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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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40. Have We All Lost Our Ability to Compromise?

Also: is it better to be right or “not wrong”?

36mins

21 Feb 2021

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30. Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar?

Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?

35mins

6 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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37. How Do You Know if People Don’t Like You?

Also: do self-help books really help?

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31 Jan 2021

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13. How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?

Also: how can we stop confusing correlation with causation?

33mins

9 Aug 2020

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3. What Does It Mean to Be a “Hard Worker”?

Also: how does age affect happiness?

26mins

1 Jun 2020

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26. Do Checklists Make People Stupid?

Also: what’s so great about New York City anyway?

34mins

8 Nov 2020

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11. Are Ambitious People Inherently Selfish?

Also: why do we habituate to life’s greatest pleasures?

35mins

27 Jul 2020

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35. Does Psychotherapy Actually Work?

Also: how many “selves” is it OK to have?

32mins

17 Jan 2021

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16. What’s the Downside to Being Goal-Oriented?

Also: how does a cook become a chef? With Gabrielle Hamilton.

31mins

30 Aug 2020

Rank #9

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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?

24mins

16 Aug 2020

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22. Why Do We Buy Things We’ll Never Use?

Also: how is social media like a knife?

31mins

11 Oct 2020

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20. Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

Also: what is the meaning of life?

32mins

27 Sep 2020

Rank #12

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33. Is Optimism a Luxury Good?

Also: why is public speaking so terrifying?

38mins

3 Jan 2021

Rank #13

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6. Is Incompetence a Form of Dishonesty?

Also: should we all have personal mission statements?

39mins

22 Jun 2020

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25. Is Hedonism Better Than Self-Control?

Also: is it wrong to feel inured to the pandemic?

30mins

1 Nov 2020

Rank #15

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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?

33mins

25 Oct 2020

Rank #16

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19. Is There Such a Thing as Good Estrangement?

Also: how do you know if you have a “bad personality”?

34mins

20 Sep 2020

Rank #17

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How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control? (Ep. 15 Rebroadcast)

Also: why do we procrastinate?

37mins

27 Dec 2020

Rank #18

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15. How Much of Your Life Do You Actually Control?

Also: why do we procrastinate?

36mins

23 Aug 2020

Rank #19

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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?

30mins

29 Jun 2020

Rank #20