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Stephen J. Dubner

Host, Freakonomics Radio

Stephen J. Dubner appears in the following:

Ten things to love about the Pittsburgh Steelers

Friday, January 30, 2009

On Sunday, the powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers face off against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl 43. The Cardinals are the underdog, so if you don't have loyalties to either team you might be tempted to root for Arizona. But hold on just a second. The Takeaway is talking to Stephen Dubner, author of Freakonomics and unabashed Steelers fan, who has a list of ten reasons to root for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Not a Steelers fan? Here are all the reasons to love the Arizona Cardinals.

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Bad bank, good idea?

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Obama administration is considering the creation of a “bad bank” to buy up billions in so-called toxic assets. We’re taking an in-depth look at this seemingly counter intuitive proposal — a proposal that could cost in excess of $2 trillion. Can bad banks be a good thing? The Takeaway is joined by Jane Sasseen, Washington Bureau Chief for BusinessWeek, and Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner.

"They can borrow money a lot cheaper, so they don't need as much of a return. They don't even necessarily need a return at all. Whereas for a private investor to go in and do this right now, it is going to need a 10 or 15 percent return to take the risks involved."
— Jane Sasseen of BusinessWeek Magazine on the government creating a "bad bank" to help buy up toxic debt

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Nothing to fear, maybe

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

What we fear and why we fear it is the new favorite topic of economist Stephen Dubner, co-author of the "Freakonomics" book and New York Times blog. In the context of the New Year's Day bombings in Aspen and the Muslim family who were removed from a commercial flight, he joins John and Adaora to explain why the things we fear the most are simply irrational.

Be sure to read Stephen Dubner's blog post on fear, The Cost of Fearing Strangers.

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What if economists ran the White House?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

An American president's economic advisers are arguably the most influential group of financial policymakers in the world. So why is that team so often free of high-regarded economists? "Freakonomics" co-author Stephen Dubner joins the program.

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Freakonomics: Upsides to financial downturn

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The brilliant young men and women who were plucked from college by booming banks are now looking for other options. This is a good thing, and history proves it, says Stephen Dubner, co-author of the "Freakonomics" book and blog. Americans can look forward to talented, hard-working people spreading out through the economy, in ways that may buoy our GDP.

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Gov't adds $150B to AIG bailout

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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Freakonomics: Who chooses to serve in the American military?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

About two and a half million men and women serve in the U.S. military. These days, it's a job that almost certainly involves serving in a war zone, as American soldiers continue to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. So who chooses to serve in the volunteer military? In many cases, it's not people without other options. [Editor's note (9/23/2008): The number of men and women serving in the military was corrected.]

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Why John McCain Hates Economists

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Upon his return home from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, “Freakonomics” author Stephen Dubner came to a conclusion: John McCain hates economists. Dunber talks to John and Adaora about what the McCain camp has against number crunchers

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Are children a political liability?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Stephen Dubner, Takeaway convention correspondent, author “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything”

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Ron Paul’s counter convention

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

guest: Stephen Dubner, Takeaway convention correspondent, author “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything”

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What time is a good time to expose your children to ugly realities?

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Takeaway contributor and "Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner grapples with the balancing act of being a responsible parent and telling his children some cold, hard truths. Dubner wonders when is the right age — and what might be the wrong moment — for a dose of adult-strength reality.

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Financial illiteracy in America and economic crises

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Is the United States a nation with a fundamental misunderstanding of debt, financing and budgeting? "Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner and a number of economics say it is. Dubner looks at how an absence of financial education hurts us during times of economic instability.

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Freakonomics: Climate change will hit third-world economies hardest

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Guest: Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics author

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GM rethinks the car business

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Guest: Stephen Dubner, "Freakonomics" author

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