The Next Big Idea

The Next Big Idea

By The Next Big Idea Club / Wondery

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.

Episodes

DELUSIONS: How Self-Deception Can Help You Flourish (Shankar Vedantam & Daniel Pink)

Is it really so bad to be a little bit delusional? Not according to Shankar Vedantam. In his new book, “Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain,” he argues that we tell ourselves lies in order to live. We believe our marriages will last, even though there’s a fifty-fifty chance we’re headed for divorce. We trick ourselves into thinking our children are extraordinary because if we saw them for who they really are — average, disobedient, smelly — the body blows of parenting would be more than we could bear. In this candid conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Daniel Pink, Shankar says wide-eyed delusions aren’t all bad for us. In fact, self-deception is part of being a well-adjusted human being.Join The Next Big Idea Club today at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book!Listen ad-free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad-free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite — Head to NetSuite.com/BigIdea
17/06/2157m 1s

AI: The Extraordinary Story of the Tech That’s Changing the World

In 1958, a psychologist named Frank Rosenblatt took a five-ton computer, fed it a steady diet of punch cards, and taught it how to recognize the letter “A.” He called his creation the Perceptron, and his belief in its potential was like that of a deliriously proud parent. One day, he thought, the artificial intelligence he’d built would learn to recognize faces, speak like a human, translate languages, reproduce itself on an assembly line, and even fly to space — at which point, it would no longer be a computational marvel but a fully conscious being.The fact that you’ve never heard of the Perceptron tells you that none of Rosenblatt’s predictions came to pass — not in his lifetime, anyway. But a small band of brainy rebels never lost faith in the potential of AI to change the world. Thanks to their perseverance — along with dramatic improvements in computing power — they managed to make Rosenblatt’s prophecies a reality.The AI they built is what enables Facebook to recognize faces in the photos you upload. It’s the reason Siri and Alexa can (sometimes) understand what you’re saying, and Google can translate anything you write into 109 languages. Cade Metz has spent years chronicling the rise and rise of AI, first as a reporter at the New York Times and now in his new book, “Genius Makers.” In this forward-looking conversation, he tells Rufus what AI can do, where it’s headed, and whether we should be worried that supercomputers will wage war against humanity.Join The Next Big Idea Club today at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book!Listen ad-free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad-free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors:Talkspace — Go to talkspace.com and use the code BIGIDEA to get $100 off of your first monthFiverr Business — Get one free year and save 10% on your purchase by using code BIGIDEA at fiverr.com/business
10/06/211h 10m

MINE: How the Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

Ownership is simple, right? Something is either yours or it isn’t. Case closed. But who owns the space behind your airplane seat, the results of the DNA you took online, the Netflix password you got from your cousin’s roommate? The jury's still out, according to law professors Michael Heller and James Salzman. That’s because ownership isn’t binary or static: it’s a storytelling exercise, and we rely on just six stories to claim everything we own. In this revelatory conversation, Michael and James explain how those stories work, how you can use them to your advantage, and why they might be key to dismantling income inequality and arresting climate change.Join The Next Big Idea Club today at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book!Listen ad-free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad-free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.
03/06/211h 12m

GATHERING: Mastering the Art of Hanging Out

You’ve posted a photo of your vaccine card on Instagram. The CDC says it’s okay to leave your bunker. Some of your friends have expressed interest in taking off their masks, breaking the six-foot barrier, and hanging out with you. Do you remember how? Whether you’re anxious about leaving your house or impatient to trade your house slippers for blue suede shoes, we could all use a refresher on how to connect with our fellow humans in person — and in a way that is not just pleasant but meaningful. That’s why we’re dusting off one of our favorite episodes, a conversation with Priya Parker, whose book, “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters,” is essential post-pandemic reading.Listen ad-free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad-free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.The Next Big Idea Club — Join today at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new bookLinkedIn Learning — Try one month free at linkedinlearning.com/freemonth
27/05/2145m 1s

EMAIL: Would the World Be Better Without It?

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you do before bed? If you’re a modern knowledge worker, your answer is probably “check my email.” Makes sense. Your inbox is a busy place, which is why you peek at it, on average, every six minutes: constant vigilance is the only way to keep up. But all that checking comes at a cost. Communication overload undermines your productivity, erodes your focus, zaps your energy, and makes you miserable. Luckily, Cal Newport, the Georgetown professor and productivity whiz who came up with “deep work” and “digital minimalism,” has a plan for a post-email future, one where you can concentrate on work that really matters. And in this episode, he shares practical strategies that you can start using now to free yourself from the tyranny of the inbox.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new bookIndeed — Visit indeed.com/bigidea
20/05/211h 12m

Wondery Presents: The Vaping Fix

Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis. Listen to THE VAPING FIX at: wondery.fm/VF_NextBigIdea
19/05/216m 8s

WORK: Should You Do Less of It? Adam Grant and James Suzman on the 15-Hour Workweek.

