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Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. Dubner is best known for being the co-author of the book Freakonomics, which contains the eccentric ideas of unconventional economist Steven Levitt. Dubner's first published work was in the American children's magazine Highlights for Kids. Dubner received a scholarship from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and graduated in 1984. In Appalachian, he formed a band, The Right Profile, which was signed for Arista Records. In 1988, he stopped playing music to focus more on writing, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University (1990), where he also taught in the English Department. In the 1990s, Dubner was a story editor in The New York Times Magazine.
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