126 episodes

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.

No Stupid Questions Freakonomics

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 173 Ratings

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.

    117. What’s Wrong With Holding a Grudge?

    117. What’s Wrong With Holding a Grudge?

    How do you let go of resentment? Do apologies even work? And what grievances have Stephen and Angela been nursing for years?

    • 37 min
    116. Do People Pay Attention to Signs?

    116. Do People Pay Attention to Signs?

    Do highway warnings save lives or cost lives? How do you keep men from peeing on the floor? And what’s Angela’s plan to get more people washing their hands?

    • 37 min
    115. Are You Having a Midlife Crisis?

    115. Are You Having a Midlife Crisis?

    How is aging different today than it was in the past? What do young people get wrong about happiness? And what does it mean if you impulsively decide to get your ear pierced in an unusual place?

    • 39 min
    114. Can You Learn to Love Hard Work?

    114. Can You Learn to Love Hard Work?

    Can exercising your body boost your brain's stamina? Are some people just born lazy? And why did Angela stop reading “Us Weekly”?

    • 36 min
    113. How Can You Improve Your Mental Endurance?

    113. How Can You Improve Your Mental Endurance?

    Why do some activities tire your brain more than others? How exhausting is poverty? And could most of the world’s problems be solved with a sandwich?

    • 34 min
    112. Is It Okay to Hate Highbrow Culture?

    112. Is It Okay to Hate Highbrow Culture?

    Are Europeans more sophisticated than Americans? What’s wrong with preferring Taylor Swift to Puccini? And is Steve Levitt “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob”?

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

DirkAnthony1 ,

Learning through conversation

As a former radio exec who dealt with talent, this is a masterclass in the elusive chemistry that brings two talents together to create something more. Now as an executive and team coach I enjoy the curiosity and challenge. And even better it makes my morning run in Oxfordshire easier!

LeoLucid ,

Exploring nuance and context in a data driven world

Both Freakonomics and Grit have been among the best books I have read and having Steven and Angela explore questions that are consistently on our mind is very thought provoking. What’s best about this podcast is that critically analysing their own arguments comes naturally to these experts of their domains. Even their discourse is a lesson in how you can sometimes disagree but still increase the net understanding of a situation. Keep up the great job!

Cindy YA ,

cuppa cha with friends

thanks for this fantastic series! the day i heard the first episode, i just kept listening to the back catalogue. binge listening to common sense, calm discussions and sometimes such personal experiences. thanks for sharing.

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