Our work consumes us. But does it have to? Anthropologist James Suzman has spent decades living in the Kalahari Desert with one of the world’s last hunter-gatherer societies, and he’s concluded that our modern attitudes about work don’t mesh with the views held by our ancestors. For 95 percent of human history, we spent the bulk of our time doing … nothing. What changed? In this millennia-spanning conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant, James makes the case for spending less time toiling away at labor we loathe and more time working at things we love.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's latest bookGreen Chef — Go to greenchef.com/90bigidea and use code 90 BIG IDEACoors Pure — Check out CoorsPure.com to see where you can find Coors PureNetSuite — Visit netsuite.com/bigidea
13/05/2147m 26s

CODE BREAKER: Why Walter Isaacson Thinks CRISPR Will Change Life As We Know It

In 2012, biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her team at Berkeley figured out how to rewrite our genetic code using a system called CRISPR. Thanks to this miraculous discovery, we now have the power to hunt down cancer cells, deflect oncoming viruses, and cure genetic diseases. But CRISPR has a dark side, morally speaking. We’ll soon have the power to give our kids superior strength and intelligence. Should we do it?Doudna’s groundbreaking discovery and the moral dilemmas it has posed are the subject of a new book by best-selling biographer Walter Isaacson. In this expansive conversation, he tells Rufus why the CRISPR era will be far more consequential than the digital revolution. Plus, they discuss the mechanics of creativity, the delicate balance between competition and collaboration, and the personality traits that Isaacson’s subjects — Doudna, da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs — all have in common.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigideaSupport us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new bookExpensify — Visit expensify.com/bigideaTalkspace — Get $100 off your first month with code BIGIDEA at talkspace.com
06/05/211h 9m

FOOD: Can We Taste Climate Change?

What’s for dinner? How will we answer that question in 50 years? In this thought-provoking (and occasionally hunger-inducing) conversation, science journalist Amanda Little tells Rufus that the single biggest threat posed by climate change is the collapse of our food systems. Provisions we love, like coffee and wine, are losing their flavor. And crops we rely on, like corn and soy, are getting harder to grow. If we don’t change our agricultural practices, we won’t be able to feed the globe’s swelling population. But don’t lose hope. Amanda says that if we can combine the wisdom of traditional farming practices with radical advances in agricultural technology, we might be able to create a healthier, more sustainable, and perhaps even more delicious future.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book!LinkedIn Learning — linkedInlearning.com/freemonth
29/04/211h 13m

CHATTER: Learning to Love the Voice in Your Head

Whether or not we care to admit it, we all talk to ourselves. A lot. The voice in our heads yaks it up about half the time we’re awake, and it can speak at a rate of 4,000 words per minute. When it gets going like that, not everything it says is particularly helpful. We’ve all gotten stuck dwelling on the past, worrying about the future, or standing idly by as our introspection devolves into negativity. Experimental psychologist Ethan Kross calls these moments chatter. “When the inner voice runs amok and chatter takes the mental microphone,” he says, “our mind not only torments but paralyzes us.” Luckily, there are tools we can use to take back the mic, and in this episode, Ethan talks Rufus through them.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Join us at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new bookExpensify — Visit Expensify.com/BIGIDEA to get started with a free trialCoors Plus — It's organic, but chill about itLadder — Go to ladderlife.com/bigidea to learn more
22/04/211h 3m

Wondery Presents: Secret Sauce

In Wondery’s newest series, Secret Sauce, hosts John Frye and Sam Donner explore the stories and successes behind some of the most inspiring businesses, creative innovators and intrepid entrepreneurs.  First up, we’re diving into the company that revolutionized how we vacation, travel, and even how we trust other people...we’re talking about Airbnb. In 2008, Air Bed and Breakfast launched at SXSW with high hopes of becoming an alternative to overbooked hotels...but they ended up with just two people booking a stay...and one of them was a co-founder of the company. How did Airbnb persevere through adversity to become a company that would forever change the way we think about travel? What was their magic - their secret sauce - that made them such an unlikely success story? And what lessons can we learn from them?  Listen at wondery.fm/SS_NextBigIdea
19/04/215m 53s

