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Freakonomics: How Much Does Your Name Matter?

Host Stephen Dubner investigates the latest research on names. Steve Levitt reveals what a name says about a person's economic status and race. And a University of Chicago political scientist explains why a baby named Cody is likely to have conservative parents, while Leif was probably born into a liberal family.

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