Stephen J. Dubner

Host, Freakonomics Radio

Stephen J. Dubner appears in the following:

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 ...


The NFL's Best Real Estate Isn't For Sale. Yet.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The NFL is very good at making money. So why on earth doesn't it sell ad space on the one piece of real estate that football fans can’t help but see: the players themselves? The explanation is trickier than you might think. It has to do with Peyton Manning, with ...


Who Stole All the Runs in Major League Baseball?

Thursday, October 07, 2010

It was a pretty good baseball season -- especially if you're a fan of the Yankees, Rays, Twins, Rangers, Reds, Braves, Phillies, or Giants, all of whom made the playoffs. But the post-season just opened with a telling event, a no-hitter pitched by the Phillies' Roy Halladay, which shows what's ...


Freakonomics: The Movie!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Since its publication in 2005, millions of people have read "Freakonomics." The best selling book, written by economist Steven Levitt and New York Times reporter Stephen Dubner, examines pop culture and everyday life through the economic lens of incentives. The result was unexpectedly funny and popular enough to have spawned a newly emerging media empire, including Freakonomics Radio and "Freakonomics: The Movie."


Why the World Cup Is an Economist's Dream

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Steve Levitt talks about why the center cannot hold in penalty kicks, why a running track hurts home-field advantage, and why the World Cup is an economist's dream.


How Is a Bad Radio Station Like Our Public-School System?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, we explore a way to make 1.1 million schoolkids feel like they have 1.1 million teachers.


Faking It

Monday, April 12, 2010

Do you "fake it"? If so, you're hardly alone. In this episode, you'll hear how everyone from the President of the United States to a kosher-keeping bacon lover lives in a state of fallen grace. All the time. And gets by.


What Would the World Look Like if Economists Were in Charge?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In this episode we speculate what would happen if economists got to run the world. Hear from a high-end call girl; an Estonian who ran his country according to the gospel of Milton Friedman; and a guy who wants to start building new nations in the middle of the ocean.


Is America's Obesity Epidemic For Real?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Americans keep putting on pounds. So is it time for a cheeseburger tax? Or would a chill pill be the best medicine? In this episode, we explore the underbelly of fat through the eyes of a 280-pound woman, a top White House doctor, and a couple of overweight academics.


The Dangers of Safety

Friday, February 05, 2010

What do NASCAR drivers, Glenn Beck and the hit men of the NFL have in common?

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The SuperFreakonomics of Terrorism and Profiling

Thursday, January 07, 2010

In the wake of attempted and successful suicide bombings on an airplane and at a CIA base, American attention is riveted on how to identify potential terrorists and cope with the cost...


SuperFreakonomics: Questioning Football Helmets

Friday, November 20, 2009

This year’s football season … full of exciting games and undefeated teams ... is also unfolding amidst concerns over head injuries to players. But what would happen if the helmets mea...

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SuperFreakonomics on Car Seats

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Seat belts are a simple technology; they have saved many lives since their introduction in the 1950s.  Since then, however, concern over protecting children in traffic accidents has l...

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SuperFreakonomics on Altruism

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

People (and economists) have long thought that humans have a basic inclination toward altruism: toward helping one another without thinking of a reward. Stephen Dubner, co-author of "...

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Study Says Workplace Ethics Up During Recession

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our contributor Beth Kobliner brings in a new 6-year survey out today from The Ethics Resource Center, which says people are behaving more ethically at work while the economy is slow....


The SuperFreakonomics Approach to Cooling the Planet

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The new "SuperFreakonomics" book has attracted some passionate criticism from climate scientists and a community of writers, researchers and scholars for a chapter on global warming. ...

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SuperFreakonomics on Health Care Costs

Monday, November 16, 2009

Our friend Stephen Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books and the Freakonomics blog at The New York Times, joins us all this week. We'll ask him what motivates the questions he a...



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner ask unexpected questions to challenge the way we think by looking at the hidden sides of things. Their new book SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, is a follow-up to their first book, Freakonomics. Read ...

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Truth, Data and the Delivery Room: A Freakonomics Report

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A few decades before doctors understood basic germ theory, a curious process played out in 19th-century Austria. At the time, doctors were trying to find the cause of a deadly fever s...

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