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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 Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you groundbreaking ideas with the power to change the way you see the world.

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 Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you groundbreaking ideas with the power to change the way you see the world.

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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 Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you groundbreaking ideas with the power to change the way you see the world.

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English


Episodes

HUMOR: How to Turn Levity Into Your Secret Weapon

4/15/2021
Humor is no laughing matter. It inspires innovation, strengthens relationships, disarms tension, and makes you look smart. Seriously. So why are we all afraid to be funny at work? In their new book, “Humor, Seriously,” Stanford professors Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas say the recipe for professional success and personal fulfillment is to lighten up, pack a little levity in your briefcase, and start living your life on the precipice of a smile. In today’s episode, they dig into the...

Duration:01:17:34

BEGINNERS: The Joys of Being an Amateur

4/8/2021
A few years ago, as he watched his young daughter try out one hobby after another, a thought crossed Tom Vanderbilt’s mind: Why do we work so hard to get our kids to learn new skills when most of us adults stopped trying new things ages ago? For Tom, that contradiction became a call to arms. In defiance of the usual objections — it’s too late! you’re too old! — he took up chess, surfing, singing, juggling, and drawing. His goal wasn’t to gain mastery. He just wanted to prove to himself (and...

Duration:01:13:50

THINK AGAIN: Adam Grant on the Power of Changing Your Mind

4/1/2021
We’re taught that the mark of a surefire intelligence is the ability to think and learn. But in his new book, "Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know," Adam Grant says that in our turbulent world, there’s a more important skill: the ability to rethink and unlearn. By updating your opinions, checking your ego, and admitting when you’re wrong, you can set yourself up for greater wisdom, deeper relationships, and a more joyous existence. Support us by supporting our...

Duration:01:31:22

VOICE: You Are What You Speak

3/25/2021
Sure, opposable thumbs are handy. But in his brilliant new book, “This Is the Voice,” John Colapinto says the voice is our species’ greatest attribute. We rely on it to communicate and collaborate, woo our mates and protect our children, make art and win wars. John would know. A rock ‘n’ roll vocal injury changed his relationship with his instrument and set him on a path to better understand what his voice means to him — and what the voice means to humanity. Support us by supporting our...

Duration:01:34:45

THE BRAIN: A User’s Guide to the Blob Between Your Ears

3/18/2021
If you managed to stay awake during Bio 101, then you probably think you have a basic understanding of how your brain works. Not so, says neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett. In this cerebral yet highly entertaining conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Daniel Pink, Lisa says our brains are made for budgeting, not thinking. She debunks the myth of the lizard brain. And she makes the far-out claim that everything you see and hear, including this podcast, is a hallucination. Support us...

Duration:01:02:55

SERENDIPITY: Good Luck and How to Get It

3/11/2021
In all likelihood, some of the biggest moments in your life, like meeting your spouse or finding your job, were the result of a chance encounter or fortunate coincidence. You got lucky. But Christian Busch, who directs the global economy program at NYU, says that with the right mindset, you can regard luck not as something that happens to you but as a skill you can cultivate. In this lively conversation, he gives Rufus pointers on how to live serendipitously, describes the surprising power...

Duration:01:05:01

DRUG USE: Is Getting High an American Right?

3/4/2021
Every day, Dr. Carl Hart goes into his laboratory at Columbia University and gets people high. That research has led him to a surprising conclusion: the predominant effects of the drugs he administers — substances like cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and meth — are positive. In this unflinching conversation about Dr. Hart’s bold new book, “Drug Use for Grown-Ups,” Carl and Rufus discuss their own experiences with drugs, connect drug criminalization to structural racism, and ask whether drug use...

Duration:01:27:38

POST CORONA: Predicting the Future With Scott Galloway

2/25/2021
We don’t know when the pandemic will end, but we do know this: while we’ve been stuck at home, the world has been spinning faster than ever. Name any existing trend in technology, healthcare, commerce, or education, and it’s safe to say it has advanced a decade in the last 12 months. That’s because COVID-19, according to NYU professor Scott Galloway, is an accelerant. And in this high-octane conversation, he tells Rufus that if we play it right, we can harness that acceleration to create...

Duration:01:11:57

Season 3: New Ideas, Same Great Taste

2/19/2021
The Next Big Idea returns on February 25th.

Duration:00:00:57

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