20 episodes

Pod Paper Scissors considers the glitches in our society due to the hidden games in everyday human interactions. Each week, hosts Ben Klemens and Liz Landau discuss a different topic relating to social interaction including markets, politics, trends, and other core facets of our society, in a causal conversation format with original songs and interviews with knowledgeable guests.

Pod Paper Scissors Liz Landau and Ben Klemens

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Pod Paper Scissors considers the glitches in our society due to the hidden games in everyday human interactions. Each week, hosts Ben Klemens and Liz Landau discuss a different topic relating to social interaction including markets, politics, trends, and other core facets of our society, in a causal conversation format with original songs and interviews with knowledgeable guests.

    The Centipede Made Me Do It

    The Centipede Made Me Do It

    When your interaction with another person has an end date, like moving out of a shared apartment, do you still do the dishes? In this episode we talk about repeated prisoner's dilemmas when and end is in sight, and how things fall apart.

    • 18 min
    Who does the dishes?

    Who does the dishes?

    The real world is full of "repeated prisoners' dilemmas" in which we face the same situations over and over with the same people. In this episode we discuss the optimal solutions, going all the way back to a contest that required people to mail in computer code.

    • 20 min
    Home Buyin' Blues

    Home Buyin' Blues

    Buying a house isn't as straightforward as offering a price. Contracts are malleable, and buyer and seller are also negotiating who will bear the risks. Learn how game theory underlies this process.

    • 14 min
    The Bidding Bug

    The Bidding Bug

    We discuss a different kind of auction: the second price auction. It resolves many of the problems of the usual auctions, but the game is played a little differently.

    • 16 min
    Pants on Sale

    Pants on Sale

    Sometimes winners feel like losers. In this episode we talk about auctions, including the concept of the winner's curse and Memorial Day sales.

    • 14 min
    I Want What You Want

    I Want What You Want

    Why does money have value? Why did every child want a Furby for one holiday season? On this episode, we explore how people's preferences are shaped by what they think other people want.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Shuffle shush handhold ,

Best game theory podcast out there!

Awesomely nerdy takes on real life interactions.

YouCanBeVeryNice ,

League of their own

Only podcast I know on game theory!!! Liz and Ben are engaging and interesting. I’d put money on you liking it!

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