HUMOR: How to Turn Levity Into Your Secret Weapon

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 neuroscience of laughter, share tips for crafting office-safe jokes, and help Rufus improve his comic chops.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get started todayGreen Chef — Go to GreenChef.com/90bigidea and use code 90bigidea to get $90 off Indeed — Get a $75 credit at indeed.com/BIGIDEA
15/04/211h 15m

BEGINNERS: The Joys of Being an Amateur

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 the eventual readers of his wonderful new book) that no matter how old you are or untalented you feel, being a beginner is a great way to stimulate your brain, meet new people, and bring a little adventure into your life.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new bookCoors Pure — It's organic, but chill about itTalkspace — Go to talkspace.com and use code BIGIDEA for $100 off your first monthFiverr Business — Get a year free and save 10% with code BIGIDEA at fiverr.com/business
08/04/211h 12m

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

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Next Big Idea Club — go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get started todayIndeed — Get a free $75 sponsored job credit to update your job post at indeed.com/bigideaMack Weldon — Go to mackweldon.com/bigidea and use promo BIGIDEA for 20% off
01/04/211h 29m

VOICE: You Are What You Speak

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Next Big Idea Club — want a free copy of Adam Grant's new book? Sign up at nextbigideaclub.com/podcastExpensify — visit expensify.com/bigidea to get started with a free trialLadder — Go to ladderlife.com/bigidea
25/03/211h 31m

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

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book!Green Chef — go to greenchef.com/90bigidea and use code 90BIGIDEA to get $90 off
18/03/2159m 31s

SERENDIPITY: Good Luck and How to Get It

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 of near-death experiences, and argues that spilling coffee on people may not be such a bad thing.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get three free months Fundrise — Go to fundrise.com/bigidea to get started today
11/03/211h 1m

DRUG USE: Is Getting High an American Right?

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 by responsible adults can be a good thing.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Get three free months at nextbigideaclub.com/podcastFiverr — Save 10% at fiverr.com/business with code BIGIDEAFundrise — Check out fundrise.com/bigidea
04/03/211h 24m

POST CORONA: Predicting the Future With Scott Galloway

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 positive change.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Visit www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get three months absolutely freeLadder — Go to ladderlife.com/bigideaExpensify — Visit expensify.com/bigidea for a free trialTalkspace — To get $100 your first month, go to talkspace.com and use code BIGIDEA
25/02/211h 10m

Season 3: New Ideas, Same Great Taste

The Next Big Idea returns on February 25th.
19/02/2157s

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.
25/09/201h 2m

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.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.
01/09/2050m 3s

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.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.
25/08/2051m 15s

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Great Courses Plus — thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
18/08/2047m 9s

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Great Courses Plus — thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
11/08/2045m 33s

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. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.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.
04/08/2046m 57s

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.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.
28/07/2048m 8s

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.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.
21/07/2047m 49s

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.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Athletic Greens — Get 20 free travel packs at athleticgreens.com/bigideaThe Great Courses Plus — Start your free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea ZipRecruiter — Try it now for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
14/07/2047m 55s

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/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
07/07/2048m 55s

TOGETHER: A Doctor’s Prescription for Health and Happiness

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/bigideaAthletic Greens — Visit athleticgreens.com/bigidea for 20 free travel packs.The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
30/06/2047m 9s

WEIRDNESS: How to Make it Your Superpower

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 free daily travel packs!The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
23/06/2045m 28s

BOYS & SEX: Coming of Age in America

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 https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
16/06/2042m 58s

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

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/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
09/06/2047m 57s

THINKING AHEAD: How to Make Life’s Big Decisions

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: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rethinking-big-ideas-steven-johnson-on-scientific-breakthroughs/id1482067226?i=1000470962623Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite — Go to netsuite.com/bigidea for a free product tourThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
03/06/2046m 5s

LISTENING: What You’re Missing and Why it Matters

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/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
26/05/2042m 21s

SUCCESSFUL AGING: How to Live a Full, Long Life

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 FREE3 for three free months.
19/05/2044m 56s

Rethinking Big Ideas: Adam Grant on Finding Balance

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/bigideaFreshbooks — Get a free 30-day trial by visiting freshbooks.com/idea
12/05/2048m 23s

Rethinking Big Ideas: Priya Parker on Gathering Apart

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/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Join for free for three months at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
05/05/2036m 12s

