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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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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.

    QUIT: Why You Have to Give Up if You Want to Get Ahead

    QUIT: Why You Have to Give Up if You Want to Get Ahead

    In her new book, “Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away,” Annie Duke says mastering the art of quitting is the key to making smart decisions.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    PUZZLES: What Crosswords, Riddles, and Wordle Can Teach You About the Meaning of Life

    PUZZLES: What Crosswords, Riddles, and Wordle Can Teach You About the Meaning of Life

    For the last 25 years, writer A.J. Jacobs has attempted to live his life as a human guinea pig.
    “I’ve engaged in a series of experiments on my mind and body,” he says, “some of which have been fruitful, some humiliating failures. I’ve tried to understand the world by immersing myself in extraordinary circumstances.”
    His book “The Know-It-All” chronicled his experience reading the encyclopedia from cover to cover. To write “The Year of Living Biblically,” he followed every commandment in the Old Testament, including the edicts stone adulterers and avoid shaving the corners of your beard. Now A.J. is back with a new immersive memoir, “The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life.” 
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    • 54 min
    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.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Jacush ,

The Big Idea - my weekly listening ritual

Always enjoy the variety, quality interviews which is thoroughly researched and thought provoking.

Most recently Book Bites is my current obsession, this is a innovative way to sample my next great read

nbsluyyz ,

So happy to find this podcast

I just discovered this podcast last week and I’ve listened to so many episodes since then. I learned about good anxiety, habits, spirituality, characteristics of high achievers, racism in astronomy, Shellye Archambeau. Immediately bought Shellye’s audiobook and have put the others onto my wish list. Now I’m thinking that I may not need to buy books. Maybe if I just listen to this podcast I can get the salient points about the books. The podcast is interesting and engaging. Downloaded the app but haven’t yet interacted with it.

T_po32 ,

Delivers

Just listened to a few episodes (in a few weeks because there is a lot to digest) and it absolutely delivers on the potential of changing the way you see the world.

Subject are vast and the podcast is not simply letting spinning society problems around bu alose suggest realistic solutions which is quite refreshing. To know that the potential solutions exists make it motivational to take action.

Thanks for excellent content

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