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Stephen J. Dubner

Host, Freakonomics Radio

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known for writing, along with the economist Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics (2005) and SuperFreakonomics (2009), which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages.

Dubner is also the author of Turbulent Souls/Choosing My Religion (1998), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (2003), and the children's book The Boy With Two Belly Buttons (2007). His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and others.

Freakonomics, published in April 2005, was an instant international best-seller and cultural phenomenon. It made numerous "books of the year" lists, a few "books of the decade" lists, and won a variety of awards, including the inaugural Quill Award, a BookSense Book of the Year Award, and a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education. It was also named a Notable Book by the New York Times. SuperFreakonomics, published in 2009, was published to similar acclaim, and also became an international best-seller.

The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film, and a public-radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Dubner hosts. He has also appeared widely on television, including a three-year stint on ABC News as a Freakonomics contributor. He also appeared on the reality show Beauty and the Geek. Alas, he played neither beauty nor geek.

Dubner's first book, Turbulent Souls, was also named a Notable Book, and was a finalist for the Koret National Jewish Book Award. It was republished in 2006 under a new title, Choosing My Religion, and is currently being developed as a film.

The eighth and last child of an upstate New York newspaperman, Dubner has been writing since he was a child. (His first published work appeared in Highlights magazine.) As an undergraduate at Appalachian State University, he started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records, which landed him in New York City. He ultimately quit playing music to earn an M.F.A. in writing at Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. He was an editor and writer at New York magazine and The New York Times before quitting to write books. He is happy he did so.

He lives in New York with his wife, the documentary photographer Ellen Binder, and their two delicious children.

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Stephen J. Dubner appears in the following:

Think Like A Freak: The Art of Persuasion

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Logic and facts are no match for ideology - here's how to persuade people who don't want to be persuaded.

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How To Think Like A Freak: Think Like A Child

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, hosts of the Freakonomics podcast and authors of Think Like A Freak, talk about ways to retrain your brain and challenge how you think. Today: why thinking like a child -- thinking small -- can help solve big problems.

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Learn to 'Think Like a Freak' with Stephen Dubner

Monday, May 12, 2014

In his new book, "Think Like a Freak," Stephen Dubner, host of the Freakonomics, breaks down the decision-making process and explains why it’s often important to admit defeat.

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How To Think Like A Freak: Say "I Don't Know"

Monday, May 12, 2014

Stephen Dubner, host of the Freaknomics podcast and co-author (with Steven Levitt) of Think Like A Freak (HarperCollins, 2014), joins The Brian Lehrer Show for a three-part series about retraining your brain to "think like a freak." Today, he'll explain why it's important to admit when you don't know the answer to a question, and the danger of predicting the future.

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A Modest Proposal: Ban Tipping

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Freakonomics radio host Stephen Dubner discusses the recent episode that describes inequities in the way people tip.

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Freakonomics: Brothers

Thursday, April 25, 2013

In the wake of the Boston bombing, Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio, revisits his 1999 interview with the Unabomber and looks at his relationship with his brother, David Kaczynski. 

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Freakonomics: What's in a Name?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The latest episode of Freakonomics explores how much your name is your destiny. Host Stephen Dubner discusses the episode and what he learned. Listeners: Is your name your destiny? Let us know here, or call 212-433-9692!

→ Listen to the Full Freakonomics Episode Below

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Freakonomics: Knowledge is Power?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio, talks about the program's new season and this week's episode, which explores why being well-informed doesn't necessarily change what we believe.

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The Election's $3 Billion Price Tag

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, independent research group that tracks money in campaigns and elections, Obama and Romney's spending, in conjunction with the nearly $1 billion spent by super PACs, will likely add up to $3 billion by the time the polls close today. What have the American people gained from the seventeen month, $3 billion campaign? Stephen Dubner, author and host of "Freakonomics," explains. 

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Freakonomics: Lottery for Savings

Friday, April 06, 2012

Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio, talks about the latest edition of Freakonomics Radio and whether America's enthusiasm for lotteries can translate into a higher savings rate. 

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The Decline and Fall of Violence

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The world is a more peaceful place today that at any time in history -- by a long, long shot.

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The Upside of Quitting

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says … Are you sure?

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The Suicide Paradox

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

There are more than twice as many suicides as murders in the U.S., but suicide attracts far less scrutiny. Freakonomics Radio digs through the numbers and finds all kinds of surprises.

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Skin in the Game

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Writer Eric Simons gets the ball rolling this episode with an embarrassing admission about a beautiful night, a hockey game, and an overwhelming, outsized feeling of rage that overtook his senses. 

What is it about being a fan that causes such intense reactions? How can the outcome of a game ...

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Games

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Winners, losers, underdogs -- what can games tell us about who we really are?

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The Economist’s Guide to Parenting

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Think you know how much parents matter? Think again. Economists crunch the numbers to learn the ROI on child-rearing.

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Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

Friday, August 12, 2011

How much do parents really matter? And are we sure winners never quit and quitters never win? Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, talks about the unexpected economics behind issues like parenthood and quitting.

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The Church of "Scionology"

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

We worship the tradition of handing off a family business to the next generation. But is that really such a good idea?

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Freakonomics Week

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How much do parents really matter? And are we sure winners never quit and quitters never win? Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, talks about the unexpected economics behind issues like parenthood and quitting.

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Live From St. Paul!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Freakonomics Radio hits the road, and plays some Quiz Bowl

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