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How To Academy is London's home of big thinking. From Nobel laureates to Pulitzer Prize winners, we invite the world’s most influential voices to share new ideas for changing ourselves, our communities, and the world. Our biweekly podcast is your chance to hear in-depth from the most exciting thinkers in global culture.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 35 Ratings

How To Academy is London's home of big thinking. From Nobel laureates to Pulitzer Prize winners, we invite the world’s most influential voices to share new ideas for changing ourselves, our communities, and the world. Our biweekly podcast is your chance to hear in-depth from the most exciting thinkers in global culture.

    Dr Gabor Maté - Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture

    Dr Gabor Maté - Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture

    Illness and trauma are defining how we live. 45% of Europeans suffer high blood pressure, and nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug. The renowned physician, addiction expert and author Gabor Maté joined us live on stage in London to dissect the underlying causes of this malaise - physical and emotional, and connect the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living. Over four decades of clinical experience, Dr Gabor Maté has found that the common definition of 'normal' is false: virtually all disease is actually a natural reflection of life in an abnormal culture, as we grow further and further apart from our true selves.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Maria Ressa - How to Stand Up to a Dictator

    Maria Ressa - How to Stand Up to a Dictator

    The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize, TIME Person of the Year, and countless further accolades, her work tracking disinformation networks seeded by her own government, spreading lies to its own citizens laced with anger and hate, has landed her in trouble with the most powerful man in the country: President Duterte. Now, hounded by the state, she has multiple arrest warrants against her name. In this episode of the podcast, Maria joins us to tell the story of how democracy dies by a thousand cuts, and how an invisible atom bomb has exploded online that is killing our freedoms.
     
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Alan Moore - The Magic of Storytelling

    Alan Moore - The Magic of Storytelling

    Few figures make such a seismic impact on their artistic medium that they transform its reputation from childish pulp entertainment to a vital and exhilarating creative form, capable of exploring the great mysteries of metaphysics, science, and the human spirit – but Alan Moore is one. A modern-day alchemist who transmuted comic books into literary gold, his works not only inspired a later generation of authors who are now household names, from Neil Gaiman to Susanna Clarke, but filmmakers, artists, and storytellers in every medium. He joined us to celebrate Illuminations, his first ever collection of short stories.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Katy Milkman Meets Annie Duke - How To Quit

    Katy Milkman Meets Annie Duke - How To Quit

    We are often told that the secret to success is hard work, determination, and hours of practice. But in a fast-changing world, what if the really crucial skill is knowing when to stick at something and when to change track and walk away?
    Former pro poker player turned decision making expert Annie Duke joins Wharton School economist Katy Milkman to make the under-appreciated case for quitting and also shows you how to get really good at it.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Felix Flicker - The Magic of Matter

    Felix Flicker - The Magic of Matter

    Arthur C Clarke famously declared that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Felix Flicker joins the podcast to make that case, sharing some of the wonders that his own field of condensed matter physics has revealed and offering a glimpse of breathtaking new technologies to come. If you've ever wanted to know about the *real* magical properties of crystals, how to make sense of the quantum realm, or why mirrors reverse you from left to right but not top to bottom, this episode has the answers.
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    • 40 min
    Jools Holland and Mark Cooper – Celebrating Thirty Years of Music and Mayhem

    Jools Holland and Mark Cooper – Celebrating Thirty Years of Music and Mayhem

    Join Jools Holland and Mark Cooper as they recount their journey hosting and producing the incredible show, Later... with Jools Holland. Passion for music has never shone brighter: listen to Jools and Mark as they pull back the curtain on classic performances to reveal that the show is just as magical, if even more chaotic, than you imagined.
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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

holtsara ,

Smart & True

Wonderful interview with Iain McGilchrist & Philip Pullman! Thank you. Will tune in again for sure!

Charlotte Fox Weber ,

Brilliant

Engaging interviews with insights and depth.

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Excellent podcast

Great selection of interviews on a broad and fascinating selection of topics.

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