54 episodes

Sarah Wilson chats wild ideas for a fired up life.
The multi-New York Times bestselling author, activist, minimalist and former news journalist who founded the global phenomenon ‘I Quit Sugar’ travelled the world for 10 years (living out of one bag) to explore the freshest ways to live fully…and to save this one wild and precious life we have together.
She riffs with philosophers, creatives, poets, scientists (and at least one nun!) on the Big Questions that haunt us. What goes through the mind of a prisoner on death row? How does Sia invent her art? Will we die from climate change and can our rage save us? Is being Australian a mental health crisis? Join Sarah as she wrestles a path to the answers…

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    • 4.8 • 436 Ratings

Sarah Wilson chats wild ideas for a fired up life.
The multi-New York Times bestselling author, activist, minimalist and former news journalist who founded the global phenomenon ‘I Quit Sugar’ travelled the world for 10 years (living out of one bag) to explore the freshest ways to live fully…and to save this one wild and precious life we have together.
She riffs with philosophers, creatives, poets, scientists (and at least one nun!) on the Big Questions that haunt us. What goes through the mind of a prisoner on death row? How does Sia invent her art? Will we die from climate change and can our rage save us? Is being Australian a mental health crisis? Join Sarah as she wrestles a path to the answers…

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    KYLIE MOORE-GILBERT: How to survive 804 days captured and tortured by Iranian militants

    KYLIE MOORE-GILBERT: How to survive 804 days captured and tortured by Iranian militants

    She spent two years and three months in a brutal Iranian prison. In solitary confinement for half of it. For a crime that was entirely made up. The Melbourne University lecturer was attending a conference in Iran when she was randomly captured at the airport and charged with “espionage” based on zero evidence.
    How do you survive such horror? How do you cope living in a cell with nothing but a scrap of carpet for a year? Not knowing if anyone knows your whereabouts, waiting to be hanged? What is the internal voice that gets you through?
    Kylie Moore-Gilbert has one of the most incredible stories I’ve heard. In this interview she is generously open and raw about the mind techniques that can get a human through untold hardship, how she found joy and forgiveness amid it all, how she wrote her book in her head while in prison, and what is left when we lose it all.
    You can follow Kylie on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/kyliemooregilbert/
    I highly recommend buying Kylie’s book The Uncaged Sky booktopia.kh4ffx.net/7mVXKQ
    The other book we mention in the chat is Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning.
    Listen to Dr Jud Brewer’s chat about curiosity https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/dr-jud-brewer-on-curiosity-as-the-fix-for-anxiety/id1548626341?i=1000536897113

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    • 51 min
    JOSEPH HENRICH: You are weird! Here’s the scientist who can explain why

    JOSEPH HENRICH: You are weird! Here’s the scientist who can explain why

    I really love the wild theory we explore in this episode. About 1500 years ago some obscure Catholic pope declared we probably shouldn’t marry our cousin. And from here the “West” was born. A psychologically peculiar subset of humanity then rose to dominate the planet, namely western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic folk. You know, WEIRD people. You and I. Joseph Henrich is a Harvard professor in evolutionary biology who took 10 years to research this truly Zeitgeist-shifting theory. Today he explains how the arrogant assumption that we are the “normal” ones has led to some very bizarre stuff – whether we pay parking tickets, how much testosterone we have and whether we feel shame or guilt when we do wrong.
    Connect with Dr Henrich’s work here https://henrich.fas.harvard.edu/
    Get hold of his fun book The Weirdest People In The World 

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    • 37 min
    LECH BLAINE: The death of "blokes" (strap in for this one!)

    LECH BLAINE: The death of "blokes" (strap in for this one!)

