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  1. Stephen J. Dubner | SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

    Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner spent more than two years on the New York Times Best Sellers list and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. The book offered surprising insights into hot-button issues like cheating, crime, parenting, and class consciousness, in a compelling and readable style. Now, with SuperFreakonomics, the "rogue economist” and the award-winning journalist delve into the hidden agendas of all kinds of individuals, and the incentives that drive them. Featuring: Stephen J. Dubner is an author and journalist, formerly a writer and editor for The New York Times Magazine. The author’s Freakonomics blog on the New York Times website receives more than 1 million unique hits each month.

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  2. Harper Audio Presents Stephen Dubner

    Stephen Dubner talks about how the life of musician held less appeal than the life of a writer – (and what other pursuits he considered in addition to writing), his first book Choosing Your Religion, and how he selected the 133 pieces that make up When to Rob a Bank.

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  3. Episode 7: Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics

    Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known for writing, along with the economist Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics (2005), SuperFreakonomics (2009), and Think Like a Freak (2014), which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages.In this podcast, we discuss dozens of topics, including: his writing process, religion, how to "think like freak," parenting, favorite documentaries, and much, much more.Show notes and more at Just search "Dubner"Enjoy!


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  4. AirTalk | ‘Freakonomics’ co-author’s warped suggestions on cheating, guns and more | 89.3 KPCC

    “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” “When to rob a bank.” “More sex please, we’re economists.”

    These are among the provocatively comic chapter titles from the newest book of economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner.

    In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the best-selling layman’s guide to wacky ‘Freakonomics,’ the book is a compilation of 131 blog posts from their website With rants ranging from criticizing the penny to advocating for internet poker, these authors make it clear that they know how to think like a freak.

    If you have kept up with Freakonomics through the book series or various media, what are some of your favorite theories? Do you have an odd economic theory that explains a social phenomenon?


    Stephen J. Dubner, co-author with Steven D. Levitt of “When to Rob a Bank…And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants” (William Morrow, 2015). Dubner and Levitt also hosts Freakonomics Radio and the site

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  5. Longform : Episode 141: Stephen J. Dubner

    Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics. Their latest book, When to Rob a Bank, came out last week.

    “I’ve abandoned more books than I’ve written, which I’m happy about. I’m very pro-quitting. We get preached this idea that if you quit something, if you don’t see something through to completion then you’re a loser, you’re a failure. I just think that’s a crazy way to look at things. But it’s also easy to overlook opportunity costs. Like, what could I be doing instead?”

    Thanks to this week’s sponsors: TinyLetter, HP Matter, The Great Courses, and Aspiration.

    Show Notes:

    Dubner on Longform

    [2:00] "The Desert Blues" (Joshua Hammer • The Atavist Magazine • May 2015)

    [3:00] When to Rob a Bank (with Steven D. Levitt • William Morrow • May 2015)

    [11:00] "When Numbers Solve a Mystery" (Steven Landsburg • The Wall Street Journal • Apr 2005)

    [13:00] "Do Parents Matter?" (with Steven D. Levitt • USA Today • May 2005)

    [13:00] "The Probability That a Real-Estate Agent Is Cheating You (and Other Riddles of Modern Life)" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2003)

    [16:00] "Steven the Good" (New York Times Magazine • Feb 1999)

    [16:00] Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief (Harper Perennial • 2006)

    [25:00] Freakonomics: The Movie (Magnolia Pictures • 2010)

    [42:00] Freakonomics Radio

    [43:00] "I’m Stephen Dubner, Co-Author of Freakonomics, and This Is How I Work" (Lifehacker • Sep 2014)

    [44:00] "Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast" (Freakonomics • Oct 2014)


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  6. Authors@Google | Steven J. Dubner | When to Rob a Bank

    Steven J. Dubner joined us in the Google London office to talk about his new book When to Rob a Bank.

    Why don’t flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?

    Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Now the very best of this writing has been carefully curated into one volume, the perfect solution for the millions of readers who love all things Freakonomics.

    Discover why taller people tend to make more money; why it’s so hard to predict the Kentucky Derby winner; and why it might be time for a sex tax (if not a fat tax). You’ll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner’s own quirks and passions. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, Freaks and Friends demonstrates the brilliance that has made their books an international sensation.

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  7. Joseph Priestley And ‘The Invention Of Air’

    Author Steven Johnson’s new book, The Invention of Air, is, on the one hand, a supple examination of the man largely credited with the discovery of oxygen. On the other, it’s a subtle reminder of the intellectual glories of bygone days when great thinkers mastered numerous fields, not merely one.

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