No Stupid Questions

By Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

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. 

  1. 1.
    51. What Separates Humans From Other Animals?
    37:22
  2. 2.
    50. Are You as Observant as You Think?
    34:35
  3. 3.
    49. How Does Facing Death Change Your Life?
    39:05
  4. 4.
    48. Do Good Deeds Invite More Bad Ones?
    38:45
  5. 5.
    47. Is Laziness Real?
    32:40
  6. 6.
    46. How Can You Stop Feeling So Irritable?
    39:42
  7. 7.
    45. How Much Better Do You Really Want to Be?
    39:15
  8. 8.
    44. Is Empathy in Fact Immoral?
    37:41
  1. 9.
    43. What Do We Really Learn From Failure?
    36:51
  2. 10.
    42. How Does When You Are Born Affect Who You Are?
    40:27
  3. 11.
    41. Why Are We So Attracted to Fame?
    35:38
  4. 12.
    40. Have We All Lost Our Ability to Compromise?
    36:46
  5. 13.
    39. Is Everybody Cheating These Days?
    37:49
  6. 14.
    38. What Does It Mean to Be a “Good” Man?
    34:58
  7. 15.
    37. How Do You Know if People Don’t Like You?
    39:32
  8. 16.
    36. Which Matters More, a First or Last Impression?
    38:33
  9. 17.
    35. Does Psychotherapy Actually Work?
    34:32
  10. 18.
    34. Are Humans Smarter or Stupider Than We Used to Be?
    37:34
  11. 19.
    33. Is Optimism a Luxury Good?
    40:36
  12. 20.
    How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (Ep. 15 Rebroadcast)
    39:04
  13. 21.
    32. Which Gets You Further: Talent or Effort?
    35:31
  14. 22.
    31. How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future?
    38:33
  15. 23.
    30. Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?
    37:07
  16. 24.
    29. How Do You Know When It’s Time to Quit?
    33:34
  17. 25.
    28. Why Do We Hoard?
    31:09
  18. 26.
    27. How Should You Ask for Forgiveness?
    39:39
  19. 27.
    26. Do Checklists Make People Stupid?
    36:12
  20. 28.
    25. Is Hedonism Better Than Self-Control?
    32:38
  21. 29.
    24. Why Do We Forget So Much of What We’ve Read?
    35:48
  22. 30.
    23. Is It Wrong to Crave Praise?
    40:28
  23. 31.
    22. Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use?
    33:23
  24. 32.
    21. How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt.
    36:58
  25. 33.
    20. Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?
    34:32
  26. 34.
    19. Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?
    36:14
  27. 35.
    18. How Do You Raise a “Likable” Kid?
    31:25
  28. 36.
    17. How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’?
    34:18
  29. 37.
    16. What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented?
    33:31
  30. 38.
    15. How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control?
    38:21
  31. 39.
    14. Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?
    25:55
  32. 40.
    13. How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?
    35:45
  33. 41.
    12. Does “As If” Thinking Really Work?
    34:43
  34. 42.
    11. Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?
    37:48
  35. 43.
    10. Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?
    32:15
  36. 44.
    9. Why Is It So Hard to Be Alone With Our Thoughts?
    35:23
  37. 45.
    8. Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead?
    37:57
  38. 46.
    7. How Do You Handle Criticism?
    32:10
  39. 47.
    6. Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?
    41:04
  40. 48.
    5. What Do Tom Sawyer and the Founder of Duolingo Have in Common?
    31:16
  41. 49.
    4. Does All Creativity Come From Pain?
    33:32
  42. 50.
    3. What Does It Mean to Be a “Hard Worker”?
    26:31

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