Why Do We Complain? (NSQ Ep. 60)

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

Season 10, Episode 46

The benefits of sleep are by now well established, and yet many people don’t get enough. A new study suggests we should channel our inner toddler and get 30 minutes of shut-eye in the afternoon. But are we ready for a napping revolution? To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour […]

Do Dreams Actually Mean Anything? (NSQ Ep. 59)

Also: why is music so memorable?

How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People? (NSQ Ep. 13 Rebroadcast)

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

Season 10, Episode 44

Bren Smith, who grew up fishing and fighting, is now part of a movement that seeks to feed the planet while putting less environmental stress on it. He makes his argument in a book called Eat Like a Fish; his secret ingredient: kelp. But don’t worry, you won’t have to eat it (not much, at least). […]

What’s So Gratifying About Gossip? (NSQ Ep. 58)

Also: why do people hate small talk?

Which Incentives Are Best at Boosting Vaccination, and Why? (NSQ Ep. 57)

Also: what does your desired superpower say about you?

Angela Duckworth Explains How to Manage Your Goal Hierarchy (People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 32)

She’s the author of the bestselling book Grit, and a University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology — a field Steve says he knows nothing about. 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.

Why Is Academic Writing So Bad? (NSQ Ep. 56)

Also: what does your perfect day look like?

What Changes Will Stick When the Pandemic Is Gone? (NSQ Ep. 55)

Also: would you take a confirmation-bias vaccine?