No Stupid Questions

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. Subscribe on Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle PodcastsSpotify, wherever you get your podcasts, or use the R.S.S. feed. Follow No Stupid Questions on Facebook and Twitter. And stay tuned to Freakonomics Radio and sign up for our newsletter.

EPISODE

DATE

LENGTH

30
Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar? (Rebroadcast)

Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?

11/28/2021
35:59
75
How Do You Deal With Intrusive Thoughts?

Also: how much does confidence really matter?

11/21/2021
39:10
74
Does Reverse Psychology Really Work?

Also: does knowing your family history affect your identity?

11/14/2021
37:25
73
Is It Okay to Engage in “Social Loafing”?

Also: why is it so great to be part of a team, even when you lose?

11/7/2021
36:16
72
If Everyone Hates Meetings, Why Do We Have So Many of Them?

Also: why do so many people feel lost in their 20s?

10/31/2021
40:55
71
Why Is Pig Milk the One Milk We Don’t Drink?

Also: what’s a food you love that seems disgusting to everyone else?

10/24/2021
28:34
31
How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future? (NSQ Ep. 31 Replay)

Also: which professions have the happiest people?

10/17/2021
39:17
70
In a Job Interview, How Much Does Timing Matter?

Also: why is it smart to ignore what your podcast hosts look like?

10/10/2021
38:28
69
How Can You Convince Someone They’re Wrong?

Also: what’s the best way to handle rejection?

10/3/2021
39:02
68
Why Do We Want What We Can’t Have?

Also: why are humans still so tribal?

9/26/2021
36:42
67
How Can You Escape Binary Thinking?

Also: why is it so satisfying to find a bargain?

9/19/2021
41:03
66
When Is It OK to Tell a Lie?

Also: is obsessing over your mental health bad for your mental health?

9/12/2021
38:12
24
Why Do We Forget So Much of What We’ve Read? (Rebroadcast)

Also: do we overestimate or underestimate our significance in other people’s lives?

9/5/2021
36:11
65
What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Also: why don’t you need a license to become a parent?

8/29/2021
40:09
22
Why Do We Buy Things We Never Use?

Also: why do we hoard? (Rebroadcast From Ep. 28)

8/22/2021
34:12
64
Are Women Required to Be Nicer Than Men?

Also: should you feel guilty if you don’t read books?

8/15/2021
38:30
63
How Contagious Is Behavior? With Laurie Santos of “The Happiness Lab.”

Also: life is good — so why aren’t you happy?

8/8/2021
40:25
62
How Can You Escape a Drama Triangle?

Also: how do awards affect motivation?

8/1/2021
41:08
61
Should We Just Ignore Our Weaknesses?

Also: why do we like what we like?

7/25/2021
35:09
60
Why Do We Complain?

Also: what do you really mean when you say you “don’t have time”?

7/18/2021
32:47
59
Do Dreams Actually Mean Anything?

Also: why is music so memorable?

7/11/2021
39:59
13
How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People? (Rebroadcast)

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

7/3/2021
35:07
58
What’s So Gratifying About Gossip?

Also: why do people hate small talk?

6/27/2021
38:28
57
Which Incentives Are Best at Boosting Vaccination, and Why?

Also: what does your desired superpower say about you?

6/20/2021
37:36
56
Why Is Academic Writing So Bad?

Also: what does your perfect day look like?

6/13/2021
40:40
55
What Changes Will Stick When the Pandemic Is Gone?

Also: would you take a confirmation-bias vaccine?

6/6/2021
38:29
54
Do You Really Need a Muse to Be Creative?

Also: is short-sightedness part of human nature?

5/30/2021
37:46
53
What’s the Secret to Making a Great Prediction?

Also: how do you recover from a bad day?

5/23/2021
36:17
52
How Much Should We Be Able to Customize Our World?

Also: does multitasking actually increase productivity?

5/16/2021
40:11
51
What Separates Humans From Other Animals?

Also: why do people pace while talking on the phone?

5/9/2021
37:22
50
Are You as Observant as You Think?

Also: Angela accidentally discovers the secret to a good night’s sleep.

5/2/2021
34:35
49
How Does Facing Death Change Your Life?

Also: why are we so bad at assessing risk?

4/25/2021
39:05
48
Do Good Deeds Invite More Bad Ones?

Also: what is the most significant choice you will ever make?

4/18/2021
40:07
47
Is Laziness Real?

Also: why do we dislike being alone in public?

4/11/2021
34:11
46
How Can You Stop Feeling So Irritable?

Also: what’s wrong with being impatient?

4/4/2021
39:29
45
How Much Better Do You Really Want to Be?

Also: why do we pad our speech with so much filler language?

3/28/2021
39:10
44
Is Empathy in Fact Immoral?

Also: is it better to “go with the wind” or to “be the wind”?

3/21/2021
37:47
43
What Do We Really Learn From Failure?

Also: What is teasing supposed to accomplish?

3/14/2021
38:26
42
How Does When You Are Born Affect Who You Are?

Also: how did Angela do with her no-sugar challenge?

3/7/2021
40:08
41
Why Are We So Attracted to Fame?

Also: do we subconsciously lie about our major influences?

2/28/2021
37:15
40
Have We All Lost Our Ability to Compromise?

Also: is it better to be right or “not wrong”?

2/21/2021
37:49
39
Is Everybody Cheating These Days?

Also, what’s better: to learn new skills or go deep on what you’re good at?

2/14/2021
38:09
38
What Does It Mean to Be a “Good” Man?

Also: how can you stop ruminating?

2/7/2021
35:18
37
How Do You Know if People Don’t Like You?

Also: do self-help books really help?

1/31/2021
41:13
36
Which Matters More, a First or Last Impression?

Also: does wisdom really come with age?

1/24/2021
36:38
35
Does Psychotherapy Actually Work?

Also: how many “selves” is it okay to have?

1/17/2021
32:37
34
Are Humans Smarter or Stupider Than We Used to Be?

Also: how can you become a more curious person?

1/10/2021
35:39
33
Is Optimism a Luxury Good?

Also: why is public speaking so terrifying?

1/3/2021
38:41
0
12/27/2020
37:09
32
Which Gets You Further: Talent or Effort?

Also: where is the line between acronyms, initialisms, and gibberish?

12/20/2020
33:36