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  • 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.
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Episodes
  • Aug 6 2022

    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. 

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    43 mins
  • Jul 23 2022

    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.  

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    54 mins
  • Jul 9 2022

    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.

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    51 mins

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I love listening to inspired, brilliant problem-solving people put their minds on important topics. They convey such expertise and such normal humanity. Makes me want to linger around the dinner table long after the meal, half-finished glasses of wine and the candles burning low, while respectful, funny, and wicked-smart minds explore and debate topics important to all of us.

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ok interviewer, brilliant conversation partner

When both an interviewer and an interviewee are brilliant people, the conversation rises to the unusual level. Sometimes it's like you're not even there - they don't care if anyone listens. The only things that matter are bold ideas, brave people, and intellectual honesty.

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