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The Next Big Idea
The Next Big Idea
Next Big Idea Club

The Next Big Idea is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with the world’s leading thinkers. Join our host, Rufus Griscom —... more

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THE FAMILY OUTING: Secrets, Memory, and Living Authentically

This week, journalist and podcaster Jessi Hempel joins us to discuss her recent memoir, “The Family Outing,” which tells the... more

30 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
Mastering the Art of Difficult Conversations (with Anna Sale)

A lot of us run away from tough conversations. Anna Sale runs toward them. For nearly a decade, as the... more

23 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
ACHIEVEMENT CULTURE: What It’s Doing to Our Kids—and to Us

It's no secret that we live in a ferociously competitive world. But what is the drive to always be the... more

16 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
FAILURE: The Science of Learning From Your Mistakes

Failure is inevitable. How we respond to it makes all the difference. Today, Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson joins... more

09 Nov 2023 · 59 minutes
HOW TO KNOW A PERSON: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply (with David Brooks)

For the past four years, New York Times columnist and acclaimed author David Brooks has been trying to learn the... more

02 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Adam Grant on the Science of Achieving Greater Things

We live in a world that worships talent, a world that cheers natural athletes, exalts child prodigies, and venerates virtuosos.... more

26 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
FACIAL RECOGNITION: A Secretive Startup's Quest to End Privacy as We Know It

When tech journalist Kashmir Hill got a tip about a mysterious app, Clearview AI, that claimed it could identify anyone... more

19 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
Daniel Pink and Brian Lowery Aren’t Sure That You Exist

Daniel Pink is going through an existential crisis. The culprit? A new book by Stanford professor Brian Lowery. --- If you want... more

12 Oct 2023 · 48 minutes
Susan Cain on the Power of the Bittersweet (2022)

Have you ever been brought to tears by a TV commercial? Do you relish rainy days? Are your favorite songs... more

05 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
HUMAN COMPATIBLE: Can We Control Artificial Intelligence?

Stuart Russell wrote the book on artificial intelligence. Literally. Today, he sits down with Rufus to discuss the promise —... more

28 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
UNREASONABLE HOSPITALITY: The Power of Giving People More Than They Expect

When he was 26, Will Guidara took the helm of a middling brasserie in New York City called Eleven Madison... more

21 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
ELON MUSK: Walter Isaacson on the World’s Most Polarizing Person

Two years ago, Walter Isaacson, the legendary biographer who has written books about Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and... more

14 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
CHANGE: How to Excel When Everything Is in Flux

We go through at least thirty-six major changes in the course of our adulthoods. And yet adapting to those changes... more

07 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
DREAM TOWN: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity

In the 1950s, Shaker Heights, Ohio, became a national model for housing integration. In the 1970s, it was known as... more

31 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
PERENNIALS: How to Thrive in a Post-Generational Society

Increasing longevity and the explosion of technology are reshaping the world. What will it mean for your education, your career,... more

24 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
ULTRA-PROCESSED: What Fake Food Is Doing to Our Health

Ultra-processed food makes up 60 percent of the American diet. Though to call it food is a stretch. Because it... more

17 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
How to Succeed by Quitting (2022)

In “Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away,” cognitive scientist turned professional poker player turned bestselling author Annie... more

10 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Why the Modern World Puts Us All at Risk for Addiction (2021)

In “Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence,” Dr. Anna Lembke says today’s superabundance of pleasurable stimuli makes... more

03 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
WORK: Henry David Thoreau on Making a Meaningful Living

Henry David Thoreau was a philosopher, poet, and pencil-maker. He was a great resigner and, above all, a superb writer... more

27 Jul 2023 · 51 minutes
RISE AND SHINE: How to Have the Perfect Morning

Research has shown that how you spend your morning can have a significant impact on the rest of your day.... more

20 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Artificial Intelligence Meets Virtual Worlds: The Future of Sentience

The two hottest topics in tech right now are the rise of generative AI and, with Apple’s recent push into... more

13 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
You Should Have More Fun This Summer. Here’s Why.

Are we all so busy doom-scrolling and binge-watching that we’ve forgotten how to have fun? Real fun. Tingly-all-over, natural-high, I-hope-this-never-ends... more

06 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
PARKING: How It Explains the World

For decades, urban planners have blanketed our cities with the cheap and convenient car storage known as parking. They've swapped... more

29 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
OUTLIVE (Part 2): How to Optimize Your Diet, Sleep, and Emotional Health

Dr. Peter Attia, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller "Outlive," is back to share cutting-edge tips for improving... more

22 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
OUTLIVE (Part 1): Peter Attia’s Guide to the Science of Longevity

Peter Attia had a problem. It was 2006. He'd recently graduated from Stanford's medical school and was completing a prestigious... more

15 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
THE WAGER: David Grann Tells a Tale of Shipwreck and Mutiny

David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the acclaimed author of "The Lost City of Z"... more

08 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
THE REAL WORK: Adam Gopnik on the Mystery of Mastery

A few years ago, Adam Gopnik, a longtime writer for The New Yorker and three-time winner of the National Magazine... more

01 Jun 2023 · 47 minutes
JOY OF MOVEMENT: How Exercise Can Help You Find Happiness and Connection

Pay a visit to your local gym, observe the grimacing patrons as they pound the treadmill or march in place... more

25 May 2023 · 56 minutes
BREAKTHROUGH: How to Get Unstuck and Achieve Anything

"To be alive is to battle stuckness." So declares NYU professor Adam Alter in his new book, "Anatomy of a... more

18 May 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
EXCELLENT ADVICE: Life Lessons From Wired Co-Founder Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly has made a career out of looking to the future. He helped pioneer online social networking all the... more

11 May 2023 · 49 minutes
SELFLESS: Why “You” Are a Social Creation

You are not autonomous. You are not an island unto yourself. You, my friend, are a social construct. The “self”... more

04 May 2023 · 56 minutes
The Next Big Idea Club Presents — "Immortality: A User's Guide"

What if you could live forever? Okay, maybe not forever, but for a long, long time — like to 150.... more

02 May 2023 · 9 minutes
Steven Johnson & Michael Specter on the Future of Life

Last month, longtime New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter released a brand new audiobook with our friends at Pushkin. It’s... more

27 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
You Need a Bedtime (from The Next Big Idea Daily)

What if we told you that every day, in just a few minutes, you could get a master class in... more

25 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
SENSES: Gretchen Rubin’s Guide to Getting Out of Your Head and Into the World

What do your five senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch — have to do with happiness? According to... more

20 Apr 2023 · 55 minutes
PSYCH: The Story of the Human Mind

In his expansive new book, "Psych: The Story of the Human Mind," Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology at the... more

13 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
PREPPY: The Surprising Origins of American Style

How did Oxford shirts, cashmere sweaters, and chinos become staples of American fashion? How did a style born on Ivy... more

06 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
SUCCESSION: The True Story Behind the Hit Show

So "Succession" is back. The Emmy Award-winning series returned to HBO for its fourth and final season last Sunday. The show,... more

30 Mar 2023 · 48 minutes
ABOLISH POVERTY: Matthew Desmond on How We Can Do It

RUFUS GRISCOM: Could you share with us your broader mission and how your new book, “Poverty, by America,” supports that... more

23 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
READING: Are We Forgetting How To Do It?

Maryanne Wolf is a professor at UCLA and the renowned author of "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science... more

16 Mar 2023 · 49 minutes
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How did Oxford shirts, cashmere sweaters, and chinos become staples of American fashion? How did a style born on Ivy League campuses... more