How Safe is Your Job? (Rebroadcast)

Par dans Business le 23 March 2017 à 4 h 00 min

A robot from The College of New Jersey’s School of Engineering helps out at the opening ceremony. (Press Credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “How Safe Is Your Job? (Rebroadcast).” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player

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To tell the truth

Par dans Business le 22 March 2017 à 9 h 01 min

Thirty years ago, Fleischmann and Pons announced that they were able to create fusion at room temperature. Scientists around the world began work in this new field, only to discover that they couldn’t replicate the reported results. It turns out that the original researchers hadn’t told the truth. Millions of dollars and countless hours were wasted.

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Counting beans

Par dans Business le 21 March 2017 à 9 h 58 min

If you have to serve chili to 1,000 people, holding back just one bean from each person means you end up with a tidy savings, and almost no one is going to notice. If you run a call center and hire people who make a dollar less an hour, who are less supported, or less

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Three simple and difficult steps

Par dans Business le 20 March 2017 à 9 h 24 min

Get smarter. Hurry. Learn something new and difficult and valuable. Learn it today and continue learning it tomorrow. Solve interesting problems. Ignaz Semmelweis saw the same problem that others saw. But he took responsibility and solved it (worth a read). Care. More. This takes guts because it means you’ll have to do something. If you

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Under the Hood: TMSIDK Episode 11

Par dans Business le 20 March 2017 à 1 h 00 min

TMSIDK panelists Nicholas Negroponte, Seth Godin and Faith Salie behind the scenes. (Photo: Lucy Sutton) Have you heard the old myth that eating cheese before you go to bed gives you nightmares? A study conducted in 2005 by the British Cheese Board attempted to debunk this claim by asking 200 participants to eat a piece

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Showing up

Par dans Business le 19 March 2017 à 9 h 49 min

Some people show up when they need something. Some people show up before they need something, knowing that it will pay off later, when they need something. And some people merely show up. Not needing anything, not in anticipation of needing something, but merely because they can.

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Fear, failure and shame, oh my

Par dans Business le 18 March 2017 à 9 h 42 min

Fear runs deep. Fear used to keep our ancestors alive. Fear keeps you from taunting a saber tooth tiger. The thing is, most of us don’t have to deal with tigers any longer. But the fear still runs deep. We still feel the same feelings when we face possible failure, but now those feelings revolve

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The half-life of a near miss

Par dans Business le 17 March 2017 à 21 h 27 min

How long does it take to forget how frightening it was?  You fell off your bike and really skinned your knee. How many months or years go by before you’re willing to ride a bike again? The stories we tell ourselves are powerful indeed. I got food poisoning as a kid and never again ate

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Is ignorance the problem?

Par dans Business le 17 March 2017 à 10 h 05 min

It’s nice to think that the reason that people don’t do what you need them to do, or conform to your standards, or make good choices is simply that they don’t know enough. After all, if that’s the case, all you’ll need to do is inform them, loudly and clearly. So, that employee who shows up

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Why Are We Still Using Cash?

Par dans Business le 16 March 2017 à 20 h 32 min

March 16, 2017 @ 3:32pm Listen now: (Photo: Zach Copley) Season 6, Episode 28 This week on Freakonomics Radio: cash facilitates crime, bribery and tax evasion – and yet some governments (including ours) are printing more cash than ever. Other countries, meanwhile, are ditching cash entirely. Plus: why thinking of Bitcoin as

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Why Is My Life So Hard?

Par dans Business le 16 March 2017 à 4 h 00 min

Strong headwinds: Occluded mesocyclone tornado in Oklahoma on May 3rd, 1999 (Photo Credit: NOAA Photo Library) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Why is My Life so Hard?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) Most of us feel we

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Agency

Par dans Business le 15 March 2017 à 9 h 17 min

There are institutions, professionals and organizations that would like you to believe that you don’t have much choice in the matter. They want to take away your agency, because it makes their job easier or their profits higher. But you have more choice than you know. More ability to shop around, or to skip that

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The best of us (the worst of us)

Par dans Business le 14 March 2017 à 9 h 19 min

When we join an organization and become part of something, collisions happen. Standards change.  Sometimes, these tribal affiliations push us to become better versions of ourselves. We take a long-term view, check our selfish impulses and work hard to meet the high standards of those around us. But if we’re not careful, we can join

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Our pre-judgment problem

Par dans Business le 13 March 2017 à 8 h 01 min

Most of us can agree that picking a great team is one of the best ways to build a successful organization or project.The problem is that we’re terrible at it. The NFL Combine is a giant talent show, with a billion dollars on the line. And every year, NFL scouts use the wrong data to

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Collections: TMSIDK Episode 10

Par dans Business le 13 March 2017 à 4 h 00 min

Comedian Eugene Mirman searches through an encyclopedia for something about collections. (Photo: Lucy Sutton) Over hundreds of years, Russians have developed thousands of variations on four simple swear words that can mean anything under the sun. This collection of curses is large enough that Russians can have entire conversations using almost nothing but swears. Entire plays and

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Emotionally attractive

Par dans Business le 12 March 2017 à 9 h 40 min

We spend a lot of time talking about celebrities and how attractive they are. Paul Newman’s blue eyes, how tall is Jake Gyllenhaal, how fast is Usain Bolt… Most of the time, though, our success is based on something we have far more control over: our emotional attractiveness. People who are open, empathetic, optimistic, flexible,

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Writing the review in advance

Par dans Business le 11 March 2017 à 10 h 24 min

Movie reviewers, food critics, the people who write about wine or stereo equipment… they write most of the review before they even encounter the final product. Because, of course, they experience it before (you/they/we) think they do. They’ve seen the marketing materials. They know the reputation of the director or the vineyard. They have a relationship

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What’s on tonight?

Par dans Business le 10 March 2017 à 10 h 42 min

Just a few decades ago, there were only three TV channels to watch. Worse, it was pretty common for people to continue watching the same channel all night, rather than checking out the two alternatives. The 8 pm lead in was critical. TV Guide, at one point the most valuable magazine in the United States,

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Bad Medicine, Part 2: Death By Diagnosis

Par dans Business le 9 March 2017 à 20 h 23 min

(Photo: jasleen_kaur/flickr) Season 6, Episode 27 This week on Freakonomics Radio: by some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what’s to be done? Plus: Stephen J. Dubner investigates how so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to the market. To find out more,

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Obedience and inquiry

Par dans Business le 9 March 2017 à 10 h 51 min

The first rule is that you follow the rules. That’s the mantra of the obedient organization. And there are many of them. You follow these rules, restrictions and systems. Not because they’re up-to-date, effective or correct, but because that’s what makes us who we are. Obedience is its own reward. Obedience is required. And obedience

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