Stephen J. Dubner

Host, Freakonomics Radio

Stephen J. Dubner appears in the following:

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?


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


Things Our Fathers Gave Us

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

What did Levitt and Dubner learn as kids from their dads?


Freakonomics Radio: All in the Family

Monday, June 06, 2011

Host of Freakonomics Radio (produced by American Public Media’s Marketplace, WNYC, and Dubner Productions) and the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics (2005) and SuperFreakonomics (2009), Stephen J. Dubner talks about the launch of the new radio specials with a look at the economics of family business succession.

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The Health of Nations

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

For decades, GDP has been the yardstick for measuring living standards around the world. Martha Nussbaum would rather use something that actually works.


Is Twitter a Two-Way Street?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

To get a lot of followers on Twitter, do you need to follow a lot of other Tweeps? And if not, why not?


The Power of Poop

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Since the beginning of civilization, we’ve thought that human waste was worthless and dangerous. What if we were wrong?


Millionaires vs. Billionaires

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Five things you don’t know about the NFL labor standoff


Why Cities Rock

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Could it be that cities are "our greatest invention" -- that, despite a reputation as black-soot-spewing engines of doom, they in fact make us richer, smarter, happier and (believe it!) greener?


Bring on the Pain!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

It's not about how much something hurts -- it's how you remember the pain. This week, lessons on pain from the New York City subway, the professional hockey rink, and a landmark study of colonoscopy patients. So have a listen; we promise, it won't hurt a bit.

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Waiter, There’s a Physicist in My Soup! (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

What do a computer hacker, an Indiana farm boy, and Napoleon Bonaparte have in common? The past, present, and future of food science.


Waiter, There’s a Physicist in My Soup! (Part 1)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The "molecular gastronomy" movement -- which gets a bump in visibility next month with the publication of the mammoth cookbook "Modernist Cuisine" -- is all about bringing more science into the kitchen. In many ways, it's the opposite of the "slow food" movement. In this episode, you'll hear chieftains from ...


Freakonomics FAQ, No. 1

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Levitt and Dubner field questions from the public and hold forth on everything from dating strategies and rock-and-roll accordion music to whether different nations have different economic identities. Oh, and also: is it worthwhile to vote?



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How economics -- and emotion -- have turned our garbage into such a mess


You Say Repugnant, I Say … Let's Do It!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What happens when the most disturbing ideas are also the best?


Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

They should! It's a cardinal rule: more expensive items are supposed to be qualitatively better than their cheaper versions. But is that true for wine?


The "No-Lose Lottery," Part 2

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

It’s the banking tool that got millions of people around the world to stop wasting money on the lottery. So why won't state and federal officials in the U.S. give it a chance?


Is America Ready for a "No-Lose Lottery"?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

For the most part, Americans don't like the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. We do, however, love to play the lottery. So what if you combined the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout?


How Much Does the President of the U.S. Really Matter?

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The U.S. president is often called the "leader of free world." But if you ask an economist or a Constitutional scholar how much the occupant of the Oval Office matters, they won't say much. We look at what the data have to say about measuring leadership, and its impact on ...