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    No Stupid Questions

    Research psychologist Angela Duckworth (author of "Grit") and tech and sports executive Mike Maughan really like to ask people questions, and they believe there’s no such thing as a stupid one. So they have 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. Join the Freakonomics Radio Plus membership program for weekly member-only episodes of Freakonomics Radio. You’ll also get every show in our network without ads. To sign up, visit our show page on Apple Podcasts or go to freakonomics.com/plus.
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    Episodes (219)

    How Effective Are Ultimatums? (Replay)

    How Effective Are Ultimatums? (Replay)

    How final is a final offer, really? Does anonymity turn nice people into jerks? And should you tell your crush that you dreamed about marrying them?

     

    • SOURCES:
      • Max Bazerman, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.
      • Deepak Malhotra, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.
      • Elon Musk, owner and C.T.O. of X Corp (formerly Twitter), C.E.O. of Space X, and C.E.O. of Tesla.
      • John Krasinski, actor and filmmaker.

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usJuly 07, 2024

    202. Why Can’t We Tolerate Discomfort?

    202. Why Can’t We Tolerate Discomfort?

    Are we using technology to make ourselves numb? What’s the downside of air conditioning? And was Angela the most annoying person in her college classes?

     

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usJune 30, 2024

    201. Are You Dreaming Too Big?

    201. Are You Dreaming Too Big?

    Are fantasies helpful or harmful? How is daydreaming like a drug? And what did Angela fantasize about during ninth-grade English class?

     

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usJune 23, 2024

    200. What’s the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy?

    200. What’s the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy?

    Can you ever really know how another person feels? What’s the best way to support a grieving person? And why doesn’t Hallmark sell empathy cards? 

     

    • SOURCES:
      • Daniel Batson, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Kansas.
      • Paul Bloom, professor of psychology at University of Toronto.
      • Paul Polman, businessman, author, and former C.E.O. of Unilever.

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usJune 16, 2024

    199. What Makes a Good Gathering?

    199. What Makes a Good Gathering?

    Why do so many book clubs fall apart? Do the best parties have rules? And does Angela’s husband want to date you? 

     

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usJune 09, 2024

    198. What Does It Mean to Be “Cool”?

    198. What Does It Mean to Be “Cool”?

    What’s the difference between being popular and being cool? How has social media changed the trend cycle? And what do Taylor Swift and Walmart have in common?

     

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usJune 02, 2024

    197. Is It Wrong to Lie to Children?

    197. Is It Wrong to Lie to Children?

    Why do we tell kids that a fairy will give them cash in exchange for their teeth? How should we talk to them about scary things in the world? And is Mike one of the greatest operatic tenors of all time? 

     

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usMay 26, 2024

    196. What’s Wrong With Being a Little Neurotic?

    196. What’s Wrong With Being a Little Neurotic?

    Is there any upside to negative emotions? What can comedians teach us about dealing with pain? And why did Angela eat off of a stranger’s plate at a sushi bar? 

     

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usMay 19, 2024

    195. Can You Be Too Nice?

    195. Can You Be Too Nice?

    Where is the line between a good guy and a doormat? Do people with sharp elbows make more money? And why did Angela’s mother give away her birthday present?

    Take the Big Five inventory: freakonomics.com/bigfive

     

     

     

    No Stupid Questions
    en-usMay 12, 2024

    194. Is It Okay to Be an Introvert?

    194. Is It Okay to Be an Introvert?

    What’s the difference between being introverted and being shy? What are extroverts so cheerful about? And does Angela’s social battery ever run out?

    Take the Big Five inventory: freakonomics.com/bigfive

     

     

     

    193. Are You as Conscientious as You Think You Are?

    193. Are You as Conscientious as You Think You Are?

    Is it really that important to make your bed? What’s the benefit of hiring a lazy person? And how many cups of spinach can Mike fit in a red Solo cup?  

    Take the Big Five inventory: freakonomics.com/bigfive

     

    • SOURCES:
      • David Barack, philosopher and neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania.
      • Randall Bell, socio-economist and C.E.O. of Landmark Research Group.
      • Julia Cameron, author, poet, songwriter, filmmaker, and playwright.
      • Charles Duhigg, journalist and author.
      • Guy Kawasaki, author and Silicon Valley venture capitalist.
      • William McRaven, professor of national security at the University of Texas at Austin and retired Admiral in the United States Navy.

     

     

    Should You Get Out of Your Comfort Zone?

    Should You Get Out of Your Comfort Zone?

    What do the most creative people have in common?  How open-minded are you, really? And what’s wrong with ordering eggs Benedict? 

