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People I (Mostly) Admire

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, Harvard psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker, and top literary agent Suzanne Gluck. People I (Mostly) Admire is a production of the Freakonomics Radio Network.

Steve Levitt: “I'm Not as Childlike as I'd Like to Be” (Bonus Episode)

People I (Mostly) Admire

  • 330 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 41:13

Steve Levitt has so far occupied the interviewer chair on this show, but in a special live event — recorded over Zoom and presented by WNYC and the Greene Space — the microphone is turned toward him. His Freakonomics friend and co-author Stephen Dubner checks in on the wisdom Levitt has extracted from his interviews, finds out why Levitt is happiest when angering everyone across the political spectrum, and asks Levitt why he ends every interview with the same question. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ken Jennings: “Don’t Neglect the Thing That Makes You Weird”

People I (Mostly) Admire

  • 730 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 45:38

It was only in his late twenties that America’s favorite brainiac began to seriously embrace his love of trivia. Now he holds the “Greatest of All Time” title on Jeopardy! Steve Levitt digs into how he trained for the show, what it means to have a "geographic memory," and why we lie to our children. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

4. Ken Jennings: “Don’t Neglect the Thing That Makes You Weird”

People I (Mostly) Admire

  • 190 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 42:19

It was only in his late twenties that America’s favorite brainiac began to seriously embrace his love of trivia. Now he holds the “Greatest of All Time” title on Jeopardy! Steve Levitt digs into how he trained for the show, what it means to have a "geographic memory," and why we lie to our children. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Kerwin Charles: “One Does Not Know Where an Insight Will Come From”

People I (Mostly) Admire

  • 270 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 41:18

The dean of Yale’s School of Management grew up in a small village in Guyana. During his unlikely journey, he has researched video-gaming habits, communicable disease, and why so many African-Americans haven’t had the kind of success he’s had. Steve Levitt talks to Charles about his parents’ encouragement, his love of Sports Illustrated, and how he talks to his American-born kids about the complicated history of Blackness in America.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

3. Kerwin Charles: “One Does Not Know Where an Insight Will Come From”

People I (Mostly) Admire

  • 97 views
  • 9 months ago
  • 39:29

The dean of Yale’s School of Management grew up in a small village in Guyana. During his unlikely journey, he has researched video-gaming habits, communicable disease, and why so many African-Americans haven’t had the kind of success he’s had. Steve Levitt talks to Charles about his parents’ encouragement, his love of Sports Illustrated, and how he talks to his American-born kids about the complicated history of Blackness in America.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mayim Bialik: “I Started Crying When I Realized How Beautiful the Universe Is”

People I (Mostly) Admire

  • 260 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 47:19

She’s best known for playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, but the award-winning actress has a rich life outside of her acting career, as a teacher, mother — and a real-life neuroscientist.  Steve Levitt tries to learn more about this one-time academic and Hollywood non-conformist, who is both very similar to him and also quite his opposite. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.