Stephen Dubner

Rationing toward sensible health care

For health care to work in America, experts say that patients need to accept less care, and providers need to earn less money.

Climate change and third-world economies

The selfish act of altruism

Global Politics

The price of food has a human cost

The World

Freakonomics: The Movie!

The World

SuperFreakonomics: questioning football helmets

What would happen if the helmets meant to protect football players’ heads were removed from the game? SuperFreakonomics’ co-author Stephen Dubner reports on the surprising outcomes, with safeguards and incentives included, of course.

The World

SuperFreakonomics on altruism

People (and economists) have long thought that humans have a basic inclination toward altruism. Stephen Dubner tells the story of how this was called into question and how studies complicate the picture of what motivates human beings.

The World

Study says workplace ethics up during recession

Global Politics

Our contributor Beth Kobliner brings in a new 6-year survey out today which says people are behaving more ethically at work while the economy is slow. Stephen Dubner is skeptical, however, that people reliably self-report their own ethics practices.

The World

SuperFreakonomics on global warming


Stephen Dubner joins us to explain and defend the Freakonomics approach to global warming: reject the idea that reducing carbon emissions should be the sole focus for addressing global warming, and dive into an array of bold ideas for ‘geoengineering.’

The World

SuperFreakonomics on health care costs

Arts, Culture & Media

Stephen Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books joins us all this week. We’ll ask him what motivates the questions he asks in his new book. Today’s topic is health care costs and the impact of ‘all-you-can-eat’ insurance plans.