Question of the Day

Question of the Day

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Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonderful, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day.The answers await you every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Episodes

177. How Do You Say Goodbye?  

How do two friends say goodbye to each other? If you're Stephen Dubner and James Altucher, you do so by recording a podcast. Question of the Day has produced 177 episodes and a live special over the span of just one year, and now our hosts are...

176. Friendships at Age 50  

Why didn't Stephen invite James to his children's bar and bat mitzvahs? Did it have something to do with how James acted at Stephen's 50th birthday party? Today, James and Stephen contemplate what it's like making new friends as...

175. Who Sets the First Number in a Negotiation?  

Is it more important to set an actual price when you're negotiating a deal, or to control the terms on which a price is to be set? When James was selling his first company, he ended up with millions less than he anticipated because the other...

174. Would Politics Work Better If Everyone Was Informed and Voted?  

Two questions in one day? Today, James and Stephen take on questions from two listeners who want to know if a more active and socially engaged electorate would create a better political system. Would the populace actually be better informed by...

173. Does Anyone Actually Like Donald Trump?  

What's the greatest factor that lead to Donald Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination? If you're Stephen Dubner, you'll say that electoral politics is a form of entertainment and Donald Trump has put in lots of deliberate...

172. What Is the Right Amount of Lazy to Be?  

You have to get uptown to your office for a meeting. You can hail an Uber and be there in 8 minutes, or you can walk and arrive in 24 minutes. Which option is the "lazy" one? This disagreement is the crux of today's conversation about...

171. One Way Ticket To Mars  

If NASA were to give the opportunity to leave everything behind and settle on Mars, with no return ticket, would you take them up on the offer? Some might jump at the offer, but many people haven't even explored outside of their own country...

170. What One Law Would You Get Rid Of?  

Are Stephen and James recommending "The Purge"? No, but today they and QOD social media followers are chiming in on what single law they think should be eliminated. James channels his inner-Ron Paul and makes a stance that the FDA should be...

169. What Can Marina Franklin Teach Us About Comedy?  

What can James take away from having a comedian in the booth with him for four days? Today, on Marina Franklin's final guest co-hosting episode, James and Stephen give Marina a lightning round of questions about comedy and the comedy business...

168. How Do You Handle Your Friends' Successes?  

How do you when your podcast co-host sponsors the same English soccer team as you? What about when your comedian friend gets her own TV show and major movie deals? The intersection of competition and cooperation are just the beginning of today's...

167. Do Selfies Cause Weight Awareness?  

How many selfies do you take with your friends before settling on one that's "social media worthy"? Our guest co-host Marina Franklin thinks whatever the number is, it's a lot higher than what it used to be, and it's because...

166. How Do You Overcome a Bad Crowd?  

You're in the middle of a stand-up comedy set - maybe your second or third that night - when your act is suddenly derailed by an audience member who is completely uninterested in the performance. That's what happened to our guest co-host of...

165. Altucher Fashion and Exercise  

Have you ever wondered what James and Stephen do every morning that has elevated them to the style icons they are today? No? Nevertheless, today we discuss brush-free hairstyles vs. needing to be groomed like a puppy, going to the gym for aesthetic...

164. What Is The Most Entertaining Olympic Event?  

Do you get excited about the Olympic Games? Even if you don't, you're likely to end up watching a few events on TV throughout the two and a half weeks that it dominates most media outlets. Today, Stephen and James discuss their relationship...

163. Are Games a Waste of Time?  

Are you pouring your productive potential down the drain when you spend your free time playing games? Today, James argues that deep knowledge of a game's rules and strategy could be beneficial in a way similar to learning a new language. However...

162. Is the Internet Making Us an Angrier Society?  

If a website could be considered a country, Facebook would be the largest country in the world, with nearly 2 billion "digital citizens". What type of effect does this forum have on world culture? James' personal introversion has...

161. Is Professional Writing Dead?  

Is there an effective way for a novelist or non-fiction author to capture people's attention nowadays? If Stephen were to begin his writing career today, would he still have pursued a track through newspaper editorial to major-publisher book...

160. How Can You Shake Up Your Work Life After Age 40?  

Do you feel the need to shake up your work life after twenty-plus years in the job market? Professional self re-inventors Stephen and James are here to help. Both hosts have pivoted their careers multiple times, some of which while keeping their...

159. Are White People Squeamish About Race Discussions?  

What did Negin Farsad discover when she and a group of other Muslim-American stand up comedians toured the "American Heartland"? The further removed she was geographically from bleeding heart liberals, the more open people were to discuss...

158. How Do You Get Over Social Anxiety?  

Negin Farsad joins Stephen and James again today, and we learn that while all three are some sort of professional public speaker, it remains the group's greatest source of social anxiety. Listen on as our hosts self-deprecate while extolling...

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