Jul 202013

This Freakonomics Radio podcast: Our latest podcast is called “Government Employees Gone Wild.” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript below; it includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

It’s about a book that I’ve come to love — a most unusual book. What makes it unusual?

  1. It is made available online, as a Word document, but is not actually published.
  2. It is free (or, more accurately, it’s already been paid for — by U.S. taxpayers).
  3. It is published by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Stephen J. DUBNER: Are you looking for a good beach read this summer? If so, I can help you – I’ve got just the book for you. It’s got pretty much everything in it – sex, crime, power struggles. Its got drug dealers and prostitutes, cheating scientists, Russian brides, even rogue real-estate agents. And the best part? Every word is true. And oh yeah, it won’t cost you a penny – because it’s already been paid for by your tax dollars. What is this magical book? It’s called “The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure.”

ANNOUNCER: From WNYC this is Freakonomics Radio, the podcast that explores the hidden side of everything. Here’s your host, Stephen Dubner.


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