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The Next Big Idea

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Think bigger. Create better. Live smarter. Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. Where do you even start? Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. Each episode dives deep into one big idea through immersive storytelling, narration and curator interviews with the most interesting authors at work today.

Think bigger. Create better. Live smarter. Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. Where do you even start? Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. Each episode dives deep into one big idea through immersive storytelling, narration and curator interviews with the most interesting authors at work today.

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United States

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Wondery

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Think bigger. Create better. Live smarter. Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. Where do you even start? Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. Each episode dives deep into one big idea through immersive storytelling, narration and curator interviews with the most interesting authors at work today.

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English


Episodes

LET’S BE REASONABLE: Sam Harris and Rufus in Conversation

9/25/2020
Neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster, author, meditation guru, and unabashed atheist Sam Harris is one of our best-known — and most controversial — public intellectuals. In this bonus episode, he and Rufus talk about consciousness, free will, morality, and people’s stubborn insistence on being irrational.

Duration:01:02:27

MIND GAMES: What Poker Can Teach Us About Luck, Skill, and Ourselves

9/1/2020
You have to play with the hand you’re dealt. At least that’s what we’re always told. But is it really true? How much of what we achieve in life is the product of our pluck and guile, and how much is just dumb luck? To find out, New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova dropped everything and joined the pro poker tour. The lessons were not what she expected. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses Plus - Get FREE access to the entire library at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea. The...

Duration:00:53:49

TRANSCENDENCE: Finding Fulfillment Beyond Ourselves

8/25/2020
You may have heard about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which sees human development as a sort of a pyramid, with survival needs at the bottom, social and emotional needs in the middle, and “self-actualization” at the top. Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman thinks we can do better. Instead of striving to become our best selves, we can strive to connect with the world beyond ourselves — to truly transcend. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses Plus - Get FREE access to the...

Duration:00:55:09

HUMANKIND: Finding Hope in Human History

8/18/2020
Our society is built on the assumption that we’re all a broken stoplight away from reverting to our animal selves. It’s what we’ve come to call “realism.” Historian Rutger Bregman thinks that kind of realism is, well, unrealistic. And not because we can learn to be better, but because deep down, we already are. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses Plus — thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code...

Duration:00:51:02

MIGRATION: Why Human Beings Were Built to Move

8/11/2020
Birds do it, bees do it, even fishes in the seas do it. So why do we have such a hard time when people migrate from one place to another? Science writer Sonia Shah presents the evidence that migration is central to the human story -- and it just might save us from what’s coming next. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses Plus — thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

Duration:00:49:19

BREATH: Harnessing the Power of a Lost Art

8/4/2020
We do it 25,000 times a day, but most of us rarely give breathing a thought. Author James Nestor says we’re missing out on one of the most powerful pathways to health and happiness. He leads Rufus through the ins and outs of intentional breathing, revealing its potential to clear our minds, heal our bodies, and help us achieve incredible things. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a...

Duration:00:49:44

PERSUASION: How to Change People’s Minds

7/28/2020
Businesses want people to buy their products. Parents want their kids to eat their vegetables. We all want to convince someone to do something. So we push and we prod – but often to no avail. Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger says there’s a better way. In this high-speed conversation with Rufus, he lays out his formula for removing barriers to change. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Try Zip Recruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea. The Next Big Idea...

Duration:00:51:54

ALCHEMY: How Our Creations Recreate Us

7/21/2020
Since humans sharpened the first stick and lit the first fire, we have been on an innovation spree, constantly developing new tools and materials to solve our problems. But material scientist Ainissa Ramirez says innovation is a two-way street. Drawing on stories about eight key inventions, she tells Rufus how our creations can change us in surprising ways. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3...

Duration:00:50:40

UPSTREAM: Solving Problems Before They Happen

7/14/2020
We knew a pandemic was coming. We knew our police were treating some of us differently than others. So why were we so unprepared for what happened? In this eye-opening conversation, Rufus and author Dan Heath dig into what it takes to root out problems at their source, both in our own lives and in the larger world. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Athletic Greens — Get 20 free travel packs at athleticgreens.com/bigidea The Great Courses Plus — Start your free month trial at...

Duration:00:49:40

CIVILIZATION: Recalculating the Price of Progress

7/7/2020
Cutting-edge science, music and art, powerful technology, plentiful food. It’s no wonder we sing the praises of civilization. But do we really have it so good? Christopher Ryan says it’s time for a rethink. He tells Rufus that people in non-civilized societies tend to be healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. What can we learn from the life we left behind? Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter — Try it for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit...

