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.
Not Finished Is Not Failure (from The Next Big Idea Daily)
Doing is more important than being done. That’s the provocative argument at the heart of a new book by artist and entrepreneur Becky Blades, “Start More Than You Can Finish: A Creative Permission Slip to Unleash Your Best Ideas.” Becky says you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish if you stop worrying about the finish and just get started.
This is the first of a week-long series with Becky that is currently airing on our new podcast, The Next Big Idea Daily. Follow it now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to pods.
CELLS: Siddhartha Mukherjee on the Breakthroughs That Are Revolutionizing Medicine
Siddhartha Mukherjee is an oncologist, professor, researcher, and biotech entrepreneur. He’s also a writer, and a fine one at that. His first book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” won a Pulitzer Prize. His second, “The Gene: An Intimate History,” shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a documentary by Ken Burns. In his latest book, “The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human,” he says our radical new ability to manipulate cells is changing how we treat everything from Alzheimer’s to cancer.
We launched a new podcast! It’s called The Next Big Idea Daily. Follow it now on Spotify or Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.
Introducing: The Next Big Idea Daily
Great news, folks. We just launched a new podcast! It's called The Next Big Idea Daily. Tune in Monday through Friday for quick master classes in better, smarter living with help from thinkers like Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Greg McKeown, Daniel Pink, Kim Scott, and lots of others you may not have heard of but who have ideas that might make your days a little brighter. Here's a sneak peek at the show. For the rest of this week's episodes, follow The Next Big Idea Daily wherever you listen to podcasts.
PLEASURE: An Epicurean Guide to the Good Life
The Greek philosopher Epicurus made a rather bold claim over two thousand years ago. The key to life, he said, was simple: pursue pleasure and avoid pain. Around this maxim he developed a school of philosophy, Epicureanism, which promised its adherents that if they took care of their basic needs, surrounded themselves with trustworthy friends, and developed a basic understanding of science, they would be happy. But is it really that simple? Can the advice of someone born 2,363 years ago still hold true? To answer these questions, we turned to Emily Austin, professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University and author of the delightful new book "Living for Pleasure: An Epicurean Guide to Life.”
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POWER FAILURE: What Happened to GE? (with Malcolm Gladwell & William Cohan)
General Electric used to be the most valuable company in the world; now it's practically irrelevant. What happened? Today on the show, we're going to find answers. And to help, we're turning to two writers who have followed the saga closely and written about it brilliantly: Malcolm Gladwell and William Cohan.
• Check out "Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon" and subscribe to Bill's newsletter, "Dry Powder"
• Read Malcolm's New Yorker story: "Was Jack Welch the Greatest C.E.O. of His Day—or the Worst?"
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DIET: The New Science of Healthy Eating
“Our food decisions,” writes Dr. Tim Spector in his new book, Food for Life, “are the single most important modifiable factor in preventing common diseases and staying healthy.” But how do we know we’re making the right choices? In this episode, we dig into what scientists like Tim have learned about what we should eat — and why.
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Always learn something new!
Informative and fun to listen to!
Kudos! Keep up the good work.
Rufus, I had a great time talking to you and your wife Alisa at our neighborhood park dinner a couple of months ago. I started listening to your podcast after that and immediately got addicted to it. I will not single out any specific episode, as each of them evokes different ideas and emotions. For me this podcast is the continuation of our dinner conversation. This prompted a realization in me that in life you are just as nice as in your podcast, which is very respectable. You have gathered a great group of colleagues all of whom deserve a lot of praise. Please continue the good work and hope to see you and your [not almost but utterly perfect] wife Alisa in the neighborhood.
Brilliant, absolutely great conversation that field me with Delicious thoughts for my mind.
You have field my mind with so much more the what I was thinking. I truly thank you