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 […]

Are You as Observant as You Think? (NSQ Ep. 50)

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

How Does Facing Death Change Your Life? (NSQ Ep. 49)

Also: why are we so bad at assessing risk?

Do Good Deeds Invite More Bad Ones? (NSQ Ep. 48)

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

How to Manage Your Goal Hierarchy (Ep. 458)

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.

Is Laziness Real? (NSQ Ep. 47)

Also: why do we dislike being alone in public?

How Can You Stop Feeling So Irritable? (NSQ Ep. 46)

Also: what’s wrong with being impatient?

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 […]

How Much Better Do You Really Want to Be? (NSQ, Ep. 45)

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

Is Empathy in Fact Immoral? (NSQ Ep. 44)

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