Win Free Tickets to See Dubner on Stage in Brooklyn on January 14

HWL_QOTD_Cover_1600x1600_Update012016_FinalWhen Stephen Dubner’s new podcast Question of the Day launched in August, it immediately shot to No. 1 on the iTunes chart. Last month it was selected as one of iTunes “Best of 2015.” (You can subscribe here.) Now you can come see a live taping of the show on Thursday, January 14, at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Join Dubner, his Question of the Day co-host, James Altucher, and their special guest Negin Farsad for an evening of conversation that will run from the ridiculous to the sublime (and occasionally both).

The concept of Question of the Day is simple: Dubner and Altucher take turns asking each other a question — for instance: “What are the secrets of being likable?” “What is the best possible future discovery or invention?“ “What social norms will be considered immoral in 100 years?” In the blink of an eye, their conversation will range from fact-based reality to unapologetic dogma.

With Dubner and Altucher, you never know where the conversation will go, or what you’ll learn. Throw in a live audience — and their questions — and the night is sure to be memorable, and a lot of fun.

Buy tickets here. Or submit your own question for a chance to win two free tickets. Post it below in the comments section or tweet it @QOD.


I was listening to the podcast 'this idea must die" and the last speaker ended by suggesting collaboration between fields to answer questions, for example: collaboration between philosophers and scientists to answer questions regarding happiness. I think obviously that's a great idea and would be a really fun project to work on. It would be great for philosophers especially, given the dismal employment outlook in that field. But why are scientists so 'science' and philosophers so 'philosophy'? We are all humans right? Don't we all kind of have the capacity to 'be' a little bit of everything? Why isn't this incorporated into our line of work?

Joey L.

I can't make it to the show so I don't want the tickets.

HOWEVER, do you think you can predict someone's personality type by observing how close (or not so close) one parks to the "parking block"? For example, some that parks right next to it may be more cautious and guarded while someone who parks further away may be more relaxed and carefree (or something else). Just a thought.

Catherine V

Why haven't we evolved as a species away from aggression?

Ann S, Roe

why are men still leaders of many world countries, banks and corporations, and yes, the Catholic Church, when there are just as many, if not more, talented women who could serve as well (and most likely do a better job ?


With the advent of on-demand streaming music will artists eventually stop producing albums and only produce singles?


No tickets wanted.
Questions: (1) Is there a way to distinguish university research, from the work product of an oligarch-funded think tank or, from an industry trade publication? And, does it matter, in terms of university community members, nation and world perceptions/policies?
As an example, a professor at a prestigious university, co-writes a paper with a Walton-financed pro-charter school organization. The paper is funded by the Waltons. And, the paper arguably reads like a marketing plan for charter schools.
(2) Does the opinion of the public matter (a) if a Silicon Valley executive corporatizes public schools, through his influence in the U.S. Dept. of Education and enriches tech companies and, (b) if a discount retailer, acting as plutocrat, privatizes public education, enriching hedge funds? The record shows, for their own children, the "reformers" choose schools that reject their designs.



Following up on my 2nd question- Levitt referred to Roland Fryer as his "brother" and shared a story about Fryer, in a Freakonomics post,"Fryer and Levitt Go Ghetto". Diane Ravitch's blog (23 million views) posted, "Who Is Roland Fryer?", written by independent education researcher, Mercedes Schneider. In the comments that follow the post, there is a link to a transcript of a Fryer interview in which he says, "I don't want a lot of standardized tests for my kids (in suburban Boston schools). It will crowd out things they need like Shakespeare...Kids at the bottom in failing schools should be tested every day....". A reporter with Mother Jones (Sept./Oct. 2015) interviewed an urban child, who is subjected to 266% more tests than her suburban counterparts. Her need for an equivalent diverse curriculum, similar to the schools that "reformers" choose for their own children, was palpable.
There was a time when America would have protected its young from the abuses of politicians, with their hands out to test and tech moguls and, from those who starve their schools of funds.
Misters Dubner, Farsad and Altucher, does, respect from one's own children, require empathy for others and, acts of conscience?



Will we ever be able to understand other species' languages?


My question to try to win free tickets: Do you know that there is a lot of physical evidence that the shot that killed JFK came from a secret service officer Hickey riding in the car behind JFK, who fired his AR-15 weapon accidentally when the car suddenly lurched? Evidence includes the fatal bullet hole in JFK's skull came from a hollow point bullet and is unlike the other two smaller bullet holes from Oswald's bullets, and doctor(s) in the hospital giving statements that secret service men later asked him to create phony X-rays to cover up this horribly embarrassing accident?

Noga M S

Why is air travel, still, such a big hustle?