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Laura Tremaine is not the smartest person in the room, but she knows someone who is. Driven by her belief that we all learn, grow, and become better when we surround ourselves with people who are smarter than us, she'll take you along to meet people who are brilliant in their fields. With the casual tone of the best dinner party conversation you've ever had, Smartest Person in the Room offers fascinating, funny, and thought-provoking learning you won't want to miss!

Smartest Person in the Room Laura Tremaine

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 6 Ratings

Laura Tremaine is not the smartest person in the room, but she knows someone who is. Driven by her belief that we all learn, grow, and become better when we surround ourselves with people who are smarter than us, she'll take you along to meet people who are brilliant in their fields. With the casual tone of the best dinner party conversation you've ever had, Smartest Person in the Room offers fascinating, funny, and thought-provoking learning you won't want to miss!

    Ep 38 Best Books of 2018

    Ep 38 Best Books of 2018

    It's finally here! Our best books of the year episode.
    Host Laura Tremaine and her real life book club friends Stephanie Newman-Smith and Yasmin Dunn discuss their favorite books of the year and some of the most buzzed about books of 2018. 
     
    Books mentioned on this episode:
    Becoming by Michelle Obama
    The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies by Ben Fritz
    You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld 
    Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
    Florida by Lauren Goff
    Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
    Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
    Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
    The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
    Alone Together by Sherry Turkle
    The Yes Brain by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
    Heavy by Kiese Laymon
    Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
    Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood by Karina Longworth
    (30:40) Circe by Madeline Miller 
    (34:50) 9 Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
    (44:36) The Witch Elm by Tana French
    (54:55) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    (1:00:10) The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai 
    (1:04:04) Educated by Tara Westover
    (1:12:30) The Line That Held Us by David Joy
     
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    Ep 37 Princess and Pirate Rachael MacFarlane

    Ep 37 Princess and Pirate Rachael MacFarlane

    You've probably heard Rachael MacFarlane speak at some point in her 20 year acting career. She's given voice to characters from Johnny Bravo, Tom & Jerry, Fancy Nancy, Family Guy, and she has played Hayley on American Dad since 2005. 
    Now Rachael has written a children's book titled Eleanor Wyatt, Princess and Pirate. Laura talks with Rachael about her career, her new book, parenting in L.A., and why the message of Eleanor Wyatt is so important. 
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    • 35 min
    Ep 36 Laura's favorite books of 2018 (so far)

    Ep 36 Laura's favorite books of 2018 (so far)

    On today's episode, Laura is the smartest person in the room because she is the ONLY person in the room. That's right, it's a first for this podcast: a solo show! Laura shares the best books she's read so far in 2018. 
    Click here for the full show notes.
    Follow Laura on Instagram where she shares what she's reading in real time, or sign up for her Secret Post emails here. 
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    • 26 min
    BIAS: A series wrap-up and Q&A

    BIAS: A series wrap-up and Q&A

    This is the final episode in the BIAS series. We're sharing our thoughts on creating and releasing this series, and answering some of the questions we've received over the last few weeks.
    We're also making an announcement about the future of this conversation in this space, since of course this work doesn't stop here. Please check out our ever-evolving resource page here. 
    Thanks for joining us for the BIAS series of Smartest Person in the Room! 
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    • 52 min
    Ep 35 BIAS: Marriage burst the bubble

    Ep 35 BIAS: Marriage burst the bubble

    Over the past several episodes, we’ve mentioned several times that my friend and co-host for this series Yasmin is married to a white man. Yasmin has talked about how being part of an interracial marriage has given her a unique perspective on the dynamics of race in our culture, and I couldn’t think of a better way to conclude our series on bias than by asking her husband Jason to sit down and talk with us about his perspectives on the reality of racial bias in our country.
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    • 56 min
    Ep 34 BIAS: Stop saying "down there"

    Ep 34 BIAS: Stop saying "down there"

    This episode is different from any episode of Smartest Person in the Room that I’ve ever recorded. Months ago, when Yasmin and I were planning this series, I mentioned that though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 17 years now, I’ve hardly ever been to the historically black neighborhoods of South LA. And so, Yasmin decided to take me on a little field trip in our own city.
     
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

C Merrick ,

Engaging and fascinating

I love the kitchen-counter conversation feel about the show. The way Laura is able to draw out information from her incredibly talented and fascinating guests is pure genius. Great show!

bienaimee87 ,

fascinating and enjoyable

I love this podcast. The interviews are incredibly informative, fun and I feel like I have had a brilliant insight in to the work of these people. Laura does a great job at asking the right questions and shining a light on the talent and hard work of the guests. I look forward to more episodes!

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