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. 


Stephen J. Dubner

Comments [11]


Mr. Dubner himself states that his "thesis" about fraternal relationships is based purely on anecdote, with absolutely no empirical data to support it. This segment just trivializes two horrific incidents.

Apr. 25 2013 10:15 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Thanks !!! I'm flattered.
Yes, I know that side of Andrew Sullivan and that whole history. But, I always give him credit because his sober view of terrorism is the one island of sanity in his world view. In fact, my wife and I hosted a dinner for him after 9-11 because he was courageous enough to criticize the rest of his cohort.
Will check out McGee.

Apr. 25 2013 06:30 PM

Correction: "...WRITTEN by a blogger..."

Apr. 25 2013 01:40 PM

***Attn.: Martin Chuzzlewit***

I replied to you in a thread from Tuesday, referring you to a post about Andrew Sullivan, writer by a blogger whom I think you will appreciate:

Apr. 25 2013 01:36 PM

What an excellent, excellent way to approach such tragedy. This does so much for an intelligent discourse that can actually mean something to cause and effect. I was totally influenced by my older brother, due to a detached father. He meant everything to me and pushed me away from very bad social influences. He was there for me, guiding me into analytical thought, literature, poetry, music and social justice - god, what a wonderful influence.

I lost him to alcoholism but he was a major influence during the developmental years.

Sometimes the influence can clearly go in the opposite direction, as dramatically as it went in the right direction for me. Intimate influence is powerful beyond the imagination.

Apr. 25 2013 10:57 AM
Tony from Canarsie

I'd love to hear you ask Rudy Giuliani if he'd turn in anyone in his family, namely his father and uncle.

Apr. 25 2013 10:55 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

HOW CLEVER OF BRIAN AND WNYC to dredge up a discussion of one of the TWO "white guy" terrorists in the last 30 years.... to remind people that, despite 17 intercepted (or not) attempts since 9-11 by murderous Islamic nuts to kill us, we need to remember McVeigh and big Ted. Those TWO are the LEFT'S "go-to" evidence that years of daily murders under the name of Allah around the world are just to be ignored.

Nice try, Brian.
Keep shilling for the murderers.

Apr. 25 2013 10:55 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Wasn't the Unabomber driven (at least partially) crazy by the outrageous treatment of one of his psych professors while in Harvard?

I think he was made the subject of a 'shunning' and (unfortunately for the rest of us) it pushed him outside of societal norms where he stayed.

Apr. 25 2013 10:54 AM
aaron from St George

I am the oldest, and have been often surprised at how much weight my opinions and ramblings have on my younger siblings. It would never occur to me to listen to anyone else's opinion without a huge pile of salt thrown on top of it. But then again maybe that because i am the eldest..

Apr. 25 2013 10:54 AM

why does media wish to add to the infamy of criminals ??

Apr. 25 2013 10:46 AM
Jon from Manhattan

In the recent wake of the tragic bombing in Boston this frivolous topic while snarky and ironic is oh so unnecessary. Who dreams up these programs anyway?

Apr. 25 2013 10:05 AM

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