56 episodes

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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."

A Slight Change of Plans Pushkin

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 1.6K 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."

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Pushkin+ Early Listen: A First Responder's Call for Help

    Pushkin+ Early Listen: A First Responder's Call for Help

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    This episode comes out for free on October 10, and is available now for Pushkin+ subscribers. As a firefighter, Christy Warren made rescuing people her life's work. Her toughness earned her praise from her peers. But after decades of rescuing others, suddenly Christy became the one who needed saving.

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    The Science of Regret

    The Science of Regret

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    Author Daniel Pink teaches us how to transform our relationship with regret so that we can live happier, more fulfilling lives. 

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    • 42 min
    A 6 Year Old Changes History

    A 6 Year Old Changes History

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    Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges is our guest today. She shares what it was like to be the first African-American student to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana in 1960. Ruby was just six years old at the time, and it would be years before she fully appreciated her role in advancing civil rights in America.

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    • 43 min
    Sneak Peek: Season 5 of A Slight Change of Plans!

    Sneak Peek: Season 5 of A Slight Change of Plans!

    Hey Slight Changers! (drumroll please…) We’re back with Season 5 of A Slight Change of Plans next Monday! Each week, we’ll hear stories of change from remarkable people and learn more about the science of change so we can live happier, healthier lives. Here’s a sneak peek.

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    • 2 min
    Maya's Slight Change in Perspective

    Maya's Slight Change in Perspective

    Hi Slight Changers — I recently recorded a deeply personal essay with my friends at Meditative Story. It's about my philosophy on life and existence. This essay took months to pull together because it required revisiting my childhood, as well some challenging years I had in early adulthood. But it was so worth it — this episode is so close to my heart and I hope you enjoy listening to it. As always, reach out to me with any reflections or thoughts at @DrMayaShankar on Instagram. 

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    • 31 min
    A Theranos Whistleblower

    A Theranos Whistleblower

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    Erika Cheung’s first job out of college was as a scientist at the now infamous biotech company, Theranos. Erika realized early on that the company’s proprietary technology was not delivering accurate blood results to patients. And even though she had so much to lose by speaking out, she saw no other option.

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Pwmoores ,

Short and wonderful!

Perfect bite sized glimpses into change. Inspiring and educational! Especially enjoyed Hillary Clinton.

Michelebella1977 ,

Incredible!

I just finished listening to the Holocaust Survivors Story with Dr. Edith Eger. Edith’s existential experience in Auschwitz is heartbreaking but also so inspiring. Maya Shankar is an amazing conversationalist; she really gets to the depth of people’s souls. This is the first episode of A Slight Change of Plans I’ve listened to, but I can’t wait to listen to every episode.

Mulletkitty ,

Wowza

Great to challenge the mind!

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