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52 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Maria Konnikova. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Maria Konnikova, often where they are interviewed.

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52 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Maria Konnikova. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Maria Konnikova, often where they are interviewed.

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#89 Maria Konnikova: Less Certainty, More Inquiry

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Professional poker player, psychologist and author of two New York Times best-sellers, Maria Konnikova discusses her mentors, making decisions in environments of uncertainty, the importance of reflection, cooling down your emotions and Sherlock Holmes.

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Jan 14 2021 · 1hr 37mins
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Rationally Speaking #151 - Maria Konnikova on "Why everyone falls for con artists"

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You've probably heard about victims of con artists -- like the people who hand over their life savings to sketchy gurus or psychics, or the people who wire thousands of dollars to a "Nigerian prince" who just needs some help getting his far bigger fortune to you. And you've probably thought to yourself, "What a sucker. I'd never fall for something like that." But are you sure? In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia interviews Maria Konnikova, science journalist and author of "The Confidence Game: Why we fall for it... Every time," who explains why con artists are so effective that even the best of us are vulnerable. Along the way, they explore questions like: Why do people refuse to believe they've been conned? Are con artists getting more sophisticated over time? And how do con artists view themselves -- do they rationalize their actions, or are they impassive sociopaths?

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Jan 03 2021 · 47mins

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Rationally Speaking #117 - Maria Konnikova on How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

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Want to learn how to use your logical, reflective side in everyday life? It's elementary, my dear listeners! Maria Konnikova, the author of the bestselling Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes is the special guest on this episode of Rationally Speaking. Konnikova has a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University and writes about science for publications including the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Julia and Massimo ask her for tips on Holmesian thinking, and debate her on questions like: Is your unreflective, "Watsonian" side really so bad? And did Sherlock make some mistakes in his famous quotes about thinking?

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Jan 02 2021 · 46mins
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The Grid 050.5 Bonus Episode ft. Maria Konnikova

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In a special bonus GRID, Jennifer Shahade shares an episode of her chess podcast, Ladies Knight, featuring author, psychology PHD and poker champion Maria Konnikova. In researching Konnikova, Jennifer realized that all of her books have natural overlap with games, starting with Konnikova’s premiere book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. Mastermind shows how anyone can use Sherlock Holmes’ ways of catching culprits to improve their own cognitive ability from organizing your “memory attic” to  deduction techniques.   

Maria’s most recent book, The Biggest Lie, is about her journey from poker newbie to champion in just a year. Jennifer and Maria talk about how such a quest would differ if undertaken in chess. They also compare the deep focus required in chess and poker, and how her mentor Erik Siedel, allowed her to better understand the power of attention.   

Konnikova also reveals her short, but dramatic chess career as a fifth grader and flirts with the idea of giving it another go. It’s never too late to learn, Jennifer assures her. 

They also touch on Maria’s book, “The Confidence Game”, and what con artists can teach us about people who cheat in games like chess and poker. Spoiler alert: It’s not just about the money and rating points.


Maria Konnikova has previously appeared on the GRID to discuss a dramatic hand with seven-deuce offsuit.  

If you are or know a woman looking to dig deeper into chess, check out the Madwoman’s Book Club Jennifer co-hosts with US Chess Women, which will feature Maria Konnikova’s Mastermind on Dec 18th.

Find out more about Maria and her books on mariakonnikova.com and subscribe to the Ladies Knight for more chess-inspired conversations hosted by Jennifer. 

Dec 16 2020 · 46mins
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RHLSTP 295 - Maria Konnikova

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#295 Snucker - Richard has this week performed live on stage for the first time since March, but a certain papier-mâché drunkard stole the show. But never mind, Richard is delighted to chat to journalist and pro poker player Maria Konnikova. They discuss her rise from someone who didn’t know how many cards were in a pack to a poker champion in the space of months, whether luck or skill rules our world, how our hands don’t bluff, how poker can help us in the real world and what it’s like to meet a world champion self-playing snookerist. Quite a lot of poker content, but it’s more about knowing ourselves and coping with the random shit that life and cards throw up. 


