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.
85. What It Takes to Know Everything
Victoria Groce is one of the best trivia contestants on earth. She explains the structure of a good question, why she knits during competitions, and how to memorize 160,000 flashcards.
84. Yuval Noah Harari Thinks Life Is Meaningless and Amazing
The author of "Sapiens" has a knack for finding the profound in the obvious. He tells Steve why money is fiction, traffic can be mind-blowing, and politicians have a right to say stupid things in private.
83. “There's So Many Problems — Which Ones Can I Make a Difference On?”
When she's not rescuing chickens from coyotes, Susan Athey uses economics to address real-world challenges — from online ad auctions to carbon capture technology.
82. Is This the Future of High School?
Khan Academy founder Sal Khan returns to share his vision for a new way to learn — and the conversation inspires Steve to make a big announcement.
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.
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.
Really interesting and a joy
Fun perspectives and interesting guests. Steve Levit doesn’t think like most people and I like that. I think he doesn’t fit into one box and I like that too. It doesn’t feel like a one sided agenda but it is filter through him and his thoughts. Morgan nicely checks him from time to time.
Another win for freakonomics.
Mr. Levitt, You’ve Done it Again!
Good Morning Steven,
Jill Tarter, the inspiration for one of my favorite movies EVER! Too cool! Thank-you x 10^100. Love the podcast, always have. Thanks also to the group of professionals who make this podcast happen. Have a great 4th of July weekend!
An excellent podcast, always very interesting.