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No. 117

What’s Wrong With Holding a Grudge?

How do you let go of resentment? Do apologies even work? And what grievances have Stephen and Angela been nursing for years?

10/2/22
41:00
No. 116

Do People Pay Attention to Signs?

Do highway warnings save lives or cost lives? How do you keep men from peeing on the floor? And what’s Angela’s plan to get more people washing their hands?

9/25/22
39:36
No. 115

Are You Having a Midlife Crisis?

How is aging different today than it was in the past? What do young people get wrong about happiness? And what does it mean if you impulsively decide to get your ear pierced in an unusual place?

9/18/22
41:10
No. 114

Can You Learn to Love Hard Work?

Can exercising your body boost your brain’s stamina? Are some people just born lazy? And why did Angela stop reading “Us Weekly”?

9/11/22
38:50
No. 113

How Can You Improve Your Mental Endurance?

Why do some activities tire your brain more than others? How exhausting is poverty? And could most of the world’s problems be solved with a sandwich?

9/4/22
37:26
No. 112

Is It Okay to Hate Highbrow Culture?

Are Europeans more sophisticated than Americans? What’s wrong with preferring Taylor Swift to Puccini? And is Steve Levitt “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob”?

8/28/22
37:53
No. 111

Would You Be Happier if You Lived Someplace Else?

Will Angela finally break up with Philadelphia? Is New York really the unhappiest city in the U.S.? And are there trash tornadoes in the metaverse?

8/21/22
33:31
No. 110

Why Is Angela Stepping Down as C.E.O. of the Nonprofit She Founded?

Are you a problem solver or an opportunity seeker? Why is it so hard to find a good leader these days? And could you be Angela’s next boss?

8/14/22
36:09
No. 65

What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received? (Replay)

What risks are worth taking? When should you ignore feedback and go with your gut? And what did Stephen learn on a fishing trip with the town barber?

8/7/22
25:48
No. 109

What Is the Purpose of Embarrassment?

What’s worse: shame, guilt, or humiliation? Does Angela have psychopathic tendencies? And where’s the worst place to sit at a magic show?

7/31/22
35:56
No. 108

Should You Try to Be Less Angry?

What is the purpose of negative emotions? Why do we engage with things we know will upset us? And how does Angie deal with rejection?

7/24/22
38:20
No. 107

Is It Worth It for Charities to Harass Their Donors?

Is it O.K. to bother people for a good cause? Why do people donate to charity in the first place? And do those personalized address labels actually make people get out their checkbooks?

7/17/22
38:04
No. 106

Did Your Early Childhood Determine the Course of Your Life?

Are we all either secure, avoidant, or anxious? How does your relationship with your parents shape your romantic partnerships? And what is Stephen’s attachment style?

7/10/22
40:58
No. 49

How Does Facing Death Change Your Life? (Replay)

Are you more likely to experience post-traumatic stress or post-traumatic growth? How does belief in the afterlife affect how you view death? And why did Angela hike a deadly gorge with her ex-boyfriend?

7/3/22
28:56
No. 105

Should You Give Kids an Allowance or Make Them Get Jobs?

How do kids learn about money? What’s the big problem with education? And who made Raiders of the Lost Ark?

6/26/22
34:47
No. 104

How Simple Is Too Simple?

Why are humans so eager for magic-bullet solutions? Can you explain how a pen works? And how does Angela feel about being forever branded “the grit lady”?

6/19/22
36:29
No. 103

Should Toilets Be Free?

Why do Americans tip so much? What happened when Angie eliminated grading in a college course? And why did almost every pay toilet in the U.S.A. vanish between 1970 and 1980?

6/12/22
35:21
No. 102

What’s So Bad About Nepotism?

How does the profitability of family firms stack up against the rest? Has nepotism become more taboo over time? And why are 90 percent of adoptees in Japan not children but adults?

6/5/22
40:40
No. 101

Are You Really “Addicted” to Diet Coke?

Where’s the line between an addiction and a bad habit? Why do definitions of mental illnesses change over time? And what’s the most addictive thing in the world?

5/29/22
41:26
No. 100

Is It Weird for Adults to Have Imaginary Friends?

Why does listening to No Stupid Questions feel like you’re hanging out with your best friends? Why did the whole world take it personally when Princess Diana died? And how do “parasocial relationships” affect your mental health?

