Features by Stephen Dubner

Closing the gender gap in patent filing

Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner on one scientifically-proven way that helps women embrace risk.
Posted In: innovation, gender gap, patents, Science, engineering

Does the president actually influence the economy?

Believe it or not, there's nearly no relationship between the U.S. president and the economy, no matter who it is.
Posted In: president

The hidden side of keeping employee morale high

Freakonomics Radio takes a look at alternative indicators of office morale, and the unintended consequences when companies try to keep employees happy.
Posted In: employees, office behavior, morale

The unintended consequences of the recession

The decline in smoking among Americans may have contributed to rising obesity levels -- could the recession also be affecting people’s waistlines?
Posted In: smoking, cigarettes, weight

Tackling old football myths

That old adage about defense winning the game? Not true.
Posted In: American Football, football, Super Bowl

Does money buy elections?

Conventional wisdom says the candidate who raises the most money is likely to get the most votes. But is that really true?
Posted In: 2012 election, campaign spending, fundraising, politics

Friends don't let friends walk drunk

We all know that drunk driving kills. But research shows, so does walking drunk.
Posted In: drunk walking, drinking

How political history influences what's on your plate

What do Prohibition, World War II and immigration policy have to do with your food? Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses reasons why American food is what it is today.
Posted In: Food, World War II, Prohibition

When it comes to charitable giving, what works?

Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses strategies to get people to give.
Posted In: Charity, philanthropy

Your Thanksgiving turkey is probably a product of artificial insemination

Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses why the turkey industry is built around artificial insemination.
Posted In: turkey, Thanksgiving


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