One of the best things about being a journalist is asking questions. Stephen Dubner has been doing this for years, accumulating fascinating lore, hidden insights and wild stories. By now, he knows at least a little about many things.
Dubner has a friend who is just as curious and has also gained a wealth of information during his eclectic career. James Altucher is an entrepreneur, investor and author. James also interviews people who intrigue him. The James Altucher Show podcast.
Recently, Dubner and Altucher launched a podcast together called question of the day. This is a continuation of the fast-paced conversation that these two smart, out-of-the-box thinkers have been having for many years in connection with their long friendship and long game of backgammon.
The topics are broad but never superficial, deep but never heavy. The episodes are short – usually less than 15 minutes – and full of useful information that is also interesting. In one episode you can hear about Anders EricssonX 10,000 hour rule, Steven SpielbergX the only advice about the film’s casting and why leg strength is the key to good golf. All this from the questionHow to quickly learn something?”
It’s safe to say that on no other podcast you’ll hear references to the business savvy of YouTube’s famed makeup artist. Michelle Phanthe incredible story of how a podcast startup called Odeo turned into Twitter, and writing habits Stephen King.
We love to say that QOD for people who have a lot of curiosity and little time. We assume that anyone who is a fan of freakonomics fits into this category. So check question of the day. You can subscribe to it at iTunes and also hear it on earwolves, soundcloud as well as stapler. And you can follow QOD on the Twitter as well as facebook.