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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

Season 10, Episode 1

In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict. To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “How to Make Meetings Less Terrible” and “How . . .

9/3/20

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

Do Checklists Make People Stupid?

Also: what’s so great about New York City anyway?

11/8/20
34:17

How Should You Ask for Forgiveness?

Also: why is behavior change so darn hard? 

11/15/20
37:44

Why Do We Hoard?

Also: do you spend more time thinking about the past, the present, or the future?

11/22/20
29:14

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Quit?

Also: why is it so hard to predict success?

11/29/20
31:39

Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?

Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?

12/6/20
35:12

How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future?

Also: which professions have the happiest people?

12/13/20
36:38

Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?

In this episode of No Stupid Questions — a Freakonomics Radio Network show launched earlier this year — Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth debate why we watch, read, and eat familiar things during a crisis, and if it might in fact be better to try new things instead. Also: is a little knowledge truly as dangerous as they say?

12/23/20
36:56

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