310 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.

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    • 4.8 • 1.1K 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. 309: Deep Habits

    Ep. 309: Deep Habits

    On this show, we often talk about major overhauls to your work and life. In this episode, we go the other way and focus on the small habits that can make a big difference. In more detail, Cal describes eight surprisingly small strategies – four focused on work and four focused on life outside of work – for finding more depth in a distracted world. He then answers listener questions and reacts to a recent article about pushback to calls to limiting social media for kids.Below are the questions...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 308: The Power of the Quiet Mind

    Ep. 308: The Power of the Quiet Mind

    One of the trickiest aspects of new technology is that it can sometimes destabilize parts of our lives that we didn’t even realize existed and are important. In this episode, Cal talks about one such idea: the quiet mind. Our constant phone usage is eliminating this critical cognitive state, and by doing so is diminishing our humanity. Cal makes the case for the importance of the quiet mind, and then gives concrete ideas for cultivating it in a distracted world. He also answers questions from...

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 307: Ultra-Processed Content

    Ep. 307: Ultra-Processed Content

    Why are we comfortable with the idea that ultra-processed foods are bad for us but feel somehow anti-technology to say something similar about the ultra-processed content generated by social media platforms. In this episode, Cal draws analogy to the food system to find a more sustainable and practical way to repair our relationship with various forms of media. He then answers questions and calls, shares an inspiring case study, and, due to popular request, gives his opinion on Jonathan Haidt’...

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep. 306: Defusing AI Panic

    Ep. 306: Defusing AI Panic

    One of the simmering concerns surrounding the current AI revolution is the fear that we might accidentally create an “alien mind” smarter than we expected. In this episode, Cal puts on his Computer Scientist hat and directly addresses this potential by sketching his emerging concept of intentional artificial intelligence (or, iAI for short). He then answers tech-themed questions from listeners and reacts to an article that many, many different people sent to him last week.Below are the questi...

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Ep. 305: Is Time Blocking Oppressive?

    Ep. 305: Is Time Blocking Oppressive?

    Oliver Burkeman recently noted that time blocking seems oppressive? In this episode, Cal responds to this reaction in a surprising way. He then answers questions from listeners and reacts to this podcast being featured at the recent Apple WWDC event.Below are the questions covered in today's episode (with their timestamps). Get your questions answered by Cal! Here’s the link: bit.ly/3U3sTvoVideo from today’s episode: youtube.com/calnewportmediaDeep Dive: Is Time Blocking Oppressiv...

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 304: Seinfeld on The Deep Life

    Ep. 304: Seinfeld on The Deep Life

    In a recent interview, held to promote his new Netflix movie, Jerry Seinfeld went on a remarkable 10-minute run in which he rattled off one insight after another about deep work, procrastination, and the quest to live an intentional life in a distracted world. In this episode, Cal extracts four key lessons from this segment of Jerry’s interview. He then takes listener questions and ends with a segment in which he apologizes to an internet personality whom he incorrectly associated with the dr...

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Rich Ri. ,

Wonderful addition to my media consumption

Cal Newport’s books have been a fixture in my education from the past 10 years. Having the variety in podcasts from this show has only deepened my commitment to the deep life. Thank you.

fivecmh ,

One of the few podcasts I listen to consistently

Cal has helped my understanding of working and living deeply and with more intention. Years ago he helped me reshape my relationship with social media, and now my obsession with spending my time in a meaningful way has expanded to the way I view work and my personal life.

Alecia Ann. ,

Inspiring and engaging

I love the content. I feel like there is a lot of actionable takeaways. And I love his new book Slow productivity.

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