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"The Life Brief: A Playbook for No-Regrets Living" by Bonnie Wan

Ad exec Bonnie Wan shares her playbook for navigating life’s decisions, crossroads, and curveballs. • Subscribe to our newsletter • Download our... more

01 Mar 2024 · 13 minutes
"Of Greed and Glory: In Pursuit of Freedom for All" by Deborah G. Plant

Historian Deborah Plant takes us on a personal exploration of America’s obsession with continuing human bondage.

29 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Anyone Can Become a Supercommunicator — Even You

Charles Duhigg, the bestselling author of "Power of Habit," is on the show today to explain what marital spats, NASA... more

28 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
"Digital Madness: How Social Media Is Driving Our Mental Health Crisis—and How to Restore Our Sanity" by Nicholas Kardaras

We’ve become mad for our devices. Our devices are driving us mad.

27 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Geeks of the World, Unite!

Today, MIT's Andrew McAfee stops by to share a few key insights from his recent book "The Geek Way: The... more

26 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Perform Your Best

Happy Friday, friends! To close out the week, here are a few tips on how to have a great day,... more

23 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
"The Survivors of the Clotilda" by Hannah Durkin

Today, the true story of the Clotilda, the last slave ship to land on American soil — more than half... more

22 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
The Nuclear Threats of the 21st Century

In an alarming new book "Countdown: The Blinding Future of Nuclear Weapons," journalist Sarah Scoles explores the current state of... more

21 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
Are You Addicted to Drama? This Will Help

Today, clinical psychologist and mind-body expert Scott Lyons turns the notion of the drama queen on its head.

20 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success

Want to become the best at what you do? First, says Ron Friedman ("Decoding Greatness"), you must learn how to... more

19 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
‘Humankind’ Makes the Case That We Are Wired for Happiness

Humans, it turns out, are pretty decent. That's according to Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, whose book "Humankind: A Hopeful History"... more

16 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
How to Build a Just Economy

Nick Romeo, a writer for The New Yorker, has spent the last several years covering the most compelling economic policies... more

15 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Make Your Relationships Great This Valentine's Day

Today, we hear from Rick Hanson, senior fellow at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, about his latest book, "Making... more

14 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
Can One Therapy Session Transform Your Mental Health?

In "Little Treatments, Big Effects," Harvard-trained psychologist Jessica Schleider explains how you can reboot your mental health in a single... more

13 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
Leadership Advice From One of Silicon Valley's First Female Black CEOs

Shellye Archambeau was an executive at IBM, Blockbuster's president, and then MetricStream's CEO. She currently serves on the boards of Verizon... more

12 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
Why Life Gets Better With Age

Today, five lessons, "Learning to Love Midlife," a blueprint for aging gracefully by Chip Conley, CEO of the Modern Elder... more

09 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
"Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum" by Antonia Hylton

For her first book, Antonia Hylton, a Peabody and Emmy award-winning journalist, unearthed the 93-year-old history of a segregated asylum... more

08 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
How the Moon Inspired Religion, Science, and Our Political System

Rebecca Boyle stops by to discuss her new book, "Our Moon: How Earth's Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution,... more

07 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
What Diabetes Tells Us About Medical Blindspots

In "Rethinking Diabetes: What Science Reveals About Diet, Insulin, and Successful Treatments," science journalist Gary Taubes argues that when it... more

06 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
Want To Be a Great Leader? Try Cultivating a Co-Creation Mindset

How did Apple overcome a culture of secrecy? How did Pixar out-innovate Disney? In their new book, "Brave Together," Chris... more

05 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
"Goodbye, Perfect: How to Stop Pleasing, Proving, and Pushing for Others… and Live For Yourself" by Homaira Kabir

Stop trying to be perfect. Try this instead.

02 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
"The Myth That Made Us How False Beliefs about Racism and Meritocracy Broke Our Economy (and How to Fix It)" by Jeff Fuhrer

False narratives about post-racism and meritocracy have been used to condone egregious economic outcomes. What can we do to fix... more

01 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
"Free Will: An Opinionated Guide" by Alfred R. Mele

Last week, Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky came on the show to make the case that free will does not exist.... more

31 Jan 2024 · 8 minutes
"Nobility in Small Things: A Surgeon's Path" by Craig Smith

Craig Smith has been a heart surgeon for more than 40 years, and in that time he's saved the lives... more

30 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
"Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication" by Vanessa Van Edwards

Charisma. Some people have it, some people don’t. Or so we’ve been led to believe. But speaker, researcher, and bestselling... more

29 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
"Seek: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World" by Scott Shigeoka

Curiosity may not seem like a skill, but it is. You can cultivate it. Scott Shigeoka will teach you how. •... more

26 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
"How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion" by David McRaney

What does it take to open someone's mind? We asked David McRaney for his science-backed tips.

