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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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 110 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.

    Tony Fadell on How to Build Culture-Shifting Products

    Tony Fadell on How to Build Culture-Shifting Products

    iPod inventor, iPhone co-inventor, and Nest founder Tony Fadell, principal of the investment and advisory firm Future Shape, and author of the new book “Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making,” talks with us about learning through failure, why developing product and story goes hand in hand, and the greatest misconceptions about Apple’s ability to innovate.

    • 49 min
    John Markoff on the Whole Earth Impact of Stewart Brand

    John Markoff on the Whole Earth Impact of Stewart Brand

    Veteran technology journalist John Markoff, author of the new biography “Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand,” discusses the forces that have helped Brand forecast the future, the great value in Brand’s “eco-pragmatist” perspective, and why the next tech innovation is likely to come out of left field.

    • 37 min
    Jeff Rosenthal on the Art of Building a Community

    Jeff Rosenthal on the Art of Building a Community

    Jeff Rosenthal, co-founder of the global platform Summit, which organizes events and experiences for entrepreneurs, academics, athletes, artists, and others, speaks with us about the value of mystery in storytelling, generosity as a tool for cultivating community, and why anything that’s truly worth building can’t be done alone.

    • 36 min
    Andrew Carmellini on the Future of Restaurants in America

    Andrew Carmellini on the Future of Restaurants in America

    Chef and restaurateur Andrew Carmellini, co-founder of the NoHo Hospitality Group, talks with us about using food as a way to nourish communities, why there’s no recipe for scaling restaurants, and the nuanced realities of local produce.

    Episode sponsored by Château Troplong Mondot.

    • 41 min
    Dr. Jo Handelsman on Why We Must Care for the Soil Beneath Our Feet

    Dr. Jo Handelsman on Why We Must Care for the Soil Beneath Our Feet

    Dr. Jo Handelsman, author of the new book “A World Without Soil: The Past, Present, and Precarious Future of the Earth Beneath Our Feet,” discusses the urgency of developing new antibiotics, why she’s opposed to calling soil “dirt,” and what Indigenous agricultural systems can teach us about protecting and rebuilding farmlands.

    Episode sponsored by Château Troplong Mondot. https://www.troplong-mondot.com/en/

    • 42 min
    Samuel Ross on Designing Objects That Record and Reflect on the World

    Samuel Ross on Designing Objects That Record and Reflect on the World

    British designer, creative director, and artist Samuel Ross, founder of the fashion label A-Cold-Wall, speaks with us about his reverence and respect for materials; essentialism as a response to excess; and why art, at its best, provokes questions.

    Episode sponsored by Grand Seiko. https://www.grand-seiko.com/us-en

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 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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