No Stupid Questions

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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!


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
100. Is It Weird for Adults to Have Imaginary Friends?
May 22, 2022
99. Do You Mind if I Borrow Your Personality?
May 15, 2022
98. Is Having Children Worth It?
May 08, 2022
97. Are Women Really Less Happy Than Men?
May 01, 2022
96. Why Is Chick-fil-A Such a Big Deal?
Apr 24, 2022
95. What’s So Bad About Denial?
Apr 17, 2022
94. What to Do When Everything Looks Like a Catastrophe?
Apr 10, 2022
93. Does the Early Bird Really Catch the Worm? Or Could the Night Owl Get There First?
Apr 03, 2022
92. Is Poor Nutrition a Supply Problem or a Demand Problem?
Mar 27, 2022
91. Do You Savor or Gobble?
Mar 20, 2022
90. If America Is a Train Wreck, Why Am I Doing Fine?
Mar 13, 2022
89. How Valuable Is Enthusiasm?
Mar 06, 2022
88. Is Self-Improvement Too Selfish?
Feb 27, 2022
87. What’s So Great About Retirement?
Feb 20, 2022
86. Should We All Be Taking More Long Shots?
Feb 13, 2022
85. Is Emotional Intelligence Really So Important?
Feb 06, 2022
84. Why Do We Find So Much Meaning in Meaningless Coincidences?
Jan 30, 2022
83. Can You Change Your Mind Without Losing Face?
Jan 23, 2022
82. Which Is More Powerful: Reward or Punishment?
Jan 16, 2022
81. Why Is It So Hard to Talk About Money?
Jan 09, 2022
80. Is a “Success Hangover” Real?
Jan 02, 2022
79. Why Do We Root for Underdogs?

Also: Angela proposes an upgrade to the show.  

Dec 26, 2021
78. Why Do We Put Things Off Until the Very Last Minute?

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

Dec 19, 2021
77. How Can You Avoid Boredom?

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

Dec 12, 2021
76. Why Can’t Baby Boomers and Millennials Just Get Along?

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

Dec 05, 2021
Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar? (NSQ Ep. 30 Replay)

Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing? 

Nov 28, 2021
75. How Do You Deal With Intrusive Thoughts?

Also: how much does confidence really matter?

Nov 21, 2021
74. Does Reverse Psychology Really Work?

Also: does knowing your family history affect your identity?

Nov 14, 2021
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?

Nov 07, 2021
72. If Everyone Hates Meetings, Why Do We Have So Many of Them?

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

Oct 31, 2021
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?

Oct 24, 2021
How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future? (NSQ Ep. 31 Replay)

Also: which professions have the happiest people?

Oct 17, 2021
70. In a Job Interview, How Much Does Timing Matter?

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

Oct 10, 2021
69. How Can You Convince Someone They’re Wrong?

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

Oct 03, 2021
68. Why Do We Want What We Can’t Have?

Also: why are humans still so tribal?

Sep 26, 2021
67. How Can You Escape Binary Thinking?

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

Sep 19, 2021
66. When Is It OK to Tell a Lie?

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

Sep 12, 2021
Why Do We Forget So Much of What We’ve Read? (Ep. 24 Rebroadcast)

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

Sep 05, 2021
65. What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

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

Aug 29, 2021
Why Do We Buy Things We Never Use? (Rebroadcast From Ep.22)

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

Aug 22, 2021
64. Are Women Required to Be Nicer Than Men?

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

Aug 15, 2021
63. How Contagious Is Behavior? With Laurie Santos of “The Happiness Lab.”

Also: life is good — so why aren’t you happy?

Aug 08, 2021
62. How Can You Escape a Drama Triangle?

Also: how do awards affect motivation?

Aug 01, 2021
61. Should We Just Ignore Our Weaknesses?

Also: why do we like what we like?

Jul 25, 2021
60. Why Do We Complain?

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

Jul 18, 2021
59. Do Dreams Actually Mean Anything?

Also: why is music so memorable?

Jul 11, 2021
How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People? (Ep. 13 Rebroadcast)

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

Jul 04, 2021
58. What’s So Gratifying About Gossip?

Also: why do people hate small talk?

Jun 27, 2021
57. Which Incentives Are Best at Boosting Vaccination, and Why?

Also: what does your desired superpower say about you?

Jun 20, 2021
56. Why Is Academic Writing So Bad?

Also: what does your perfect day look like?

