The Next Big Idea

The Next Big Idea

Wondery
Sep 25, 2020 1 hr 2 min

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

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.
Sep 01, 2020 50 min

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

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 Next Big Idea - Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Aug 25, 2020 51 min

TRANSCENDENCE: Finding Fulfillment Beyond Ourselves

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 entire library at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea. The Next Big Idea - Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Aug 18, 2020 47 min

HUMANKIND: Finding Hope in Human History

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 FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Aug 11, 2020 45 min

MIGRATION: Why Human Beings Were Built to Move

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.
Aug 04, 2020 46 min

BREATH: Harnessing the Power of a Lost Art

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 three-month pass.
Jul 28, 2020 48 min

PERSUASION: How to Change People’s Minds

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 Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Jul 21, 2020 47 min

ALCHEMY: How Our Creations Recreate Us

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 for a three-month pass.
Jul 14, 2020 47 min

UPSTREAM: Solving Problems Before They Happen

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 thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea ZipRecruiter — Try it now for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Jul 07, 2020 48 min

CIVILIZATION: Recalculating the Price of Progress

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 https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.