101 episodes

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 • 100 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.

    Danny Dorling on Our Remarkable Era of Slowdown

    Danny Dorling on Our Remarkable Era of Slowdown

    Danny Dorling, author of the book “Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives” and the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, talks with us about geography as a means to understand culture; how and why, despite our sped-up modern lives, the world has been in a global slowdown since the late 1960s; and the ways in which this slowdown illuminates women’s aptitude for leadership.

    • 46 min
    Edmund de Waal on Contemplating Life Through Pottery and Poetry

    Edmund de Waal on Contemplating Life Through Pottery and Poetry

    London-based artist, author, and master potter Edmund de Waal, whose work is currently on view at the British Museum and Gagosian’s galleries in London and Hong Kong, discusses the psychological value of human touch, the intimate relationship between pottery and poetry, and the importance of kindness as a societal response to the pandemic.

    • 35 min
    Michelle Wu on Reimagining a City’s Political Landscape

    Michelle Wu on Reimagining a City’s Political Landscape

    Boston city councilor at-large Michelle Wu, a progressive Democrat currently running in the 2021 Boston mayoral race, speaks with us about transitioning cities to a “community-based” leadership model, why governing bodies need to reflect the people they serve, and the role that local administrations can play in the global climate-justice conversation.

    • 26 min
    Melissa Harris-Perry on Finding Tools to Fix Our Harmful Systems

    Melissa Harris-Perry on Finding Tools to Fix Our Harmful Systems

    Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University and co-host of The Nation’s new System Check podcast, talks with us about the camera’s monopoly on shaping public conversation, having the courage to be wrong, and why personal experience is an apt way to develop hypotheses, but the wrong way to test them.

    • 47 min
    Lizania Cruz on the Fallacy of the American Dream

    Lizania Cruz on the Fallacy of the American Dream

    Dominican artist, curator, and activist Lizania Cruz, whose latest project, “Obituaries of the American Dream,” was commissioned by El Museo del Barrio for “Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21,” discusses the difference between integration and assimilation, storytelling as a means for understanding, and why traveling between states in the U.S. should be considered migration in the context of the climate crisis.

    • 31 min
    Özlem Cekic on Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue

    Özlem Cekic on Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue

    Turkish-born, Copenhagen-based activist and former politician Özlem Cekic, author of the new book “Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue: Confronting Prejudice, Racism, and Bigotry with Conversation―and Coffee,” speaks with us about friendship as a vaccination against prejudice, the importance of remembering that people are more than their opinions, and why being on the receiving end of hateful language is opportunity to initiate a meaningful exchange.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

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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.”

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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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