25 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
"The Perennials: The Megatrends Creating a Postgenerational Society" by Mauro Guillén

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

24 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
"Moving On Doesn't Mean Letting Go: A Modern Guide to Navigating Loss" by Gina Moffa

"The art of losing isn't hard to master," Elizabeth Bishop wrote in her poem "One Art." Psychotherapist Gina Moffa agrees.... more

23 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
"All In: How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams" by Mike Michalowicz

With the rise of hybrid work, intergeneration offices, and flexible schedules, it has never been harder to build a successful... more

22 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
"The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith, and Meaning" by Meghan Sullivan & Paul Blaschko

To close out the week, let's hear from two philosophers about what it means to be happy, good, and to... more

19 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
"Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings" by Steven G. Rogelberg

Every day, in offices around the world, there are an estimated 200 million one-on-one meetings. In "Glad We Met," Steven... more

18 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
"Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will" by Robert Sapolsky

Does free will exist? Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky says, "Hell no!" Which sounds scary, we know, but he's here today... more

17 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
"Beyond Longevity: A Proven Plan for Healing Faster, Feeling Better, and Thriving at Any Age" by Jason Prall

We don't just want to live for a long time — we want to thrive as we age. Today, science... more

16 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
"Gray Areas: How the Way We Work Perpetuates Racism and What We Can Do to Fix It" by Adia Harvey Wingfield

It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which has us thinking about the state of our nation — specifically, the state... more

15 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
"I Didn't Do the Thing Today: Letting Go of Productivity Guilt" by Madeleine Dore

Madeleine Dore went in search of the secret to productivity, only to find that there isn't one. Instead, we're being... more

12 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
"On the Brink of Utopia: Reinventing Innovation to Solve the World's Largest Problems" by Thomas Ramge & Rafael Laguna de la Vera

How innovative are our times really? Not very, according to Thomas Ramge and Rafael Laguna de la Vera. And they've... more

11 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
"Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream" by David Leonhardt

You may know David Leonhardt from his wildly popular New York Times newsletter, "The Morning." What you may not know... more

10 Jan 2024 · 9 minutes
"Project UnLonely: Healing Our Crisis of Disconnection" by Jeremy Nobel

Today, Dr. Jeremy Nobel unpacks our personal and national experiences of loneliness to discover its roots and to show how... more

09 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
"Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership" by Kirstin Ferguson

Do you have what it takes to be a great leader? Find out by listening to Kirstin Ferguson, who joins... more

08 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
"Uncertain: The Wisdom and Wonder of Being Unsure" by Maggie Jackson

Today, author Maggie Jackson offers a guide to flourishing in times of flux and angst by harnessing the overlooked power... more

05 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
"What the Taliban Told Me" By Ian Fritz

Have you ever met an airborne cryptologic linguist? No? Well, today's your lucky day. We're joined by Ian Fritz who... more

04 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
"Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World (in a Big Way)" by Roma Agrawal

A structural engineer examines the basic building blocks of engineering that have shaped the modern world.

03 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
"Sweat: A History of Exercise" by Bill Hayes

Exercise isn't just our modern obsession: the ancients were keen on it, too. That's according to award-winning journalist Bill Hayes,... more

02 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Best Of: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing (with Brad Stulberg)

Change is not the exception, it’s the rule. Today, Brad Stulberg ("Master of Change") tells us how to deal with... more

01 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
Best Of: Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey

You can get happier. And getting there will be the adventure of your lifetime. Harvard professor Arthur C. Brooks shares... more

29 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Best Of: Rainn Wilson ("The Office") on Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution

Actor, producer, and writer Rainn Wilson ("The Office") explores the problem-solving benefits that spirituality gives us to create solutions for... more

28 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Best Of: Shankar Vedantam on the Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

Today, Shankar Vedantam, host of "Hidden Brain," walks us through the surprising role of self-deception in human flourishing.

27 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
Best Of: How to Find Balance in the Age of Indulgence (with Anna Lembke)

Today, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of... more

26 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Best Of: Amy Edmondson on the Science of Failing Well

This week, we're looking back at some of our favorite episodes from the last year. Today, we'll hear from award-winning... more

25 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
"Needy: How to Advocate for Your Needs and Claim Your Sovereignty" by Mara Glatzel

To close out the week, we called up Mara Glatzel to share her unique approach to identifying, honoring, and advocating... more

22 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
"How We Ended Racism: Realizing a New Possibility in One Generation" by Justin Michael Williams & Shelly Tygielski

“It’s the year 2050… and racism has ended.” Could this really be our future?

21 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
"Same as Ever: A Guide to What Never Changes" by Morgan Housel

Today, we're joined by Morgan Housel, author of the mega-bestseller The Psychology of Money, who'll discuss his new book, Same... more

20 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
"Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age" by Katherine May

In this episode, the New York Times–bestselling author of Wintering invites us to rediscover the feelings of awe and wonder available to... more

19 Dec 2023 · 17 minutes
"The Phoenix Economy Work, Life, and Money in the New Not Normal" by Felix Salmon

We are living in a strange world. Felix Salmon calls it “the New Not Normal.” Today, he explores the economic ramifications... more

18 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
"Reasons Not to Worry: How to Be Stoic in Chaotic Times" by Brigid Delaney

Can the ancient wisdom of the Stoics help you live a better life today?

15 Dec 2023 · 11 minutes
"System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot" by Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami & Jeremy M. Weinstein

Technology is rapidly reshaping our lives. And not always for the better. In this episode, three Stanford professors argue that... more

14 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
"Starstruck: A Memoir of Astrophysics and Finding Light in the Dark" by Sarafina El-Badry Nance

Egyptian-American astrophysicist Sarafina El-Badry Nance shares how she boldly carved out a place in the field of astrophysics, grounding herself... more

13 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
"How Not to Age: The Scientific Approach to Getting Healthier as You Get Older" by Michael Greger

Today, physician and New York Times bestselling author Michael Greger shares simple hacks you can use to stay healthy as... more

12 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
"Strategic: The Skill to Set Direction, Create Advantage, and Achieve Executive Excellence" by Rich Horwath

Over the past two decades, Rich Horwath has helped more than a quarter million leaders develop their strategic thinking and... more

