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Stephen J. Dubner

Stephen is the host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author of the Freakonomics books, which have won many awards and sold millions of copies around the world.

The eighth and last child of an upstate New York newspaperman, Stephen 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. In addition to the Freakonomics series, he is the author of Turbulent Souls (Choosing My Religion), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, and the children’s book The Boy With Two Belly Buttons. He lives in New York City.

Steven D. Levitt

Steve is the host of People I (Mostly) Admire and co-author of the Freakonomics books, which have won many awards and sold millions of copies around the world.

He is also the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he directs the RISC Center (Radical Innovation for Social Change). He has been named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World,” and is a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal winner, which recognizes the most outstanding U.S. economist under age 40. Steve received his B.A. from Harvard in 1989 and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1994 (both in economics), and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1997.

Angela Duckworth

Angela is host of No Stupid Questions and co-founder of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a No. 1 New York Times best seller. With over 23.6 million views, Angela’s TED talk of the same name is among the most-viewed of all time. 

A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Angela has advised the World Bank, N.B.A. and N.F.L. teams, and Fortune 500 C.E.O.s. In 1993, prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for underserved children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher at public schools in New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard University and an M.Sc. with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike Maughan

Mike Maughan is host of No Stupid Questions and president of the Chairman’s Office at Qualtrics, the leader in experience management. He is also a partner at Smith Entertainment Group, the parent company of the NBA’s Utah Jazz among many other sports and entertainment related properties. Mike co-founded 5 For The Fight, a global foundation raising funds for cancer research and also serves as president of the Utah Jazz Foundation. Mike received his BA from Brigham Young University, earned an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and an MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is an aspiring surfer, average cyclist, and decent hiker. He lives in Utah.

Zachary Crockett

Zachary is the host of The Economics of Everyday Things. He’s reported on business and technology for 10 years, with an interest in exploring the extraordinary in the ordinary. Most recently, he created and wrote The Hustle’s Sunday newsletter, where he broke down the economics of things like vending machines, rare aquarium fish, and all-you-can-eat buffets. He also served as the anchor host of The Hustle Daily Show podcast. Prior to that, he was a reporter at Vox and a staff writer at Priceonomics. He has co-authored two books (Everything Is Bullshit; Hipster Business Models), optioned numerous stories for film and television, and — in the distant past — played guitar in a swamp rock band. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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