Rethinking Big Ideas: The Path to a More Generous World

Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler has never felt comfortable with an economic system that values short-term profits over long-term human needs. In a quarantine conversation with host Rufus Griscom, he shares his ideas for moving from a me/now world to one that cares about us and the future.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Freshbooks — To get a free 30-day trial, go to freshbooks.com/ideaMack Weldon — For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code BIGIDEAThe Next Big Idea Club — Go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get three free months
28/04/2032m 54s

Rethinking Big Ideas: Daniel Pink on the Future of Work

How will the pandemic change the way we organize our days? Our sense of purpose? Our commitments to others? So many questions! Who better to answer than Next Big Idea Club curator Daniel Pink, author of six books about motivation, leadership, and the changing nature of work.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Go to www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast for three months free!Great Courses Plus — Get a free month at www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea
21/04/2039m 57s

Rethinking Big Ideas: On Finding Joy in Simple Pleasures

Last season, author/designer Ingrid Fetell Lee taught us about joy spotting. It’s the practice of going out into the world and finding ordinary objects that make you feel extraordinarily happy. But what about when you can’t leave the house? Well, it turns out joy lurks in all sorts of unexpected places — you just have to know where to look.Be sure to check out Ingrid’s website, the Aesthetics of Joy: https://www.aestheticsofjoy.com/Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big idea Club — Go to NextBigIdeaClub.com/podcast to get three free monthsGrammarly — Visit grammarly.com/bigidea for 20% off Grammarly premium
16/04/2029m 0s

Rethinking Big Ideas: Steven Johnson on Scientific Breakthroughs

What kinds of bold thinking might lead us out of this pandemic? In this lively conversation, Steven Johnson and Rufus Griscom talk about the innovations that are paving the way. Steven is the author of numerous books and hosts "Fighting Coronavirus," a podcast about heroism, collaboration, and invention on the frontlines of the battle against this pandemic.To listen to “Fighting Coronavirus” click here: https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/And be sure to check out Steven’s other podcast, “American Innovations”: https://wondery.com/shows/american-innovations/Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big idea Club — Go to NextBigIdeaClub.com/podcast to get three free months.
09/04/2032m 6s

Rethinking Big Ideas: Susan Cain on Solitude

Last season, we brought you ideas with the power to change the way you see the world. Now that the world’s been turned upside down, we thought it’d be a good time to invite back some of our favorite guests to give us some much needed perspective in this confusing time. We’re starting this special miniseries, “Rethinking Big Ideas,” with Susan Cain, the bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking." She tells us about the upside to solitude, why introspection has never been more important, and even gives us a few tantalizing clues about her new book.Check out the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s socially-distanced rendition of “Ode to Joy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVkTo learn more about Susan's book, visit https://www.quietrev.com/quiet-the-book/Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big idea Club — Go to NextBigIdeaClub.com and use promo code FREE3 for three free months.
02/04/2022m 55s

Introducing WeCrashed

The Rise and Fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company — but did it ever match the reality?Subscribe today: wondery.fm/wecrashedNBI
29/01/205m 36s

STILLNESS: How to Find Peace in a Frantic World

What do the Buddha, John F. Kennedy, Mr. Rogers, and Leonardo da Vinci all have in common? The ability to be still and tune out the busy, buzzing drone of modern life. Ryan Holiday, the author of “Stillness Is the Key,” shares his tips for slowing down, calming your mind and body, and accessing the tranquility deep inside.This is the last episode of season one. Thanks for listening! The Next Big Idea will return on April 21st.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter — Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigideaMack Weldon — For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and use the promo code BIGIDEANext Big Idea Club — Want a free copy of "Stillness Is the Key"? Visit NextBigIdeaClub.com/podcast and use promo code STILL
28/01/2044m 11s

FREE MONEY: Why Andrew Yang Thinks a Giveaway Can Save the Economy

Andrew Yang has a pretty bleak vision for the future. The way he sees it, we’re staring down the barrel of a techno-apocalypse. Robots will replace millions of workers. Income inequality will skyrocket. And social isolation will become the new normal. But Yang has a big idea he thinks can stave off disaster. It’s called universal basic income — a $1,000 check in the mail each month, no strings attached. Yang’s been pushing this magic bullet for a long time, first in his book, “The War on Normal People,” and now as he campaigns for president. But would it really make a difference, and is it even realistic? Andrew Yang makes his case to Rufus Griscom in front of a live audience in New York City.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Bombas — Visit bombas.com/bigidea for 20% off your first purchase.The Next Big Idea Club — Want a free copy of Andrew Yang's "The War on Normal People"? Go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use promo code NORMAL.
21/01/2044m 21s