11 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
"How the Talmud Can Change Your Life: Surprisingly Modern Advice from a Very Old Book" by Liel Leibovitz

Today, journalist and podcaster Liel Leibovitz explores how the Talmud — an ancient work of Jewish ethics, law, and tradition... more

08 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
"We, the Data Human Rights in the Digital Age" by Wendy H. Wong

Today, Wendy Wong, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, stops by to tell us why we... more

07 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
"Fool Proof: How Fear of Playing the Sucker Shapes Our Selves and the Social Order—and What We Can Do About It" by Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

The fear of playing the fool is a universal psychological phenomenon and an underappreciated driver of human behavior, says Tess... more

06 Dec 2023 · 11 minutes
"Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind" by Andy Dunn

CW: This episode contains references to suicide. In his 20s, Andy Dunn launched a DTC men’s fashion brand called Bonobos.... more

05 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
"Awaken Your Genius: Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity, and Become Extraordinary" by Ozan Varol

Today, Ozan Varol, the acclaimed author of "Think Like a Rocket Scientist" shares five tools you can use to unlock your originality... more

04 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
"The First Rule of Mastery: Stop Worrying about What People Think of You" by Michael Gervais

Today, to close out the week, we'll hear psychologist Michael Gervais's groundbreaking guide for overcoming what may be the single... more

01 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
"Apprentice Nation: How the 'Earn and Learn' Alternative to Higher Education Will Create a Stronger and Fairer America" by Ryan Craig

College isn’t for everyone. Could high-value apprenticeships provide an alternative pathway to economic opportunity?

30 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
"Is Math Real?: How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths" by Eugenia Cheng

Today, one of the world’s most creative mathematicians offers a new way to look at math.

29 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
"The Age-Proof Brain: New Strategies to Improve Memory, Protect Immunity, and Fight Off Dementia" by Marc Milstein

"There are little things that we can do daily that lower our risk of dementia and Alzheimer's by anywhere from... more

28 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
"How Work Works: The Subtle Science of Getting Ahead Without Losing Yourself" by Michelle P. King

In her two decades researching organizations, Michelle King has discovered that people who succeed possess a particularly unique skill: They... more

27 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
"How to Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times" by Chris Bailey

To cap off the week, we'll hear from Chris Bailey, who offers up a guide to achieving calm, navigating anxiety,... more

24 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
"Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes" by Ian Leslie

Ian Leslie, a columnist for the New Statesman, is here today to teach us how to transform the heat of... more

23 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
"The Canceling of the American Mind: Cancel Culture Undermines Trust and Threatens Us All—But There Is a Solution" by Greg Lukianoff & Rikki Schlott

Today, a deep dive into cancel culture, an account of its dangers to all Americans, and the much-needed antidote from... more

22 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
"Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us" by Susan Magsamen & Ivy Ross

Many of us mistakenly view the arts as mere entertainment. But today Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross show us how... more

21 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
"Quitting: A Life Strategy: The Myth of Perseverance—and How the New Science of Giving Up Can Set You Free" by Julia Keller

We're often told to tough things out. But Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Julia Keller wanted to know: is grit all it's... more

20 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
"Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World" by Jenn Granneman & Andre Sólo

Do you pause before you speak and think before you act? Do you tune into subtle details and make connections... more

17 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
"Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens" by Rajiv Shah

Today, Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former administrator of President Barack Obama’s United States Agency for International... more

16 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
"The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality" by Andy Clark

Most of us believe that what we see is what’s really there. But new discoveries in neuroscience and psychology have... more

15 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
"I'm So Effing Hungry: Why We Crave What We Crave — and What to Do About It" by Amy Shah

Today, Dr. Amy Shah shares a science-based plan designed to help you take charge of your health and your cravings,... more

14 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
"The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It's the Last Minute ― Before the Last Minute" by Christopher Cox

As an editor at Harper's and GQ, Christopher Cox learned the power of a good deadline. Then he began to... more

13 Nov 2023 · 9 minutes
"The Power of Wonder: The Extraordinary Emotion That Will Change the Way You Live, Learn, and Lead" by Monica C. Parker

We're capping off the week with an eye-opening journey through the magical, yet surprisingly little-understood, human emotion that is wonder... more

10 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
"The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World" by Max Fisher

We all have a vague sense that social media is bad for us, but the truth, according to New York... more

09 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
"Evolutionary Intelligence: How Technology Will Make Us Smarter" by W. Russell Neuman

A surprising vision of how human intelligence will coevolve with digital technology and revolutionize how we think and behave from... more

08 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
"Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence" by Anna Lembke

Today, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of... more

07 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
"Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results" by Shane Parrish

Few things will change your trajectory in life or business as much as learning to think clearly. Today, Shane Parrish,... more

06 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
"It's Not Me, It's You: Break the Blame Cycle. Relationship Better" by John Kim & Vanessa Bennett

John Kim and Vanessa Bennett are marriage therapists. They are also partners. Today, they tell us how analyzing their own... more

03 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
"Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen" by Zoe Chance

Zoe Chance teaches the most popular class at the Yale School of Management. But you don't have to got to... more

02 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
"The Identity Trap: A Story of Ideas and Power in Our Time" by Yascha Mounk

Has a healthy appreciation for the culture and heritage of minority groups transformed into a counterproductive obsession with group identity... more

01 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
"Your Life Depends On It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health" by Talya Miron-Shatz

Today, a top expert on decision-making explains why it’s so hard to make good choices about your health — and... more

31 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
"Number Go Up: Inside Crypto's Wild Rise and Staggering Fall" by Zeke Faux

Happy Monday! Today, Bloomberg reporter Zeke Faux is here to tell the story of the greatest financial mania the world... more

30 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
"Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic-and What We Can Do About It" by Jennifer Breheny Wallace

Today, we hear from Jennifer Breheny Wallace, author of the definitive book on the rise of toxic achievement culture that... more

27 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
"The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves" by Alexandra Hudson

Can civility help bridge our political divide?

