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Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonderful, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day. The answers await you every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonderful, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day. The answers await you every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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466 Ratings
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I miss these guys!

By ladyparalegal - Jun 23 2017
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Steven and James are the best. Please come back! I miss James interrupting Steven.

My favorite podcast....ever

By Podcastjunkie1977 - Mar 22 2017
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I miss you Stephen and James.

iTunes Ratings

466 Ratings
Average Ratings
304
54
30
33
45

I miss these guys!

By ladyparalegal - Jun 23 2017
Read more
Steven and James are the best. Please come back! I miss James interrupting Steven.

My favorite podcast....ever

By Podcastjunkie1977 - Mar 22 2017
Read more
I miss you Stephen and James.
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Question of the Day

Latest release on Sep 08, 2016

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Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonderful, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day. The answers await you every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Rank #1: 98. How Do You Use Your Time Efficiently?

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How do our polymath hosts - including guest Brian Koppelman - use their time efficiently while juggling multiple ventures and family? On today's discussion, you'll hear discourse about forming productive habits, creating appropriate work mindsets, scheduling non-work time, and receive advice that you should tell your friend's uncle that you will not be attending his dog's wedding in Saskatoon.

Mar 10 2016

18mins

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Rank #2: 59. How Do I Improve My Personal Finances?

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Have you taken the time to write down where each and every cent you spend goes to? If not, you may be lacking in one of James and Stephen's "three skills of money".

Dec 16 2015

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Rank #3: 12. Should You Let Your Kids Win At Chess?

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Today we learn how to impart lessons in perseverance and fair play to your children. Or, how to trounce your kids at games and feel fine about it.

Sep 16 2015

13mins

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Rank #4: 174. Would Politics Work Better If Everyone Was Informed and Voted?

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Two questions in one day? Today, James and Stephen take on questions from two listeners who want to know if a more active and socially engaged electorate would create a better political system. Would the populace actually be better informed by watching cable news on a regular basis and reading their tabloid or broadsheet of choice, or would they just be further cementing the ideological divide that media outlets are polarized to? Our hosts also discuss the potential for compulsory mail-in and internet voting and see if maybe the Swiss are on to something that America's missing.This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

Sep 01 2016

21mins

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Rank #5: 71. Early Bird or Night Owl?

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James isn't getting the amount of sleep he strives to have on a nightly basis. Will Stephen, who regularly wakes up before 6 AM, have the solution?

Jan 13 2016

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Rank #6: 26. Bring Out Your Dead

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Is New England slowly becoming one big graveyard? Today we examine where America's prior inhabitants are ending up.

Oct 19 2015

14mins

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Rank #7: 115. What Are the Keys to Health and Longer Living?

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Stephen hasn't been seriously sick in years. James hasn't needed to see a medical doctor since the age of 18. What lessons can they provide from their research, conversations with prominent physicians, and life experience? Today's tips will hopefully make you healthier, if not also wealthier and wiser.

Apr 20 2016

19mins

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Rank #8: 69. What Are Ways to Train Your Brain to Be Smarter?

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Stephen likens his mind to an attic, which shouldn't be filled with 'meaningless crap'. Will he be able to find any tidbits up there which answer a question over 2400 Quora users are wondering?

Jan 07 2016

15mins

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Rank #9: 134. Why Do We Fabricate Memories?

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Have you ever reminisced about a trip you took to Disney World with your family, only to find out it never happened? While this may read like science fiction, it actually happened to our guest co-host A.J. Jacobs! On today's episode, our hosts recount stories of false memories that have happened to them and others, including Stephen misrepresenting the lifetime score of his years-long backgammon match against James, and they try to decipher why our brains are playing tricks on us.This episode is sponsored by Allstate.

Jun 01 2016

16mins

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Rank #10: 127. What Excuse Do You Want to Stop Making?

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James believes that admitting your biggest excuse is the first step towards stopping the action. So today, our hosts get personal about the things they avoid doing, some from lack of interest, others from procrastination. Will coming clean to the listening audience be enough to set them on the straight and narrow path?

