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Trump-era Covid-19 border policies are being carried over to the new administration

A migrant demonstration demanding clearer U.S. policies in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: Guillermo Arias/Getty Images


The president’s disgust for anyone he deems weak is key to understanding his handling of the pandemic

President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images


The Biden-Sanders task forces could be their only opportunity to craft policy from the inside in the next four years

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Their tough decision, coming after 40 years of marriage, speaks to the absurd reality of our health care system.

Robert Rein standing in uniforma, Ruthe Rein kneeling in front.
Robert Rein standing in uniforma, Ruthe Rein kneeling in front.
Robert Rein standing in uniform; Ruthe Rein kneeling in front. Photos courtesy of the author.


Freakonomics Radio

For nearly a decade, governments have been using behavioral nudges to solve problems — and the strategy is catching on in health care, firefighting, and policing. But is that thinking too small? Could nudging be used to fight income inequality and achieve world peace?

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Freakonomics Radio

The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.

An older “grid” style prison cell block.
An older “grid” style prison cell block.
Credit: Bob Jagendorf/CC BY 2.0


A photo of a drowned father and daughter makes us all accessories to tragedy. Will we do anything to stop it?

Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria. Via Facebook.


It’s time to look beyond questions designed to create bickering among candidates

A photo of the spin room after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
A photo of the spin room after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
The spin room after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


Social media is creating real problems for the world, but moral panics still far outweigh reality. That’s a recipe for policy disaster.

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In ending aid to the Northern Triangle in an effort to halt migration, Trump is making the right move for the wrong reasons

Honduran migrants get on a truck heading to the U.S. near Pijijiapan in southern Mexico on Oct. 26, 2018. Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty

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