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The Next Big Idea is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with the world’s leading thinkers. Join our host, Rufus Griscom — along with our curators, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Daniel Pink — for conversations that might just change the way you see the world. New episodes every Thursday.

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The Next Big Idea is a weekly series of in-depth interviews with the world’s leading thinkers. Join our host, Rufus Griscom — along with our curators, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Daniel Pink — for conversations that might just change the way you see the world. New episodes every Thursday.

    GOOD ENERGY (Part 2): Casey Means on How to Supercharge Your Diet

    GOOD ENERGY (Part 2): Casey Means on How to Supercharge Your Diet

    So you want to eat healthy. But how do you actually go about doing that? Today, Casey Means — Stanford-trained physician, founder of Levels, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Good Energy” — shares the science-backed dietary guide you need.
    💿 Ready for more interviews that will supercharge your health? Check out our Spotify playlist
    📱 Listeners of this show get 20% off a Next Big Idea Club membership. Learn more at https://nextbigideaclub.com/app/

    • 52 min
    GOOD ENERGY (Part 1): How to Feel Incredible, Avoid Disease, and Age Well

    GOOD ENERGY (Part 1): How to Feel Incredible, Avoid Disease, and Age Well

    Bad news: 93% of Americans are metabolically unhealthy. Their bodies struggle to convert food into the energy their cells need. And this fuel shortage underlies all sorts of conditions, from diabetes and cancer to insomnia and erectile dysfunction.
    Good news: Simple changes to how we eat and exercise can dramatically improve our metabolic health.
    This is the thesis of “Good Energy: The Surprising Connection Between Metabolism and Limitless Health” by Casey Means. A Stanford-trained physician, Casey grew disillusioned with conventional healthcare when she realized that many doctors are great at prescribing pills and performing surgeries but hopeless when it comes to addressing root causes. This led her to leave traditional medicine and focus on combating metabolic dysfunction, which she believes is at the heart of America’s health crisis.
    Today on the show, she tells Rufus about her journey, explains why she thinks the medical system fails patients, and shares the simple biomarkers that you should check to see if you’re at risk for a deadly disease.
    📱 This is part one of our interview with Casey. Part two will be available here on Thursday. But if you can't wait that long, you can listen right now on the Next Big Idea app: https://nextbigideaclub.com/app/

    • 55 min
    BEN FRANKLIN: A Founder's Formula for a Long and Useful Life

    BEN FRANKLIN: A Founder's Formula for a Long and Useful Life

    Publisher, scientist, humorist, diplomat — Benjamin Franklin was America's first polymath. Today, with help from Eric Weiner, we revisit Franklin's life, searching for tips about how to be healthy, wealthy, and wise.
    📱 If you love the show, the best way to let us know is by becoming a Next Big Idea Club member. Learn more at https://nextbigideaclub.com/ and use code PODCAST to get 20% off your subscription

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bill Gates Says Superhuman AI May Be Closer Than You Think

    Bill Gates Says Superhuman AI May Be Closer Than You Think

    Where is AI headed, and how quickly will it get there? Should we be early adopters or keep our distance? Will it make our lives better or put us out of work?
    We can’t think of a better person to answer these questions than Bill Gates. He’s played a leading role in every major tech development over the last half-century, and he’s got a pretty good track record when it comes to forecasting the future. Back in 1980, he predicted that one day there’d be a computer on every desk; today on the show, he says there will soon be an AI agent in every ear.
    Rufus and Bill are joined by Andy Sack and Adam Brotman, co-authors of an exciting new book called “AI First.” Together, they consider AI’s impact on healthcare, education, productivity, and business. They dig into the technology’s risks. And they explore its potential to cure diseases, enhance creativity, and usher in a world of abundance.
    📕 To learn more about Andy and Adam’s AI lab, Forum3, visit https://www.forum3.com. And for exclusive insights from their book, “AI First,” head to https://www.forum3.com/book
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    FRICTION: How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier (with Adam Grant & Bob Sutton)

    FRICTION: How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier (with Adam Grant & Bob Sutton)

    Today, Adam Grant and Bob Sutton, two legends of organizational psychology, discuss Bob’s new book, “The Friction Project: How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder.”
    🎙️ This interview first appeared on Adam’s podcast, “ReThinking.” Follow it now on Apple Podcast or Spotify.
    📱 If you love the show, the best way to let us know is by becoming a Next Big Idea Club member. Learn more at https://nextbigideaclub.com/ and use code PODCAST to get 20% off your subscription.

    • 41 min
    INFERNAL MACHINE: Dynamite, Anarchy and the Future of Creativity

    INFERNAL MACHINE: Dynamite, Anarchy and the Future of Creativity

    Steven Johnson returns! He's with us today to talk about his new book, "The Infernal Machine: A True Story of Dynamite, Terror, and the Rise of the Modern Detective," and his new day job helping Google develop AI tools for writers.
    🔊 You can listen to Steven's previous appearances on this show here, here, here and here
    🎧 To purchase a copy of Steven's Next Big Idea Original audiobook, "Immortality: A User's Guide," head here: https://nextbigideaclub.supportingcast.fm/immortality-a-users-guide
    📩 Be sure to check out his Substack, too: https://adjacentpossible.substack.com/
    📱 If you love the show, the best way to support us is by becoming a Next Big Idea Club member. Learn more at https://nextbigideaclub.com/ and use promo code PODCAST to get 20% off your subscription

    • 1 hr 9 min

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1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Patricio Ferrari ,

Greatest non-fiction podcast in English

No matter who you are—a passionate reader of books across genres, a dream-chaser, a fresh graduate entering the workforce, or just a podcast aficionado—The Next Big Idea Club will change the way you see the world. And it’s right at the tip of your earlobes. For intellectuals, creatives, or simply the curious, this podcast is a source of groundbreaking ideas, made easy to access and internalize thanks to dynamic weekly interviews and insightful book summaries.

Amidst the challenges of the pandemic, this podcast emerged as a beacon of insight in my life, blending deep intelligence with approachable content that inspires and introduces new perspectives on fascinating topics across a wide range of fields—from science and sports to economics, health, and more. Four years later, whether I find myself on U.S. soil, in the cerulean heights, or in a different language zone, it continues to be a steadfast companion, offering the best non-fiction in the English language. The quality is such that I have adopted it as part of the curriculum in our language school in Argentina.

Shauna NI ,

How to eat

Nine minutes in I heard her say I-I-I soooooooo many times as she told of private schools and fancy universities in a “valley girl voice”. Ugh, No thanks.

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What happens to creative artists

Interesting that the show had an ad at the end referring to non fiction writers.
So in the brave new world, seems like non fiction writers will vanish. As will much of the creative arts. Or it will receded into a niche, much like steampunk today. Only created and accessed by a nostalgic few.

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