26 Oct 2023 · 10 minutes
"Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking" by Mehdi Hasan

MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan isn’t one to avoid arguments. He relishes them as the lifeblood of democracy and the only surefire... more

25 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
"Why We Forget and How To Remember Better: The Science Behind Memory" by Andrew E. Budson & Elizabeth A. Kensinger

If memory is a simple thing, why does it so often go awry? Why is forgetting so common? How can... more

24 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
"Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most" by Adam Alter

Today, Adam Alter, author of "Anatomy of a Breakthrough," offers up a groundbreaking guide to breaking free from the thoughts,... more

23 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
S37 E5: "Choose Your Story, Change Your Life: Silence Your Inner Critic and Rewrite Your Life from the Inside Out" by Kindra Hall

The things we tell ourselves affect how well or poorly our path in life goes. Today, we're going to flip... more

20 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
S37 E4: "The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century's Greatest Dilemma" by Mustafa Suleyman

Today we dig into the unprecedented risks that AI and other fast-developing technologies pose to global order, and how we might contain them... more

19 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
S37 E3: "A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload" by Cal Newport

Today, New York Times bestselling author Cal Newport offers a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the inbox... more

18 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
S37 E2: "Rethinking Intelligence: A Radical New Understanding of Our Human Potential" by Rina Bliss

In this episode, Rina Bliss, a genetics expert and professor challenges our understanding of intelligence, explaining what it truly means... more

17 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
S37 E1: "Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing – Including You" by Brad Stulberg

Change is not the exception, it’s the rule. Today, Brad Stulberg tells us how to deal with it.

16 Oct 2023 · 10 minutes
S36 E5: "Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing" by Pete Davis

We are stuck in “Infinite Browsing Mode” — swiping through endless dating profiles without committing to a single partner, jumping... more

13 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
S36 E4: "How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens" by Melinda Wenner Moyer

As an award-winning science journalist, Melinda Wenner Moyer was regularly asked to investigate and address all kinds of parenting questions:... more

12 Oct 2023 · 10 minutes
S36 E3: "The World Behind the World: Consciousness, Free Will, and the Limits of Science" by Erik Hoel

Today: a fascinating exploration into how the brain creates our conscious experiences — potentially revolutionizing neuroscience and the future of... more

11 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
S36 E2: "The Right Call: What Sports Teach Us About Work and Life" by Sally Jenkins

Sportswriter Sally Jenkins has spent 30 years observing, interviewing, and analyzing elite coaches and playmakers, such as Bill Belichick, Peyton... more

10 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
S36 E1: "Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You're Put on the Spot" by Matt Abrahams

Spend 13 minutes with us today and develop the life-changing ability to excel in spontaneous communication situations—from public speaking to... more

09 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
S35 E2: "Drama Free: A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships" by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Today, licensed therapist and bestselling relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab offers clear advice for identifying dysfunctional family patterns and choosing... more

06 Oct 2023 · 10 minutes
S35 E4: "Longpath: Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs – An Antidote for Short-Termism" by Ari Wallach

Many of the problems we face today, from climate change to work anxiety, are the result of short-term thinking. But... more

05 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
S35 E3: "Misbelief What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things" by Dan Ariely

Social scientist Dan Ariely explores the behavior of misbelief that leads people to distrust accepted truths and embrace conspiracy theories.

04 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
S35 E2: "Random Acts of Medicine: The Hidden Forces That Sway Doctors, Impact Patients, and Shape Our Health" by Anupam B. Jena & Christopher Worsham

In their groundbreaking book, "Random Acts of Medicine," Anupam Jena and Christopher Worsham reveal the hidden side of medicine and... more

03 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
S35 E1: "Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well" by Amy Edmondson

Today, in just eight minutes, award-winning Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson is going to transform your relationship with failure.

02 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
S34 E5: "The Perfection Trap: Embracing the Power of Good Enough" by Thomas Curran

The pursuit of perfection can become a dangerous obsession that leads to burnout and depression — keeping us from achieving... more

29 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
S34 E4: "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" by Heather McGhee

Racism, says Heather McGhee in her award-winning book "The Sum of Us," is the common denominator of our most vexing... more

28 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
S34 E3: "Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain" by Shankar Vedantam & Bill Mesler

Today, Shankar Vedantam, host of "Hidden Brain," walks us through the surprising role of self-deception in human flourishing.

27 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
S34 E2: "Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life" by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas teach the popular course "Humor: Serious Business" at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where... more

26 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
S34 E1: "Lead Like a Marine: Run Towards a Challenge, Assemble Your Fireteam, and Win Your Next Battle" by John Warren & John Thompson

In 2006, John Warren and John Thompson led Marines into combat in the world’s most dangerous city: Ramadi, Iraq. In "Lead... more

25 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
S33 E5: "Build the Life You Want" by Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey

You can get happier. And getting there will be the adventure of your lifetime. Today, Harvard professor Arthur C. Brooks... more

22 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
S33 E4: "Our Tribal Future: How to Channel Our Foundational Human Instincts into a Force for Good" by David R. Samson

Tribalism is one of the most complex and ancient evolutionary forces. But in our vast modern world, has this blessing... more

21 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
S33 E3: "High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out" by Amanda Ripley

In "High Conflict," bestselling author and award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley investigates how good people get captured by high conflict—and how they... more

20 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
S33 E2: "Psych: The Story of the Human Mind" by Paul Bloom

Today, Paul Bloom takes us on a brisk tour through modern psychology.