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Sep 30 2020 · 1hr 5mins
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Biggest Bluff w/ Maria Konnikova

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In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science writer and psychologist Dr. Maria Konnikova to talk about her newest book, "The Biggest Bluff: How I learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win." They discuss her journalistic interest in game theory which ultimately led her to learn to Texas Hold 'Em, resulting in an incredible transformation to a professional poker player with over a quarter of a million dollars in winnings.
Aug 24 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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SPOS #736 - Maria Konnikova On Understanding Poker To Win At Life

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Welcome to episode #736 of Six Pixels of Separation.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #736 - Host: Mitch Joel. When Maria Konnikova first entered the world of poker in 2017, it was tough to predict that, within a year, she would have won a major title, made multiple final tables, and amassed close to $300,000 in live tournament winnings. But that’s precisely what happened. Today, in addition to her career as a journalist, Maria plays professionally, traveling the world as she seeks her next poker title in anticipation of her recently published book, The Biggest Bluff. Maria brings a unique background to her poker career: apart from being a bestselling author (her other books include The Confidence Game, and Mastermind) and award-winning journalist, she holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. Her doctoral work was on risky and emotional decision making in uncertain environments—the precise sorts of conditions you encounter at the poker table. Her theoretical findings, alongside her new practical experience, form a powerful combination for insight into the human decision making process in environments far removed from the poker table. Apart from playing and working on her book, over the last year Maria has developed interactive decision making workshops that use poker as a tool to explore your own mind—and help you emerge with a more complete understanding of yourself and a roadmap for improving your thought processes going forward. There is powerful connection between understanding the dynamics of poker in relation to what we need to pay attention to, how to master our thinking, how to see people for who they truly are (and not what they may be pretending to be) and where the "win" in life may actually be. Enjoy the conversation...

Aug 16 2020 · 54mins
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#89 Maria Konnikova: Less Certainty, More Inquiry

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Professional poker player, psychologist and author of two New York Times best-sellers, Maria Konnikova discusses her mentors, making decisions in environments of uncertainty, the importance of reflection, cooling down your emotions and Sherlock Holmes.

GO PREMIUM: Support the podcast, get ad-free episodes, transcripts, and so much more: https://fs.blog/knowledge-project-premium/

Aug 04 2020 · 1hr 37mins
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#71 Maria Konnikova: A Poker Journey Unlike Any Other

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Today’s guest on the podcast is the best-selling author of the runaway hit “The Biggest Bluff”, Maria Konnikova.

Maria has a journey through poker that I can pretty much guarantee is unlike anybody else’s in the world.

She heeds a call to adventure, enlists the help of a mysterious mentor, deals with the various challenges and pitfalls of learning the game of poker, experiences failure and pain, and is ultimately transformed in the process.

If you have not checked out “The Biggest Bluff” yet, do yourself a favor and grab it as soon as you possibly can. I promise you will not be disappointed.

As you know I have a slight obsession with hearing the backstories of amazing folks in the world of poker and Maria’s may be the most captivating one of them all.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

- How she managed to convince none other than Erik Seidel, who had never before taken on a poker student, to be her mentor.

- The amount of effort it REALLY takes to write an amazing book proposal.

- The one thing she wasn’t allowed to talk to Erik about.

- And much, MUCH more.

So, without any further ado, I bring to you world-renowned psychologist, speaker, best-selling author, and professional poker player Maria Konnikova.
Jul 29 2020 · 1hr 20mins
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985 How to Read People and Make Winning Decisions w/Maria Konnikova

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“If you pick the easy route, then you’re picking it to give yourself an out.”

Lewis is joined by New York Times bestselling author and Psychology PhD Maria Konnikova, who recently attempted to become a poker champ in order to study social dynamics and decision-making. They discuss how you can learn more from reading people's bodies than their faces, how to become aware of emotional triggers and establish routines to prevent them, and why the process is always more important than the outcome.

Mel Robbins: The “Secret” Mindset Habit to Building Confidence and Overcoming Scarcity: https://link.chtbl.com/970-pod

Dr. Joe Dispenza on Healing the Body and Tranforming the Mind: https://link.chtbl.com/826-pod

Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds with David Goggins: https://link.chtbl.com/715-pod

Jul 27 2020 · 1hr 20mins
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