About the Vaping Crisis] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-truth-about-the-vaping-crisis/) ,” by Freakonomics Radio (2019). ... Read more

03 Jun 2024

41 MINS

41:59

03 Jun 2024


#762

590. Can $55 Billion End the Opioid Epidemic?

Thanks to legal settlements with drug makers and distributors, states have plenty of money to boost prevention and treatment. Will it work? (Part two of a [two-part series] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast-tag/why-is-the-opioid-epidemic-still-raging/) .)   ---SOURCES: ------ [Keith Humphreys] (https://profiles.stanford.edu/keith-humphreys) , professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. ------ [Stephen Loyd] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/drstephenloyd) , chief medical officer of Cedar Recovery and chair of the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council. ------ [Christine Minhee] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/christineminhee/) , founder of OpioidSettlementTracker.com.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Court Conflicted Over Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Plan That Shields Sacklers From Liability] (https://www.scotusblog.com/2023/12/purdue-bankruptcy-sacklers/) ," by Amy Howe (SCOTUSblog, 2023). ------ [NationalOpioidSettlement.com] (https://nationalopioidsettlement.com/) . ------ [OpioidSettlementTracker.com] (https://www.opioidsettlementtracker.com/) . ------ [The Helios Alliance] (https://www.theheliosalliance.com/) .   ---EXTRAS: ------" [The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: 'It’s Not a Death Sentence] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-opioid-tragedy-part-2-its-not-a-death-sentence-ep-403/) ,'" by Freakonomics Radio (2020). ... Read more

30 May 2024

40 MINS

40:56

30 May 2024


#761

589. Why Has the Opioid Crisis Lasted So Long?

Most epidemics flare up, do their damage, and fade away. This one has been raging for almost 30 years. To find out why, it’s time to ask some uncomfortable questions. (Part one of a [two-part series] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast-tag/why-is-the-opioid-epidemic-still-raging/) .)   ---SOURCES: ------ [David Cutler] (https://scholar.harvard.edu/cutler/home) , professor of economics at Harvard University. ------ [Travis Donahoe] (https://www.sph.pitt.edu/directory/j-travis-donahoe) , professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh. ------ [Keith Humphreys] (https://profiles.stanford.edu/keith-humphreys) , professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. ------ [Stephen Loyd] (https://www.cedarrecovery.com/dr-stephen-loyd) , chief medical officer of Cedar Recovery and chair of the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council.   ---RESOURCES: ------" [Thick Market Externalities and the Persistence of the Opioid Epidemic] (https://www.nber.org/system/files/working_papers/w32055/w32055.pdf) ," by David Cutler and J. Travis Donahoe (NBER Working Paper, 2024). ------" [Responding to the Opioid Crisis in North America and Beyond: Recommendations of the Stanford-Lancet Commission] (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9261968/) ," by Keith Humphreys, Chelsea L. Shover, Christine Timko, et al. (The Lancet, 2022). ------" [When Innovation Goes Wrong: Technological Regress and the Opioid Epidemic] (https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/jep.35.4.171) ," by David Cutler and Edward Glaeser (Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2021).   ---EXTRAS: ------" [Nuclear Power Isn’t Perfect. Is It Good Enough?] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/nuclear-power-isnt-perfect-is-it-good-enough/) " by Freakonomics Radio (2022). ------" [The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: 'It’s Not a Death Sentence] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-opioid-tragedy-part-2-its-not-a-death-sentence-ep-403/) ,'" by Freakonomics Radio (2020). ------" [The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: 'We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation] (https://freakonomics.com/podcast/the-opioid-tragedy-part-1-weve-addicted-an-entire-generation-ep-402/) ,'" by Freakonomics Radio (2020). ... Read more

23 May 2024

48 MINS

48:33

23 May 2024