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32 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Ben Cohen. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Ben Cohen, often where they are interviewed.

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32 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Ben Cohen. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Ben Cohen, often where they are interviewed.

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Ben Cohen, "The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks" (Custom House, 2020)

New Books in Psychology
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For decades, statisticians, social scientists, psychologists, and economists (among them Nobel Prize winners) have spent massive amounts of precious time thinking about whether streaks actually exist.

After all, a substantial number of decisions that we make in our everyday lives are quietly rooted in this one question: If something happened before, will it happen again? Is there such a thing as being in the zone? Can someone have a “hot hand”? Or is it simply a case of seeing patterns in randomness? Or, if streaks are possible, where can they be found?

In The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks (Custom House, 2020), Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen offers an unfailingly entertaining and provocative investigation into these questions.

He begins with how a $35,000 fine and a wild night in New York revived a debate about the existence of streaks that was several generations in the making. We learn how the ability to recognize and then bet against streaks turned a business school dropout named David Booth into a billionaire, and how the subconscious nature of streak-related bias can make the difference between life and death for asylum seekers. We see how previously unrecognized streaks hidden amidst archival data helped solve one of the most haunting mysteries of the twentieth century, the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg.

Cohen also exposes how streak-related incentives can be manipulated, from the five-syllable word that helped break arcade profit records to an arc of black paint that allowed Stephen Curry to transform from future junior high coach into the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.

Crucially, Cohen also explores why false recognition of nonexistent streaks can have cataclysmic results, particularly if you are a sugar beet farmer or the sort of gambler who likes to switch to black on the ninth spin of the roulette wheel.

Paul Knepper was born and raised in New York and currently resides in Austin. He used to cover basketball for Bleacher Report and his first book titled Knicks of the Nineties: Ewing, Oakley, Starks and the Brawlers Who Almost Won It All is due out this year. You can reach Paul at paulknepper@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @paulieknep.

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Jun 25 2020

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Ben Cohen, "The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks" (Custom House, 2020)

New Books in Mathematics
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For decades, statisticians, social scientists, psychologists, and economists (among them Nobel Prize winners) have spent massive amounts of precious time thinking about whether streaks actually exist.

After all, a substantial number of decisions that we make in our everyday lives are quietly rooted in this one question: If something happened before, will it happen again? Is there such a thing as being in the zone? Can someone have a “hot hand”? Or is it simply a case of seeing patterns in randomness? Or, if streaks are possible, where can they be found?

In The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks (Custom House, 2020), Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen offers an unfailingly entertaining and provocative investigation into these questions.

He begins with how a $35,000 fine and a wild night in New York revived a debate about the existence of streaks that was several generations in the making. We learn how the ability to recognize and then bet against streaks turned a business school dropout named David Booth into a billionaire, and how the subconscious nature of streak-related bias can make the difference between life and death for asylum seekers. We see how previously unrecognized streaks hidden amidst archival data helped solve one of the most haunting mysteries of the twentieth century, the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg.

Cohen also exposes how streak-related incentives can be manipulated, from the five-syllable word that helped break arcade profit records to an arc of black paint that allowed Stephen Curry to transform from future junior high coach into the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.

Crucially, Cohen also explores why false recognition of nonexistent streaks can have cataclysmic results, particularly if you are a sugar beet farmer or the sort of gambler who likes to switch to black on the ninth spin of the roulette wheel.

Paul Knepper was born and raised in New York and currently resides in Austin. He used to cover basketball for Bleacher Report and his first book titled Knicks of the Nineties: Ewing, Oakley, Starks and the Brawlers Who Almost Won It All is due out this year. You can reach Paul at paulknepper@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @paulieknep.

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Jun 25 2020

43mins

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779: Sales Excellence and Major Account Selling, with Ben Cohen

Sales Enablement Podcast with Andy Paul
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Meet Ben Cohen, Head of Sales Excellence and Marketing (North America and South America) for HELLA. If you're not familiar, HELLA is a $10 billion German enterprise with nearly 40,000 employees serving the automotive industry worldwide. In this episode, Ben joins me to talk about how to effectively transition major account sellers (who historically have nurtured critical strategic relationships with face-to-face selling) to virtual and remote sellers. We'll then dig into how Ben and HELLA define sales excellence and how they measure success.

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Jun 12 2020

40mins

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193 – Interview with Ben Cohen, WSJ, The Hot Hand: The Mystery & Science of Streaks

The Perception & Action Podcast
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A discussion with Ben Cohen from the Wall Street Journal about his new book – The Hot Hand: The Mystery & Science of Streaks. Does the Hot Hand in sports exist? How does it change the behavior of people around the player with the “hot hand”? How can this idea be extended to other domains like film making?

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May 18 2020

26mins

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The Hot Hand: Ben Cohen

Le Batard & Friends Network
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Sarah talks to Ben Cohen of The Wall Street Journal about his book The Hot Hand, including the interesting reason why the creator of NBA Jam came up with "he's on fire," how we invent causes to explain patterns, the differences between the hot hand and flow state, how the best work of creators comes in bunches, and how The Princess Bride finally got made because of a creative hot hand.

May 12 2020

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Sarah talks to Ben Cohen of The Wall Street Journal about his book The Hot Hand, including the interesting reason why the creator of NBA Jam came up with "he's on fire," how we invent causes to explain patterns, the differences between the hot hand and flow state, how the best work of creators comes in bunches, and how The Princess Bride finally got made because of a creative hot hand.

May 12 2020

52mins

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Ben & Jerry's: Ben Cohen And Jerry Greenfield (2017)

How I Built This with Guy Raz
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In the mid-1970s two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield decided to open an ice cream shop in Burlington, Vermont. Their quirky little shop packaged and sold unusual flavors like Honey Coffee, Mocha Walnut, and Mint with Oreo Cookies. In 1981, the regional brand spread across the country after Time magazine called it the "best ice cream in America." Today, Ben & Jerry's is one of the top selling ice cream brands in the world. And, like the original founders, the company doesn't shy away from speaking out on social issues. PLUS for our postscript "How You Built That," we check back with Clay McCabe of Zipper Rescue, a repair kit that helps people fix their broken zippers at home.

Mar 23 2020

57mins

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Hour 2 - Ben Cohen (03-10-20)

The Dan Patrick Show
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Dan and the Danettes welcome The Hot Hand author, Ben Cohen.

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Mar 10 2020

46mins

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Does the Hot Hand Actually Exist? Ben Cohen Discusses His New Book on the Mystery and Science of Streaks (Ep. 191)

The HoopsHype Podcast with Alex Kennedy
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In 1985, research seemed to indicate that the "hot hand" doesn't actually exist and humans just see patterns in randomness. Anyone who's played or watched basketball had a hard time believing this. Well, in recent years, new data proved that the hot hand is actually 100 percent real. Ben Cohen, an author and reporter for The Wall Street Journal, wrote a terrific book about this called "The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks."

Order Ben's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Hand-Mystery-Science-Streaks/dp/0062820729

Mar 09 2020

37mins

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Ben Cohen, Publisher of The Banter

The Bob Cesca Show
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NSFW! Today we’re chatting with my friend and editor Ben Cohen about Trump and Iran, as well as Facebook’s horrendousness, and the status of digital publishing in the age of social media. You can follow Ben Cohen on Twitter thedailybanter, and through The Banter newsletter at thebanter.substack.com. And if you like what you hear, please consider supporting this show by subscribing to our bonus content at bobcescashow.com.

Jan 09 2020

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