19 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
S33 E1: "Hidden Genius: The Secret Ways of Thinking That Power the World’s Most Successful People" by Polina Marinova Pompliano

What distinguishes the great from the truly exceptional? After five years of writing The Profile, Polina Marinova Pompliano has studied thousands... more

18 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
S32 E5: "No Ordinary Assignment: A Memoir" by Jane Ferguson

Jane Ferguson has covered nearly every war front and humanitarian crisis of our time. Today, she shares career advice inspired... more

15 Sep 2023 · 10 minutes
S32 E4: "Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution" by Rainn Wilson

Actor, producer, and writer Rainn Wilson explores the problem-solving benefits that spirituality gives us to create solutions for an increasingly... more

14 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
S32 E3: "Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know" by Adam Grant

Today, our curator Adam Grant stops by to share the key takeaways from his #1 New York Times bestseller "Think... more

13 Sep 2023 · 8 minutes
S32 E2: "Fit Nation The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession" by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, a leading political and intellectual historian and a certified fitness instructor, explores the complex and far-reaching implications... more

12 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
S32 E1: "The Manager's Handbook: Five Simple Steps to Build a Team, Stay Focused, Make Better Decisions, and Crush Your Competition" by David Dodson

Today, Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty member, serial entrepreneur, and investor David Dodson details the five skills every great... more

11 Sep 2023 · 9 minutes
S31 E5: “Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning” by Tom Vanderbilt

To write "Beginners," Tom Vanderbilt embarked on a yearlong quest of learning just for the sake of it. Along the... more

08 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
S31 E4: "On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth and Protect Democracy" By Lee McIntyre

In "On Disinformation," Lee McIntyre shows how the war on facts began, and how ordinary citizens can fight back against the... more

07 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
S31 E3: "Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything―Even Things That Seem Impossible Today" by Jane McGonigal

In "Imaginable," Jane McGonigal draws on the latest scientific research in psychology and neuroscience to show us how to train our... more

06 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
S31 E2: "Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting" by Lisa Genova

In "Remember," neuroscientist and novelist Lisa Genova delves into how memories are made and how we retrieve them.

05 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
S31 E1: "The Leap to Leader: How Ambitious Managers Make the Jump to Leadership" by Adam Bryant

The chasm separating managers from leaders is widening as the skills required to be an effective leader grow in number... more

04 Sep 2023 · 10 minutes
S30 E5: "A Pity Party Is Still a Party: A Feel-Good Guide to Feeling Bad" by Chelsea Harvey Garner

Most of us try to avoid feeling sad, but therapist Chelsea Harvey Garner believes the future will be brighter if... more

01 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
S30 E4: "The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet" by Jeff Goodell

In his new book, award-winning journalist Jeff Goodell explains how extreme heat will dramatically change the world as we know... more

31 Aug 2023 · 8 minutes
S30 E3: "How to Think like a Philosopher: Twelve Key Principles for More Humane, Balanced, and Rational Thinking" by Julian Baggini

In "How to Think like a Philosopher," Julian Baggini turns to eminent philosophers, past and present, to find practical solutions for... more

30 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
S30 E2: "Why We Need to Be Wild: One Woman's Quest for Ancient Human Answers to 21st Century Problems" by Jessica Carew Kraft

Jessica Carew Kraft, an urban wife and mom of two, was firmly rooted in the modern world, complete with a... more

29 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
S30 E1: "Gonzo Capitalism: How to Make Money in An Economy That Hates You" by Chris Guillebeau

The traditional ways of earning a living are outdated, if not outright rigged. That’s why a growing number of enterprising... more

28 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
S29 E5: "A Minute to Think: Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work" by Juliet Funt

Today, Juliet Funt provides strategies you can use to regain control of days, liberate yourself from burnout and busy work,... more

25 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
S29 E4: "Thoreau's Axe: Distraction and Discipline in American Culture" (Caleb Smith)

What can a 19th-century naturalist teach us about reclaiming our attention?

24 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
S29 E3: "Brainhacker: Master Memory, Focus, Emotions, and More to Unleash the Genius Within" by Dave Farrow

Today, two-time Guinness World Record memory champ Dave Farrow shares practical tips you can use to “rewire” your brain and... more

23 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
S29 E2: "Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most" by Cassie Holmes

Our most precious resource isn’t money. It’s time. We are allotted just 24 hours a day, and we live in... more

22 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
S29 E1: “Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention—and How to Think Deeply Again” by Johann Hari

You may have noticed that the kind of focus we all need to get stuff done is harder and harder... more

21 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Encore: Plan on Fridays (Laura Vanderkam)

In the final installment of the master class based on her book “Tranquility by Tuesday,” productivity expert Laura Vanderkam says... more

18 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
Encore: Effortful Before Effortless (Laura Vanderkam)

Do effortful fun before effortless fun. But what's the difference? Laura explains in today's mini masterclass.