Duration:00:52:51

TOGETHER: A Doctor’s Prescription for Health and Happiness

6/30/2020
When Dr. Vivek Murthy became U.S. Surgeon General in 2014, he went on a listening tour. What he heard surprised him. Americans were lonely, and it was killing them. In this deeply personal conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Susan Cain (author of “Quiet”), Murthy makes the medical case for love and friendship. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses Plus — To start your free month trial, sign up today at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea Athletic Greens — Visit...

Duration:00:50:10

WEIRDNESS: How to Make it Your Superpower

6/23/2020
Olga Khazan describes weirdness as not fitting neatly into a box — regardless of what that box may be. It doesn’t just make other people see you as different — it also makes you feel like you don’t belong. But in this conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant, she says weirdness can also be surprisingly empowering. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Netsuite — Go to netsuite.com/bigidea for a free product tour! Athletic Greens — Visit athleticgreens.com/bigidea for 20...

Duration:00:48:22

BOYS & SEX: Coming of Age in America

6/16/2020
Hook-ups, sexting, friends with benefits, ubiquitous porn — sometimes it seems like boys today are growing up in a world of easy sex and mindless gratification. But sit down and talk to them and you get a different story. Rufus speaks with Peggy Orenstein, who interviewed hundreds of boys for her new book, "Boys & Sex," about how they navigate a minefield of sexual rules and expectations. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit...

Duration:00:46:29

FRIENDSHIP: The Science and Power of Life’s Deepest Bond

6/9/2020
Friends aren’t just fun to hang out with and handy in a pinch. They’re also a biological necessity. Rufus talks to journalist Lydia Denworth, author of a new book on the science of friendship, who explains why friends — even the online variety — make us happier, healthier, smarter, and more successful. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses — Get a free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and...

Duration:00:50:38

THINKING AHEAD: How to Make Life’s Big Decisions

6/3/2020
We all face fork-in-the-road moments in our lives. In his 2005 bestseller “Blink,” Next Big Idea Club curator (and this episode’s guest interviewer) Malcolm Gladwell famously argued that snap judgments can be just as effective as meticulous planning. In this lively conversation, author Steven Johnson (“Farsighted”) disagrees, arguing that big, complex decisions require careful thought and scenario-building. Check out our "Rethinking Big Ideas" conversation with Steven Johnson:...

Duration:00:49:46

LISTENING: What You’re Missing and Why it Matters

5/26/2020
In the cacophony of modern life, it can seem that talking, scoring points, and being heard are more important than paying attention to what others have to say. But journalist Kate Murphy says listening — really listening — can strengthen our ties to the people closest to us and create new connections in our lives. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses — Start your free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit...

Duration:00:45:16

Wondery presents The School of Greatness with Kevin Hart

5/23/2020
Kevin Hart opens up about what it means to win, grow your intellect, and empower others on this week's episode of The School of Greatness. The School of Greatness, hosted by bestselling author Lewis Howes, features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to health and relationships. Get ready to learn the wisdom, skills, and tools to write your own story. Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/SchoolOfGreatnessNBI

Duration:00:04:27

SUCCESSFUL AGING: How to Live a Full, Long Life

5/19/2020
Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, we're living longer, on average, than at any time in history. So why do so many of us act like our last decades are a time to lower our expectations? Neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin says old age can be whatever we want it to be. He went deep into the science for his new book, “Successful Aging,” and he’s emerged with some tips. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the promo...

Duration:00:48:56

Rethinking Big Ideas: Adam Grant on Finding Balance

5/12/2020
For the grand finale of our stay-at-home miniseries, Rufus talks about work-life balance, the future of education, and the addictive nature of generosity with author, podcaster, and Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Grammarly — Get 20% off when you sign up at grammarly.com/bigidea Freshbooks — Get a free 30-day trial by visiting freshbooks.com/idea

Duration:00:48:55

Rethinking Big Ideas: Priya Parker on Gathering Apart

5/5/2020
In “The Art of Gathering,” conflict resolution specialist Priya Parker writes that “Every gathering is an opportunity to create a world we wish existed.” But sometimes we have to make do with the world we’ve got. She tells Rufus that we don’t have to be in the same place to come together in meaningful ways. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses — Get a free month at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Join for free for three months at...

Duration:00:37:47