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Apple Podcasts’ Best Show of the Year 2021 Editor's Note: Maya Shankar blends compassionate storytelling with the science of human behavior to help us understand who we are and who we become in the face of a big change. Maya is no stranger to change. “My whole childhood revolved around the violin, but that changed in a moment when I injured my hand playing a single note,” says Shankar, who was studying under Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School at the time. “I was forced to try and figure out who I was, and who I could be, without the violin." Maya soon discovered a new path in the field of cognitive science, where she earned her PhD as a Rhodes Scholar studying how and why we change. Her insights into human behavior ultimately led her to create A Slight Change of Plans—Apple Podcasts’ Best Show of the Year in 2021. You’ll hear intimate conversations with people like Tiffany Haddish, Kacey Musgraves, and Riz Ahmed, as well as real-life inspirations, like John Elder Robison, who undergoes experimental brain stimulation to deepen his emotional intelligence, Daryl Davis, a Black jazz musician who inspires hundreds of KKK members to leave the Klan, and Shankar herself, who had her own “slight change of plans” earlier this year. The show also explores the science of change with experts like Adam Grant and Angela Duckworth. "What I love most about this show is that the content is evergreen," says Shankar. "You can listen to episodes in any order and at any time."

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 1.8K Ratings

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You can follow the show at @DrMayaShankar on Instagram.

Apple Podcasts’ Best Show of the Year 2021 Editor's Note: Maya Shankar blends compassionate storytelling with the science of human behavior to help us understand who we are and who we become in the face of a big change. Maya is no stranger to change. “My whole childhood revolved around the violin, but that changed in a moment when I injured my hand playing a single note,” says Shankar, who was studying under Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School at the time. “I was forced to try and figure out who I was, and who I could be, without the violin." Maya soon discovered a new path in the field of cognitive science, where she earned her PhD as a Rhodes Scholar studying how and why we change. Her insights into human behavior ultimately led her to create A Slight Change of Plans—Apple Podcasts’ Best Show of the Year in 2021. You’ll hear intimate conversations with people like Tiffany Haddish, Kacey Musgraves, and Riz Ahmed, as well as real-life inspirations, like John Elder Robison, who undergoes experimental brain stimulation to deepen his emotional intelligence, Daryl Davis, a Black jazz musician who inspires hundreds of KKK members to leave the Klan, and Shankar herself, who had her own “slight change of plans” earlier this year. The show also explores the science of change with experts like Adam Grant and Angela Duckworth. "What I love most about this show is that the content is evergreen," says Shankar. "You can listen to episodes in any order and at any time."

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    “Surrender is not in my DNA”

    “Surrender is not in my DNA”

    Brad Snyder was part of the U.S. Navy’s most elite bomb squad. In his role, he was rewarded for his intense independence. But after a bomb blast left him blind, he had to relearn how to depend on others. He talks with Maya about how embracing vulnerability helped him reach his dreams.
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    • 34 min
    Pushkin+ Early Listen: A Syrian Refugee Fights for Olympic Dreams

    Pushkin+ Early Listen: A Syrian Refugee Fights for Olympic Dreams

    You can hear this episode for free starting Monday, July 15th. To learn more about Pushkin+ offerings, like ad-free episodes, exclusive content, and early access, visit pushkin.fm or the show page on Apple.

    Swimmer Yusra Mardini grew up in Syria and dreamed of one day representing her home country at the Olympics. But when the civil war in Syria intensified, she fled the country and had to put that dream on hold. After escaping to Europe, she faced an unexpected opportunity. Yusra tells Maya the harrowing story of how she made it to safety, and then to the Olympic stage.

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    What Comes After Gold, With Olympian Missy Franklin

    What Comes After Gold, With Olympian Missy Franklin

    Swimmer Missy Franklin won four gold medals at her first Olympics. But as she trained for her second trip to the world stage, her mental health began to crumble. With so much to defend, the pool suddenly felt like a pressure cooker. She talks with Maya about coping with defeat and how she learned to value her identity outside of sports. 
    To hear more from Missy, listen to her podcast with Katie Hoff, Unfiltered Waters.
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    • 33 min
    Maya on Brené Brown's Podcast

    Maya on Brené Brown's Podcast

    We recently shared a conversation between Maya and Brené on A Slight Change of Plans where they talked about Maya's appearance on Brené's podcast, Dare to Lead. Today we are sharing that conversation with you!
    In this episode of Dare to Lead, Brené and Maya discuss how unexpected changes can disrupt our paths, challenge our identities, and require us to build new ways of navigating the world. They delve into the science behind change and its impact on how we live, love, and lead.
    Check out Brené's Dare to Lead podcast wherever you get your podcasts. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Brené Brown on Our Flawed, Imperfect Selves

    Brené Brown on Our Flawed, Imperfect Selves

    Brené Brown is a bestselling author and social scientist known for her work on complex emotions like shame and vulnerability. She opens up to Maya about the evolution of some of her most important identities: big sister, recovering perfectionist, and reluctant public figure. She also shares how COVID affected her marriage, her struggles with social media, and how she's redefining ambition. 
    If you liked this episode, check out Maya on Brene’s podcast Dare to Lead.
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    • 30 min
    Part 2: Life, Interrupted with Suleika Jaouad

    Part 2: Life, Interrupted with Suleika Jaouad

    In part two of Maya’s conversation with writer Suleika Jaouad, they talk about Suleika's epic road trip following her cancer treatments and her friendship with a man who spent half his life on death row. She also shares how she's choosing to live her life in light of a recent diagnosis that's left her in a more uncertain place than ever before.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Pd Mutti ,

A lifetime of secrets

This show is always awesome, but I just finished Apr 1 2024 Freedom after a lifetime of secrets.
As a hmmm not so much a reluctant parent but one whose heart is not fulfilled by being a parent, it was so good to hear the commentary on “wanting to want to do stuff with the kids” and that that is just an incredibly impossible standard that we imagine is the rule. Thank you. I try hard to be the “good” parent but it does not come naturally as it does to my ex. I’m glad I’m not alone.

Poisonsqorpio1134 ,

A Transformative Listening Experience

“A Slight Change of Plans" by Maya Shankar is my absolute favorite podcast. Maya is an exceptional host, possibly the most empathetic person on earth. She interviews individuals with the most incredible life stories, and each episode challenges me to think deeply and offers profound insights into human behavior, identity, change, and growth. So many times, this show has expanded my horizons in ways I could never have imagined. It makes me laugh, often brings me to tears, and, overall, helps me become a better human being. I'm a huge fan and have recommended this show to many people. I can only imagine that Maya's work makes a significant impact not only on my life but on the lives of many.

ciodz ,

Violín

Episode October 29 2023
I would love to know where can we download the piece at the end and more of her originals
It’s the most moving , beautiful music I ever heard !
Thank you for sharing your story!

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