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Become a more nuanced thinker.

In an era of uncertainty, the ability to think dynamically and avoid getting trapped in infinite loops of thought is more important than ever.

Whether we’re discussing ancient Chinese philosophy, the history of finance, or cutting-edge advances in artificial intelligence, our host Jim O'Shaughnessy’s passion, experience, and eclectic range of interests, combined with our extensive research into our podcast guests, always result in surprising conversations which substantively engage with our guests’ ideas.

Our aim: To equip you with the tools required to navigate through the Great Reshuffle that we are in.

Let’s start exploring.

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    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Become a more nuanced thinker.

In an era of uncertainty, the ability to think dynamically and avoid getting trapped in infinite loops of thought is more important than ever.

Whether we’re discussing ancient Chinese philosophy, the history of finance, or cutting-edge advances in artificial intelligence, our host Jim O'Shaughnessy’s passion, experience, and eclectic range of interests, combined with our extensive research into our podcast guests, always result in surprising conversations which substantively engage with our guests’ ideas.

Our aim: To equip you with the tools required to navigate through the Great Reshuffle that we are in.

Let’s start exploring.

    Chris Wilcha — Flipside (EP.218)

    Chris Wilcha — Flipside (EP.218)

    Chris Wilcha is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and commercial director.
    His latest film, Flipside, which is co-executive produced by Jim and presented in association with Infinite Films (among others), opens in select US theaters tomorrow (May 31st, 2024).
    An ode to creative failure, abandoned projects, and rekindled passion, Flipside premiered at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. Here’s the full description:
    “When filmmaker Chris Wilcha revisits the record store he worked at as a teenager in New Jersey, he finds the once-thriving bastion of music and weirdness from his youth slowly falling apart and out of touch with the times. FLIPSIDE documents his tragicomic attempt to revive the store while revisiting other documentary projects he has abandoned over the years. In the process, Wilcha captures This American Life icon Ira Glass in the midst of a creative rebirth, discovers the origin story of David Bowie’s ode to a local New Jersey cable television hero, and uncovers the unlikely connection between jazz photographer Herman Leonard and TV writer David Milch. This disparate collection of stories coheres into something strange and expansive—a moving meditation on music, work, and the sacrifices and satisfaction of trying to live a creative life.”
    Important Links:
    Flipside; a film by Chris Wilcha 32 Sounds; a film by Sam Green Show Notes:
    An Ode to Abandoned Projects How Flipside Got Made When Filmmaking Gets Personal Taking the Big Swings Bringing the Film to Life in the Editing Room "Life can only be understood backwards, but we must live it forwards” Meeting Uncle Floyd Working With Judd Apatow & the Coen Brothers; Balancing Art & Commerce Stylistic Choices & Following Your Obsession How Jim Got Into Music The Changing Landscape of Documentary Filmmaking How the Creative Industries Compare to Wall Street Chris’ Favourite Unmade Documentaries Chris as Emperor of the World MORE!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Bridget Phetasy — Comedy is Dead, Long Live Comedy (EP.217)

    Bridget Phetasy — Comedy is Dead, Long Live Comedy (EP.217)

    “PHETASY IS a movement disguised as a company. We just want to make you laugh while the world burns.”
    Bridget Phetasy is an entrepreneur, writer, podcast host, political commentator, burgeoning media mogul, and standup comedian. Over the past few years, her media company - Phetasy - has become an outlet for 100s of hours of social commentary filtered through her sharp and spiky worldview.
    She joins the show to discuss the comedic temperature in America today; the role of comedy in contemporary society; humour as a weapon; and MUCH more!
    Important Links:
    Bridget’s Twitter The ‘Beyond Parody with Bridget Phetasy’ newsletter Bridget’s Youtube channel Bridget’s website Show Notes:
    Comedy as Dissidence Post-Trump Comedy America’s Comedic Temperature A Tipping Point For Comedy Does The Rubber Band Snap Back? The Atomization of Culture The Coddling of the American Mind Fighting Political Peer Pressure The Anti-fragility of Normie-ville “Capitalism Always Wins” The Pendulum Swings The Cyclical Nature of Moral Panic Luxury Beliefs Humor as a Weapon The Societal Utility of Comedy MORE! Books Mentioned:
    Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art; by Lewis Hyde Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It; by Thomas de Zengotita Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community; By Robert D. Putnam

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Porter Braswell — Building the Future of Leadership (EP.216)

    Porter Braswell — Building the Future of Leadership (EP.216)