Jun 13, 2021
55. What Changes Will Stick When the Pandemic Is Gone?

Also: would you take a confirmation-bias vaccine?

Jun 06, 2021
54. Do You Really Need a Muse to Be Creative?

Also: is shortsightedness part of human nature?

May 30, 2021
53. What’s the Secret to Making a Great Prediction?

Also: how do you recover from a bad day?

May 23, 2021
52. How Much Should We Be Able to Customize Our World?

Also: does multitasking actually increase productivity?

May 16, 2021
51. What Separates Humans From Other Animals?

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

May 09, 2021
50. Are You as Observant as You Think?

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

May 02, 2021
49. How Does Facing Death Change Your Life?

Also: why are we so bad at assessing risk?

Apr 25, 2021
48. Do Good Deeds Invite More Bad Ones?

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

Apr 18, 2021
47. Is Laziness Real?

Also: why do we dislike being alone in public?

Apr 11, 2021
46. How Can You Stop Feeling So Irritable?

Also: what’s wrong with being impatient?

Apr 04, 2021
45. How Much Better Do You Really Want to Be?

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

Mar 28, 2021
44. Is Empathy in Fact Immoral?

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?

Also: what is teasing supposed to accomplish?

Mar 14, 2021
42. How Does When You Are Born Affect Who You Are?

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

Mar 07, 2021
41. Why Are We So Attracted to Fame?

Also: do we subconsciously lie about our major influences?

Feb 28, 2021
40. Have We All Lost Our Ability to Compromise?

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

Feb 21, 2021
39. Is Everybody Cheating These Days?

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?

Also: how can you stop ruminating?

Feb 07, 2021
37. How Do You Know if People Don’t Like You?

Also: do self-help books really help?

Jan 31, 2021
36. Which Matters More, a First or Last Impression?

Also: does wisdom really come with age?

Jan 24, 2021
35. Does Psychotherapy Actually Work?

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

Jan 17, 2021
34. Are Humans Smarter or Stupider Than We Used to Be?

Also: how can you become a more curious person?

Jan 10, 2021
33. Is Optimism a Luxury Good?

Also: why is public speaking so terrifying?

Jan 03, 2021
How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (Ep. 15 Rebroadcast)

Also: why do we procrastinate?

Dec 27, 2020
32. Which Gets You Further: Talent or Effort?

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

Dec 20, 2020
31. How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future?

Also: which professions have the happiest people?

Dec 13, 2020
30. Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?

Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?

Dec 06, 2020
29. How Do You Know When It’s Time to Quit?

Also: why is it so hard to predict success?

Nov 29, 2020
28. Why Do We Hoard?

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?

Also: why is behavior change so darn hard?

Nov 15, 2020
26. Do Checklists Make People Stupid?

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

Nov 08, 2020
25. Is Hedonism Better Than Self-Control?

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?

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

Oct 25, 2020
23. Is It Wrong to Crave Praise?

Also: should everyone have their own trauma score?

Oct 18, 2020
22. Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use?

Also: how is social media like a knife?

Oct 11, 2020
21. How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt.

Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy?

Oct 04, 2020
20. Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

Also: what is the meaning of life?

Sep 27, 2020
19. Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?

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

Sep 20, 2020
18. How Do You Raise a “Likable” Kid?

Also: what’s so great about friendship?

Sep 13, 2020
17. How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ‘Virtue Signaling’?

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?

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

Aug 30, 2020
15. How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control?

Also: why do we procrastinate?

Aug 23, 2020
14. Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

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?

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

Aug 09, 2020
12. Does “As If” Thinking Really Work?

Also: how effective is the placebo effect?

Aug 03, 2020
11. Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?

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

Jul 27, 2020
10. Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?

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?

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?

Also: how does a comedian cope with tragedy? With Eugene Mirman.

Jul 06, 2020
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?

Jun 29, 2020
6. Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?

Also: should we all have personal mission statements?

Jun 22, 2020
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.

Jun 15, 2020
4. Does All Creativity Come From Pain?

Also: is life precious because it’s finite?

Jun 08, 2020
3. What Does It Mean to Be a “Hard Worker”?

Also: how does age affect happiness?

Jun 01, 2020
2. What is the Optimal Way to Be Angry?

Also: why do we treat pets better than people?

May 25, 2020
1. Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake?

Also: why can't humans handle uncertainty already?

May 18, 2020
Introducing "No Stupid Questions"

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