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No Stupid Questions
No Stupid Questions
Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher

Research psychologist Angela Duckworth (author of "Grit") and tech and sports executive Mike Maughan really like to ask people questions, and they... more

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184. Are You Doing Too Much?

How can you strive for excellence without overworking yourself? Why is perfectionism on the rise? And is Angela part of... more

25 Feb 2024 · 40 minutes
183. Does Free Will Exist, and Does It Matter?

Does anyone have any real agency? What do McDonald’s and Oxford University have in common? And why did Angela give... more

18 Feb 2024 · 41 minutes
182. Is It Good or Bad to Keep Secrets?

Should you shout your sins from the rooftops? How many skeletons are in the average person’s closet? And what has... more

11 Feb 2024 · 40 minutes
181. What’s So Great About Meritocracy?

Do you really deserve the credit for your accomplishments? Should college admissions be determined by lottery? And how did Mike’s... more

04 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
180. What Makes Some Objects Feel Special?

Where does sentimental value come from? Why did Angela throw out her childhood journals? And would Mike wear Hitler’s sweater?

28 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
179. Can You Really “Manifest” Success Through Positive Visualization?

Is there any scientific basis for the law of attraction? Are people who believe in “cosmic collaboration” more successful? And... more

21 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
178. Do Kids Need More Independence?

Are modern parents too protective? Why do we worry so much about things that almost never happen? And how did... more

14 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
177. What Does Success Look Like?

What matters more: meeting our own ambitions, or winning fame and glory? What’s it like to earn a gold medal... more

07 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
63. How Contagious Is Behavior? With Laurie Santos of “The Happiness Lab.” (Replay)

Why do we mirror other people’s accents? Does DJ Khaled get tired of winning? And also: life is good —... more

31 Dec 2023 · 36 minutes
176. Why Is It So Hard to Make Decisions?

Why do we get overwhelmed when we have too many choices? Should we make our own decisions or copy other... more

24 Dec 2023 · 40 minutes
No Stupid Questions
184. Are You Doing Too Much?
No Stupid Questions