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Question of the Day

By Stephen J. Dubner, James Altucher and Earwolf

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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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Customer Reviews


I enjoy listening to Steven Dubner and looked forward to this podcast. But his cohost is intolerable. In the first episode he critiques people who work normal 40 hour jobs saying they are not content and afraid to change. Then he hears from someone who is happy with their job and changes his answer saying that this person craves certainty but you can't find that nowadays. I am under the impression that James simply blurts things out without thinking it through which seems to me to be the opposite of how Steven Dubner normally operates on freakonomics.

Perhaps it's just not my cup of tea.

If you're not a fan of conversational/self-help podcasts this certainly won't convert you. I want to like it, but I feel like the hosts come off a bit condescending and lack perspective on a lot of things. Such is the price when you're attempting to offer advice and put out your ideas though. The commercials that make up nearly a fourth of the podcast really don't help either. I kept listening to see if it gets better, but if progressively gets more absurd.

Maybe be Skewed Still Love it - Claudia Azula Altucher

I'm James Altucher’s wife: Claudia, so OF COURSE I am biased. We even share the SAME I-tunes account so this maybe coming from him here, that is why I wrote my name next to the title of the review.

I just heard all 6 Episodes, from 0 to 5, and it just released today. I loved it.

I could not stop listening, will tell you why:

First, the rock and roll theme that they have at the opening makes me feel that these two “white jewish men” (they call themselves that in the podcast so I am not offending them) get to be rock stars through a podcast… Just a thought….

What I love is that I THOUGHT I knew Stephen (I met him twice) but I knew NOTHING about him, for example I had no idea he wrote songs as a kid, or that he used words like “indigenous” or that he had an MFA (which he seems to regret slightly)

I love finding new things about him because I’ve read his books and like how he writes.

I also laugh when I hear James speaking like on the episode where he recommends THE one thing you can learn NOW that will change your life is…. To wear a “doctor’s lab coat”

Second, the questions come from Quora, a site in which I participate heavily, and they are good questions.

Third it is interesting to see the different perspectives they take when answering the questions, sometimes they read some of the answers from Quora, sometimes they say silly things, sometimes they say very wise things.

I learned for example that Stephen learned from Chekov (the Russian writer) how to start telling a story from the point of highest intensity rather than from the beginning… He said it better, listen to him.

James is funny, irreverent in his answers are very spontaneous.

Stephen knows a LOT of words, I love the that he “invented” which he thinks the English language should have… It relates to dating and getting engaged… a funny episode.

I subscribed, and will keep listening.