Nate Silver and Maria Konnikova Announce New Podcast “Risky Business” From Pushkin Industries and iHeartPodcasts

Maria Konnikova and Nate Silver are both journalists who moonlight as high-stakes poker players. On their new weekly podcast Risky Business — out May 16, 2024 from Pushkin Industries and iHeartPodcasts — they will bring their analytical framework to everything from politics to poker to everyday decisions. Put simply: Risky Business is a show about making good decisions.

“When you play high-stakes poker you don’t just learn how to play cards, you learn how to think about the world,” Konnikova explains. “You learn a clear, useful framework for making all kinds of hard decisions. In Risky Business we’ll help listeners understand this framework and learn to apply it to the decisions in their own lives.”

The two friends bring a wealth of experience to the podcast. Maria has a doctorate in psychology and is the author of several books including, most recently, The Biggest Bluff. While researching the book, she inadvertently became a professional poker player with over $500,000 in tournament winnings. Nate is the founder and former editor-in-chief of political and statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight, and one of the country’s leading election forecasters. He has over $800,000 in lifetime poker tournament winnings and his forthcoming book, On the Edge, is about gambling and risk.

Both Nate and Maria will be competing at the World Series of Poker this year. But, Risky Business isn’t just about poker, of course. Nate will also bring his expertise as a statistician and forecaster to the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

“We’ll talk about the probabilities as well as tactics and strategy around politics and current events,” he adds. “How do things like expected value or game theory affect the decisions that impact all of our lives?”

Plus, listeners will learn how to apply the very same concepts to making good decisions in their everyday lives — from which car to buy or college to attend to what time to leave for the airport.

Risky Business with Nate Silver & Maria Konnikova is produced by Pushkin Industries and distributed by iHeartPodcasts. New episodes will be released each Thursday starting May 16, 2024 on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are available.