Features by Stephen Dubner

Freakonomics: Why crime continues to fall during a bad economy

Conventional wisdom says a bad economy leads to increased crime. But Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt tell us why that's not true.
Posted In: Crime

Freakonomics: Where have all the hitchhikers gone?

Besides the fear of an axe murderer, there are valid reasons why hitchhiking has died off. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses those reasons and tells us why you should care.
Posted In: Transportation

Freakonomics: Preventing a hurricane

We know what causes hurricanes and how to deal with their symptoms, but not actually how to prevent the storms from happening in the first place. An invention firm may have come up with a 'hurricane vaccine.'
Posted In: Environment

Freakonomics: Fetal genetic testing raises big questions

Freakonomics correspondent Stephen Dubner explains the unexpected consequences of predetermining your baby's genetics.
Posted In: Health

Freakonomics: Why are we so bad at predicting the future?

People make a lot of money making predictions, so why are they so rarely right? Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about accountability in fortune telling.

Freakonomics: How does a company bounce back after controversy?

Bad things happen in business. So how do firms bounce back and keep reputations intact?
Posted In: Food

Freakonomics: When it's good to quit

Society often considers quitting as failure, but Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner argues we should think more about the upsides to giving up.
Posted In: Sports

Freakonomics: Why bounty hunters catch more fugitives than police officers

Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses the difference between bounty hunters and police officers that really matters when it comes to catching fugitives.
Posted In: Crime

Freakonomics: Saving the environment, or just showing off?

Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about the idea of "conspicuous conservation," where people indulge in certain earth-saving acts as a way to show off that they care about the environment, and in turn, benefit socially.
Posted In: Environment

Freakonomics: Better education through improved eyesight

How researchers raised test scores in rural China with the help of new specs for every kid in need.
Posted In: Education


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