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No Stupid Questions

No Stupid Questions

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. 


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35. Does Psychotherapy Actually Work?

Also: how many ?selves? is it OK to have?
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34. Are Humans Smarter or Stupider Than We Used to Be?

Also: how can you become a more curious person?
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33. Is Optimism a Luxury Good?

Also: why is public speaking so terrifying? 
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How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (Ep. 15 Rebroadcast)

Also: why do we procrastinate?
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32. Which Gets You Further: Talent or Effort?

Also: where is the line between acronyms, initialisms, and gibberish? 
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31. How Much Do Your Friends Affect Your Future?

Also: which professions have the happiest people?
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30. Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?

Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?
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29. How Do You Know When It?s Time to Quit?

Also: why is it so hard to predict success?
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28. Why Do We Hoard?

Also: do you spend more time thinking about the past, the present, or the future?
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27. How Should You Ask for Forgiveness?

Also: why is behavior change so darn hard? 
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26. Do Checklists Make People Stupid?

Also: what?s so great about New York City anyway?
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25. Is Hedonism Better Than Self-Control?

Also: is it wrong to feel inured to the pandemic? 
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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? 
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23. Is It Wrong to Crave Praise?

Also: should everyone have their own trauma score?
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22. Why Do We Buy Things We?ll Never Use?

Also: how is social media like a knife?
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21. How Can You Identify Hidden Talent? With Eric Schmidt.

Also: is there a downside to billionaire philanthropy?
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20. Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

Also: what is the meaning of life?
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19. Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?

Also: how do you know if you have a ?bad personality?? 
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18. How Do You Raise a ?Likable? Kid?

Also: what?s so great about friendship?
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17. How Can We Get More Virtue and Less ?Virtue Signaling??

Also: is it better to be a thinker, a doer, or a charmer?
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16. What?s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented?

Also: how does a cook become a chef? With Gabrielle Hamilton. 
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15. How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control?

Also: why do we procrastinate?
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14. Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

Also: what is the best question you?ve ever been asked in a job interview?
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13. How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?
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12. Does ?As If? Thinking Really Work?

Also: how effective is the placebo effect?
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11. Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?

Also: why do we habituate to life?s greatest pleasures?
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10. Why Are Stories Stickier Than Statistics?

Also: are the most memorable stories less likely to be true? 
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9. Why Is It So Hard to Be Alone With Our Thoughts?

Also: how do you avoid screwing up your kids?
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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.
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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?
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6. Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?

Also: should we all have personal mission statements?
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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.
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4. Does All Creativity Come From Pain?

Also: is life precious because it?s finite?
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3. What Does It Mean to Be a ?Hard Worker??

Also: how does age affect happiness?
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2. What is the Optimal Way to Be Angry?

Also: why do we treat pets better than people?
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1. Did Covid-19 Kill the Handshake?

Also: why can't humans handle uncertainty already?
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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.
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