164 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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    • 4.9 • 667 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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    AMA: Is it doomist to talk about civilisational collapse?

    AMA: Is it doomist to talk about civilisational collapse?

    A cracking Ask Me Anything question this week that gives us a chance to talk about crazy-making tech bros and their antics. My answer sees me dive into p(doom) numbers, Freud, techno-optimistic manifestos and fertility collapse. Fun! 
    Join the conversation over on Substack and post your own Ask Me Anything here.
    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 16 min
    KATE RAWORTH: Doughnut economics as the antidote to “death by growth”

    KATE RAWORTH: Doughnut economics as the antidote to “death by growth”

    Kate Raworth (“renegade” economist; inventor of the “doughnut” systems model) has one of the most dynamic and controversial theories for “fixing” or adjusting to the planetary mess we’re in. Back in 2017 she released her book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist and it became a cult read – the Pope, Extinction Rebellion and the UN General Assembly praise it. It designs an economy that allows humans to flourish while ALSO not destroying the planet – existing within the planetary boundaries.
    In this chat, Kate, an Oxford professor and Club of Rome member, and I talk about how the current economic model is fundamentally flawed (all those supply/demand and growth models have never been peer-reviewed!), how to debunk a Stephen Pinker disciple and how to balance the reality of looming (locked-in) collapse and living fully (the two are actually connected). Kate is a brilliant delight of a human – this chat is fun.
    SHOW NOTES
    Find visuals of a “rational economic man” and her doughnut head here
    You can find out if your city has or is taking part in the Doughnut Economics Action Lab
    If you’re from Melbourne, check out Regen Melbourne and Kate also mentions Takethejump.org
    Here’s the chat with Nate Hagens on energy collapse
    Here’s my Wild episode with Jason Hickle on degrowth economics
    Here’s my chat with Gaya Harrington about the Limits to Growth report
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    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    AMA: How do you manage information overload PLUS should white women activists get out of the arena?

    AMA: How do you manage information overload PLUS should white women activists get out of the arena?

    On today's AMA, I share my hacks and my “mindset” for sifting through, retaining and managing all the data inflow (amino supplements, tilting, biting off more than I can chew as a tactic and advice gleaned from systems thinkers). And I wade into when to speak out and when not to wade into a rally and take the mic (and the responsibility that comes with being a privileged white woman who looks as tame as a mum from an OMO commercial).
    SHOW NOTES
    Join the conversation over on SubstackSubscribe and post your own Ask Me Anything here--
    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 28 min
    JOHANN HARI: Is Ozempic a miracle drug or something darker?

    JOHANN HARI: Is Ozempic a miracle drug or something darker?

    Johann Hari (bestselling author Stolen Focus and Lost Connections) has written another system-rattling book, this time about the new weight loss drugs that everyone is both talking about AND not talking about. I’ve been wanting a wild mind to come chat about the phenomenon for over a year. Johann happened to reach out and tell me he’d been experimenting with Ozempic, had travelled the world interviewing 100-plus experts on the matter and was up for a chat.
    In this conversation, we talk through what he lays out in his book Magic Pill: The Extraordinary Benefits and Disturbing Risks of the New Weight-Loss Drugs. We cover how the drugs work on our biology; the emerging risks; how the rich are the guinea pigs in this particular science experiment; the implications of a world with no appetite (“What will become of the dinner party?”); and the fact these drugs mask the real problem – how Big Food manipulates our hormones with their Franken-foods. And, so, here we are again, told to fix a systemic problem with the same mindset that caused it in the first place (ie: manipulating nature with additives for profit). The Ozempic debate is a lot. This chat goes there!
    SHOW NOTES
    Johann's book Magic Pill: The Extraordinary Benefits and Disturbing Risks of the New Weight-Loss Drugs is available now
    Connect with Johann on Instagram and buy his books here
    Listen to my Wild chat about Ultra-Processed Food with Dr Chris van Tulleken
    Read my Substack post on the Ozempic “divide” here
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    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    AMA: How do you plan your life financially in a collapsing world? Do you bother?

    AMA: How do you plan your life financially in a collapsing world? Do you bother?

    As we become aware of climate collapse and its ripple effect on the financial and energy systems, and as houses become uninsurable and fossil fuel markets get wobbly, do things like investing, mortgages, and retirement savings become moot?
    A Substack reader asks me how I’m personally prioritising these things, and I answer candidly. The chat moves into prepping and homesteading considerations. Background posts and pods about collapse are provided over at Substack, where you can WATCH these bonus episodes and join a conversation afterwards in the thread (and post a question for future AMAs).
    SHOW NOTES
    Join the conversation over on SubstackSubscribe and post your own Ask Me Anything herePrevious episodes you might like to listen to Meg Wheatley, Gaya Herrington and Nate Hagens
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    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 21 min
    ANNABEL ABBS: The subversive, creative upside of insomnia (oh joy!)

    ANNABEL ABBS: The subversive, creative upside of insomnia (oh joy!)

    Annabel Abbs (English novelist; author of Sleepless) was crippled with insomnia. Rather than fight it she looked for its productive plus side and discovered that many incredible creatives have needed to stay awake to access their best selves – their Night Selves. Particularly women, as it turns out. Annabel chats to me about how famous writers, painters and Hollywood stars have used their sleeplessness to create their best work, and the science that explains why this happens  - the role hormones play, how the nocturnal quietening of the prefrontal cortex affects women’s ability to access their creative courage and how we can access our body’s hallucinogens! We also cover why it’s good to stay awake in a full moon, why women need to invest in blackout curtains (to cut their cancer risk!) and the role of feminist rage in all this!
    SHOW NOTES
    Get hold of Annabel’s Sleepless: Discovering the Power of the Night SelfYou can connect with Annabel on IG here and read more about her work here I write a lot about different philosophical salves for insomnia in First, We Make the Beast Beautiful---
    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8


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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
667 Ratings

667 Ratings

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Space to think and feel in a chaotic world

Sarah’s podcast offers space to listen, think, feel and emerge with a more refined sense of optimism that a more beautiful and just world is possible.

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So good

Sarah brings a really thoughtful, balanced perspective and open-mindedness. A wonderful voice of reason in these weird times

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One of the best podcasts out there.

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