No Stupid Questions

No Stupid Questions

freakonomics.com/nsq
Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth have spent years exploring the weird and wonderful ways in which humans behave — Dubner as the host of Freakonomics Radio, Duckworth as a research psychologist and author of Grit. They both like to ask a lot of questions, and have come to believe there’s really no such thing as a stupid one. With No Stupid Questions, they put this belief to the test, with conversations ranging from friendship and parenting to immortality and whether dogs are better than people. The resulting podcast is incisive, humane, and occasionally charming. New episodes each week. No Stupid Questions is a production of the Freakonomics Radio Network.


How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?
Aug 9 • 33 min
Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?
Does “As If” Thinking Really Work?
Aug 2 • 32 min
Also: how effective is the placebo effect?
Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?
Jul 26 • 35 min
Also: why do we habituate to life’s greatest pleasures?
Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?
Jul 19 • 30 min
Also: are the most memorable stories less likely to be true?
Why Is It So Hard to Be Alone With Our Thoughts?
Jul 12 • 33 min
Also: how do you avoid screwing up your kids?
Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead?
Jul 5 • 36 min
Also: how does a comedian cope with tragedy? With Eugene Mirman.
How Do You Handle Criticism?
Jun 28 • 30 min
Also: is it better to send a congratulatory note to someone who deserves it or a condolence note to someone who needs it?
Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?
Jun 21 • 39 min
Also: should we all have personal mission statements?
What Do Tom Sawyer and the Founder of Duolingo Have in Common?
Jun 14 • 29 min
Also: is there such a thing as too much science? With special guest Luis von Ahn.
Does All Creativity Come From Pain?
Jun 7 • 31 min
Also: is life precious because it’s finite?
What Does It Mean to Be a “Hard Worker”?
May 31 • 26 min
Also: how does age affect happiness?
What is the Optimal Way to Be Angry?
May 24 • 34 min
Also: why do we treat pets better than people?
Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake?
May 17 • 37 min
Also: why can’t humans handle uncertainty already?
Introducing “No Stupid Questions”
Apr 24 • 2 min
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…