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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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.






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...

Duration: 00:18:56

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...

Duration: 00:15:41

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...

Duration: 00:20:15

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...

Duration: 00:21:13

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...

Duration: 00:16:12

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...

Duration: 00:17:46

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...

Duration: 00:15:33

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...

Duration: 00:18:23

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...

Duration: 00:16:15

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...

Duration: 00:20:18

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...

Duration: 00:18:57

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...

Duration: 00:17:58

157. How Do You Make White People Laugh?

What happens when an Iranian-American comedian from Southern California decides to make a leap into the publishing world by writing a book about how to entertain Caucasians? We find out today as cultural polymath and new Earwolf podcaster Negin Farsad...

Duration: 00:20:39

156. What Have You Retained from College?

James may be the outspoken QOD host regarding higher education's low return-on-investment, but today Stephen is having a hard time remembering what he learned over those four very expensive years. Listen on as we roll back the clock to test both...

Duration: 00:18:45

155. How Do I Become an Explorer?

Have you ever pretended to start a fight with someone much larger than you in the middle of the night just to start a conversation? What about entering a private community garden while people stare at you? James has done those things in the past few...

Duration: 00:18:54

154. Hi, May We Speak to President Obama?

Will James Altucher have the same level of success calling the White House that he did 36 years earlier, as an inquisitive twelve-year-old? Today, we learn that James' podcasting days began long before he teamed up with Stephen, as James...

Duration: 00:19:01

153. What's the Best Way for a Teenager to Make Money?

Summer has arrived in New York City, which means that school is out for the summer and teenagers are ready to get jobs until the next school year starts. On today's episode, we have an on-air guest questioner as QOD's very own Alison...

Duration: 00:11:41

152. How Do You Exercise Your Question Asking Muscle?

Every time James Altucher is in a social situation he asks himself, "What am I going to learn from this conversation?" Bringing that attitude to every encounter he comes across is the beginning of a mental exercise regimen to strengthen his...

Duration: 00:15:13

151. How Do I Learn to Perform Better Under Pressure?

After a disastrous game of competitive golf, an interested QOD party asks James how to not lose it all during clutch moments. Will out mystery questioner be able to improve his or her game using the wisdom James pulls from chess, business, and...

Duration: 00:17:19

150. Dragons, Dinosaurs, and Unicorns

Did Stephen's viewing habits of the TV show "Dragon Tales" when his children were young affect his pleasure watching "Game of Thrones" as an adult? Today, James and Stephen go a bit more casual than usual and discuss their...

Duration: 00:17:27

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