17 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
Encore: Take One Night for Yourself (Laura Vanderkam)

To renew your spirits, Laura says you need to take some time for yourself. --- Download the Next Big Idea app and... more

16 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
Encore: Have One Big Adventure and One Little Adventure (Laura Vanderkam)

You know what you need? An adventure. That's right. You don't have to wait until your next vacation. You can... more

15 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
Encore: You Need a Bedtime (Laura Vanderkam)

In "Tranquility by Tuesday," time management guru Laura Vanderkam shares tools you can use to finally make time for the... more

14 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
S28 E5: How To Say No To Pushy Askers (Vanessa Patrick)

In the final installment of her interview, Vanessa Patrick ("The Power of Saying No") gives us tips for turning down... more

11 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
S28 E4: Use a Cost-Benefit Framework To Decipher the Asks That Come Your Way (Vanessa Patrick)

Today: The difference between "pass the salt" and "bake your favorite lasagna" asks.

10 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
S28 E3: Master the Art of Empowered Refusal (Vanessa Patrick)

In this episode, Vanessa Patrick shares a strategy for saying "no" inspired by one of the most famous people in... more

09 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
S28 E2: Say “I Don’t,” Not “I Can’t" (Vanessa Patrick)

Today, Vanessa explains how the super skill of "empowered refusal" can help you say "no" no in a way that... more

08 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
S28 E1: Why Do You Say “Yes” When You Want to Say “No”? (Vanessa Patrick)

Too often, we say "yes" to friends, bosses, and even strangers when what we really want to say is "absolutely... more

07 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
S27 E5: “Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most” by Steven Johnson

In the final installment of our week-long exploration into the art and science of decision-making, we hear from acclaimed science... more

04 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
S27 E4: “Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisions” by Myra Strober & Abby Davisson

Today, you'll how to make smart decisions about two vexing subjects: money and love. • Myra Strober is a labor economist... more

03 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
S27 E3: "The Art of Clear Thinking: A Stealth Fighter Pilot's Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions" by Hasard Lee

As a U.S. fighter pilot, Hasard Lee has had to make split-second decisions under extreme pressure. Now he's here to... more

02 Aug 2023 · 8 minutes
S27 E2: "The Elements of Choice: Why the Way We Decide Matters" by Eric Johnson

Today, we're continuing our deep dive into decision-making with a few big ideas from Eric Johnson, director of the Center... more

01 Aug 2023 · 8 minutes
S27 E1: “Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away” by Annie Duke

Sometimes it seems that all we do in life is make decisions, and yet it’s a surprisingly difficult skill to... more

31 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
S26 E5: Make Present-Day Sacrifices Feel Easier To Undertake (Hal Hershfield)

For any trade-off between your current and future self, it's always the you of today who has to make the... more

28 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
S26 E4: Add Constraints to Your Future Behavior (Hal Hershfield)

Today, Hal Hershfield ("Your Future Self") explains how you can make life better tomorrow by making grand plans now to... more

27 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
S26 E3: Make Your Future Self Seem Closer (Hal Hershfield)

Does your future self seem kinda blurry? Try writing them a letter.

26 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
S26 E2: The Better You Know Your Future Self, the Better Your Long-Term Decisions Will Be (Hal Hershfield)

It may sound strange, but if you can learn to treat your future self like someone you really care about,... more

25 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
S26 E1: Your Future Self Is an Entirely Different Person (Hal Hershfield)

Can vividly imagining your future self help you make better decisions? Hal Hershfield thinks so, and he’s got the research... more

24 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
S25 E5: Surf When You Can (Brett Crozier)

In the final installment of his mini-masterclass, Brett Crozier shares advice for being a staunch defender of your personal time.

21 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
S25 E4: Play Small Ball (Brett Crozier)

Today, retired Navy captain Brett Crozier ("Surf When You Can") explains why in order to achieve big success, you've first... more

20 Jul 2023 · 9 minutes
S25 E3: Focus on the Closest Alligator (Brett Crozier)

Whether you're flying, captaining, or working, always focus on the alligator closest to the canoe.

19 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
S25 E2: Pull Like a Clydesdale (Brett Crozier)

We are stronger when we work together. Literally.

18 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
S25 E1: Never Turn Down an Espresso (Brett Crozier)

"Talk to me, Goose." Actually, this week we're saying, "Talk to me, Chopper." That was Brett Crozier's call sign when... more

17 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
S24 E5: "Friendship in the Age of Loneliness: An Optimist's Guide to Connection” by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

We're wrapping up our collection of summery Book Bites with a few lessons from Smiley Poswolsky's "Friendship in the Age... more

14 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
S24 E4: “Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life” by Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley who helped Pixar make “Inside Out,” explores the history and science of... more

13 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
S24 E3: "How to Prepare for Climate Change" by David Pogue

When David Pogue (CBS Sunday Morning) realized that we are already living through the beginnings of climate chaos, he decided... more

12 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
S24 E2: “Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks—a Cool History of a Hot Commodity” by Amy Brady

Ice ice baby! Today, journalist and historian Amy Brady shares the astonishing 200-year history of ice in America, from ice... more

11 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
S24 E1: “Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs” by Jamie Loftus

We're trying something different this week. Instead of hearing from one author, you'll hear from five. Together, they'll help you... more

10 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
S23 E5: The Prosperity Trap (Ben Ansell)

What can the global response to climate change tell us about the health of modern democratic states? • Ben Ansell is... more

07 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
S23 E4: The Security Trap (Ben Ansell)

Today, Ben explains why democracy and security are such uneasy bedfellows. • Ben Ansell is professor of comparative democratic institutions at... more

06 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
S23 E3: The Solidarity Trap (Ben Ansell)

Why is it so hard to create a sense of national unity and civic responsibility here in the Divided States... more

05 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
S23 E2: The Equality Trap (Ben Ansell)

Why has the American political system failed to arrest accelerating inequality, and is there anything we can do about it? •... more

