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Stephen Dubner

Stephen J. Dubner (born August 26, 1963) is an American journalist who has written seven books and numerous articles. Dubner is best known as co-author (with economist Steven Levitt) of the pop-economics book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, and its sequels, SuperFreakonomics (2009), Think Like a Freak (2014), and When to Rob a Bank (2015).
Recent episodes featuring Stephen Dubner
385. What Do Nancy Pelosi, Taylor Swift, and Serena Williams Have in Common?
Episode of
Freakonomics Radio
They — along with a great many other high-achieving women — were all once Girl Scouts. So was Sylvia Acevedo. Raised in a poor, immigrant family, she was told that “girls like her” didn’t go to college. But she did, and then became a rocket scientist and tech executive. Now she’s C.E.O. of the very organization she credits with shaping her life. Acevedo tells us how the Girl Scouts are trying to stay relevant, why they’re suing the Boy Scouts, and how they sell so many cookies.
384. Abortion and Crime, Revisited
Episode of
Freakonomics Radio
The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.
173. A Better Way to Eat (Rebroadcast)
Episode of
Freakonomics Radio
Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?
383. The Zero-Minute Workout
Episode of
Freakonomics Radio
There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic the effects of working out, why wouldn’t we want to take it?
382. How Goes the Behavior-Change Revolution?
Episode of
Freakonomics Radio
An all-star team of behavioral scientists discovers that humans are stubborn (and lazy, and sometimes dumber than dogs). We also hear about binge drinking, humblebragging, and regrets. Recorded live in Philadelphia with guests including Richard Thaler, Angela Duckworth, Katy Milkman, and Tom Gilovich.
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Birthdate
Aug 26th, 1963
Location
New York, NY, USA
Episode Count
853
Podcast Count
9
Total Airtime
1 week, 6 days