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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

    • Documentary
    • 4.6, 86 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.

    Eric Holthaus on Combating the Climate Emergency With Cooperation

    Eric Holthaus on Combating the Climate Emergency With Cooperation

    Meteorologist and climate journalist Eric Holthaus, author of the new book “The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What’s Possible in the Age of Warming,” talks with us about finding hope in spite of trauma, using language to shift perspectives, and how altruism and collaboration might allow society not only to survive but thrive.

    • 29 min
    Annelise Riles on the Pandemic as a Window of Opportunity

    Annelise Riles on the Pandemic as a Window of Opportunity

    Anthropologist and legal scholar Annelise Riles, the executive director of Northwestern University’s Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies, discusses America’s shifting relationship with China amid Covid-19, rethinking how knowledge is made, and how language can be both a barrier to and a means for human connection.

    • 42 min
    Peter Laufer on Fostering the Slow News Movement

    Peter Laufer on Fostering the Slow News Movement

    Journalist, author, and broadcaster Peter Laufer, the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, speaks with us about the Portland protests, President Trump’s efforts to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, and why we need more opportunities for listening and conversation across political divides.

    • 38 min
    Amanda Ravenhill on R. Buckminster Fuller’s Lasting Relevance

    Amanda Ravenhill on R. Buckminster Fuller’s Lasting Relevance

    Buckminster Fuller Institute executive director Amanda Ravenhill talks with us about the importance of multidisciplinary thinking, the power of the individual in today’s globalized society, and the need for a deeper appreciation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

    • 32 min
    Ariel Garten on Harnessing Technology to Help Humanity

    Ariel Garten on Harnessing Technology to Help Humanity

    Neuroscience-trained psychotherapist Ariel Garten, co-founder of the brain-sensing headband Muse, discusses understanding and identifying helpful and hurtful technologies, ways of addressing our mental health during the pandemic, and various approaches to getting into a healing mindset.

    • 36 min
    Emily Anthes on Why Indoor Environments Are More Important Than Ever

    Emily Anthes on Why Indoor Environments Are More Important Than Ever

    Science journalist Emily Anthes, author of the new book “The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness,” speaks with us about the paradox of indoor spaces during a pandemic, the rich microbial worlds inside our homes, designing interiors with inclusivity in mind, and what makes for resilient architecture.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

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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30’ to listen and reflect

A multidisciplinary approach to construct and deconstruct the wave of change that surround us. A red carpet, revolving door encounter with the most poignant critical voices of New York’s contemporary culture, arts, science, journalism, activism, and many others. It will make you feel smarter and in good company. It is certainly not relaxing times so make up the answers for yourself.

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