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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.

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No Stupid Questions Freakonomics Radio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 515 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

    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
    198. What Does It Mean to Be “Cool”?

    198. What Does It Mean to Be “Cool”?

    What’s the difference between being popular and being cool? How has social media changed the trend cycle? And what do Taylor Swift and Walmart have in common?

    • 40 min
    197. Is It Wrong to Lie to Children?

    197. Is It Wrong to Lie to Children?

    Why do we tell kids that a fairy will give them cash in exchange for their teeth? How should we talk to them about scary things in the world? And is Mike one of the greatest operatic tenors of all time?

    • 38 min
    Extra: Angela Duckworth on “Masters of Scale”

    Extra: Angela Duckworth on “Masters of Scale”

    WaitWhat C.E.O. Jeff Berman interviews Angela about “grit-scaling” and her unlikely path to academic celebrity.

    • 33 min
    196. What’s Wrong With Being a Little Neurotic?

    196. What’s Wrong With Being a Little Neurotic?

    Is there any upside to negative emotions? What can comedians teach us about dealing with pain? And why did Angela eat off of a stranger’s plate at a sushi bar?

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
515 Ratings

515 Ratings

NatalieGLo ,

Love Mike and Angela!

Mike was such a great replacement for Steven, just something about him I like much better!

Ishran Zakir ,

Not big fan of Podcast though

I normally can not connect with podcast since I don’t see them, their expression.. I always find it’s a little bit distant. However, this show has changed my view. The topics are interesting and the hosts are fantastic. It feels like I am listening to a conversation I can be a part to. Great work!

Joshua Tian ,

Miss Dubner

Mike is great. But I miss Dubner a lot. One of many reasons is Dubner and Duckworth had more entertaining intellectual banter.

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