How to Make Your Own Luck

Freakonomics Radio | 2 July 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Maria Konnikova about her book The Biggest Bluff. Discusses insights on decisionmaking gleaned from learning to be a professional poker player. Includes excerpts read by Konnikova.

This is the prototype for a potential new podcast from Steven Dubner, which sets a new high standard for an author interview about their book. Email radio@freakonomics.com to offer encouragement.

Annie Duke on Poker, Probabilities, and How We Make Decisions

Conversations with Tyler | 1 July 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke about ideas from her forthcoming book How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. Discusses how poker is a perfect laboratory to study human decision-making. Covers how payoffs aren’t always monetary, the benefits and costs of probabilistic thinking, the “magical thinking” behind why people buy fire insurance but usually don’t get prenups, linguistics, how public policy would change if only the top 500 poker players voted, whether Trump has a tell, the power of open-mindedness, and more.

Maria Konnikova on Poker, Psychology, and Reason

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 22 June 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Maria Konnikova about her book The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win. Backgrounds her path from a PhD in psychology, to writing, to learning about poker for the book, to becoming a successful tournament poker player. Discusses what poker can teach us about rational thinking and human psychology.

Maria Konnikova on Learning to Play Poker

The James Altucher Show | 10 May 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Maria Konnikova immersed herself in poker to write a book about luck. Now, having made $200k in her first year playing, she’s on her way to play in the world series. An excellent discussion of both decisionmaking and the process of getting good at something.

Aaron Brown on Risk Management

Trend Following with Michael Covel | 11 June 2018 | 0h 45m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Aaron Brown, an expert on financial risk management and gambling, and author of Red-Blooded Risk, and The Poker Face of Wall Street, and co-author of A World of Chance. Starts with his introduction to quantitative approaches in poker and includes insights on the early days of quants in Wall Street, libertarianism and risk management.

All In

Planet Money | 9 January 2019 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Tells the story of a big payday for a losing poker player to background the way professional poker players stake each other and trade stakes in each others’ winnings.

Annie Duke – Thinking More in Bets

Capital Allocators | 19 November 2018 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Follow up interview with Annie Duke covering the challenge of separating signal from noise in making decisions, the formation and confirmation of beliefs, forming decision groups, communicating with teams, mistakes Annie’s advisory clients have made after reading her book and stories of how Annie approached being a woman in the male-dominated poker world.

Annie Duke – Improving Decision Making

Capital Allocators | 5 February 2018 | 0h 59m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets. A wonderful synthesis of evolutionary psychology, behavioural biases and what to do about it from an expert in psychology with a grounding in the real world of poker.