301 episodes

Cal Newport is a computer science professor and a New York Times bestselling author who writes about the impact of technology on society, and the struggle to work and live deeply in a world increasingly mired in digital distractions. On this podcast, he answers questions from his readers and offers advice about cultivating focus, productivity, and meaning amidst the noise that pervades our lives.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport Cal Newport

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    • 4.8 • 138 Ratings

Cal Newport is a computer science professor and a New York Times bestselling author who writes about the impact of technology on society, and the struggle to work and live deeply in a world increasingly mired in digital distractions. On this podcast, he answers questions from his readers and offers advice about cultivating focus, productivity, and meaning amidst the noise that pervades our lives.

    Ep. 300: Hidden Technology Traps

    Ep. 300: Hidden Technology Traps

    There has been a lot of attention paid recently to the impact of technology like social media on the mental health of young people. But this is not the only technology trap lurking for this generation. In this episode, Cal talks about three subtle but significant ways in which our current technology culture is setting up young people for professional failure in the years ahead. He then provides some advice for resisting this fate. In addition to this discussion, he answers questions from the ...

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ep. 299: Our Love/Hate Relationship with Personal Productivity

    Ep. 299: Our Love/Hate Relationship with Personal Productivity

    Cal has been writing professionally about issues related to personal productivity for two decades. In today’s episode, he provides a short history of what he’s observed during this period about out constantly shifting relationship with this topic, from the quiet optimism of the 1990s, to the techno-mania of the early 2000s, to the whiplash shift from anti-distraction to anti-work sentiments in the 2010s. He ends with a summary of where we are today and what he currently thinks matters in thin...

    • 2 hrs 18 min
    Ep. 298: Rethinking Attention

    Ep. 298: Rethinking Attention

    We think of information as something neutral; a spotlight that helps illuminate the reality of the outside world. Accordingly, more information is better than less. In this episode, Cal pushes back on this model, arguing that the form in which information arrives can strongly impact the understanding we extract. We must therefore be more intentional about what and how we pay attention. He then answers reader questions and surveys some unusual but entertaining stories about slowness.Below are ...

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep. 297: The Deep Life Hardware

    Ep. 297: The Deep Life Hardware

    Why do you struggle with your grand attempts to escape distraction and aimlessness to make your life deeper? In this episode, Cal draws on an unexpected metaphor – Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and the Analytical Engine – to help identify the subtle obstacle on your path to increase depth. With this new understanding in hand, he then details a specific gameplan to get around it. Later, he takes questions from the audience and reacts to the new AI Pin, a tool intended to render smartphones ob...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Ep. 296: Jane Austen’s To-Do List (LIVE)

    Ep. 296: Jane Austen’s To-Do List (LIVE)

    In the first ever live episode of Deep Questions, recorded at People’s Book in Takoma Park, MD, Cal extracts a modern productivity lesson from the tale of Jane Austen’s frustrated ambitions, before taking questions from the audience. Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvoVideo from today’s episode: youtube.com/calnewportmediaDeep Dive: Jane Austen’s To-Do List [3:22]— Is Cal building...

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 295: Artists Revolt Against Social Media

    Ep. 295: Artists Revolt Against Social Media

    In this episode Cal takes a closer look at a growing trend of artists quitting social media and instead reverting to old-fashioned websites. Are these acts of principled sacrifice or a sustainable way to be creative online? Cal argues for the latter, showing how the internet without social media curation algorithms can be a place of rich discovery and audience building. He then takes questions on similar topics and ends by playing a few rounds of “deep or crazy” during the final segment.Below...

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

Joey Lombardi ,

Favourite PodCast

Excellent insights - Has impacted my workflow and daily habits in a positive way. Thanks to Cal and Jesse!

rtown ,

Love Cal, but let Jesse speak!

Love Cal Newport’s work, for over 10 years. He’s helped me in so many ways, but sometimes…man let Jesse speak! He keeps getting interrupted by Cal.

suzanne1119 ,

Good content but closed to critiques

I was really enjoying the content until he had to mock any feminist critique of his work, because of course the feminist critics are idiots who don’t understand anything and are attacking a straw man.

Your theories are useful and interesting, but you don’t need to defend the point that there is ONLY your truth and any other perspective is stupid / useless.

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