226 episodes

Cal Newport is a computer science professor and a New York Times bestselling author who writes about the impact of technology on society, and the struggle to work and live deeply in a world increasingly mired in digital distractions. On this podcast, he answers questions from his readers and offers advice about cultivating focus, productivity, and meaning amidst the noise that pervades our lives.

Deep Questions with Cal Newport Cal Newport

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    • 4.8 • 872 Ratings

Cal Newport is a computer science professor and a New York Times bestselling author who writes about the impact of technology on society, and the struggle to work and live deeply in a world increasingly mired in digital distractions. On this podcast, he answers questions from his readers and offers advice about cultivating focus, productivity, and meaning amidst the noise that pervades our lives.

    Ep. 225: Should I Become A Thriller Writer? (w/ J.T. Ellison)

    Ep. 225: Should I Become A Thriller Writer? (w/ J.T. Ellison)

    Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

    DEEP DIVE: Did Alan Turing Invent The Computer? [5:25]

    INTERVIEW: Thriller writer J.T. Ellison  [25:23]


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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Ep. 224: A World Without Twitter?

    Ep. 224: A World Without Twitter?

    Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

    DEEP DIVE: A World Without Twitter? [7:28]
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    LIVE CALLER: Starting a new company alone [34:28]

    - How do I (carefully) convince my employer to embrace Deep Work? [51:48]
    - I just quit my job. How do I reset my life? [1:03:36]
    - How do I deal with having too much freedom in my job? [1:10:09]
    - CALL: Which tool should I bring when I only have room for one? [1:17:53]
    - Who does Cal personally admire? [1:23:43]

    THREE INTERESTING THINGS:

    - A novel solution to cell phones in schools [1:41:57]
    bit.ly/3i2olHd

    - The age of social media ending. Welcome to my party! [1:47:19]
    bit.ly/3gosVit

    - Eat, pray, herd [1:50:26]
    wsj.com/3tOv6za


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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Ep. 223: Could This Meeting Have Been An Email?

    Ep. 223: Could This Meeting Have Been An Email?

    Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

    DEEP DIVE: Could This Meeting Have Been An Email? [5:48]
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    Questions for special guest host David Sax:

    - Is the Light Phone worth the money? [28:38]
    - How do I get started seeking higher quality leisure? [38:43]
    - How do I become a successful freelance writer? [49:01]

    - How do I make technical writing compelling?  [1:08:03]
    - How do I kick my podcast habit while trying to work? [1:15:06]
    - Do weekly plans have to cover exactly one week? [1:18:44]
    - Should I join the Overemployed Underground? [1:26:36]


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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ep. 222: Did Cavemen Use To-Do Lists?

    Ep. 222: Did Cavemen Use To-Do Lists?

    Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

    DEEP DIVE: Did Caveman Use To-Do Lists? [1:28]
    Article Link: bit.ly/3NYRbnF

    - LIVE CALL: Debating a master’s program [27:59]
    - How do I practice the “journalistic” mode of scheduling deep work? [37:32]
    - How do I determine when something I’m working on is good enough? [44:20]
    - Should I take two months off work to write in a cabin? [49:14]
    - Is answering email quickly really a good marker of talent? [53:45]
    - Is there a tutorial for Cal’s planning system? [1:00:04]
    - When is the new version of the Time Block Planner coming? [1:01:34]

    CASE STUDY: A Freelancer Crafts a Deep Life [1:04:18]

    CAL REACTS: New Insights on Kids and Phones [1:16:33]

    School Took Smartphones Away: on.wsj.com/3Trj4G3
    Social Media and Teenage Mental Health: bit.ly/3A3KN99

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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ep. 221: Can Parents Do Deep Work?

    Ep. 221: Can Parents Do Deep Work?

    Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link:
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    DEEP DIVE: The 20% Paradox [4:54]

    - INTERVIEW with Yael Schonbrun [18:59]
    - Cal and Jesse talk about Schonbrun interview [1:13:18]

    MAILBAG: [1:24:00]

    - Twitter is losing its most active users
    https://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-where-did-tweeters-go-twitter-is-losing-its-most-active-users-internal-2022-10-25/

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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep. 220: The Two Types of Ambition

    Ep. 220: The Two Types of Ambition

    Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvo

    DEEP DIVE: The Two Types of Ambition [4:36]

    - LIVE CALL: Escaping the “Second Control Tap” [28:10]
    - Can journaling make me a better writer? [53:26]
    - What’s an example of a keystone habit for building community? [56:03]
    - Can Cal give an example of a quarterly plan? [1:00:00]
    - How does Cal choose what books to read? [1:06:16]

    - What’s is Cal’s philosophy on caffeine? [1:15:12]
    - How can a teenager prepare to live deeply? [1:20:59]

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    Thanks to Jesse Miller for production, Jay Kerstens for the intro music, and Mark Miles for mastering.

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
872 Ratings

872 Ratings

Hilary Foote ,

So Good It Can’t Be Ignored

I love this podcast (along with Cal’s incredible body of work) and am so grateful for the deeper insights, reminders, recommendations and new information. An added bonus: Cal is HILARIOUS! Keep up the good work! P.S. Cal, please don’t EVER stop talking about baseball… even if your team is the Nats. Go Giants!

G Stuart ,

Good content but . . .

This is my revised review, after the initial one was removed. There is some good content here but the host comes off a bit preachy and full of himself. And the office video tour, which featured his books on every wall of the space, was perhaps a bit much.

Earnhar768 ,

Great podcast

Cal Newport’s advice is great. Love the podcast.

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