May 17 2016

12mins

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Rank #11: 140. What Do You Wish You Knew About Adult Life as a Teenager? - Pt 1

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What revelations about life have come your way in adulthood that never crossed your mind in adolescence? James asks Stephen this question today, after reading a Quora question from a 24 year old who's having trouble finding his place in the world. Stephen gives his advice on today's episode, and they continue the thread tomorrow with James' thoughts on the same topic!This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses.

Jun 15 2016

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Rank #12: 138. Planes, Trains, and Bus Window Seats

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Do you ever find yourself in a place of self-reflection and introspection when looking out the window of a moving vehicle? James and Stephen do, and today they discuss whether or not they tend to find peace in the situation, or if they just end up "inside their own heads". Also, our hosts debate the "internal fictions" of their own significance in the larger world, and why they hold their opposing opinions.

Jun 09 2016

15mins

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Rank #13: 46. Anonymous Anger Issues

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Are you more likely to have an angry outburst when driving a car than walking? How about when commenting on an internet message board? Rage is all the rage on today’s Question of the Day.

Nov 17 2015

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Rank #14: 103. What's The Last Thing You Quit?

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James quit a business he started with Stephen in 2008. Stephen quit trying to get the upper hand in discussions with his family. Both hosts quit pretending they enjoy the taste of wine. Today, we discuss the upside and downside of quitting, how to gradually unstick yourself from sticky life situations, and why no one has ever watched a play written by Stephen J. Dubner.

Mar 23 2016

19mins

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Rank #15: 104. How Much Money Do You Need to Quit Everything and Retire?

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Whether you live in downtown Manhattan or Schoharie, NY, worrying about having enough money to retire is a common fear for hard-working Americans. Today, Stephen and James examine what "the number" needed for retirement might be for the average person, and discuss whether they've been over-cautious or under-cautious when it comes to preparing their financial futures.

Mar 24 2016

18mins

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Rank #16: 167. Do Selfies Cause Weight Awareness?

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How many selfies do you take with your friends before settling on one that's "social media worthy"? Our guest co-host Marina Franklin thinks whatever the number is, it's a lot higher than what it used to be, and it's because our global level of self-consciousness is rising rapidly. Listen on as Marina, James, and Stephen discuss the difference in perception between looking in a mirror and at your smartphone screen, and why Stephen's happy to have the "Freakonomics apple" as his online avatar.This episode is sponsored by Mott & Bow.

Aug 17 2016

17mins

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Rank #17: 160. How Can You Shake Up Your Work Life After Age 40?

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Do you feel the need to shake up your work life after twenty-plus years in the job market? Professional self re-inventors Stephen and James are here to help. Both hosts have pivoted their careers multiple times, some of which while keeping their former full-time jobs, and today they give advice and examples to what their methods have been to keep them on their toes creatively.This episode is sponsored Mott & Bow.

Aug 02 2016

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Rank #18: 50. I Guess This Is Growing Up

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Age and maturity level should go hand-in-hand, but that’s not always the case. What does it take to be ‘mature’, and what are some signs that a person is, shall we say, ‘lacking’ in that department?

Nov 25 2015

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Rank #19: 72. What Are Some Habits That Have Improved Your Life?

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What "stupid, corny habit" does James have which has changed his life completely, and continues to do so even today? Today, Stephen and James list the habits they've adopted which have done the most to improve their lives.

Jan 14 2016

12mins

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Rank #20: 8. How To Start Conversations with Strangers

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Stephen and James share their strategies for talking to strangers. They've tried everything, from photographing people's tattoos to offering them bags of pennies, with mixed results.

Sep 07 2015

11mins

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177. How Do You Say Goodbye?

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How do two friends say goodbye to each other? If you're Stephen Dubner and James Altucher, you do so by recording a podcast. Question of the Day has produced 177 episodes and a live special over the span of just one year, and now our hosts are putting the show on hiatus in order to launch and grow their other endeavors. On today's final episode, for now, hear James and Stephen talk about goodbyes, backgammon matches, what they've learned, and what they'll miss once this episode comes to a close.This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

Sep 08 2016

18mins

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177. How Do You Say Goodbye?

