No Stupid Questions

By Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

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RL Hall
 Mar 8, 2021
I love all 3 of the Freakonomics podcasts, but this one is by far the best. I love to hear the conversing between these 2 intelligent, curious, and engaging people. Please keep them coming!


 Feb 14, 2021

Lara
 Jan 3, 2021
So interesting. Professional presenters who don't talk over each other


 Dec 6, 2020


 Aug 23, 2020

Description

Stephen Dubner (co-author of the Freakonomics book series) and research psychologist Angela Duckworth (author of Grit) really like to ask people questions, and came to believe there’s no such thing as a stupid one. So they made a podcast where they can ask each other as many “stupid questions” as they want. New episodes each week. No Stupid Questions is a production of the Freakonomics Radio Network. 


Episode Date
48. Do Good Deeds Invite More Bad Ones?
2325
Also: what is the most significant choice you will ever make?
Apr 18, 2021
47. Is Laziness Real?
1961
Also: why do we dislike being alone in public?
Apr 11, 2021
46. How Can You Stop Feeling So Irritable?
2292
Also: what’s wrong with being impatient?  
Apr 04, 2021
45. How Much Better Do You Really Want to Be?
2264
Also: why do we pad our speech with so much filler language?
Mar 28, 2021
44. Is Empathy in Fact Immoral?
2171
Also: is it better to “go with the wind” or to “be the wind”?
Mar 21, 2021
43. What Do We Really Learn From Failure?
2211
Also: what is teasing supposed to accomplish?
Mar 14, 2021
42. How Does When You Are Born Affect Who You Are?
2313
Also: how did Angela do with her no-sugar challenge?
Mar 07, 2021
41. Why Are We So Attracted to Fame?
2138
Also: do we subconsciously lie about our major influences?
Feb 28, 2021
40. Have We All Lost Our Ability to Compromise?
2168
Also: is it better to be right or “not wrong”?
Feb 21, 2021
39. Is Everybody Cheating These Days?
2231
Also, what's better: to learn new skills or go deep on what you're good at?
Feb 14, 2021
38. What Does It Mean to Be a “Good” Man?
2060
Also: how can you stop ruminating?
Feb 07, 2021
37. How Do You Know if People Don’t Like You?
2372
Also: do self-help books really help?
Jan 31, 2021
36. Which Matters More, a First or Last Impression?
2198
Also: does wisdom really come with age?
Jan 24, 2021
35. Does Psychotherapy Actually Work?
1957
Also: how many “selves” is it OK to have?
Jan 17, 2021
34. Are Humans Smarter or Stupider Than We Used to Be?
2139
Also: how can you become a more curious person?
Jan 10, 2021
33. Is Optimism a Luxury Good?
2321
Also: why is public speaking so terrifying? 
Jan 03, 2021
How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (Ep. 15 Rebroadcast)
2229
Also: why do we procrastinate?
Dec 27, 2020
32. Which Gets You Further: Talent or Effort?
2016
Also: where is the line between acronyms, initialisms, and gibberish? 
Dec 20, 2020
31. How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future?
2198
Also: which professions have the happiest people?
Dec 13, 2020
30. Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?
2112
Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?
Dec 06, 2020
29. How Do You Know When It’s Time to Quit?
1899
Also: why is it so hard to predict success?
Nov 29, 2020
28. Why Do We Hoard?
1754
Also: do you spend more time thinking about the past, the present, or the future?
Nov 22, 2020
27. How Should You Ask for Forgiveness?
2264
Also: why is behavior change so darn hard? 
Nov 15, 2020
26. Do Checklists Make People Stupid?
2057
Also: what’s so great about New York City anyway?
Nov 08, 2020
25. Is Hedonism Better Than Self-Control?
1843
Also: is it wrong to feel inured to the pandemic? 
Nov 01, 2020
24. Why Do We Forget So Much of What We’ve Read?
2033
Also: do we overestimate or underestimate our significance in other people’s lives? 
Oct 25, 2020
23. Is It Wrong to Crave Praise?
2313
Also: should everyone have their own trauma score?
Oct 18, 2020
22. Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use?
1888
Also: how is social media like a knife?
Oct 11, 2020
21. How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt.
2103
Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy?
Oct 04, 2020
20. Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?
1957
Also: what is the meaning of life?
Sep 27, 2020
19. Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?
2059
Also: how do you know if you have a “bad personality”? 
Sep 20, 2020
18. How Do You Raise a “Likable” Kid?
1770
Also: what’s so great about friendship?
Sep 13, 2020
17. How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’?
1943
Also: is it better to be a thinker, a doer, or a charmer?
Sep 06, 2020
16. What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented?
1896
Also: how does a cook become a chef? With Gabrielle Hamilton. 
Aug 30, 2020
15. How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control?
2186
Also: why do we procrastinate?
Aug 23, 2020
14. Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?
1440
Also: what is the best question you’ve ever been asked in a job interview?
Aug 16, 2020
13. How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?
2030
Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?
Aug 09, 2020
12. Does “As If” Thinking Really Work?
1968
Also: how effective is the placebo effect?
Aug 03, 2020
11. Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?
2153
Also: why do we habituate to life’s greatest pleasures?
Jul 27, 2020
10. Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?
1820
Also: are the most memorable stories less likely to be true? 
Jul 20, 2020
9. Why Is It So Hard to Be Alone With Our Thoughts?
2008
Also: how do you avoid screwing up your kids?
Jul 13, 2020
8. Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead?
2162
Also: how does a comedian cope with tragedy? With Eugene Mirman.
Jul 06, 2020
7. How Do You Handle Criticism?
1815
Also: is it better to send a congratulatory note to someone who deserves it or a condolence note to someone who needs it?
Jun 29, 2020
6. Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?
2349
Also: should we all have personal mission statements?
Jun 22, 2020
5. What Do Tom Sawyer and the Founder of Duolingo Have in Common?
1761
Also: is there such a thing as too much science? With special guest Luis von Ahn.
Jun 15, 2020
4. Does All Creativity Come From Pain?
1897
Also: is life precious because it’s finite?
Jun 08, 2020
3. What Does It Mean to Be a “Hard Worker”?
1591
Also: how does age affect happiness?
Jun 01, 2020
2. What is the Optimal Way to Be Angry?
2083
Also: why do we treat pets better than people?
May 25, 2020
1. Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake?
2251
Also: why can't humans handle uncertainty already?
May 18, 2020
Introducing "No Stupid Questions"
136
Stephen Dubner, the host of Freakonomics Radio, and Angela Duckworth, the psychologist and author of Grit, explore the weird and wonderful ways in which humans behave. In each episode, they take turns asking each other questions, with conversations ranging from friendship and parenting to immortality and whether dogs are better than people. No Stupid Questions premieres May 18th.
Apr 24, 2020