HABITS: How to Let Go of The Old and Bring in the New

Why is it so hard to break bad habits and replace them with good ones? You may think it all comes down to willpower. But social psychologist Wendy Wood says that if you really want to change your life, then you need to tap into your unconscious mind. Wood, who’s just written a book called “Good Habits, Bad Habits,” chats with Next Big Idea Club curator and host of TED’s Work Life Podcast Adam Grant about harnessing the science of habit formation to make positive changes that last.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter — Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigideaNext Big Idea Club — Want a free copy of Wendy Wood's book? Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and enter the promo code HABITS
14/01/2042m 32s

GATHERING: How to Make Our Time Together Meaningful

Why do so many of our get-togethers feel awkward and unproductive? Priya Parker, author of “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters,” says it’s because most of us don’t know how to transform stuffy events—from conferences to tedious family dinners to office holiday parties—into memorable gatherings full of moments to savor. Parker shares the secrets of being a good host, lessons everyone can learn from Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, and tips for revolutionizing your next business meeting.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Daily Harvest — Go to dailyharvest.com and enter promo code BIGIDEA to get $25 off your first boxNetsuite — Schedule your free demo at netsuite.com/bigidea
07/01/2041m 51s

FUTURE: Can We Build a More Generous World

In this episode, we’re peering into the future with Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler. He’s got a new book out called “This Could Be Our Future,” and it’s all about transforming our world into a more kind and generous place.By the way, we’re taking next week off. The Next Big Idea returns with new episodes on January 7th!Support us by supporting our sponsors!Native — For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use the promo code BIGIDEA during checkout.The Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. To get a free copy of "This Could Be Our Future," visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FUTURE.
24/12/1945m 33s

SUCCESS: The Dirty Secret of Getting Ahead

Most of us are taught that hard work and talent are the keys to getting ahead. Turns out it’s not so easy. In his new book, “The Meritocracy Trap,” Yale professor Daniel Markovits says meritocracy isn’t leveling the playing field. Instead, it’s a pretense for concentrating privilege and intensifying inequality. He tells us the time has come to redesign the workplace, reinvent higher education, and reimagine meritocracy so it actually works for everyone.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Daily Harvest — Go to dailyharvest.com and enter promo code BIGIDEA to get $25 off your first box!Audible — Get three months of Audible for just $6.95 a month. Visit audible.com/BIGIDEANetsuite — Schedule your free demo at NetSuite.com/BIGIDEANext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and enter promo code MERIT to a get a free copy of The Meritocracy Trap!
17/12/1943m 12s

TRUST: Malcolm Gladwell on How We Talk To Strangers

Roses are red, violets are blue, and Malcolm Gladwell has written yet another bestseller. It's called "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know," and it's all about the perils of trusting people we don't really know. Gladwell, who's also a Next Big Idea Club curator, tells us what cuban spies, Bernie Madoff, and Malcolm’s naked father can teach us about the mysteries of strangers.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius — Go to policygenius.com to get quotes and apply in minutesAway — Visit awaytravel.com/bigideaSkillshare — Go to Skillshare.com/BIGIDEA to try two months for freeNext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
10/12/1938m 19s

POWER: Why You Have More Than You Think

Colleges, businesses, and bureaucracies have long operated on an "old power" model — rigid hierarchies that rule from the top down. But Henry Timms says that paradigm is going extinct. In his book, "New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World — and How to Make It Work for You," Timms argues there's another force emerging. It's transparent, collaborative — and it's going to embolden all of us to change the world from the bottom up.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Peloton Tread — Go to onepeloton.com and use code BIGIDEA for $100 off accessoriesNext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
03/12/1940m 22s

PERCEPTION: Why What You See Is Not Reality

What you see is what you get, right? Nope. In his mind-bending new book, "The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes," Don Hoffman argues that what we see, smell, touch, and taste are illusions. Reality, he says, is just an interface, like a computer desktop, built by our brains to conceal complexity. Hoffman offers us the red pill and invites us into "The Matrix" — the surreal, flickering, unreliable "real" world.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter — Try it for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigideaSkillshare — Get two months free at skillshare.com/bigideaNative — For 20% off your first order visit native.com and use promo code BIGIDEANext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
26/11/1943m 16s

