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Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be

It began as a post-war dream for a more collaborative and egalitarian workplace. It has evolved into a nightmare of noise and discomfort. Can the open office be saved, or should we all just be working from home?

11/14/18
42:33

23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)

The revolution in home DNA testing is giving consumers important, possibly life-changing information. It’s also building a gigantic database that could lead to medical breakthroughs. But how will you deal with upsetting news? What if your privacy is compromised? And are you prepared to have your DNA monetized? We speak with Anne Wojcicki, founder and C.E.O. of 23andMe.

5/15/19
51:19

Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be (Replay)

It began as a post-war dream for a more collaborative and egalitarian workplace. It has evolved into a nightmare of noise and discomfort. Can the open office be saved, or should we all just be working from home?

9/11/19
41:40

What Does Covid-19 Mean for Cities (and Marriages)?

There are a lot of upsides to urban density — but viral contagion is not one of them. Also: a nationwide lockdown will show if familiarity really breeds contempt. And: how to help your neighbor.

3/25/20
42:23

Season 9, Episode 30

There are a lot of upsides to urban density — but viral contagion is not one of them. Also: past experiments with a universal basic income. And: a nationwide lockdown will show if familiarity really breeds contempt. To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “The Side Effects of Social Distancing” and “Is the . . .

3/26/20

What Is the Optimal Way to Be Angry?

Also: why do we treat pets better than people?

5/24/20
36:24

What Does It Mean to Be a “Hard Worker”?

Also: how does age affect happiness?

5/31/20
28:08

Does All Creativity Come From Pain?

Also: is life precious because it’s finite?

6/7/20
33:17

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.

6/14/20
30:56

Introducing “No Stupid Questions”

In this new addition to the Freakonomics Radio Network, co-hosts Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth discuss the relationship between age and happiness. Also: does all creativity come from pain? New episodes of No Stupid Questions are released every Sunday evening — please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

6/17/20
36:16

Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?

Also: should we all have personal mission statements?

6/21/20
40:08

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?

6/28/20
30:47

Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead?

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

7/5/20
36:34

Why Is It So Hard to Be Alone With Our Thoughts?

Also: how do you avoid screwing up your kids?

7/12/20
34:20

Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?

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

7/19/20
31:19

Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?

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

7/26/20
36:50

Does “As If” Thinking Really Work?

Also: how effective is the placebo effect?

8/2/20
33:50

How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

8/9/20
33:50

Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

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

8/16/20
24:00

How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control?

Also: why do we procrastinate?

8/23/20
38:07

What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented?

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

8/30/20
32:38

How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’?

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

9/6/20
33:22

How Do You Raise a “Likable” Kid?

Also: what’s so great about friendship?

9/13/20
30:27

Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?

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

9/20/20
35:21

Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

Also: what is the meaning of life?

9/27/20
33:39

How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt

Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy? 

10/4/20
36:05

Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use?

Also: how is social media like a knife?

10/11/20
32:30

Is It Wrong to Crave Praise?

Also: should everyone have their own trauma score?

10/18/20
39:32

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

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

10/25/20
33:53

Is Hedonism Better Than Self-Control?

Also: is it wrong to feel inured to the pandemic?

11/1/20
30:43

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