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The Next Big Idea is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with the world’s leading thinkers. Join our host, Rufus Griscom — along with our curators, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Daniel Pink — for conversations that might just change the way you see the world. New episodes every Thursday.

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    • 4.7 • 62 Ratings

The Next Big Idea is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with the world’s leading thinkers. Join our host, Rufus Griscom — along with our curators, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Daniel Pink — for conversations that might just change the way you see the world. New episodes every Thursday.

    BUILD: Tony Fadell’s Guide to Making Cool Stuff

    BUILD: Tony Fadell’s Guide to Making Cool Stuff

    Tony Fadell led the teams that created the iPod, iPhone, and Nest Learning Thermostat. In his new book, “Build,” he shares everything he’s learned about building great companies and game-changing products.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST: How Tech Billionaires Are Preparing for Doomsday

    SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST: How Tech Billionaires Are Preparing for Doomsday

    Have you ever found yourself sitting around a table at a luxury resort with five mega-rich strangers who want to know where you think they should build their doomsday bunkers? Absurd as it may sound, that actually happened to media theorist Douglas Rushkoff. Today on the show he explains why the 0.01 percent are obsessed with escaping climate change, global pandemics, political upheaval ... and us.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    HAPPINESS: Arthur C. Brooks Shares His Roadmap for Finding Purpose, Meaning, and Success

    HAPPINESS: Arthur C. Brooks Shares His Roadmap for Finding Purpose, Meaning, and Success

    Arthur C. Brooks used to run a prominent think tank where he was paid handsomely to influence public policy. Did all that success make him happy? Nope. So Arthur quit his job and set out to transform his life. Now he has written a book about what he learned along the way, the #1 New York Times bestseller “From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life.”
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    DeepMind's Demis Hassabis on the future of AI (from The TED Interview)

    DeepMind's Demis Hassabis on the future of AI (from The TED Interview)

    Demis Hassabis is one of tech's most brilliant minds. A chess-playing child prodigy turned researcher and founder of headline-making AI company DeepMind, Demis is thinking through some of the most revolutionary — and in some cases controversial — uses of artificial intelligence. From the development of computer program AlphaGo, which beat out world champions in the board game Go, to making leaps in the research of how proteins fold, Demis is at the helm of the next generation of groundbreaking technology. In this episode, he gives a peek into some of the questions that his top-level projects are asking, talks about how gaming, creativity, and intelligence inform his approach to tech, and muses on where AI is headed next.
    This is an episode of "The TED Interview," a podcast in the TED Audio Collective. It's hosted by author Steven Johnson. To check out the rest of their episodes, including a recent mini-series on the future of human intelligence, follow the show wherever you're listening to this.

    • 50 min
    Summer Getaway #4: The Making of ‘Bull Durham’ (with Ron Shelton)

    Summer Getaway #4: The Making of ‘Bull Durham’ (with Ron Shelton)

    Ron Shelton is an Academy Award–nominated writer and director, former shortstop for the Bluefield Baby Birds, and author of a humdinger of a new memoir called "The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham — Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit." On the show today: How Ron sold the movie before he had a story, wrote the script without a plan, played ball with Kevin Costner, and got directorial pointers from Susan Sarandon.
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    • 29 min
    Summer Getaway #3: The 12-Hour Walk (with Colin O’Brady)

    Summer Getaway #3: The 12-Hour Walk (with Colin O’Brady)

    What happens when you put your phone in airplane mode, walk out your front door, and don’t come home for 12 hours? Our producer Caleb finds out, with help from adventurer Colin O’Brady.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Parental peace of mind ,

Smart, fun, relevant

I usually listen to political podcasts & realised I needed a beak from them. This podcast uplifts me & makes me think about things I probably wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. Try a couple of episodes to see if it’s for you.

jackitypak ,

Best Idea

This podcast is the most inspiring, informative, positive, well researched and uplifting of its kind.
I respect the open mindedness of the podcaster and his choice of guests - they all have so much to offer.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge and wisdom.

North Taswegia ,

Amazing host

I listen to a lot of pods on a lot of subjects and this is far and away my favourite.
Interesting topics with great guests, but what makes this pod so fantastic is the wonderful interviewing skills of the host. He has a way of drawing out the best in his guests.

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