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The Gun Debate: Too Much Emotion, Not Enough Data?

Stephen J. Dubner of Freakonomics fame thinks the United States would benefit from a National Firearms Safety Administration to collate firearms data, similar to how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration handles transportation data.

What Drug Dealers Can Learn From Walgreens, with Stephen J. Dubner

Author Stephen J. Dubner analyzes the economics of drug dealing in the most Freakonomics way possible, comparing the capitalist tendencies of Walgreens with your friendly neighborhood gang of crack dealers.

Your Country Might Work Better If The Politicians Were Better Paid

Never a stranger to offbeat or unconventional wisdom, Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner explains why it's beneficial to pay politicians a high amount of money to encourage good behavior.

When to Rob a Bank, with Freakonomics’ Stephen J. Dubner

No, Stephen J. Dubner doesn't actually endorse bank robbery. What he does endorse is amusing deconstructions of cultural acts or items — robbing banks, for instance — and analyzing data to stumble upon intriguing observations.

Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner on Why We Love Cheating in Sports

Deflategate. A-Rod. Drama erupts anytime the American public suspects our star athletes of cheating. But is the drama just an extension of the sport?