    Take the Big Five inventory: 

    freakonomics.com/bigfive

     

    • SOURCES:
      • Max Bennett, co-founder and C.E.O. of Alby.
      • David Epstein, author and journalist.
      • Ayelet Fishbach, professor of behavioral science and marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
      • Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.
      • Steve Jobs, co-founder and former C.E.O. of Apple.
      • Oliver John, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.
      • Daniel Kahneman, professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.
      • Claude Shannon, 20th century mathematician and computer scientist.
      • Jannik Sinner, professional tennis player.
      • Christopher Soto, professor of psychology at Colby College.
      • Dashun Wang, professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University.
      • Kaitlin Woolley, professor of marketing at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

     

     

    191. Can You Change Your Personality?

    191. Can You Change Your Personality?

    Are you the same person you were a decade ago? Do we get better as we age? And is your sixth-grade class clown still funny? 

     

    • SOURCES:
      • Aaron (Tim) Beck, professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
      • Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University.
      • Olga Khazan, staff writer at The Atlantic. 
      • Brian Little, professor of psychology at the University of Cambridge.
      • Jordi Quoidbach, professor of people management and organisation at ESADE, University Ramon Llull.
      • Carl Rogers, 20th-century psychologist.
      • Martin Short, actor and comedian.
      • Richard Wiseman, professor of the public understanding of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.
      • Timothy Wilson, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.

     

     

    190. What’s the Point of Nostalgia?

    190. What’s the Point of Nostalgia?

    Is it dangerous to live in the past? Why is Disney remaking all of its classic movies? And why does Angela get sentimental over a cup of soup and a free roll? 

     

     

     

    189. When Should You Trust Your Gut?

    189. When Should You Trust Your Gut?

    Does instinct trump expertise? Can playing poker improve your intuition? And why did Angela jump off of a moving trolley car?

     

    • SOURCES:
      • Tom Brady, former quarterback for the New England Patriots.
      • Daniel Kahneman, professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.
      • Gary Klein, cognitive psychologist and pioneer in the field of naturalistic decision making.
      • Brock Purdy, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
      • Josh Waitzkin, former chess player, martial arts competitor, and author.

     

     

    188. Why Do Kids Today Get So Many A’s?

    188. Why Do Kids Today Get So Many A’s?

    Is grade inflation on the rise? How much does your G.P.A. matter in the long run? And when did M.I.T., of all places, become “the cool university”?

     

    • SOURCES:
      • Scott Hugo, housing justice attorney at Oakland City Attorney’s Office.
      • Bob Ladouceur, former head football coach at De La Salle High School.
      • Jon Marcus, writer at The Hechinger Report.
      • Amelia Nierenberg, Connecticut correspondent for The New York Times. 
      • James Pennebaker, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
      • Stuart Rojstaczer, writer and former professor of geophysics at Duke University.

     

     

    187. Is Fear Running Your Life?

    187. Is Fear Running Your Life?

    How can you summon courage when you’re terrified? Is hiking more dangerous than skiing? And what is the stupidest thing that Mike has ever done?

     

    • SOURCES:
      • Albert Bandura, professor of psychology at Stanford University.
      • Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine.
      • Lisa Damour, clinical psychologist and senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University.
      • Christopher Peterson, professor of psychology and organizational studies at the University of Michigan.
      • Stanley Rachman, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia.
      • Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic alpine skier.
      • Lindsey Vonn, Olympic alpine skier.
      • Shaun White, Olympic snowboarder.
      • Joseph Wolpe, 20th-century South African psychiatrist.

     

     

    186. Do You Need a Routine?

    186. Do You Need a Routine?

    Would you be more adventurous if you had more structure? Do you multitask while brushing your teeth? And what would Mike’s perfect brother Peter do? 

     

    • SOURCES:
      • David Brooks, opinion columnist for The New York Times.
      • Colin Camerer, professor of economics at the California Institute of Technology.
      • James Clear, writer.
      • Mason Currey, author.
      • David Goggins, ultra-endurance athlete and retired U.S. Navy SEAL.
      • Jesse Itzler, entrepreneur and author.
      • Katy Milkman, professor of operations, information and decisions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and host of the Choiceology podcast.
      • Aneesh Rai, professor of management and organization at the University of Maryland.
      • Tony Robbins, author, motivational speaker, and life coach.
      • Sydney Scott, professor of marketing at Washington University in St. Louis.
      • Cass Sunstein, professor and founding director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School.
      • Elanor Williams, professor of marketing at Washington University in St. Louis.

     

    185. Do You Need Closure?

    185. Do You Need Closure?

    What’s the best way to carry out random acts of kindness? What’s wrong with making an “Irish exit”? And why is Mike secretly buying lottery tickets?

     

     

     

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