Nov 212013

If there’s a death in your family and you choose to have your loved one cremated, wouldn’t you expect that the remains that are returned to you belong specifically to your beloved? Of course you would!
Would you expect the same if the dearly departed happens to be the family pet? I suspect the answer is still yes. But in the fast-growing pet-cremation business, how do you know that the remains you’re getting back are indeed from your pet?


Stephen J. Dubner: Hey podcast listeners: you are about to hear a new episode of Freakonomics Radio, called “The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat.” I think you’ll like it. But before we get to that… maybe you feel like sending us some money? Here’s the thing: we’ve been making this podcast for almost four years – about 150 episodes – and we put it out for free, every week. But it costs quite a bit to make the show — and, this being a public-radio podcast, we’re doing the public-radio thing and asking for your donations so that we can keep it free. Now, does it make any sense for you to pay for something that you don’t have to, that you can keep getting for free? Probably not, from a purely rational perspective. But hey, if we’ve learned anything together over these past few years, it’s that we all do irrational things once and awhile. So if you’re feeling a bit irrational right now, a bit frisky, a bit freaky – please go to and hit that “donate” button. There’s some nice swag available – we’ve a Freakonomics Radio coffee mug, a t-shirt, signed books, even a chance to win a trip to NYC to hang out with me and the Freakonomics Radio crew for the day! Thanks a million. And now: “The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat.”


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