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A podcast about the bigger picture. The Slowdown's co-founders, Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman, call leading minds to get a whole-earth, long-view perspective.

At a Distance The Slowdown

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 108 Ratings

A podcast about the bigger picture. The Slowdown's co-founders, Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman, call leading minds to get a whole-earth, long-view perspective.

    Penny Abeywardena on How Local Actions Can Have Global Impacts

    Penny Abeywardena on How Local Actions Can Have Global Impacts

    Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs, speaks with us about how the Trump era provided an opportunity for community leadership to harness its governing power, why an entrepreneurial spirit can aid in developing public policy, and how the city is navigating various pandemic-related issues, including vaccination requirements, keeping schools open, and a recent uptick in violence.

    • 37 min
    Josh Berson on Moving Forward Together When Things Fall Apart

    Josh Berson on Moving Forward Together When Things Fall Apart

    Anthropologist and historian Josh Berson, author of the new book “The Human Scaffold: How Not to Design Your Way Out of a Climate Crisis,” talks with us about why design thinking often fails to result in actual anthropological work, how reconsidering what it means to be comfortable can help us find environmental solutions, and the relationship between race, capitalism, and eating meat.

    • 37 min
    Devon Turnbull on His Endless Quest for Sonic Purity

    Devon Turnbull on His Endless Quest for Sonic Purity

    Devon Turnbull, founder of the hi-fi audio equipment company Ojas, discusses listening with intention, the parallels between consuming music and viewing art, how the Japanese audio scene’s emphasis on tradition and simplicity has informed his work, and the profound response to his D.I.Y. speaker-making kit.

    • 48 min
    Vanessa Barboni Hallik on Treating Clothing as an Asset

    Vanessa Barboni Hallik on Treating Clothing as an Asset

    Vanessa Barboni Hallik, founder and CEO of the fashion brand Another Tomorrow, speaks with us about building supply chains from scratch, how clothing resale marks a radical shift in how people think about fashion, and why the pandemic provides an opportunity to redefine luxury in terms of personal and planetary values.

    • 42 min
    Daniel Libeskind on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

    Daniel Libeskind on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

    Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, who designed the original Ground Zero master plan at the World Trade Center site, talks with us about his personal experience of the 9/11 attacks; how architecture can serve as an instrument for healing; and why the Tree of Life Synagogue he’s redesigning in Pittsburgh, to memorialize victims of the 2018 mass shooting there, represents a global vision for the future.

    • 39 min
    Alice Sparkly Kat on Astrology’s Personal and Political Implications

    Alice Sparkly Kat on Astrology’s Personal and Political Implications

    Astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat, author of the new book “Postcolonial Astrology: Reading the Planets through Capital, Power, and Labor,” discusses the dual meanings of planets, the relationship between race and astrology, and why the practice is about making, not predicting, the future.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

domitheitalian ,

Andrew and Spencer always deliver

These guys continue to stay true to their “get more out of it” mantra, best curated podcasts out right now.

Sara Olier Brome ,

Not just an inspirational spot

I can't thanks enough of how much this mind-blowing spot has enlightened my spirit during this transformative ”new-outlook.”

Loro88 ,

Best pod

Best podcast out there! Really inspiring and grounding.

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