Extra: Car Colors & Storage Units
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Presenting two stories from The Economics of Everyday Things: Why does it seem like every car is black, white, or gray these days?  And: How self-storage took over America.   SOURCES: Tom Crockett, classic car enthusiast. Zachary Dickens, executive vice president and chief investment officer of Extra Space Storage. Mark Gutjahr, global head of design at BASF. Kara Kolodziej, self-storage unit tenant. Anne Mari DeCoster, self-storage consultant. Nikkie Riedel, carline planning manager at Subaru of America.   RESOURCES: “A Fifth Of Americans Rent Self Storage, With Millenni ..read more
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588. Confessions of a Black Conservative
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The economist and social critic Glenn Loury has led a remarkably turbulent life, both professionally and personally. In a new memoir, he has chosen to reveal just about everything. Why?   SOURCE: Glenn Loury, professor of economics at Brown University and host of The Glenn Show.   RESOURCES: Late Admissions: Confessions of a Black Conservative, by Glenn Loury (2024). "Amy Wax – The DEI Witch Hunt at Penn Law," by Glenn Loury (The Glenn Show, 2024). "The Conservative Line on Race," by Glenn Loury (The Atlantic, 1997). "Will Affirmative-Action Policies Eliminate Negative Stereot ..read more
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587. Should Companies Be Owned by Their Workers?
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The employee ownership movement is growing, and one of its biggest champions is also a private equity heavyweight. Is this meaningful change, or just window dressing?   SOURCES: Marjorie Kelly, distinguished senior fellow at The Democracy Collaborative. Corey Rosen, founder and senior staff member of the National Center for Employee Ownership. Pete Stavros, co-head of Global Private Equity at KKR.   RESOURCES: "Private Equity Is Starting to Share With Workers, Without Taking a Financial Hit," by Lydia DePillis (The New York Times, 2024). "Private Equity Heavyweight Pushing Emp ..read more
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Extra: Why Is 23andMe Going Under? (Update)
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Five years ago, we published an episode about the boom in home DNA testing kits, focusing on the high-flying firm 23andMe and its C.E.O. Anne Wojcicki. Their flight has been extremely bumpy since then. This update includes an additional interview with the Wall Street Journal reporter who has been investigating the firm’s collapse.   SOURCES: Rolfe Winkler, reporter at The Wall Street Journal. Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and C.E.O. of 23andMe.   RESOURCES: "23andMe’s Fall From $6 Billion to Nearly $0," by Rolfe Winkler (The Wall Street Journal, 2024). "23andMe User Data Stolen in ..read more
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585. A Social Activist in Prime Minister’s Clothing
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Justin Trudeau, facing record-low approval numbers, is doubling down on his progressive agenda. But he is so upbeat (and Canada-polite) that it’s easy to miss just how radical his vision is. Can he make it work?   SOURCE: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.   RESOURCES: 2024 Canadian Federal Budget. "Canada to Set First-Ever Cap on Temporary Residents," by Nadine Yousif (BBC News, 2023). Common Ground, by Justin Trudeau (2014).   EXTRAS: "Why Is Everyone Moving to Canada?" by Freakonomics Radio (2024 ..read more
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584. How to Pave the Road to Hell
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So you want to help people? That’s great — but beware the law of unintended consequences. Three stories from the modern workplace.    SOURCES: Joshua Angrist, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zoe Cullen, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Marina Gertsberg, senior lecturer in finance at the University of Melbourne.   RESOURCES: "Is Pay Transparency Good?" by Zoë Cullen (Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2024). "DP18969 Economics Coauthorships in the Aftermath of MeToo," by Noriko Amano-Patino, Elisa Faraglia ..read more
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Extra: The Men Who Started a Thinking Revolution (Update)
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The psychologist Daniel Kahneman — a Nobel laureate and the author of Thinking, Fast and Slow — recently died at age 90. Along with his collaborator Amos Tversky, he changed how we all think about decision-making. The journalist Michael Lewis told the Kahneman-Tversky story in a 2016 book called The Undoing Project. In this episode, Lewis explains why they had such a profound influence.   SOURCE: Michael Lewis, writer.   RESOURCES: The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis (2016). Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman (2011). The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine ..read more
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Why Are There So Many Bad Bosses? (Update)
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People who are good at their jobs routinely get promoted into bigger jobs they’re bad at. We explain why firms keep producing incompetent managers — and why that’s unlikely to change.   SOURCES: Nick Bloom, professor of economics at Stanford University. Katie Johnson, freelance data and analytics coach. Kelly Shue, professor of finance at the Yale University School of Management. Steve Tadelis, professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business.   RESOURCES: “People Management Skills, Employee Attrition, and Manager Rewards: An Empiri ..read more
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583. Are We Living Through the Most Revolutionary Period in History?
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Fareed Zakaria says yes. But it’s not just political revolution — it’s economic, technological, even emotional. He doesn’t offer easy solutions but he does offer some hope.   SOURCES: Fareed Zakaria, journalist and author.   RESOURCES: Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present, by Fareed Zakaria (2024). "The Ultimate Election Year: All the Elections Around the World in 2024," by Koh Ewe (TIME, 2023). "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism," by Vanessa Williamson, Theda Skocpol, and John Coggin (Perspectives on Politics, 2011). The P ..read more
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Extra: How Much Do You Know About Immigration?
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The political debates over immigration can generate a lot of fuzzy facts.  We wanted to test Americans’ knowledge — so, to wrap up our special series on immigration, we called some Freakonomics Radio listeners and quizzed them.   SOURCES: Zeke Hernandez, professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.   RESOURCES: The Truth About Immigration: Why Successful Societies Welcome Newcomers, by Zeke Hernandez (2024, available for pre-order).   EXTRA: “The True Story of America’s Supremely Messed-Up Immigration System,” series by Freakonomics Radio ..read more
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