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Poker, Politics And Everyday Decision-Making Come Together In ‘Risky Business’ Series.


Author Maria Konnikova became an international poker champion and the winner of more than a half-million dollars in tournament earnings — and inadvertently turned into a professional poker player all while researching her recent bestseller, “The Biggest Bluff.” And Nate Silver, the founder and former editor-in-chief of political and statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight, has over $800,000 in lifetime poker tournament winnings, and his forthcoming book, “On the Edge,” is about gambling and risk. The two will roll the dice, so to speak, with a new podcast called Risky Business.


In the series from Pushkin Industries and iHeartPodcasts, Konnikova and Silver will bring their analytical framework to everything from politics to poker to everyday decisions. Beyond poker, the creators say Risky Business is a show about making good decisions. 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.


“When you play high-stakes poker you don’t just learn how to play cards, you learn how to think about the world,” Konnikova says. “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. Konnikova has a doctorate in psychology and is the author of several books. Silver, meanwhile, is a leading election forecaster. And while both will be competing at the World Series of Poker this year, the producers say Risky Business will go beyond card games. Silver 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,” Silver says. “How do things like expected value or game theory affect the decisions that impact all of our lives?”


Risky Business is produced by Pushkin Industries and distributed by iHeartPodcasts. New episodes will be released each Thursday starting May 16.

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