     
    Porter Braswell is the Founder and CEO of 2045 Studio, an exclusive network for accomplished professionals of color.
    Porter is also the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the career advancement platform Jopwell, the host of the Harvard Business Review podcast Race at Work, and the author of two books, including 2019’s Let Them See You.
    Porter joins the show to discuss how 2045 Studio is harnessing community to empower professionals of color to succeed, how to establish trust within a community, what he learned from Magic Johnson’s mentorship, and MUCH more!
    Important Links:
    2045 Studio Porter’s LinkedIn Porter’s Twitter Porter’s Instagram Race at Work podcast O'Shaughnessy Ventures Invests in 2045 Studio Show Notes:
    The Significance of 2045 Bridging the Inclusion Gap Networks, Community & the Clubhouse The Opportunity To Be in the Majority Building the Right Kind of Partnerships The Importance of Human Capital Socratic Problem-Solving How to Establish Trust Within a Community The 2045 Approach to Networking Councils & Relationship-Building Surprising Lessons From Foundership Leveraging the Community Magic Johnson’s Mentorship & the Advantages of the Athletic Mentality Why Porter Writes “Wouldn't it be so cool if I could always feel like I belong?” 2045’s Long-Term Vision Porter as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned:
    Let Them See You: The Guide for Leveraging Your Diversity at Work; by Porter Braswell Yes, You Can: The Secrets Revealed for How to Get into and Succeed at America's Top Universities and Colleges; by Porter Braswell The Intelligent Investor; by Benjamin Graham

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Grant Mitchell — The Potential of AI Drug Repurposing

    Grant Mitchell — The Potential of AI Drug Repurposing

    Grant Mitchell is a seasoned entrepreneur, operator, and investor in the areas of health, technology, and machine learning. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Every Cure, where he uses AI to research rare diseases and conduct drug repurposing.
    Grant joins the show to discuss the use of AI in rare drug research, the role of translational scientists, neglected knowledge, and MUCH MORE!
    Important Links:
    Every Cure Website Dr. Grant’s Twitter Dr. Grant’s LinkedIn Show Notes:
    The Organizational Problem in Pharma The Power of Biomedical Knowledge Graphs The Traditional Pharma Approach to Drug R&D Risks in the World of AI-driven Drug Discovery The Limits of AI for Medical Use Biology’s ‘Ignorome’ The Role of Translators Every Cure’s Typical Supporters Neglected Latent Knowledge Grant as Emperor of the World MORE! Books/Essays Mentioned:
    The AI Revolution; by Tim Urban (Wait But Why) Ikigai - The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life; by Héctor García & Francesc Miralles

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Jimmy Soni — The Courage of Creative Risk (EP.214)

    Jimmy Soni — The Courage of Creative Risk (EP.214)

    Author and friend-of-the-show Jimmy Soni returns to discuss the future of publishing, the changing world of book marketing, the courage of creative risk, and MUCH more!
    Important Links:
    Jimmy’s website Jimmy’s Twitter The Great Reshuffle Show Notes:
    Why Traditional Publishing is in Stasis A Case of Broken Incentives The Changing World of Book Marketing & the Case for Patience Talent Spotting & Creative Risk The Challenge of Self-Publishing Experiment, Experiment, Experiment Taylor Swift, Michael Jordan, and the Courage of Trying Something New Don’t Be Trapped by the Opinions of Others Jimmy as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned:
    The Founders; by Jimmy Soni A Mind at Play; by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman What Works on Wall Street; by Jim O'Shaughnessy Invest Like The Best; by Jim O'Shaughnessy How To Retire Rich; by Jim O'Shaughnessy Atomic Habits; by James Clear Psychology of Money; by Morgan Housel The Obstacle is the Way; by Ryan Holiday Trust Me, I'm Lying; by Ryan Holiday The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; by Daniel James Brown You Are a Badass; by Jen Sincero 11/22/63; by Stephen King

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Arjun Khemani — The Hunt for Better Problems (EP. 213)

    Arjun Khemani — The Hunt for Better Problems (EP. 213)

    Arjun Khemani is a 17-year-old writer and podcaster who dropped out of high school to help lead support at Airchat, the social network co-founded by Naval Ravikant.
    As the host of the Arjun Khemani podcast, Arjun has spoken to a wide range of guests including David Deutsch, David Perell and Naval Ravikant. His Substack, Progress Good, “serves as a defense against the anti-Enlightenment tradition, exploring progress, rationality, and optimism.”
    Arjun joins the show to discuss why education should be voluntary, the moral case for selfishness, the pessimism of ultimacy and MUCH more!
    Important Links:
    Arjun’s Twitter Progress Good (Arjun’s Substack) Show Notes:
    The Myth of the Good Old Days The Citadel of Science Generational Warfare Why Education Should Be Voluntary Misunderstanding Money Escaping the Altruism Trap: the Case for Selfishness Coercion & Moral Righteousness The Pessimism of Ultimacy The Hunt for Better Problems Arjun’s Leap Into the Unknown Reimagining Education What’s Next? Arjun as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned:
    One Summer: America 1927; by Bill Bryson The New Inquisition: Irrational Rationalism and the Citadel of Science; by Robert Anton Wilson The Road to Serfdom; by Friedrich Hayek The Lessons of History; by Will & Ariel Durant Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behaviour; by David R. Hawkins Deschooling Society; by Ivan Illich

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Joe3327 ,

Excellent show - good variety of topics

This is my favourite podcast, very interesting conversations. A lot of big picture idea thinking, but also some detail dives into careers and projects of guests on the shows. Jim’s philosophical mindset is one all can learn from.

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Z.G.x ,

One my favourite podcasts … but …

The audio quality on Jim’s side is really a let down, and can be easily fixed. Can someone help?

MJH2907 ,

new fav podcast

eclectic and thought provoking PS be sure to follow Jim on Twitter, he posts some really great quotes

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