04 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
S23 E1: The Democracy Trap (Ben Ansell)

As you may have noticed, modern democracies aren’t doing so hot. In country after country, income inequality soars while solidarity... more

03 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
S22 E5: Take the Scenic Route and Give Yourself Grace at the Finish Line (Shelby Stanger)

In her final mini masterclass, Shelby warns you not to be so focused on reaching the finish line that you... more

30 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
S22 E4: Use Humor to Deflate Fear (Shelby Stanger)

When scaling a steep rock wall or surfing gnarly waves, it’s easy to let fear get the better of you,... more

29 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
S22 E3: Map Your Trail, but Start as Soon as You Can (Shelby Stanger)

Before you embark on a wild adventure, you obviously need to do some planning. But don’t go overboard. Give yourself... more

28 Jun 2023 · 9 minutes
S22 E2: Have a Strong Why (Shelby Stanger)

If you have a strong why for pursuing a wild adventure, you’re more likely to find a way to get... more

27 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
S22 E1: A Little Adventure Can Go a Long Way (Shelby Stanger)

Where are you listening to this podcast? In your car? At your desk? Puttering around your house? If Shelby Stanger... more

26 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
S21 E5: We Mistake Information for Intimacy (Marcus Collins)

Data, demographics — these things only take you so far. That's the final lesson Marcus Collins has to share with... more

23 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
S21 E4: The World Is Culturally Constructed (Marcus Collins)

"Meaning," says Marcus Collins ("For the Culture") in today's episode, "is culturally mediated based on how we see the world.... more

22 Jun 2023 · 10 minutes
S21 E3: Our Approach to Market Segmentation Needs an Upgrade (Marcus Collins)

Today, Marcus Collins ("For the Culture") says that if you want to understand someone, you can learn much more from... more

21 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
S21 E2: The Future of Brands Will Be Communal (Marcus Collins)

Welcome back to our week-long masterclass with marketing magician Marcus Collins. He ran digital strategy for Beyoncé; teaches at the... more

20 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
S21 E1: There's No Greater Force Than Culture (Marcus Collins)

This week: Marcus Collins, who teaches marketing at the University of Michigan's business school and serves as the chief strategy... more

19 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
S20 E5: Diversify Your Identity Beyond Work (Simone Stolzoff)

When we work all the time, it doesn’t just take our best hours; it often takes our best energy, too.... more

16 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
S20 E4: Define What Good Enough Means to You (Simone Stolzoff)

Your job isn't your soulmate. If it's good enough, then maybe that's good enough.

15 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
S20 E3: Be a Satisficer Not a Maximizer (Simone Stolzoff)

Many of us have internalized the message that there’s one dream job for us and we shouldn’t stop until we... more

14 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
S20 E2: Value Time, Not Money (Simone Stolzoff)

In today's episode, Simone Stolzoff ("The Good Enough Job") tells Michael that when you think about the role work plays... more

13 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
S20 E1: How to Reclaim Life From Work (Simone Stolzoff)

Do you live to work or work to live? Journalist Simone Stolzoff tackles that age-old question with renewed energy in... more

12 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
S19 E5: You Only Know What You Make (Tiago Forte)

Our time with Tiago Forte may be over, but hopefully your journey to building a second brain has only just... more

09 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
S19 E4: Prune the Good to Surface the Great (Tiago Forte)

Today, Tiago explains how mastering the art of subtraction can strengthen your creative output.

08 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
S19 E3: Diverge Before You Converge (Tiago Forte)

Today’s lesson: “Before you shut off new sources of information and converge on an end result, take time to diverge. Expand... more

07 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
S19 E2: Think Small (Tiago Forte)

Today, Tiago Forte, author of “Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your... more

06 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
S19 E1: Capture the Insights All Around You (Tiago Forte)

Do you ever struggle to keep track of all the information swirling around in your head? The idea you had... more

05 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
S18 E5: Optimize Your Regrets (Daniel Pink)

Anticipating regrets can often work to our advantage. It slows our thinking. It taps our cerebral breaks, allowing us time... more

02 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
S18 E4: Science Offers a Systematic Way To Deal With Our Regrets (Daniel Pink)

So, what can we do to turn our existing regrets into engines of progress? Science suggests a three-step process.

01 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
S18 E3: To Understand What People Regret, Look Beneath the Surface (Daniel Pink)

After analyzing thousands of regrets from people in more than 100 countries, Daniel Pink (”The Power of Regret”) has identified... more

31 May 2023 · 14 minutes
S18 E2: Done Right, Regret Makes Us Better (Daniel Pink)

Regret makes us feel worse, but it can make us do better. Indeed, the way it makes us do better is by making us... more

30 May 2023 · 17 minutes
S18 E1: Regret Is Universal (Daniel Pink)

It’s popular to claim you have no regrets. Popular, but perilous. Because regrets aren’t anything to be ashamed of —... more

29 May 2023 · 15 minutes
S17 E5: We Find Ourselves Through Connecting With Others (Sharon Salzberg)

Today, meditation expert Sharon Salzberg shares one final insight from her new book "Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to... more

26 May 2023 · 12 minutes
S17 E4: Cultivating Positive States Creates Resilience (Sharon Salzberg)

Today, Sharon Salzberg tells us how practicing loving-kindness meditation can change how we treat others and understand ourselves.

25 May 2023 · 13 minutes
S17 E3: Loving Presence Transforms Our Relationship With Painful Emotions (Sharon Salzberg)

What if instead of demanding that a painful emotion disappear or becoming all consumed by it, you began to relate... more

24 May 2023 · 10 minutes
S17 E2: Happiness Isn’t Where You Thought It Would Be (Sharon Salzberg)

Society’s prescriptions for freedom, happiness, and abundance may not be your own.

