220 episodes

Research psychologist Angela Duckworth (author of "Grit") and tech and sports executive Mike Maughan really like to ask people questions, and they believe there’s no such thing as a stupid one. So they have 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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No Stupid Questions Freakonomics Radio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 191 Ratings

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Research psychologist Angela Duckworth (author of "Grit") and tech and sports executive Mike Maughan really like to ask people questions, and they believe there’s no such thing as a stupid one. So they have 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.

Join the Freakonomics Radio Plus membership program for weekly member-only episodes of Freakonomics Radio. You’ll also get every show in our network without ads. To sign up, visit our show page on Apple Podcasts or go to freakonomics.com/plus.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    203. Do You Need a Hug?

    203. Do You Need a Hug?

    Do humans need touch to survive? Do any of us get enough touch throughout our lives? And why doesn’t Angela want to hug anyone for eight seconds?

    • 39 min
    How Effective Are Ultimatums? (Replay)

    How Effective Are Ultimatums? (Replay)

    How final is a final offer, really? Does anonymity turn nice people into jerks? And should you tell your crush that you dreamed about marrying them?

    • 36 min
    202. Why Can’t We Tolerate Discomfort?

    202. Why Can’t We Tolerate Discomfort?

    Are we using technology to make ourselves numb? What’s the downside of air conditioning? And was Angela the most annoying person in her college classes?

    • 40 min
    201. Are You Dreaming Too Big?

    201. Are You Dreaming Too Big?

    Are fantasies helpful or harmful? How is daydreaming like a drug? And what did Angela fantasize about during ninth-grade English class?

    • 41 min
    200. What’s the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy?

    200. What’s the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy?

    Can you ever really know how another person feels? What’s the best way to support a grieving person? And why doesn’t Hallmark sell empathy cards?

    • 40 min
    199. What Makes a Good Gathering?

    199. What Makes a Good Gathering?

    Why do so many book clubs fall apart? Do the best parties have rules? And does Angela’s husband want to date you?

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
191 Ratings

191 Ratings

Rilez3 ,

My favourite

Always looking forward to this. 150-ish episodes in and there hasn’t been a bad one. Both hosts are great to listen to and every episode brings an interesting topic.

manly listener ,

Love the subjects

Love the subject matter and the discussion. Sometimes Angela repeats things and rambles which can get annoying.

Aofreeman ,

Nice conversation

It’s like catching up with very smart friends and I also learn something new I can apply. The fact check at the end is a nice touch

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