"Freakonomics" Author to Speak in Tampa Tonight

"Freakonomics" co-author Stephen Dubner, who will speak at the Tampa Theater on Feb. 16th
TAMPA (2012-2-16) -

School teachers, sumo wrestlers, politicians and drug dealers may be just some of the topics discussed when Stephen Dubner, co-author of the "Freakonomics" book series, speaks at the Tampa Theater tonight.

As listeners to such WUSF programs as "Marketplace" know, “Freakonomics” takes on economic issues and pop culture in a sometimes off-beat manner, looking at such topics as if what you name your child can affect what kind of life they'll have or if sumo wrestlers conspire to determine who will win a match. Dubner and co-author, economist Steven D. Levitt, take data and present it in a way to uncover answers to simple, everyday questions about society.

Dubner's appearance is presented by USF Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Faculty, USF Office of the Provost, USF College of Arts and Sciences and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

He'll speak tonight (February 16) at 6:30 at the Tampa Theatre at 711 North Franklin Street in downtown Tampa. The event is free and open to the public, and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dubner will also sign copies of his books following the event.

To hear Dubner's interview with WUSF 89.7's Mark Schreiner, click on the full audio link below, and to hear more from Dubner, including his thoughts on the role the economy will play in the 2012 Presidential election, click on the "Listen Now" link at the top of this page.

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