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

24
Why Do We Forget So Much of What We’ve Read?

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

10/25/2020
33:53
23
Is It Wrong to Crave Praise?

Also: should everyone have their own trauma score?

10/18/2020
38:33
22
Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use?

Also: how is social media like a knife?

10/11/2020
31:28
21
How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt

Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy?

10/4/2020
35:03
20
Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

Also: what is the meaning of life?

9/27/2020
32:37
19
Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?

Also: how do you know if you have a “bad personality”?

9/20/2020
34:19
18
How Do You Raise a “Likable” Kid?

Also: what’s so great about friendship?

9/13/2020
29:30
17
How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’?

Also: is it better to be a thinker, a doer, or a charmer? 

9/6/2020
32:23
16
What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented?

Also: how does a cook become a chef? With Gabrielle Hamilton.

8/30/2020
31:36
15
How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control?

Also: why do we procrastinate?

8/23/2020
38:07
14
Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

Also: what is the best question you’ve ever been asked in a job interview?

8/16/2020
24:00
13
How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

8/9/2020
33:50
12
Does “As If” Thinking Really Work?

Also: how effective is the placebo effect?

8/2/2020
32:47
11
Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?

Also: why do we habituate to life’s greatest pleasures?

7/26/2020
35:53
10
Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?

Also: are the most memorable stories less likely to be true?

7/19/2020
30:20
9
Why Is It So Hard to Be Alone With Our Thoughts?

Also: how do you avoid screwing up your kids?

7/12/2020
35:10
8
Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead?

Also: how does a comedian cope with tragedy? With Eugene Mirman.

7/5/2020
37:43
7
How Do You Handle Criticism?

Also: is it better to send a congratulatory note to someone who deserves it or a condolence note to someone who needs it? 

6/28/2020
31:56
6
Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?

Also: should we all have personal mission statements?

6/21/2020
40:50
5
What Do Tom Sawyer and the Founder of Duolingo Have in Common?

Also: is there such a thing as too much science? With special guest Luis von Ahn.

6/14/2020
31:02
4
Does All Creativity Come From Pain?

Also: is life precious because it’s finite? 

6/7/2020
33:18
3
What Does It Mean to Be a “Hard Worker”?

Also: how does age affect happiness? 

5/31/2020
28:12
2
What Is the Optimal Way to Be Angry?

Also: why do we treat pets better than people?

5/24/2020
36:24
1
Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake?

Also: why can’t humans handle uncertainty already?

5/17/2020
39:12
0
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.

4/27/2020
02:58