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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.

    Tom Rob Smith - Antarctica and Apocalypse

    Tom Rob Smith - Antarctica and Apocalypse

    One of the outstanding storytellers of his generation, Tom Rob Smith is best-known for his historical thrillers and acclaimed work as a screenwriter. His new novel Cold People exploring the history of colonialisation and the future of genetic engineering through the lens of speculative fiction. Alien occupiers force the last remanants of humanity to begin a new civilisation in the one place on Earth they cannot survive: Antartica. What will remain of human nature and morality when threatened with the prospect of extinction? Do scientists still need ethics, and who should decide?
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    • 28 min
    Morgan Levine - How to Reverse the Ageing Process

    Morgan Levine - How to Reverse the Ageing Process

    Research suggests that only 10-30% of our lifespan is determined by our genetics. This means that the vast majority of how we age is directly related to choices we make everyday - how and what we eat, exercise and sleep quality, to name a few. Dr Morgan Levine, Head of the Ageing in Living Systems Lab at Yale University, joins the podcast to share her insights into the cutting-edge developments in the science of aging and longevity.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Nouriel Roubini - Megathreats That Imperil the World's Future

    Nouriel Roubini - Megathreats That Imperil the World's Future

    Former White House economic advisor Nouriel Roubini joins the podcast for a frightening glimpse into the world’s future. From the worst debt crisis the world has ever seen, to governments pumping out too much money and causing inflation, to borders that are blocked to workers and many shipments of goods, to the rise of a new superpower competition between China and the US, to pandemics and climate change that strike directly at our most populated cities, to the threat to jobs coming from AI, we are facing ten causes of disaster.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    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

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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