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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. 

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    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

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. 

    Peter Leeson on Why Trial-by-Fire Wasn’t Barbaric and Why Pirates Were Democratic

    Peter Leeson on Why Trial-by-Fire Wasn’t Barbaric and Why Pirates Were Democratic

    He’s an economist who studies even weirder things than Steve. They discuss whether economics is the best of the social sciences, and why it’s a good idea to get a tattoo of a demand curve on your bicep.

    • 46 min
    Dambisa Moyo Says Foreign Aid Can’t Solve Problems, but Maybe Corporations Can

    Dambisa Moyo Says Foreign Aid Can’t Solve Problems, but Maybe Corporations Can

    The African-born economist has written four bestselling books, including Dead Aid, which Bill Gates described as “promoting evil.” In her new book about corporate boards, Dambisa uses her experience with global corporations to explore how they can better meet society’s demands. And she explains to Steve why, even as a Harvard and Oxford-educated economist, her goal in life might sound “a little bit like a Miss America pageant.”   

    • 44 min
    Bruce Friedrich Thinks There’s a Better Way to Eat Meat

    Bruce Friedrich Thinks There’s a Better Way to Eat Meat

    Levitt rarely interviews advocates, but the founder of the Good Food Institute is different. Once an outspoken — and sometimes outlandish — animal-rights activist, Bruce has come to believe that market-driven innovation and scientific advancement are the best ways to reduce global meat consumption. Steve and Bruce talk about the negative externalities of factory-farmed meat, and why Bruce gave up antics like streaking at Buckingham Palace.

    • 45 min
    Professor Carl Hart Argues All Drugs Should Be Legal — Can He Convince Steve?

    Professor Carl Hart Argues All Drugs Should Be Legal — Can He Convince Steve?

    As a neuroscientist and psychology professor at Columbia University who studies the immediate and long-term effects of illicit substances, Carl Hart believes that all drugs — including heroin, methamphetamines, and cocaine — should be legalized. Steve talks to Carl about his new book, Drug Use for Grown-Ups, and Carl tells Steve why decriminalizing drugs is as American as apple pie. 

    • 44 min
    Daniel Kahneman on Why Our Judgment is Flawed — and What to Do About It

    Daniel Kahneman on Why Our Judgment is Flawed — and What to Do About It

    Nobel laureate, best-selling author, and groundbreaking psychologist Daniel Kahneman is also a friend and former business partner of Steve’s. In discussing Danny’s new book Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, the two spar over inconsistencies in criminal sentencing and Danny tells Steve that “Your attitude is unusual” — no surprise there. 

    • 44 min
    Memory Champion Nelson Dellis Helps Steve Train His Brain

    Memory Champion Nelson Dellis Helps Steve Train His Brain

    He’s one of the world’s leading competitors, having won four U.S. memory tournaments and holding the record for most names memorized in 15 minutes (235!). But Nelson Dellis claims he was born with an average memory and that anyone can learn his tricks. Steve gives Nelson’s techniques a shot, without much hope — and is surprised by the result.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

PCM321 ,

Better than Dubner

Slow start, slightly geeky interviewing style, but it’s honest and interesting, slowly overtaking his co-author.

kchn34 ,

Great conversations

Fun listen and lots to learn!

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