May 19, 2016
EP. 129 — Is Being Mediocre Good Enough?
Many podcasts, this one included, dedicate a considerable amount of time to self-improvement, technical mastery, and peak performance. With that in mind, one QOD listener wrote in wondering what the problem is with being “mediocre, but content?” Listen to Stephen and James talk through their own experiences with the word “mediocre”, then find out where James stands on the issue when Stephen administers Barry Schwartz’ “maximizers vs. satisficers” quiz.
September 8, 2016
EP. 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 putting the show on hiatus in order to launch and grow their other endeavors. On today’s final episode, for now, hear James and Stephen talk about goodbyes, backgammon matches, what they’ve learned, and what they’ll miss once this episode comes to a close.
This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.
September 7, 2016
EP. 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 middle-aged introverts compared to during adolescence, and discuss how it’s easier to broadcast your social signals as mature adults.
September 6, 2016
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 party tipped the scales in their favor. Now, James uses this same technique in his own favor when he’s sitting at the negotiating table. Learn more about this technique and how Stephen crowdsourced the asking price of his house on today’s Question of the Day.
This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker.