Ep. 20 Stephen Dubner: How to Think Like a Freak

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  • 05/16/2014
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Stephen Dubner, author of Freakonomics, joins The James Altucher Show.
This week, James asked one of his favorite guests, Stephen Dubner, to join the show and talk about his newest book, Think Like a Freak.
 
Just like his previous bestseller, Freakonomics, you'll hear James and Stephen talk about how his new book also infuses the power of storytelling... If you don't already know the secret purpose, you'll hear it here!
 
Stephen's newest book gives practical advice on how to think outside of the box and how to solve problems from an economic perspective.
 
He explains to our listeners that "in order for a piece of writing to be successful, you have to be really good at both logic and rhetoric."
 
What Stephen has to share will certainly have your idea-muscle breaking a sweat...
 
His recipe for greatness is revealed. and you'll get incredibly valuable behind-the-scenes knowledge.
 
Get ready, because once again, James has found another completely unconventional guest to deliver priceless knowledge and information that you just can't get anywhere else!
 
It's rare to come across an individual that sees the world so differently than anyone else.
 
Here is where you will learn how to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally, and most importantly, a bit unusual...
 
Do you have what it takes to Think Like a Freak?

This Episode's Guest

Stephen Dubner

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Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known for writing, along with the economist Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics (2005) and SuperFreakonomics (2009), which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages.
 
Dubner is also the author of Turbulent Souls/Choosing My Religion (1998), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (2003), and the children's book The Boy With Two Belly Buttons (2007). His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and others.
 
Freakonomics, published in April 2005, was an instant international best-seller and cultural phenomenon. It made numerous "books of the year" lists, a few "books of the decade" lists, and won a variety of awards, including the inaugural Quill Award, a BookSense Book of the Year Award, and a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education. It was also named a Notable Book by the New York Times. SuperFreakonomics, published in 2009, was published to similar acclaim, and also became an international best-seller.
 
The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film, and a public-radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Dubner hosts. He has also appeared widely on television, including a three-year stint on ABC News as a Freakonomics contributor. He also appeared on the reality show Beauty and the Geek. Alas, he played neither beauty nor geek.
 
Dubner's first book, Turbulent Souls, was also named a Notable Book, and was a finalist for the Koret National Jewish Book Award. It was republished in 2006 under a new title, Choosing My Religion, and is currently being developed as a film.
 
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, which landed him in New York City. 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, the documentary photographer Ellen Binder, and their two delicious children.