68 Ways to Be Better at Life (Ep. 419)

The accidental futurist Kevin Kelly on why enthusiasm beats intelligence, how to really listen, and why the solution to bad technology is more technology.

What Is the Optimal Way to Be Angry? (NSQ Ep. 2)

Also: why do we treat pets better than people?

Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake? (NSQ Ep. 1)

Also: why can't humans handle uncertainty already?

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08 15 2018

How to Be Happy (Ep. 345)

The U.N.’s World Happiness Report — created to curtail our unhealthy obsession with G.D.P. — is dominated every year by the Nordic countries. We head to Denmark to learn the secrets of this happiness epidemic (and to see if we should steal them).

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What Will College Look Like in the Fall (and Beyond)? (Ep. 418)

Three university presidents try to answer our listeners’ questions. The result? Not much pomp and a whole lot of circumstance.

Reasons to Be Cheerful (Ep. 417)

Humans have a built-in “negativity bias,” which means we give bad news much more power than good. Would the Covid-19 crisis be an opportune time to reverse this tendency?

How Do You Reopen a Country? (Ep. 416)

We speak with a governor, a former C.D.C. director, a pandemic forecaster, a hard-charging pharmacist, and a pair of economists — who say it’s all about the incentives. (Pandemillions, anyone?)

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 premieres May 18th.

How Rahm Emanuel Would Run the World (Ep. 415)

As a former top adviser to presidents Clinton and Obama, he believes in the power of the federal government. But as former mayor of Chicago, he says that cities are where real problems get solved — especially in the era of Covid-19.

Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China? (Ep. 414)

The U.S. spent the past few decades waiting for China to act like the global citizen it said it wanted to be. The waiting may be over.

Who Gets the Ventilator? (Ep. 413)

Should a nurse or doctor who gets sick treating Covid-19 patients have priority access to a potentially life-saving healthcare device? Americans aren’t used to rationing in medicine, but it’s time to think about it. We consult a lung specialist, a bioethicist, and (of course) an economist.

What Happens When Everyone Stays Home to Eat? (Ep. 412)

Covid-19 has shocked our food-supply system like nothing in modern history. We examine the winners, the losers, the unintended consequences — and just how much toilet paper one household really needs.