5/22/22
36:59
No. 99

Do You Mind if I Borrow Your Personality?

Are there downsides to “personality plagiarism”? Why did no one buy the Crayola Crayon Carver? And should Stephen feel bad for copying Angela’s email signature?

5/15/22
39:27
No. 98

Is Having Children Worth It?

Why have fertility rates dropped so dramatically? Do fathers or mothers get more happiness from parenting? And how does birth order affect a child’s future?

5/8/22
44:12
No. 97

Are Women Really Less Happy Than Men?

Why are women unhappier than men? What can we do to move the needle? And is it better to be happy or to be good?

5/1/22
37:42
No. 96

Why Is Chick-fil-A Such a Big Deal?

How did Chick-fil-A become the third-largest restaurant chain in the U.S.? Why does it serve salad? And can Angie’s moral compass override her craving for a chicken sandwich?

4/24/22
29:04
No. 95

What’s So Bad About Denial?

Can denial be a healthy way of dealing with the death of a loved one? What do the five stages of grief misrepresent about mourning? And why does Angie cover her eyes when she watches the Rocky movies?

4/17/22
32:42
No. 94

What to Do When Everything Looks Like a Catastrophe?

What is the relationship between “catastrophizing” and anxiety? How did Angela react when her mother came close to drowning? And how can you gain perspective when the worst-case scenario is all you can visualize?

4/10/22
32:58
No. 93

Does the Early Bird Really Catch the Worm? Or Could the Night Owl Get There First?

How have Angie’s views on sleep changed since she wrote her Harvard application essay? Would starting high school later in the day be worth $8.6 billion? And what should you do if your chronotype doesn’t fit the way society is structured?

4/3/22
32:56
No. 92

Is Poor Nutrition a Supply Problem or a Demand Problem?

Is evolution stacked against healthy eating? What policies could increase demand for nutritious food? And does Popeyes count as a cultural icon?

3/27/22
34:12
No. 91

Do You Savor or Gobble?

What’s the difference between people who preserve special things and people who devour them right away? Why do we love to binge-watch? And did Adam really eat an apple?

3/20/22
43:54
No. 90

If America Is a Train Wreck, Why Am I Doing Fine?

Why do so many Americans say they’re satisfied with their own lives but upset about the way the country is going? Why don’t other countries experience the same gap? And what do horror movies have in common with Coca-Cola enemas?

3/13/22
33:57
No. 89

How Valuable Is Enthusiasm?

What’s the difference between willpower and eagerness? Is there a lifehack that can make you zestier? And could it help Stephen improve his golf game?

3/6/22
33:36
No. 88

Is Self-Improvement Too Selfish?

Is it more important to help society or to help yourself? Does the self-improvement movement do any good for the world? And which podcast episode does Stephen cling to as proof that he’s doing something valuable?

2/27/22
35:25
No. 87

What’s So Great About Retirement?

How do you know when it’s the right time to retire? What does a “good” retirement look like? And will Stephen and Angela ever really hang up their hats?

2/20/22
33:35
No. 86

Should We All Be Taking More Long Shots?

What’s the difference between dispositional optimism and agentic hope? Are there benefits to taking a long shot, even if it turns out to be an air ball? And how is Angela like an N.F.L. quarterback?

2/13/22
36:38
No. 85

Is Emotional Intelligence Really So Important?

Can you quantify emotional intelligence? Who should you hire — someone smart, or someone good with people? And how did Angie do on an online emotional intelligence test?

2/6/22
34:02
No. 84

Why Do We Find So Much Meaning in Meaningless Coincidences?

Why are humans so fascinated by coincidences? What do Carl Jung and an album by The Police have in common? And what did Stephen win in a bar mitzvah limbo contest?

1/30/22
31:07
No. 83

Can You Change Your Mind Without Losing Face?

What is the cost of admitting you’re wrong? How can intellectual humility make you more open minded? And will Stephen finally persuade Angela that rum-raisin is the best flavor of ice cream?

1/23/22
33:59
No. 82

Which Is More Powerful: Reward or Punishment?

How is “negative reinforcement” different from punishment? Could positive reinforcement encourage prosocial behavior on a national scale? And what’s the deal with Taiwan’s dog-poop lottery?

1/16/22
31:46
No. 81

Why Is It So Hard to Talk About Money?

