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12/27/20
37:09

Is Optimism a Luxury Good?

Also: why is public speaking so terrifying?

1/3/21
38:41

Season 10, Episode 19

Why do so many promising solutions — in education, medicine, criminal justice, etc. — fail to scale up into great policy? And can a new breed of “implementation scientists” crack the code? To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Policymaking Is Not a Science (Yet)” and No Stupid Question’s “How Should You Ask . . .

1/7/21

Are Humans Smarter or Stupider Than We Used to Be?

Also: how can you become a more curious person?

1/10/21
35:39

Does Psychotherapy Actually Work?

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

1/17/21
32:37

Which Matters More, a First or Last Impression?

Also: does wisdom really come with age?

1/24/21
36:38

How Do You Know if People Don’t Like You?

Also: do self-help books really help?

1/31/21
41:13

What Does It Mean to Be a “Good” Man?

Also: how can you stop ruminating?

2/7/21
35:18

Is Everybody Cheating These Days?

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

2/14/21
38:09

Season 10, Episode 25

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). To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “How to Be . . .

2/18/21

Have We All Lost Our Ability to Compromise?

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

2/21/21
37:49

Am I Boring You? (Replay)

Researchers are trying to figure out who gets bored — and why — and what it means for ourselves and the economy. But maybe there’s an upside to boredom?

2/24/21
39:12

Why Are We So Attracted to Fame?

Also: do we subconsciously lie about our major influences?

2/28/21
37:15

How Does When You Are Born Affect Who You Are?

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

3/7/21
40:08

What Do We Really Learn From Failure?

Also: What is teasing supposed to accomplish?

3/14/21
38:26

Is Empathy in Fact Immoral?

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

3/21/21
38:20

How Much Better Do You Really Want to Be?

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

3/28/21
39:10

Season 10, Episode 31

Behavioral scientists have been exploring if — and when — a psychological reset can lead to lasting change. We survey evidence from the London Underground, Major League Baseball, and New Year’s resolutions; we look at accidental fresh starts, forced fresh starts, and fresh starts that backfire. And we wonder: will the pandemic’s end provide the biggest fresh start ever? To find . . .

4/1/21

How Can You Stop Feeling So Irritable?

Also: what’s wrong with being impatient?

4/4/21
40:10

Is Laziness Real?

Also: why do we dislike being alone in public?

4/11/21
34:49

How to Manage Your Goal Hierarchy

In this special crossover episode, People I (Mostly) Admire host Steve Levitt admits to No Stupid Questions co-host Angela Duckworth that he knows almost nothing about psychology. But once Angela gives Steve a quick tutorial on “goal conflict,” he is suddenly a fan. They also talk parenting, self-esteem, and how easy it is to learn econometrics if you feel like it.

4/14/21
51:26

Do Good Deeds Invite More Bad Ones?

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

4/18/21
40:53

How Does Facing Death Change Your Life?

Also: why are we so bad at assessing risk?

4/25/21
41:14

Are You as Observant as You Think?

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

5/2/21
36:44

Season 10, Episode 36

The state-by-state rollout of legalized weed has given economists a perfect natural experiment to measure its effects. Here’s what we know so far — and don’t know — about the costs and benefits of legalization. To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Let’s Be Blunt: Marijuana Is a Boon for Older Workers” and No . . .

5/6/21

What Separates Humans From Other Animals?

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

5/9/21
39:39

How Much Should We Be Able to Customize Our World?

Also: does multitasking actually increase productivity?

5/16/21
41:05

What’s the Secret to Making a Great Prediction?

Also: how do you recover from a bad day?

5/23/21
36:53

Do You Really Need a Muse to Be Creative?

Also: is short-sightedness part of human nature?

5/30/21
38:22

What Changes Will Stick When the Pandemic Is Gone?

Also: would you take a confirmation-bias vaccine?

6/6/21
39:07

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