Candid, revealing portraits of curious and courageous people in business, the arts, and beyond who have distinct perspectives on time. Host Spencer Bailey interviews leading minds about their life and work through the lens of time—how they think about time broadly and how specific moments in time have shaped who they are today.
Min Jin Lee on the Healing Power of Fiction
Min Jin Lee, the author of the bestselling novels “Free Food for Millionaires” and “Pachinko,” talks about the complex role of time in the latter book, her miraculous recovery from chronic liver disease, and why she likens short-story writing to polishing diamonds.
Mira Nakashima on Keeping Her Father’s Woodworking Legacy Alive
The architect and furniture maker Mira Nakashima talks about her family’s time spent in a Japanese internment camp during World War II; the enduring “karma yoga” influence of the Indian philosopher and spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo, whom her father, George Nakashima, once studied under and worked for as an architect; and why her father considered his work “an antidote to the modern world.”
Ian Schrager on Consistently Capturing the Zeitgeist
On this episode—our 100th—hospitality impresario and Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager discusses his tried-and-true design philosophies and definition of luxury today; his admiration for the visionary thinking of Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Walt Disney; and the enduring aura of Studio 54.
Sanford Biggers on Patching Together the Past, Present, and Future Through Art
The Harlem-based artist Sanford Biggers talks about the influence that musicians such as Mahalia Jackson, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder have had on his art; why he thinks of himself as a “material polyglot”; and why religious and spiritual works including reliquaries, shrines, and “power objects” are the bedrock of his practice.
Edmund de Waal on Pottery, Poetry, and the Act of Letting Go
The artist, master potter, and author Edmund de Waal, widely known for his best-selling family memoir “The Hare with Amber Eyes,” talks about his infatuation with Japan, his affinity for the life and work of the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), and the roles of rhythm and breath in his work.
Trent Davis Bailey on Finding Family and Community Through Photography
The artist and photographer Trent Davis Bailey talks about what it was like to grow up as an identical twin; his unusual and decidedly dysfunctional upbringing; photography as a device for commemoration; and his deep pictorial explorations of the climates, geographies, and landscapes of the American West.
Open the door to a world of individuals whose life, character and achievements are the result of minds capitalizing on every human experience: education, talent, loss, family, success, fear, relationships, opportunity, fate, ambition, trauma, intuition, doubt, challenge, perseverance, determination, love, deception… Immerse yourself in listening to people who set themselves apart by their critical interpretation of time, where triviality and inaction have no space. Relate to ideas and events from a human perspective, nurture the mind. Life is time sensitive.
This podcast and these conversations are like yummy healthy smart cookies 🌱
This is a fantastic thoughtful and insightful podcast that gives one hope for the future. The interviewers focus on the guests—not themselves—and they do their research and ask insightful questions because they listen. They are also genuinely diplomatic with narcissistic guests(Paper woman). Really great podcast. So worth listening to.