Features By Stephen Dubner

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Freakonomics Radio: Gov't workers gone wild

The "Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure" catalogs the fiscal, sexual, and mental lapses of federal workers -- all with an eye toward preventing the next big mistake.
Posted In: defense department, Pentagon, DEA
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Freakonomics: Can the McDouble save humanity?

An argument for why the McDonald's burger is the "cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history."
Posted In: McDonald's, big mac, Food
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Why family and business don’t mix: Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner has yet another reason to blame your parents for pretty much everything.
Posted In: family business
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Freakonomics Radio: Baby, you can program my (driverless) car

Freakonomics takes a ride in a driverless car and looks at how they'll change technology on the outside.
Posted In: auto industry, Tech, driverless cars
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It's crowded at the top: Freakonomics Radio

The hidden side the unemployment numbers? Folks with advanced degrees are climbing down the ladder.
Posted In: Education, Unemployment, Jobs
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Help wanted: No smokers need apply (Map)

In many states, it is perfectly legal to not hire someone who smokes. Should employers also be able to weed out junk-food lovers or motorcyclists -- or anyone who wants to have a baby?
Posted In: cigarettes
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The Tax Man Nudgeth: Freakonomics

April 15 is less than two weeks away and Stephen Dubner has found some new ways to convince Americans to pay their taxes.
Posted In: IRS, Taxes
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How much TV money does March Madness make?

The N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament begins this week. Last year, the tournament earned its highest TV ratings in 18 years, while taking in more than $1 billion in revenue from ads. But Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio wondered if CBS and Turner aren't making enough.
Posted In: NCAA, March Madness, business of sports, Super Bowl, Super Bowl commercials
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When negative is positive: Freakonomics on feedback

Sure, we all like to hear compliments. But if you’re truly looking to get better at something, criticism is what will get you there.
Posted In: freakonomics, psychology
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Freakonomics: Doing a U-turn on the gas tax

The gas tax helps pay for our roads; and we’re not collecting as much money as we need.
Posted In: gas prices, gasoline, fuel efficiency

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