What’s the connection between conversations about money and financial literacy? Could the taboo against talking about your salary be fading? And why did Angie’s teenage daughter call Vanguard to learn about I.R.A.s?

1/9/22
29:13
No. 80

Is a “Success Hangover” Real?

Why are great accomplishments often followed by disappointment? Is it better to win and feel bummed out than to never have won at all? And where was ping-pong invented?

1/2/22
29:34
No. 79

Why Do We Root for Underdogs?

Also: Angela proposes an upgrade to the show.

12/26/21
37:21
No. 78

Why Do We Put Things Off Until the Very Last Minute?

Also: what does your name say about who you are?

12/19/21
38:29
No. 77

How Can You Avoid Boredom?

Also: are we getting any better at assessing COVID risk?

12/12/21
38:44
No. 76

Why Can’t Baby Boomers and Millennials Just Get Along?

Also: how do phone cameras affect the way we experience live events?

12/5/21
38:33
No. 30

Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar? (Replay)

Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?

11/28/21
35:59
No. 75

How Do You Deal With Intrusive Thoughts?

Also: how much does confidence really matter?

11/21/21
39:10
No. 74

Does Reverse Psychology Really Work?

Also: does knowing your family history affect your identity?

11/14/21
37:25
No. 73

Is It Okay to Engage in “Social Loafing”?

Also: why is it so great to be part of a team, even when you lose?

11/7/21
36:16
No. 72

If Everyone Hates Meetings, Why Do We Have So Many of Them?

Also: why do so many people feel lost in their 20s?

10/31/21
40:55
No. 71

Why Is Pig Milk the One Milk We Don’t Drink?

Also: what’s a food you love that seems disgusting to everyone else?

10/24/21
28:34
No. 31

How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future? (Replay)

Also: which professions have the happiest people?

10/17/21
39:17
No. 70

In a Job Interview, How Much Does Timing Matter?

Also: why is it smart to ignore what your podcast hosts look like?

10/10/21
38:28
No. 69

How Can You Convince Someone They’re Wrong?

Also: what’s the best way to handle rejection?

10/3/21
39:02
No. 68

Why Do We Want What We Can’t Have?

Also: why are humans still so tribal?

9/26/21
36:42
No. 67

How Can You Escape Binary Thinking?

Also: why is it so satisfying to find a bargain?

9/19/21
41:03
No. 66

When Is It OK to Tell a Lie?

Also: is obsessing over your mental health bad for your mental health?

9/12/21
38:12
No. 24

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

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

9/5/21
36:11
No. 65

What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Also: why don’t you need a license to become a parent?

8/29/21
40:09
No. 22

Why Do We Buy Things We Never Use? (Replay)

Also: why do we hoard? (Rebroadcast From Ep. 28)

8/22/21
34:12
No. 64

Are Women Required to Be Nicer Than Men?

Also: should you feel guilty if you don’t read books?

8/15/21
38:30
8/8/21
40:25
No. 62

How Can You Escape a Drama Triangle?

Also: how do awards affect motivation?

8/1/21
40:52
No. 61

Should We Just Ignore Our Weaknesses?

Also: why do we like what we like?

7/25/21
35:17
No. 60

Why Do We Complain?

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

7/18/21
33:30
No. 59

Do Dreams Actually Mean Anything?

Also: why is music so memorable?

7/11/21
40:23
No. 13

How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People? (Replay)

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

7/3/21
35:07
No. 58

What’s So Gratifying About Gossip?

Also: why do people hate small talk?

6/27/21
38:58
No. 57

Which Incentives Are Best at Boosting Vaccination, and Why?

Also: what does your desired superpower say about you?

6/20/21
38:10
No. 56

Why Is Academic Writing So Bad?

Also: what does your perfect day look like?

6/13/21
40:50
No. 55

What Changes Will Stick When the Pandemic Is Gone?

Also: would you take a confirmation-bias vaccine?

6/6/21
39:07
No. 54

Do You Really Need a Muse to Be Creative?

Also: is short-sightedness part of human nature?

5/30/21
38:22
No. 53

What’s the Secret to Making a Great Prediction?

Also: how do you recover from a bad day?

5/23/21
36:53
No. 52

How Much Should We Be Able to Customize Our World?

Also: does multitasking actually increase productivity?

5/16/21
41:05
No. 51

What Separates Humans From Other Animals?

