88 episodes

Steve Levitt, the iconoclastic University of Chicago economist and co-author of the Freakonomics book series, tracks down other high achievers and asks questions that only he would think to ask. Guests include all-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, WNBA champion Sue Bird, Operation Warp Speed chief Moncef Slaoui, and neuroscientist/actress Mayim Bialik. People I (Mostly) Admire is a production of the Freakonomics Radio Network.

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Steve Levitt, the iconoclastic University of Chicago economist and co-author of the Freakonomics book series, tracks down other high achievers and asks questions that only he would think to ask. Guests include all-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, WNBA champion Sue Bird, Operation Warp Speed chief Moncef Slaoui, and neuroscientist/actress Mayim Bialik. People I (Mostly) Admire is a production of the Freakonomics Radio Network.

    81. Why Bother Searching for Aliens?

    81. Why Bother Searching for Aliens?

    Astronomer Jill Tarter spent her career searching for extraterrestrial intelligence. She explains what civilizations from other planets could teach us about our own future.

    • 47 min
    80. Get Your Share of the Pie

    80. Get Your Share of the Pie

    Game theorist Barry Nalebuff explains how he used basic economics to build Honest Tea into a multimillion-dollar business, and shares his innovative approach to negotiation.

    • 50 min
    79. Solar Geoengineering Would Be Radical. It Might Also Be Necessary.

    79. Solar Geoengineering Would Be Radical. It Might Also Be Necessary.

    David Keith has spent his career studying ways to reflect sunlight away from the earth. It could reduce the risks of climate change — but it won’t save us.

    • 55 min
    78. Giving It Away

    78. Giving It Away

    Billionaire John Arnold is figuring out how to do as much good as he can with his wealth. It takes hard work, risk tolerance, and a lot of spending.

    • 51 min
    77. Can Games Prepare Us for Catastrophes? (Part 2)

    77. Can Games Prepare Us for Catastrophes? (Part 2)

    Many of us hate to think about future crises. Game designer Jane McGonigal wants to make it fun.

    • 34 min
    76. Is Gaming Good for You?

    76. Is Gaming Good for You?

    Jane McGonigal designed a game to help herself recover from a traumatic brain injury — and she thinks playing games can help us all lead our best lives.

    • 41 min

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