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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
6/5/22
40:40
5/29/22
41:26
5/22/22
36:59
5/15/22
39:27
5/8/22
44:12
5/1/22
37:42
4/24/22
29:04
4/17/22
32:42
4/10/22
32:58
4/3/22
32:56
3/27/22
34:12
3/20/22
43:54
3/13/22
33:57
3/6/22
33:36
2/27/22
35:25
2/20/22
33:35
2/13/22
36:38
2/6/22
34:02
1/30/22
31:07
1/23/22
33:59
1/16/22
31:46
1/9/22
29:13
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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