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In their books "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics" and "Think Like a Freak", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore "the hidden side of everything," telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.


The Hidden Cost of False Alarms

April 3rd, 2012

Episode 69 of 307 episodes

If any other product failed 94 percent of the time, you’d probably stop using it. So why do we put up with burglar alarms?