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How do two friends say goodbye to each other? If you're Stephen Dubner and James Altucher, you do so by recording a podcast. Question of the Day has produced 177 episodes and a live special over the span of just one year, and now our hosts are putting the show on hiatus in order to launch and grow their other endeavors. On today's final episode, for now, hear James and Stephen talk about goodbyes, backgammon matches, what they've learned, and what they'll miss once this episode comes to a close.This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

Sep 08 2016

18mins

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176. Friendships at Age 50

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Why didn't Stephen invite James to his children's bar and bat mitzvahs? Did it have something to do with how James acted at Stephen's 50th birthday party? Today, James and Stephen contemplate what it's like making new friends as middle-aged introverts compared to during adolescence, and discuss how it's easier to broadcast your social signals as mature adults.

Sep 07 2016

15mins

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176. Friendships at Age 50

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Why didn't Stephen invite James to his children's bar and bat mitzvahs? Did it have something to do with how James acted at Stephen's 50th birthday party? Today, James and Stephen contemplate what it's like making new friends as middle-aged introverts compared to during adolescence, and discuss how it's easier to broadcast your social signals as mature adults.

Sep 07 2016

15mins

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175. Who Sets the First Number in a Negotiation?

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Is it more important to set an actual price when you're negotiating a deal, or to control the terms on which a price is to be set? When James was selling his first company, he ended up with millions less than he anticipated because the other party tipped the scales in their favor. Now, James uses this same technique in his own favor when he's sitting at the negotiating table. Learn more about this technique and how Stephen crowdsourced the asking price of his house on today's Question of the Day.This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker.

Sep 06 2016

20mins

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175. Who Sets the First Number in a Negotiation?

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Is it more important to set an actual price when you're negotiating a deal, or to control the terms on which a price is to be set? When James was selling his first company, he ended up with millions less than he anticipated because the other party tipped the scales in their favor. Now, James uses this same technique in his own favor when he's sitting at the negotiating table. Learn more about this technique and how Stephen crowdsourced the asking price of his house on today's Question of the Day.This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker.

Sep 06 2016

20mins

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174. Would Politics Work Better If Everyone Was Informed and Voted?

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Two questions in one day? Today, James and Stephen take on questions from two listeners who want to know if a more active and socially engaged electorate would create a better political system. Would the populace actually be better informed by watching cable news on a regular basis and reading their tabloid or broadsheet of choice, or would they just be further cementing the ideological divide that media outlets are polarized to? Our hosts also discuss the potential for compulsory mail-in and internet voting and see if maybe the Swiss are on to something that America's missing.This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

Sep 01 2016

21mins

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174. Would Politics Work Better If Everyone Was Informed and Voted?

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Two questions in one day? Today, James and Stephen take on questions from two listeners who want to know if a more active and socially engaged electorate would create a better political system. Would the populace actually be better informed by watching cable news on a regular basis and reading their tabloid or broadsheet of choice, or would they just be further cementing the ideological divide that media outlets are polarized to? Our hosts also discuss the potential for compulsory mail-in and internet voting and see if maybe the Swiss are on to something that America's missing.This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

Sep 01 2016

21mins

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173. Does Anyone Actually Like Donald Trump?

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What's the greatest factor that lead to Donald Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination? If you're Stephen Dubner, you'll say that electoral politics is a form of entertainment and Donald Trump has put in lots of deliberate practice as an entertainer, while 'traditional' politicians only appear in the spotlight every two-to-six years. However, will Trump's entertaining expertise and the billions of dollars of free airtime he's receiving be enough to secure the White House?This episode is sponsored by Wealthfront Veritone.

Aug 31 2016

14mins

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173. Does Anyone Actually Like Donald Trump?

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What's the greatest factor that lead to Donald Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination? If you're Stephen Dubner, you'll say that electoral politics is a form of entertainment and Donald Trump has put in lots of deliberate practice as an entertainer, while 'traditional' politicians only appear in the spotlight every two-to-six years. However, will Trump's entertaining expertise and the billions of dollars of free airtime he's receiving be enough to secure the White House?This episode is sponsored by Wealthfront Veritone.

Aug 31 2016

14mins

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172. What Is the Right Amount of Lazy to Be?

