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How To Academy is an organisation for people who think big. From Nobel laureates to Pulitzer Prize winners, we invite the world’s most influential voices to share new ideas for changing ourselves, our communities, and the world.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 73 Ratings

How To Academy is an organisation for people who think big. From Nobel laureates to Pulitzer Prize winners, we invite the world’s most influential voices to share new ideas for changing ourselves, our communities, and the world.

    Sam Knight - The Premonitions Bureau

    Sam Knight - The Premonitions Bureau

    In 1966, John Barker, a dynamic psychiatrist working in an outdated British mental hospital, established the Premonitions Bureau to investigate psychic visions. He found a network of hundreds of correspondents, from clerks to ballet teachers – including two unnervingly gifted “percipients”. The New Yorker’s award-winning Sam Knight joins us with an enthralling true story of madness and wonder, science and the supernatural – a journal to the most powerful and unsettling reaches of the human mind.
    Sam joins How To Academy in-person on the 7 June in conversation with the author of The Big Short and Flashboys, Michael Lewis. Find out more and get your tickets at howtoacademy.com
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    John Cleese Meets Iain McGilchrist - On Consciousness and Creativity

    John Cleese Meets Iain McGilchrist - On Consciousness and Creativity

    A creative pioneer whose genius has placed him alongside Chaplin, Keaton, and his fellow Pythons as one of the greatest British comedy talents of all-time, John Cleese’s name is synonymous with the very best popular culture our country has ever produced. From the subversive satire of Life of Brian and existential absurdity of The Meaning of Life to the precision-engineered farce and observational brilliance of Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda, his work is a testament to the power of the human imagination to change the way we see the world.
    Dr Iain McGilchrist is an intellectual icon whose singular vision has deeply affected Cleese and thousands more across the globe. Few if any works of neuroscience or philosophy have the power to evoke as much passion and infuse the lives of readers with as much meaning as The Master and His Emissary – an extraordinarily original and powerful investigation of the role of the mind and brain in shaping our experience that encompasses nothing less than the entire history of human culture and thought.
    We brought Cleese and McGilchrist together to explore the place of consciousness in our lives and culture, drawing both upon The Matter With Things, McGilchrist’s bravura new work of neuroscience and philosophy, and Cleese’s lifelong practice of creativity at the highest level.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Minnie Driver - Managing Expectations

    Minnie Driver - Managing Expectations

    Minnie Driver joined us live on stage in London to tell transport us from her unconventional childhood to subsequent fame, sharing poignant stories and laugh-out-loud anecdotes from her life and career. It is a tale of acclaim, loss, fortitude and fortune: in short, the story of being human.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Owen Jones Meets Michael Lewis - The Fifth Risk

    Owen Jones Meets Michael Lewis - The Fifth Risk

    Next month Michael Lewis will join us in-person in London for a live, on-stage event exploring his life and work from Liar's Poker through to the present day. In anticipation, this episode of the podcast revisits his last appearance on the How To Academy stage, in conversation with the Guardian's Owen Jones. Together they explore the corrosion of the federal government under the Trump administration - the subject of Michael's book The Fifth Risk.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Robin Ince Meets Neal Stephenson - Termination Shock

    Robin Ince Meets Neal Stephenson - Termination Shock

    With fans including Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, and Peter Thiel, no living fiction author has more influence among the elite technologists shaping our world. His ideas inspired Google Earth, Second Life and the Xbox, and Mark Zuckerberg renamed Facebook after Stephenson’s concept of the Metaverse, dedicating his company to the mission of creating a future inspired by Stephenson’s speculative vision. Now the legendary speculative novelist turns his attention to the cliamte crisis. In converastion with comedian and broadcaster Robin Ince, Neal sounds sounds a clarion alarm, ponders potential climate solutions and risks, and share his insights into the future of life on earth.
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    • 56 min
    Eliot Higgins - We Are Bellingcat

    Eliot Higgins - We Are Bellingcat

    How did a collective of self-taught internet sleuths end up solving some of the biggest crimes of our time?
    Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat, an independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists using open-source and social media investigation to probe some of the world’s most pressing stories. He joins us to tell the story of how they created a whole new category of information gathering, galvanising citizen journalists across the globe to expose war crimes and pick apart disinformation, using just their computers.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

ahskffb ,

Fantastic podcast

A wide range of guests and topics but all high-quality interviews. Great podcast.

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Love it

Engaging, thought provoking, and intelligent

val sez gal ,

Taking money from Barclays Bank?

Quite shockingly hypocritical to be advertising Barclay’s in the middle of interviewing Dr Jane Goodall is it not? Couldn’t believe my ears, at first I thought it was going to be a sound bite from Jane’s activism… just takes away credibility for me

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