16 episodes

Think bigger. Create better. Live smarter. Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. Where do you even start? Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. Each episode dives deep into one big idea through immersive storytelling, narration and curator interviews with the most interesting authors at work today.

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Think bigger. Create better. Live smarter. Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. Where do you even start? Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. Each episode dives deep into one big idea through immersive storytelling, narration and curator interviews with the most interesting authors at work today.

    FREE MONEY: Why Andrew Yang Thinks a Giveaway Can Save the Economy

    FREE MONEY: Why Andrew Yang Thinks a Giveaway Can Save the Economy

    Andrew Yang has a pretty bleak vision for the future. The way he sees it, we’re staring down the barrel of a techno-apocalypse. Robots will replace millions of workers. Income inequality will skyrocket. And social isolation will become the new normal. But Yang has a big idea he thinks can stave off disaster. It’s called universal basic income — a $1,000 check in the mail each month, no strings attached. Yang’s been pushing this magic bullet for a long time, first in his book, “The War on Normal People,” and now as he campaigns for president. But would it really make a difference, and is it even realistic? Andrew Yang makes his case to Rufus Griscom in front of a live audience in New York City.




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    • 45 min
    HABITS: How to Let Go of The Old and Bring in the New

    HABITS: How to Let Go of The Old and Bring in the New

    Why is it so hard to break bad habits and replace them with good ones? You may think it all comes down to willpower. But social psychologist Wendy Wood says that if you really want to change your life, then you need to tap into your unconscious mind. Wood, who’s just written a book called “Good Habits, Bad Habits,” chats with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant about harnessing the science of habit formation to make positive changes that last.

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    • 45 min
    GATHERING: How to Make Our Time Together Meaningful

    GATHERING: How to Make Our Time Together Meaningful

    Why do so many of our get-togethers feel awkward and unproductive? Priya Parker, author of “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters,” says it’s because most of us don’t know how to transform stuffy events—from conferences to tedious family dinners to office holiday parties—into memorable gatherings full of moments to savor. Parker shares the secrets of being a good host, lessons everyone can learn from Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, and tips for revolutionizing your next business meeting.

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    • 44 min
    FUTURE: Can We Build a More Generous World

    FUTURE: Can We Build a More Generous World

    In this episode, we’re peering into the future with Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler. He’s got a new book out called “This Could Be Our Future,” and it’s all about transforming our world into a more kind and generous place.

    By the way, we’re taking next week off. The Next Big Idea returns with new episodes on January 7th!

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    • 46 min
    SUCCESS: The Dirty Secret of Getting Ahead

    SUCCESS: The Dirty Secret of Getting Ahead

    Most of us are taught that hard work and talent are the keys to getting ahead. Turns out it’s not so easy. In his new book, “The Meritocracy Trap,” Yale professor Daniel Markovits says meritocracy isn’t leveling the playing field. Instead, it’s a pretense for concentrating privilege and intensifying inequality. He tells us the time has come to redesign the workplace, reinvent higher education, and reimagine meritocracy so it actually works for everyone.

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    • 46 min
    TRUST: Malcolm Gladwell on How We Talk To Strangers

    TRUST: Malcolm Gladwell on How We Talk To Strangers

    Roses are red, violets are blue, and Malcolm Gladwell has written yet another bestseller. It's called "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know," and it's all about the perils of trusting people we don't really know. Gladwell, who's also a Next Big Idea Club curator, tells us what cuban spies, Bernie Madoff, and Malcolm’s naked father can teach us about the mysteries of strangers.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

Jota Ele 87 ,

Extremely interesting!

If you’re looking for a podcast that really helps you to get in touch with the hottest discussions on tech world, definitely this is the place!

dar52 ,

No worth listening too

I expected this to be about tech and new ideas. Actually more of a social science podcast covering areas such as empathy, trust, generosity, and meritocracy. No bad things in themselves but hardly “new ideas”. Worse of all though are the presenters who act like drunk frat boys, shouting and interrupting each other. I seriously wondered after listener to episode 12 if they were drunk! This podcast lets Wondery down.

Anamaria Adelina ,

Informative and entertaining

Great podcast to listen to if you don’t have the time to read every new best selling book out there. What makes it stand out above others of its kind is the high production value and better focus on the main topic.

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