25 episodes

Host 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. 
You’ll hear intimate conversations that give an unvarnished look into how people navigate changes of all kinds -- like Tiffany Haddish, Kacey Musgraves, Amanda Knox, and Riz Ahmed, as well as real-life inspirations, like John, who undergoes experimental brain stimulation to deepen his emotional intelligence; Shapearl, who takes on the role of private investigator to uncover the truth about her son’s death; and Daryl, a Black jazz musician who convinces hundreds of KKK members to leave the Klan. The show also features interviews with science experts like Adam Grant, Angela Duckworth, and Katy Milkman who share strategies for how we can live happier and more fulfilling lives. You’ll leave every episode thinking differently about change in your own life. 
You can follow the show @DrMayaShankar on Instagram.

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    • 4.8 • 1.1K Ratings

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Host 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. 
You’ll hear intimate conversations that give an unvarnished look into how people navigate changes of all kinds -- like Tiffany Haddish, Kacey Musgraves, Amanda Knox, and Riz Ahmed, as well as real-life inspirations, like John, who undergoes experimental brain stimulation to deepen his emotional intelligence; Shapearl, who takes on the role of private investigator to uncover the truth about her son’s death; and Daryl, a Black jazz musician who convinces hundreds of KKK members to leave the Klan. The show also features interviews with science experts like Adam Grant, Angela Duckworth, and Katy Milkman who share strategies for how we can live happier and more fulfilling lives. You’ll leave every episode thinking differently about change in your own life. 
You can follow the show @DrMayaShankar on Instagram.

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    Amanda Knox Wants Us to Move On

    Amanda Knox Wants Us to Move On

    Amanda Knox was just 20 years old when she was found guilty of a crime she did not commit — the murder of her roommate. Amanda spent four years in an Italian prison before she was finally exonerated and allowed to return to her life back home in the U.S. But she soon discovered that that life didn't exist anymore.
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    • 47 min
    The Science of Grit

    The Science of Grit

    What makes a ballerina, a world-class chef, or a civic activist great? Psychologist Angela Duckworth says the answer is GRIT — a power combo of passion and perseverance. Angela teaches us how to become the grittiest versions of ourselves, and gives us valuable advice on when to quit and when to grit.
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    • 38 min
    BONUS: Eric Vetro Helps Maya Find Her Voice

    BONUS: Eric Vetro Helps Maya Find Her Voice

    Eric Vetro is the vocal coach to stars like Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and John Legend. He’s also the host of the exciting new Pushkin show, Backstage Pass. Maya and Eric talk about the show’s genesis and their shared appreciation of the human voice. And Eric gives Maya a quick tease of his coaching skills -- to help her recover from some vocal pain she’s been experiencing in her role as podcast host! 
    You can hear more episodes of Backstage Pass at http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/scpbackstagepass.
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    • 24 min
    BONUS: Olympian Gabby Thomas Sets Her Own Pace

    BONUS: Olympian Gabby Thomas Sets Her Own Pace

    Gabby Thomas became the second-fastest woman ever when she ran the 200m in 21.61 seconds at the 2021 US Olympic Team Trials. She then won two medals at the Tokyo Olympics. But her relationship with running isn't as straightforward as you might think, and competing interests have continually led Gabby to question whether running is the path she should be on.
    You can follow Maya @DrMayaShankar on Instagram.
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    • 36 min
    Wired for Change

    Wired for Change

    John Elder Robison is a gifted sound engineer whose rare ability to understand machines propelled him to work with the likes of Kiss and Diana Ross. But the one thing he always felt was lacking was his ability to understand people emotionally. In an effort to see if he could change that, he volunteered to participate in an experimental brain study.
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    • 37 min
    The Science of Quitting

    The Science of Quitting

    Annie Duke believes we should be quitting things more often, a skill she honed during her lucrative years as a professional poker player on the world stage. Annie talks about the science of quitting, and shows us how to get out of our own way and learn to quit when we should.
    You can follow Maya @DrMayaShankar on Instagram.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

BdcEuchregirl ,

Just fantastic!

So timely. Warm and refreshing. Look forward to Mondays when a new episode comes out !

M Liu-S ,

Stories please, not theories

The appeal of this podcast is in the fascinating stories told by the guests. I’ve enjoyed them all, but not the interview with Duckworth. Her work is well known and is overly exposed. There’s nothing new to learn anymore. The content of the interview is almost stale.

Lizzie578338 ,

perfect combo of research + real world

I cannot say enough about this podcast and can’t recommend it to enough people. With this new podcast, Dr. Maya Shankar has quickly become one of my favorite hosts ever. Despite being a highly educated academic, she speaks in plain language, meets her guests where they are, does her research, and treats them with utmost respect and reverence. She is warm and she puts her guests at ease. I can FEEL her intense curiosity and it fuels my own.

Plus, there’s truly something for everyone. I so appreciate the variety of types of people who’ve been interviewed - famous people, entertainers, and academics are represented, as are “regular people,” and even Dr. Shankar herself, in an incredibly powerful and generous episode. Even the episodes or guests that don’t appeal to me at face value end up fascinating me upon listening. Dr. Shankar has a knack for zeroing in on the most salient points from each interview.

As someone with degrees in biology and public health and a career in leadership and coaching, this marriage of concepts from research with real world application hits me right in the sweet spot. I’m learning so much about our human capacity for change, and maybe even more importantly, this podcast delivers a sense human connection by focusing on our shared humanity more broadly.

Thank you, Maya!

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