Join How to Be a Better Human as we take a look within and beyond ourselves.
How to Be a Better Human isn’t your average self improvement podcast. Each week join comedian Chris Duffy in conversation with guests and past speakers as they uncover sharp insights and give clear takeaways on how YOU can be a better human.
From your work to your home and your head to your heart, How to Be a Better Human looks in unexpected places for new ways to improve and show up for one another. Inspired by the popular series of the same name on TED’s Ideas blog, How to Be a Better Human will help you become a better person from the comfort of your own headphones.
How to answer your biggest questions—with data (w/ Mona Chalabi)
Whenever we have a question – about ourselves or the world around us – it can be helpful to visualize our answer in order to really understand it. But how do you conceptualize something as big as inequality, as complex as grief, or as silly as your probability of correctly guessing today’s Wordle? For data journalist Mona Chalabi, the answer is through data – and drawing. You’ve probably seen Mona’s illustrations on the internet. She’s known for interpreting data in a way that makes you GET it. In today’s episode, she explains how anyone could use analysis to answer their most personal questions – from whether or not to have a breakup to how many friends you should have. For the text transcript, visit go.ted.com/BHTranscripts
How to have curious conversations in dangerously divided times (w/ Mónica Guzmán)
When was the last time you really connected with someone who disagrees with you? Or saw a post on social media that challenged your views? Or listened to a newscast from across the political aisle? Modern life places us in all kinds of echo chambers – so what happens when these divides stop us from actually seeing and understanding one another? Today’s guest, journalist Mónica Guzmán, is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who voted –twice– for Donald Trump. Now the chief storyteller for “Braver Angels”, an organization dedicated to political depolarization, Monica shares the tools she uses to find common ground with her loved ones. She talks about why interacting with (and listening to) different points of view is critical work – and how through curiosity we can achieve the seemingly impossible task of understanding those we tend to think of as our enemy. Her book, “I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times” is out now.
How to take charge of your money (w/ Wendy De La Rosa)
We hardly ever talk openly about our money. Today’s guest Wendy De La Rosa thinks that’s a costly mistake. She is a behavioral scientist who helps people understand and rewire their relationship with money. A former private equity investor at Goldman Sachs, Wendy is now an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School and the co-founder of Common Cents Lab, which works to improve financial well-being for low- to moderate-income people. In this episode, Wendy shares actionable insights on how to prepare and invest in your financial future, explains why the emotional aspect of decision-making impacts how we spend or save, and breaks down why financial insecurity should not be a source of shame -- and why the issue of wealth inequality cannot be solved merely by budgeting.
How free solo climber Alex Honnold faces fear | ReThinking with Adam Grant
In 2017, Alex Honnold did what even the world’s best rock climbers thought was impossible. He climbed to the top of El Capitan– a granite rock mountain more than 3,000 feet high– without a rope, harness, or net. His audacious feat was the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo,” and it left Adam Grant with some burning questions about what we can learn from his unique approach to managing fear. In this episode of ReThinking, another podcast in the TED Audio Collective, Alex opens up about how he regulates his emotions when he’s hanging on by just a few fingers, what still scares him, and how he stays motivated to pursue ambitious goals. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/RWAG2. And for more conversations on how the world’s most interesting people think, follow ReThinking with Adam Grant wherever you're listening to this.
How labor unions create worker power (w/ Margaret Levi)
We don't know about you, but we are fans of weekends. And social security. And health insurance. And the end of child labor! And all of these workplace protections exist because of the advocacy of labor unions. In this episode, American political scientist Margaret Levi shares the long history of organizing labor, and explains how unions create equality and protect worker rights. Margaret also discusses her optimism about today’s young workforce and why she believes that an equitable future requires a revival of the labor movement.
How to stand up for what you believe in (w/ Luvvie Ajayi Jones)
Most positive change starts with a challenge to the status quo. But going against the current and speaking up for the right thing can be a challenge–especially if you’re the only one voicing your concerns. Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and a self-described professional troublemaker. In this episode, Luvvie shares why she’s reclaiming the term “troublemaker”, gives tips on gathering the courage to speak up, and explains why she thinks all of us would benefit from getting a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Michael Schur episode September 19 - 100 ⭐️
(Maybe) somewhat abnormally, but not to me, I will search apple podcasts to see if Michael Schur has been on any recent podcasts as a guest talking about his book “How to be Perfect”, his sports and random topics podcast called The PosCast with Joe Posnanski, his new working relationship with Meadowlark Media, the Dan Lebatard & Friends Network (although he’s soon (he hopes) to get fired from those shows) or lastly but most famously for his writing on The Office, The Good Place, Brooklyn 99, Saturday Night Live etc.
I listen to Michael Schur because he makes SENSE! He’s logical, kind, considerate, humble, appreciative. He is HILARIOUS! He makes me laugh and he makes my heart happy. He adores his wife, kids, dogs. He wants us all to be better in any small way that we can and our combined efforts will make lives better, and we will be better for it.
I was ELATED to come across this podcast today! Chris is a fabulous host! Great questions, insightful, clearly does his homework and above all, he’s an admirer of Michael Schur’s career and his efforts on and off the screen.
This was a FABULOUS podcast and I can’t wait to listen to all the other episodes. I know I’ll learn something in every podcast.
Thank God the guests are good
I come for the guests and their perspective. Chris Duffy is impossibly pompous and arrogant during the interviews. Any growth moments he shares about himself are clearly scripted.He has the world figured out already and has to read words someone else has written to convey moments of personal growth. It’s a shame since many of the guests are inviting genuine and authentic dialogue and curiosity. Chris isn’t up to the task.
Thoughtful and engaging
This is such an engaging, insightful podcast. It’s really well hosted by Chris Duffy who breaks down potentially overwhelming topics into everyday conversations with the true experts! He asks great questions. Highly recommend.