People I (Mostly) Admire

By Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

Steve Levitt, the iconoclastic University of Chicago economist and co-author of the Freakonomics book series, tracks down other high achievers and asks questions that only he would think to ask. Guests include all-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, WNBA champion Sue Bird, Operation Warp Speed chief Moncef Slaoui, and neuroscientist/actress Mayim Bialik. People I (Mostly) Admire is a production of the Freakonomics Radio Network. 

  1. 1.
    37. Sendhil Mullainathan Thinks Messing Around is the Best Use of Your Time
    52:09
  2. 2.
    36. How Rahm Emanuel Would Run the World
    42:30
  3. 3.
    35. David Epstein Knows Something About Almost Everything
    50:55
  4. 4.
    34. Maya Shankar Is Changing People’s Behavior — and Her Own
    45:26
  5. 5.
    33. Travis Tygart Is Coming for Cheaters — Just Ask Lance Armstrong
    45:41
  6. 6.
    32. Angela Duckworth Explains How to Manage Your Goal Hierarchy
    51:06
  7. 7.
    31. Peter Leeson on Why Trial-by-Fire Wasn’t Barbaric and Why Pirates Were Democratic
    46:09
  8. 8.
    30. Dambisa Moyo Says Foreign Aid Can’t Solve Problems, but Maybe Corporations Can
    44:02
  1. 9.
    29. Bruce Friedrich Thinks There’s a Better Way to Eat Meat
    45:39
  2. 10.
    28. Professor Carl Hart Argues All Drugs Should Be Legal — Can He Convince Steve?
    44:59
  3. 11.
    27. Daniel Kahneman on Why Our Judgment is Flawed — and What to Do About It
    44:05
  4. 12.
    26. Memory Champion Nelson Dellis Helps Steve Train His Brain
    35:46
  5. 13.
    25. Sam Harris: “Spirituality Is a Loaded Term.”
    43:05
  6. 14.
    Nathan Myhrvold: “I Am Interested in Lots of Things, and That's Actually a Bad Strategy.” (Episode 6 Rebroadcast)
    49:36
  7. 15.
    24. Amaryllis Fox: “What Does This New Version of Mutually Assured Destruction Look Like?”
    58:23
  8. 16.
    23. Greg Norman & Mark Broadie: Why Golf Beats an Orgasm and Why Data Beats Everything
    42:30
  9. 17.
    22. Sal Khan: “If It Works for 15 Cousins, It Could Work for a Billion People.”
    44:18
  10. 18.
    21. Pete Docter: “What If Monsters Really Do Exist?”
    43:42
  11. 19.
    20. John Donohue: “I'm Frequently Called a Treasonous Enemy of the Constitution.”
    38:44
  12. 20.
    19. Marina Nitze: “If You Googled ‘Business Efficiency Consultant,’ I Was the Only Result.”
    38:03
  13. 21.
    18. Robert Sapolsky: “I Don’t Think We Have Any Free Will Whatsoever.”
    41:55
  14. 22.
    17. Emily Oster: “I Am a Woman Who Is Prominently Discussing Vaginas.”
    42:25
  15. 23.
    16. Joshua Jay: “Humans Are So, So Easy to Fool.”
    42:18
  16. 24.
    15. Tim Harford: “If You Can Make Sure You're Not An Idiot, You've Done Well.”
    42:59
  17. 25.
    14. Yul Kwon (Part 2): “Hey, Do You Have Any Bright Ideas?”
    29:52
  18. 26.
    13. Yul Kwon: “Don't Try to Change Yourself All at Once.”
    35:13
  19. 27.
    12. Sue Bird: “You Have to Pay the Superstars.”
    40:25
  20. 28.
    11. Paul Romer: “I Figured Out How to Get Myself Fired From the World Bank.”
    34:10
  21. 29.
    10. Suzanne Gluck: “I'm a Person Who Can Convince Other People to Do Things”
    36:11
  22. 30.
    9. Moncef Slaoui: "It’s Unfortunate That It Takes a Crisis for This to Happen"
    36:36
  23. 31.
    8. Peter Attia: “I Definitely Lost a Lot of IQ Points That Day”
    38:25
  24. 32.
    7. Caverly Morgan: "I Am Not This Voice. I Am Not This Narrative."
    38:39
  25. 33.
    6. Nathan Myhrvold: “I Am Interested in Lots of Things, and That's Actually a Bad Strategy”
    47:30
  26. 34.
    5. Susan Wojcicki: “Hey, Let’s Go Buy YouTube!”
    30:36
  27. 35.
    Steve Levitt: “I'm Not as Childlike as I'd Like to Be” (Bonus Episode)
    38:21
  28. 36.
    4. Ken Jennings: “Don’t Neglect the Thing That Makes You Weird”
    42:18
  29. 37.
    3. Kerwin Charles: “One Does Not Know Where an Insight Will Come From”
    39:29
  30. 38.
    2. Mayim Bialik: “I Started Crying When I Realized How Beautiful the Universe Is”
    45:27
  31. 39.
    1. Steven Pinker: "I Manage My Controversy Portfolio Carefully”
    42:24
  32. 40.
    Introducing “People I (Mostly) Admire”
    4:46

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