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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar? (Ep. 445)

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?

What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented? (NSQ Ep. 16)

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

How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (NSQ Ep. 15)

Also: why do we procrastinate?

Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer? (NSQ Ep. 14)

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

Introducing “No Stupid Questions” (Ep. 422)

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.

Does All Creativity Come From Pain? (NSQ Ep. 4)

Also: is life precious because it’s finite? 

What Is the Optimal Way to Be Angry? (NSQ Ep. 2)

Also: why do we treat pets better than people?