No Stupid Questions is a podcast for humans who are curious about humans. The hosts are Angela Duckworth and Mike Maughan. Stephen J. Dubner (Freakonomics)used to host the program, and Maughan took over in 2023. Sometimes Maria Konnikova joins the team. She is the author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.They all enjoy asking questions which lead to more questions. Sometimes, these questions inspire themes for future episodes.
Over a period of 20 episodes, the podcast hosts dedicated questions about what they called the Seven Deadly Sins. Do people need more rest? Why are people having less sex? Is it wrong to want more, or is coveting part of human nature? Is it a virtue to love hard work or a way to perpetuate dependence on capitalism?
Many No Stupid Questions episodes zoom in on questions about personal development. The podcast hosts discuss issues like whether talent or effort gets one further in life. They ask when is it time to give up. Other episodes ask why people get scammed and whether it is better to savor or gobble food. The hosts also give advice on how to master a crisis.
The hosts support the debate with knowledge and research. They also share their own experiences. In one No Stupid Questions episode, they discuss how pressure impacts performance. Maria explains how focusing on external things can be more reliable than focusing on one's body. She says a golfer would rather concentrate on the ball than think about his posture.
The end of each episode features an informative fact-check. One of the hosts is curious about tickling. The fact-check provides psychological evidence and advice. This podcast is an enjoyable balance of wonderment and examination. No Stupid Questions may appeal to those who want to hear the answers to life's many questions. New episodes debut each week.