UNCENSORED: What Free Speech Debates Teach Us About Empathy

As a college student, Zachary Wood ignited a national debate when he invited controversial speakers — anti-feminists, climate-change deniers, and self-proclaimed racists — to lecture on campus. Critics accused him of promoting dangerous ideas. But in his new memoir, "Uncensored," Wood argues that we can develop empathy and understanding by engaging with opposing viewpoints.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Daily Harvest — Go to dailyharvest.com and enter code BIGIDEA for $25 off your first box.LinkedIn Marketing — Visit linkedin.com/bigidea to receive a free $100 ad credit.Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
19/11/1943m 49s

CONFLICT: How to Have More Productive Disagreements

Have you ever had one of those arguments — whether with a friend or a colleague, a loved one or a perfect stranger — that you both vehemently disagree, and it boils your blood? Too often these days, arguments with people we disagree with feel impossible. We never solve anything but seem to succeed in hurting someone’s feelings. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? In his forthcoming book, “Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement” (Nov. 19), Buster Benson, who has worked for some of the world’s most successful companies, to help you have hard conversations in your relationships, engage people with different political viewpoints, and disagree with dignity.Join the conversation at NextBigIdeaClub.comand get an additional 10% off with promo code PODCAST.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Away — Visit awaytravel.com/bigidea and use the promo code BIGIDEA for $20 offZip Recruiter — Try it for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigideaSkillshare — Get two months for free by going to skillshare.com/bigideaNext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
12/11/1940m 2s

JOYFUL: Why Ordinary Objects Can Make You Extraordinarily Happy

Conventional wisdom tells us that real joy comes from within: from exercise or meditation, acts of service or the way we look at the world—pretty much anything except material possessions.But author/designer Ingrid Fetell Lee offers a different opinion in her book, "Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness." Lee tells Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant that there's tangible evidence of the powerful relationship between the way we feel and the objects that surround us, and she explains how we can harness that relationship to live healthier, happier lives.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter — Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/BIGIDEAAudible — To get a 30-day trial, visit audible.com/BIGIDEAPeloton — Go to OnePeloton.com and use the code BIGIDEA to get $100 off accessoriesNext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
05/11/1938m 2s

CODERS: The Invisible Architects That Shape Our Lives

Our world is awash in code, and those zeroes and ones aren't as impersonal as you might think. In his new book, "Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World," journalist Clive Thompson provides an up-close look at the "invisible architects" of our digital age, revealing the ways they're shaping our society for better and worse.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Policy Genius — Go to Policygenius.com to get quotes and apply in minutes.LinkedIn — Visit LinkedIn.com/BIGIDEA for a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit to launch your first campaign.Skillshare — Go to Skillshare.com/BIGIDEA to start your two months now.Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
29/10/1937m 52s

RACIAL BIAS: Why We Have It and What We Can Do About It

Stanford psychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt has spent years studying how racial bias affects all of us — yes, all — in ways we don't realize. In her new book, “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do,” Eberhardt explains how bias shapes our perception, our decisions, and our culture. She tells Next Big Idea Club curator Dan Pink what we can do about it.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter — Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/bigideaDaily Harvest — Go to dailyharvest.com and enter promo code BIGIDEA $25 off your first boxNext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
22/10/1939m 45s

INDISTRACTABLE: Staying Focused in a World of Distractions

Nir Eyal’s last book, “Hooked,” taught Silicon Valley how to make addictive technology. In his new book, “Indistractable,” he gives you the tools to take back control of your attention and your life.Join the conversation at NextBigIdeaClub.com. Get an additional 10% off with promo code PODCAST.Support us by supporting our sponsors!LinkedIn — Get a free $100 ad credit by going to LinkedIn.com/BigIdeaAudible — Visit Audible.com/BigIdea or text BIGIDEA to 500500 to start your 30day Audible trialNative — For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeoderant.com and use promo code BIGIDEANext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
15/10/1941m 45s

RANGE: Why Generalists Succeed in a Specialists’ World

You know Malcolm Gladwell's “10,000-Hour Rule.” But did you know that, according to David Epstein, it doesn't work? That's what Epstein argues in his new book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World.” In this episode, Malcom Gladwell talks with Epstein about why a broad range of experience in life is actually the best way to find success.Join the conversation at NextBigIdeaClub.com and get an additional 10% off with promo code PODCAST.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter — Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/BigIdeaAway — For $20 off an Away suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com and use the promo code BIGIDEAQuartz — To get 50% off your first year membership, go to QZ.com, click become a member, and enter the code BIGIDEANext Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast
15/10/1943m 58s

Introducing The Next Big Idea

The Next Big Idea premieres October 15th.Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea.
01/10/191m 40s
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