114 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 • 20 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.

    How Does Facing Death Change Your Life? (Replay from Ep. 49)

    How Does Facing Death Change Your Life? (Replay from Ep. 49)

    Are you more likely to experience post-traumatic stress or post-traumatic growth? How does belief in the afterlife affect how you view death? And why did Angela hike a deadly gorge with her ex-boyfriend?

    • 27 min
    105. Should You Give Kids an Allowance or Make Them Get Jobs?

    105. Should You Give Kids an Allowance or Make Them Get Jobs?

    How do kids learn about money? What’s the big problem with education? And who made "Raiders of the Lost Ark?"

    • 34 min
    104. How Simple Is Too Simple?

    104. How Simple Is Too Simple?

    Why are humans so eager for magic-bullet solutions? Can you explain how a pen works? And how does Angela feel about being forever branded “the grit lady”?

    • 34 min
    103. Should Toilets Be Free?

    103. Should Toilets Be Free?

    Why do Americans tip so much? What happened when Angie eliminated grading in a college course? And why did almost every pay toilet in the U.S.A. vanish between 1970 and 1980?

    • 33 min
    102. What’s So Bad About Nepotism?

    102. What’s So Bad About Nepotism?

    • 37 min
    Breaking Up with Perfectionism | WorkLife with Adam Grant

    Breaking Up with Perfectionism | WorkLife with Adam Grant

    Today, something different; we're sharing an episode of WorkLife with Adam Grant, another podcast we like from the TED Audio Collective. Perfectionism is on the rise–and not just in job interviews when people claim it’s their greatest weakness. But the desire to be flawless is not always productive—or healthy. As a recovering perfectionist, Adam dives into how he managed to abandon the quest for 10s while holding onto his drive for excellence. To hear more episodes on the science of making work (and life) not suck, follow WorkLife with Adam Grant wherever you're listening to this.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Ari Tanglao ,

The podcast EVERYONE should listen to!!!

I love NSQ and literally wait for the new episodes to come out every week. I’ve recommended almost every episode to friends and can’t wait to hear more of Stephen’s and Angela’s insights. Their conversations will really get you thinking!

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