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You have to get uptown to your office for a meeting. You can hail an Uber and be there in 8 minutes, or you can walk and arrive in 24 minutes. Which option is the "lazy" one? This disagreement is the crux of today's conversation about what constitutes laziness and to what degree it is actually a productive creative trait. Would you pay to sit in the car and arrive quickly, or do the exercise but arrive later than the person you're meeting?This episode is sponsored by Magoosh.

Aug 30 2016

18mins

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172. What Is the Right Amount of Lazy to Be?

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You have to get uptown to your office for a meeting. You can hail an Uber and be there in 8 minutes, or you can walk and arrive in 24 minutes. Which option is the "lazy" one? This disagreement is the crux of today's conversation about what constitutes laziness and to what degree it is actually a productive creative trait. Would you pay to sit in the car and arrive quickly, or do the exercise but arrive later than the person you're meeting?This episode is sponsored by Magoosh.

Aug 30 2016

18mins

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171. One Way Ticket To Mars

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If NASA were to give the opportunity to leave everything behind and settle on Mars, with no return ticket, would you take them up on the offer? Some might jump at the offer, but many people haven't even explored outside of their own country, nonetheless planet. Today, James and Stephen discuss the prospects of leaving the Earth, literally, as well as what other options might present themselves for people who aren't trying to escape the bulk of humanity.

Aug 25 2016

16mins

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171. One Way Ticket To Mars

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If NASA were to give the opportunity to leave everything behind and settle on Mars, with no return ticket, would you take them up on the offer? Some might jump at the offer, but many people haven't even explored outside of their own country, nonetheless planet. Today, James and Stephen discuss the prospects of leaving the Earth, literally, as well as what other options might present themselves for people who aren't trying to escape the bulk of humanity.

Aug 25 2016

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170. What One Law Would You Get Rid Of?

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Are Stephen and James recommending "The Purge"? No, but today they and QOD social media followers are chiming in on what single law they think should be eliminated. James channels his inner-Ron Paul and makes a stance that the FDA should be abolished or drastically weakened, but can he convince Stephen that it's a legitimately good idea?

Aug 24 2016

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170. What One Law Would You Get Rid Of?

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Are Stephen and James recommending "The Purge"? No, but today they and QOD social media followers are chiming in on what single law they think should be eliminated. James channels his inner-Ron Paul and makes a stance that the FDA should be abolished or drastically weakened, but can he convince Stephen that it's a legitimately good idea?

Aug 24 2016

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169. What Can Marina Franklin Teach Us About Comedy?

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What can James take away from having a comedian in the booth with him for four days? Today, on Marina Franklin's final guest co-hosting episode, James and Stephen give Marina a lightning round of questions about comedy and the comedy business. Some of the topics touched upon include: Getting your set ready for late night talk shows, Jerry Seinfeld's mom jeans, and Marina's one piece of advice for up-and-coming comedians.This episode is sponsored by Magoosh.

Aug 23 2016

19mins

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169. What Can Marina Franklin Teach Us About Comedy?

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What can James take away from having a comedian in the booth with him for four days? Today, on Marina Franklin's final guest co-hosting episode, James and Stephen give Marina a lightning round of questions about comedy and the comedy business. Some of the topics touched upon include: Getting your set ready for late night talk shows, Jerry Seinfeld's mom jeans, and Marina's one piece of advice for up-and-coming comedians.This episode is sponsored by Magoosh.

Aug 23 2016

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168. How Do You Handle Your Friends' Successes?

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How do you when your podcast co-host sponsors the same English soccer team as you? What about when your comedian friend gets her own TV show and major movie deals? The intersection of competition and cooperation are just the beginning of today's engaging conversation between our hosts and guest Marina Franklin.

Aug 18 2016

17mins

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168. How Do You Handle Your Friends' Successes?

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How do you when your podcast co-host sponsors the same English soccer team as you? What about when your comedian friend gets her own TV show and major movie deals? The intersection of competition and cooperation are just the beginning of today's engaging conversation between our hosts and guest Marina Franklin.

Aug 18 2016

17mins

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iTunes Ratings

466 Ratings
Average Ratings
304
54
30
33
45

I miss these guys!

By ladyparalegal - Jun 23 2017
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Steven and James are the best. Please come back! I miss James interrupting Steven.

My favorite podcast....ever

By Podcastjunkie1977 - Mar 22 2017
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I miss you Stephen and James.