Stephen Dubner

Global Politics

Bad bank, good idea?

The Obama administration is considering the creation of a 'bad bank' to buy up billions in so-called toxic assets. We're taking an in-depth look at this seemingly counter intuitive proposal ? a proposal that could cost in excess of $2 trillion.

Global Politics

Nothing to fear, maybe

In the context of the New Year's Day bombings in Aspen and the Muslim family who were removed from a commercial flight, Stephen Dubner joins John and Adaora to explain why the things we fear the most are simply irrational.

Global Politics

What if economists ran the White House?

An American president's economic advisers are arguably the most influential group of financial policymakers in the world. So why is that team so often free of high-regarded economists? 'Freakonomics' co-author Stephen Dubner joins the program.