No Stupid Questions

By Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

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Stephen Dubner (co-author of the Freakonomics book series) and research psychologist Angela Duckworth (author of Grit) really like to ask people questions, and came to believe there’s no such thing as a stupid one. So they made a podcast where they can ask each other as many “stupid questions” as they want. New episodes each week. No Stupid Questions is a production of the Freakonomics Radio Network. 

Episode Date
24. Why Do We Forget So Much of What We’ve Read?
Also: do we overestimate or underestimate our significance in other people’s lives?  See for privacy information.
Oct 25, 2020
23. Is It Wrong to Crave Praise?
Also: should everyone have their own trauma score? See for privacy information.
Oct 18, 2020
22. Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use?
Also: how is social media like a knife? See for privacy information.
Oct 11, 2020
21. How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt.
Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy? See for privacy information.
Oct 04, 2020
20. Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?
Also: what is the meaning of life? See for privacy information.
Sep 27, 2020
19. Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?
Also: how do you know if you have a “bad personality”?  See for privacy information.
Sep 20, 2020
18. How Do You Raise a “Likable” Kid?
Also: what’s so great about friendship? See for privacy information.
Sep 13, 2020
17. How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’?
Also: is it better to be a thinker, a doer, or a charmer? See for privacy information.
Sep 06, 2020
16. What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented?
Also: how does a cook become a chef? With Gabrielle Hamilton.  See for privacy information.
Aug 30, 2020
15. How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control?
Also: why do we procrastinate?
Aug 23, 2020
14. Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?
Also: what is the best question you’ve ever been asked in a job interview?
Aug 16, 2020
13. How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?
Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?
Aug 09, 2020
12. Does “As If” Thinking Really Work?
Also: how effective is the placebo effect?
Aug 03, 2020
11. Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?
Also: why do we habituate to life’s greatest pleasures?
Jul 27, 2020
10. Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?
Also: are the most memorable stories less likely to be true? 
Jul 20, 2020
9. Why Is It So Hard to Be Alone With Our Thoughts?
Also: how do you avoid screwing up your kids?
Jul 13, 2020
8. Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead?
Also: how does a comedian cope with tragedy? With Eugene Mirman.
Jul 06, 2020
7. How Do You Handle Criticism?
Also: is it better to send a congratulatory note to someone who deserves it or a condolence note to someone who needs it?
Jun 29, 2020
6. Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?
Also: should we all have personal mission statements?
Jun 22, 2020
5. What Do Tom Sawyer and the Founder of Duolingo Have in Common?
Also: is there such a thing as too much science? With special guest Luis von Ahn.
Jun 15, 2020
4. Does All Creativity Come From Pain?
Also: is life precious because it’s finite?
Jun 08, 2020
3. What Does It Mean to Be a “Hard Worker”?
Also: how does age affect happiness?
Jun 01, 2020
2. What is the Optimal Way to Be Angry?
Also: why do we treat pets better than people?
May 25, 2020
1. Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake?
Also: why can't humans handle uncertainty already?
May 18, 2020
Introducing "No Stupid Questions"
Stephen Dubner, the host of Freakonomics Radio, and Angela Duckworth, the psychologist and author of Grit, explore the weird and wonderful ways in which humans behave. In each episode, they take turns asking each other questions, with conversations ranging from friendship and parenting to immortality and whether dogs are better than people. No Stupid Questions permieres May 18th.
Apr 24, 2020