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Stephen Dubner

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Think Like a Child (Rebroadcast)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When it comes to generating ideas and asking questions it can be really fruitful to have the mentality of an eight year old.

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Nate Silver Says: “Everyone Is Kind of Weird”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

America's favorite statistical guru answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions, and more.

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Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It may seem like winning a valuable diamond is an unalloyed victory. It's not. It's not even clear that a diamond is so valuable.

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How Many Doctors Does It Take to Start a Healthcare Revolution?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The practice of medicine has been subsumed by the business of medicine. This is great news for healthcare shareholders -- and bad news for pretty much everyone else.

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How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A lot of the conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that.

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The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

If you are driving and kill a pedestrian, there's a good chance you'll barely be punished. Why?

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What You Don’t Know About Online Dating (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thick markets, thin markets, and the triumph of attributes over compatibility.

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When Willpower Isn’t Enough

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sure, we all want to make good personal decisions, but it doesn't always work out. That's where "temptation bundling" comes in.

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This Idea Must Die

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Every year, Edge.org asks its salon of big thinkers to answer one big question. This year's question borders on heresy: what scientific idea is ready for retirement?

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The Maddest Men of All

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Advertisers have always been adept at manipulating our emotions. Now they're using behavioral economics to get even better.

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Hacking the World Bank

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jim Yong Kim has an unorthodox background for a World Bank president -- and his reign thus far is just as unorthodox.

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Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The White House is hosting an anti-terror summit next week. Summits being what they are, we try to offer some useful advice.

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How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

It's a centerpiece of U.S. climate policy and a sacred cow among environmentalists. Does it work?

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How Safe Is Your Job?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?

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Someone Else’s Acid Trip

Thursday, January 22, 2015

As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.

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That’s a Great Question!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Verbal tic or strategic rejoinder? Whatever the case: it’s rare to come across an interview these days where at least one question isn’t a “great” one.

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Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Influenza kills, but you’d never know it by how few of us get the vaccine.

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What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.

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What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?

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Time to Take Back the Toilet

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?

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