Stephen J. Dubner

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known as co-author of the “Freakonomics” book series, which have sold more than 7 million copies in 40 languages.  Dubner is also the host of the Freakonomics Radio podcast, which gets 6 million downloads a month. He has written three other books including a children’s book (“The Boy With Two Belly Buttons”) and was host of the Emmy-nominated “Football Freakonomics” on the NFL Network. The eighth and last child of an upstate New York newspaperman, Dubner has been writing since he was a child. (His first published work appeared in Highlights magazine.) As an undergraduate at Appalachian State University, he started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records. He ultimately quit playing music to earn an M.F.A. in writing at Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. He was an editor and writer at New York magazine and The New York Times before quitting to write books. He is happy he did so. He lives in New York with his wife, documentary photographer Ellen Binder, and their two delicious children.


Host Information

Question of the Day

Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonderful, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day. The answers await you every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Guest Appearances

Stephen J. Dubner of Question of the Day and Freakonomics Radio

The Wolf Den #102March 31, 2016

As a widely respected journalist, best-selling author and creator/host of one of the most popular podcasts—Freakonomics Radio--Stephen Dubner is in a unique position to analyze the state of podcasting. He joins Adam to tackle this and other meaty topics like journalistic standards, the…


Question of the Day Live!

Earwolf Presents #36February 22, 2016

Three times a week, Stephen Dubner and James Altucher ask and (attempt to) answer the 'Question of the Day'. Topics have included "Does Marketing Pay Off?", "Can Money Really Buy Happiness?", and "Why Work a Nine-To-Six Job?".   In January, the guys…

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