16 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

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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.

    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
    A Ticket to the Eiffel Tower

    A Ticket to the Eiffel Tower

    Journalist and author Elizabeth Becker is our guest as we contemplate how to use game theory to think about travel.

    • 18 min
    It's Getting Crowded

    It's Getting Crowded

    In the Before Times (and in the Future Times), there were a lot of different kinds of travel experiences you could choose, and the ones you went for might have said a lot about your "crowding type." Plus, listen to our new shanty "Tweedom by the Sea."

    • 15 min
    Why Should Anyone Be Nice?

    Why Should Anyone Be Nice?

    After a musical interlude about data loss, we invite Kevin Zollman back to discuss evolutionary game theory and delve into the origins of altruism.

    • 16 min
    Sending Out a Signal

    Sending Out a Signal

    We all send signals to other people to present ourselves in certain ways -- the clothes we wear, the drinks we order, the concert seats we book (in pre-COVID times). Animals do it too. Learn how game theory can help us understand how humans and animals communicate in this episode, the first of a two-part series about evolutionary game theory.

    • 19 min

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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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