Also: why do people pace while talking on the phone?

5/9/21
39:39
No. 50

Are You as Observant as You Think?

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

5/2/21
36:44
No. 49

How Does Facing Death Change Your Life?

Also: why are we so bad at assessing risk?

4/25/21
41:14
No. 48

Do Good Deeds Invite More Bad Ones?

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

4/18/21
40:53
No. 47

Is Laziness Real?

Also: why do we dislike being alone in public?

4/11/21
34:49
No. 46

How Can You Stop Feeling So Irritable?

Also: what’s wrong with being impatient?

4/4/21
40:10
No. 45

How Much Better Do You Really Want to Be?

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

3/28/21
39:10
No. 44

Is Empathy in Fact Immoral?

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

3/21/21
38:20
No. 43

What Do We Really Learn From Failure?

Also: What is teasing supposed to accomplish?

3/14/21
38:26
No. 42

How Does When You Are Born Affect Who You Are?

Also: how did Angela do with her no-sugar challenge?

3/7/21
40:08
No. 41

Why Are We So Attracted to Fame?

Also: do we subconsciously lie about our major influences?

2/28/21
37:15
No. 40

Have We All Lost Our Ability to Compromise?

Also: is it better to be right or “not wrong”?

2/21/21
37:49
No. 39

Is Everybody Cheating These Days?

Also, what’s better: to learn new skills or go deep on what you’re good at?

2/14/21
38:09
No. 38

What Does It Mean to Be a “Good” Man?

Also: how can you stop ruminating?

2/7/21
35:18
No. 37

How Do You Know if People Don’t Like You?

Also: do self-help books really help?

1/31/21
41:13
No. 36

Which Matters More, a First or Last Impression?

Also: does wisdom really come with age?

1/24/21
36:38
No. 35

Does Psychotherapy Actually Work?

Also: how many “selves” is it okay to have?

1/17/21
32:37
No. 34

Are Humans Smarter or Stupider Than We Used to Be?

Also: how can you become a more curious person?

1/10/21
35:39
No. 33

Is Optimism a Luxury Good?

Also: why is public speaking so terrifying?

1/3/21
38:41
12/27/20
37:09
No. 32

Which Gets You Further: Talent or Effort?

Also: where is the line between acronyms, initialisms, and gibberish?

12/20/20
33:36
No. 31

How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future?

Also: which professions have the happiest people?

12/13/20
36:38
No. 30

Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?

Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?

12/6/20
35:12
No. 29

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

Also: why is it so hard to predict success?

11/29/20
31:39
No. 28

Why Do We Hoard?

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

11/22/20
29:14
No. 27

How Should You Ask for Forgiveness?

Also: why is behavior change so darn hard? 

11/15/20
37:44
No. 26

Do Checklists Make People Stupid?

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

11/8/20
34:17
No. 25

Is Hedonism Better Than Self-Control?

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

11/1/20
30:43
No. 24

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
No. 23

Is It Wrong to Crave Praise?

Also: should everyone have their own trauma score?

10/18/20
39:32
No. 22

Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use?

Also: how is social media like a knife?

10/11/20
32:30
No. 21

How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt

Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy? 

10/4/20
36:05
No. 20

Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

Also: what is the meaning of life?

9/27/20
33:39
No. 19

Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?

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

9/20/20
35:21
No. 18

How Do You Raise a “Likable” Kid?

Also: what’s so great about friendship?

9/13/20
30:27
No. 17

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
No. 16

What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented?

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

8/30/20
32:38
8/23/20
38:07
No. 14

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
No. 13

How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

8/9/20
33:50
No. 12

Does “As If” Thinking Really Work?

Also: how effective is the placebo effect?

8/2/20
33:50
No. 11

Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?

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

7/26/20
36:50
No. 10

Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?

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

7/19/20
31:19
No. 9

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
No. 8

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
No. 7

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
No. 6

Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?

Also: should we all have personal mission statements?

6/21/20
40:08
No. 5

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
No. 4

Does All Creativity Come From Pain?

Also: is life precious because it’s finite?

6/7/20
33:17
No. 3

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

Also: how does age affect happiness?

5/31/20
28:08
No. 2

What Is the Optimal Way to Be Angry?

Also: why do we treat pets better than people?

5/24/20
36:24
No. 1

Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake?

Also: why can’t humans handle uncertainty already?

5/17/20
38:54

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