23 May 2023 · 11 minutes
S17 E1: Contraction Limits Creativity and Connection (Sharon Salzberg)

Sharon Salzberg has been meditating since 1971 — “since before it was cool,” she likes to say. That practice has... more

22 May 2023 · 14 minutes
S16 E5: The Most Durable Habits Are Elastic (Katy Milkman)

All week, Wharton professor Katy Milkman has been giving us research-backed tips for making changes that stick. Now, in the... more

19 May 2023 · 13 minutes
S16 E4: You Might Want to Form an Advice Club (Katy Milkman)

Struggling to achieve a goal? Form a club with people who have your back.

18 May 2023 · 10 minutes
S16 E3: The Enjoyable Path Is Better Than the Effective One (Katy Milkman)

How do you make change fun? By bundling an arduous task (exercising) with an enjoyable one (binge-watching lowbrow TV). --- Have you... more

17 May 2023 · 10 minutes
S16 E2: Use Fresh Starts to Kick-Start Change (Katy Milkman)

New Year’s. Your birthday. The start of a new season. These are days when the slate is wiped clean. Which... more

16 May 2023 · 10 minutes
S16 E1: To Make a Change, Plan a Tailored Attack (Katy Milkman)

How do you get from where you are to where you want to be — from procrastinator to optimizer, couch... more

15 May 2023 · 15 minutes
S15 E5: You Will Botch It (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

Have you figured out how to live the good life? Don't worry if you're still working on it. It's only... more

12 May 2023 · 11 minutes
S15 E4: The Good Life Is Not a Buffet (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

You can’t take bits and pieces of different philosophical traditions and put them together into a roadmap to the good... more

11 May 2023 · 12 minutes
S15 E3: You Can’t Tackle the Big Question All at Once (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

"What matters most in life?" There's a reason Matt and Ryan, theology professors at Yale and our guests this week,... more

10 May 2023 · 9 minutes
S15 E2: Lean Into Disagreement (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

Today, we learn why the deepest question — the one that can truly change our lives, ground us, and give... more

09 May 2023 · 11 minutes
S15 E1: Not Everything You Want Is Worth Wanting (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

This week: Matt Croasmun and Ryan McAnnally-Linz, professors at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, share key insights from... more

08 May 2023 · 15 minutes
S14 E5: All Behavior Is Functional (Britt Frank)

Even your suboptimal behaviors have a function. Understanding what they are can help you make a change.

05 May 2023 · 13 minutes
S14 E4: There Is No Such Thing as Self-Sabotage (Britt Frank)

You say self-sabotage, your brain says self-protection. In today's master class, Britt Frank explains how your brain tries to keep... more

04 May 2023 · 13 minutes
S14 E3: Mental Health Is a Physical Process (Britt Frank)

This week we’re getting unstuck. We’re passing Go. We’re collecting $200. We’re finding a way forward. How? By utilizing the... more

03 May 2023 · 12 minutes
S14 E2: Motivation Is Not a Mindset Issue (Britt Frank)

In our brains, there is no such thing as a true “lack of motivation.” But how can we harness this... more

02 May 2023 · 12 minutes
S14 E1: We Need Anxiety (Britt Frank)

This week on The Next Big Idea Daily: psychotherapist Britt Frank shares five key insights from her book "The Science... more

01 May 2023 · 14 minutes
S13 E5: Plan on Fridays (Laura Vanderkam)

In the final installment of the master class based on her book “Tranquility by Tuesday,” productivity expert Laura Vanderkam says... more

28 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
S13 E4: Effortful Before Effortless (Laura Vanderkam)

Do effortful fun before effortless fun. But what's the difference? Laura explains in today's mini master class.

27 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
S13 E3: Take One Night for Yourself (Laura Vanderkam)

To renew your spirits, Laura says you need to take some time for yourself. --- Download the Next Big Idea app and... more

26 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
S13 E2: Have One Big Adventure and One Little Adventure (Laura Vanderkam)

You know what you need? An adventure. That's right. You don't have to wait until your next vacation. You can... more

25 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
S13 E1: You Need a Bedtime (Laura Vanderkam)

In "Tranquility by Tuesday," time management guru Laura Vanderkam shares tools you can use to finally make time for the... more

24 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
S12 E5: Build Bridges — and Keep Them Up (Mónica Guzmán)

All good things must come to an end. It's our last day with Mónica Guzmán, journalist, political de-polarizer, and author... more

21 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
S12 E4: Ask How, Not Why (Mónica Guzmán)

What's the most powerful question you can ask in a politically charged conversation? "How did you come to believe that?"

20 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
S12 E3: We Don’t See With Our Eyes, But With Our Whole Lives (Mónica Guzmán)

“The paths we walk to our views are rich and long,” Mónica Guzmán says in today’s episode, “and it is... more

19 Apr 2023 · 12 minutes
S12 E2: We Need To Get Curious About Each Other, With Each Other (Mónica Guzmán)

“I don’t understand this person!” You know you’ve thought it. About the uncle or neighbor or co-worker whose worldview is... more

18 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
S12 E1: We’re So Divided, We’re Blinded (Mónica Guzmán)

This week, award-winning journalist Mónica Guzmán stops by to teach us how to cross the political divide, find common ground,... more

17 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
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What's the most powerful question you can ask in a politically charged conversation? "How did you come to believe that?"