    I have been wanting to talk blokedom for a very long time: How and why it defines so much about Australia; how it excludes and masks the existence of class inequalities; and how it holds us back as a nation. The myth of the larrikin bloke is something writer Lech Blaine has been studying for some time. Hailing from a very working class background in Toowoomba, Queensland, he went on to be the first person in his extended family to go to university. He wrote a Quarterly Essay in September last year titled Top Blokes: The larrikin Myth, Class and Power (which I highly recommend reading). And in this month’s Monthly magazine he has written an epic overview of the election, which assesses Scott Morrison's demise as a reflection of the need to move on from the "top bloke" trope. The wild idea on the table this episode: Might it be time to kill off this sexist, racist myth...and move forward to better and fairer and kinder?
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    • 46 min
    JULIA CAMERON: How to live the artist's way

    JULIA CAMERON: How to live the artist's way

    In 1992 Julia Cameron published a book that saw the whole world (it seemed) suddenly writing "morning pages", these free-from diary entries that unblocked creativity. The Artist's Way was the title and it became a global bestseller in 40 languages. Alicia Keys, John Cleese and Tim Ferris are fans; Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, “Without The Artist’s Way there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.”
     
    Julia has had a wild life – she wrote for Rolling Stone magazine at the height of New Journalism. She was married to Martin Scorsese and collaborated with him on several films and also struggled with a cocaine and alcohol addiction. Now 74, she’s written her 41st book, Seeking Wisdom, which brings in the spiritual act of asking for guidance as another tool for unblocking creativity.
     
    Julia’s new book Seeking Wisdom is out now Purchase Here
    You can check out her creative work via her website
    In this ep I also mention my interview about curiosity with DR JUD BREWER and my chat with SETH GODIN about the artist process, if you want to go check them out.


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    • 40 min
    PROF GEORGE PAXINOS: Are our brains "good" enough to save the planet?

    PROF GEORGE PAXINOS: Are our brains "good" enough to save the planet?

    In this brain-bending ep we explore this wild idea: are there good brains and can we find a way to use them to save the planet. My guest is Professor George Paxinos AO, the world’s leading brain expert. The 78-year-old Greek-Australian is the most famous scientist you’ve never heard of – he’s identified and named more parts of the brain than anyone in history. He’s also a climate activist (and cycling activist!) and spent 21 years writing his latest book, River Divided, a novel about (ready for it) a female scientist who clones Jesus. The resulting twin boys go on to wrestle the climate crisis via the moral compass of The Son of God. So wild!
     You can order River Divided and read a free chapter here https://www.georgepaxinos.com.au

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    • 45 min
    SHEENA IYENGAR: How to choose the best option

    SHEENA IYENGAR: How to choose the best option

    Sheena Iyengar’s The Art of Choosing – the book and the wildly popular TED talk – posits a profoundly paradoxical idea. Despite what we might think, we don’t like choice, or at least not too much of it. Which is why arranged marriages lead to more lasting love than “romantic” marriages and ALDI stocks one version of everything. To make the best decisions in our lives, there is a “magic number” of options we should aim for…and it’s less than you think. The Columbia University pscho-economist is famous for conducting the original “paradox of choice” studies as - and this bit blows my mind – a fully blind woman. She and I talk through all the fun paradoxes of our odd relationship to choice and how to navigate them to make the best, most joyful decisions. 

    Get hold of The Art of Choosing booktopia.kh4ffx.net/rnyDPR
    Follow Sheena at https://sheenaiyengar.com/


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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
436 Ratings

436 Ratings

Kathy Behrendt ,

Raw, honest, insightful, challenging, inspiring.

All of the above. If Sarah Wilson throws her energy at something, you can be sure it won’t be wasted on the small stuff. This is about life’s hard questions, and how to grapple with the absurdity and magnitude of it all.

AN11DEL ,

The very best!

This is my favourite podcast! I’m a big fan of Sarah’s work and listening to this podcast is now part of my personal development repertoire. I thoroughly enjoy listening to the deep conversations with world class thought leaders. They tackle the big issues and help us unpack them. Thanks for pulling together this excellent piece of content 👏👏

Karen.Eivers ,

I think this is my favourite podcast

Every time I see a new episode pop up I carve out time to listen. I devour each episode and think of a stack of people I need to send it to, to listen. Such diversity. Talking of creativity and the Artist way to next diving into the larrikin myth in Australian culture and politics. Such rich and thought provoking conversations. The election series was the best thing I found of addressing all of the confusion people were expressing in the lead up. Thanks Sarah !

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