About the Podcast
You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self delusion that explores topics related to cognitive biases, heuristics, and logical fallacies. David McRaney interviews scientists about their research into how the mind works, and then he eats a cookie.
About the Host
My name is David McRaney. I’m a journalist now, but I did a lot of other things before that. I even owned two pet stores for a few years. Yes, pet stores. Don’t do that, by the way. I cut my teeth as a newspaper reporter covering Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and in the Pine Belt region of the Deep South. Later, I covered things like who tests rockets for NASA, what it is like to run a halfway home for HIV-positive homeless men, and how a family sent their kids to college by making and selling knives. Since then, I have been an editor, photographer, voiceover artist, television host, public speaker, and tornado survivor. I started this blog in 2009, while working as head of digital media for WDAM-TV where I also produced The Green Couch Sessions, a TV show about the music of the Deep South. Now I do the podcast, and I’m working on a new book about how minds change. I’ve done some commercial work too. I’ve written for Heineken, Duck Tape, and a few others. I recently appeared in a Reebok ad that I also helped write. I am married to Amanda McRaney, who is my favorite person, and I live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.