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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.

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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.

    TOGETHER: A Doctor’s Prescription for Health and Happiness

    TOGETHER: A Doctor’s Prescription for Health and Happiness

    When Dr. Vivek Murthy became U.S. Surgeon General in 2014, he went on a listening tour. What he heard surprised him. Americans were lonely, and it was killing them. In this deeply personal conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Susan Cain (author of “Quiet”), Murthy makes the medical case for love and friendship.




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    • 47 min
    WEIRDNESS: How to Make it Your Superpower

    WEIRDNESS: How to Make it Your Superpower

    Olga Khazan describes weirdness as not fitting neatly into a box — regardless of what that box may be. It doesn’t just make other people see you as different — it also makes you feel like you don’t belong. But in this conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant, she says weirdness can also be surprisingly empowering.




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    • 45 min
    BOYS & SEX: Coming of Age in America

    BOYS & SEX: Coming of Age in America

    Hook-ups, sexting, friends with benefits, ubiquitous porn — sometimes it seems like boys today are growing up in a world of easy sex and mindless gratification. But sit down and talk to them and you get a different story. Rufus speaks with Peggy Orenstein, who interviewed hundreds of boys for her new book, "Boys & Sex," about how they navigate a minefield of sexual rules and expectations.

    • 42 min
    FRIENDSHIP: The Science and Power of Life’s Deepest Bond

    FRIENDSHIP: The Science and Power of Life’s Deepest Bond

    Friends aren’t just fun to hang out with and handy in a pinch. They’re also a biological necessity. Rufus talks to journalist Lydia Denworth, author of a new book on the science of friendship, who explains why friends — even the online variety — make us happier, healthier, smarter, and more successful.




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    • 47 min
    THINKING AHEAD: How to Make Life’s Big Decisions

    THINKING AHEAD: How to Make Life’s Big Decisions

    We all face fork-in-the-road moments in our lives. In his 2005 bestseller “Blink,” Next Big Idea Club curator (and this episode’s guest interviewer) Malcolm Gladwell famously argued that snap judgments can be just as effective as meticulous planning. In this lively conversation, author Steven Johnson (“Farsighted”) disagrees, arguing that big, complex decisions require careful thought and scenario-building.




    Check out our "Rethinking Big Ideas" conversation with Steven Johnson: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rethinking-big-ideas-steven-johnson-on-scientific-breakthroughs/id1482067226?i=1000470962623




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    • 46 min
    LISTENING: What You’re Missing and Why it Matters

    LISTENING: What You’re Missing and Why it Matters

    In the cacophony of modern life, it can seem that talking, scoring points, and being heard are more important than paying attention to what others have to say. But journalist Kate Murphy says listening — really listening — can strengthen our ties to the people closest to us and create new connections in our lives.




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    • 42 min

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