The Next Big Idea

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James
 Feb 10, 2020
Garbage. Wondery's worst podcast. Little to no usage information, biased subjective content, and boring!


 Jan 8, 2020

Calvin Dickenson
 Nov 7, 2019
HYPOCRITES! I enjoyed many Wondery podcasts until "the next big idea" coder show. The conversation about how most social media is flawed because it's ad driven was then contrasted to LinkedIn, this was immediately followed by a LinkedIn ad.


 Nov 3, 2019

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Think bigger. Create better. Live smarter. Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. Where do you even start? Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. Each episode dives deep into one big idea through immersive storytelling, narration and curator interviews with the most interesting authors at work today.


Episode Date
CIVILIZATION: Recalculating the Price of Progress
00:48:55

Cutting-edge science, music and art, powerful technology, plentiful food. It’s no wonder we sing the praises of civilization. But do we really have it so good? Christopher Ryan says it’s time for a rethink. He tells Rufus that people in non-civilized societies tend to be healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. What can we learn from the life we left behind?


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Jul 07, 2020
TOGETHER: A Doctor’s Prescription for Health and Happiness
00:47:09

When Dr. Vivek Murthy became U.S. Surgeon General in 2014, he went on a listening tour. What he heard surprised him. Americans were lonely, and it was killing them. In this deeply personal conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Susan Cain (author of “Quiet”), Murthy makes the medical case for love and friendship.

Jun 30, 2020
WEIRDNESS: How to Make it Your Superpower
00:45:28

Olga Khazan describes weirdness as not fitting neatly into a box — regardless of what that box may be. It doesn’t just make other people see you as different — it also makes you feel like you don’t belong. But in this conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant, she says weirdness can also be surprisingly empowering.


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Jun 23, 2020
BOYS & SEX: Coming of Age in America
00:42:58

Hook-ups, sexting, friends with benefits, ubiquitous porn — sometimes it seems like boys today are growing up in a world of easy sex and mindless gratification. But sit down and talk to them and you get a different story. Rufus speaks with Peggy Orenstein, who interviewed hundreds of boys for her new book, "Boys & Sex," about how they navigate a minefield of sexual rules and expectations.

Jun 16, 2020
FRIENDSHIP: The Science and Power of Life’s Deepest Bond
00:47:57

Friends aren’t just fun to hang out with and handy in a pinch. They’re also a biological necessity. Rufus talks to journalist Lydia Denworth, author of a new book on the science of friendship, who explains why friends — even the online variety — make us happier, healthier, smarter, and more successful.


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Jun 09, 2020
THINKING AHEAD: How to Make Life’s Big Decisions
00:46:05

We all face fork-in-the-road moments in our lives. In his 2005 bestseller “Bslink,” Next Big Idea Club curator (and this episode’s guest interviewer) Malcolm Gladwell famously argued that snap judgments can be just as effective as meticulous planning. In this lively conversation, author Steven Johnson (“Farsighted”) disagrees, arguing that big, complex decisions require careful thought and scenario-building.


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Jun 03, 2020
LISTENING: What You’re Missing and Why it Matters
00:42:21

In the cacophony of modern life, it can seem that talking, scoring points, and being heard are more important than paying attention to what others have to say. But journalist Kate Murphy says listening — really listening — can strengthen our ties to the people closest to us and create new connections in our lives.


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May 26, 2020
Wondery presents The School of Greatness with Kevin Hart
00:03:46

Kevin Hart opens up about what it means to win, grow your intellect, and empower others on this week's episode of The School of Greatness.

The School of Greatness, hosted by bestselling author Lewis Howes, features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to health and relationships. Get ready to learn the wisdom, skills, and tools to write your own story.

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May 23, 2020
SUCCESSFUL AGING: How to Live a Full, Long Life
00:44:56

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, we're living longer, on average, than at any time in history. So why do so many of us act like our last decades are a time to lower our expectations? Neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin says old age can be whatever we want it to be. He went deep into the science for his new book, “Successful Aging,” and he’s emerged with some tips.


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May 19, 2020
Rethinking Big Ideas: Adam Grant on Finding Balance
00:48:23

For the grand finale of our stay-at-home miniseries, Rufus talks about work-life balance, the future of education, and the addictive nature of generosity with author, podcaster, and Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant.


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May 12, 2020
Rethinking Big Ideas: Priya Parker on Gathering Apart
00:36:12

In “The Art of Gathering,” conflict resolution specialist Priya Parker writes that “Every gathering is an opportunity to create a world we wish existed.” But sometimes we have to make do with the world we’ve got. She tells Rufus that we don’t have to be in the same place to come together in meaningful ways.


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May 05, 2020
Rethinking Big Ideas: The Path to a More Generous World
00:32:54

Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler has never felt comfortable with an economic system that values short-term profits over long-term human needs. In a quarantine conversation with host Rufus Griscom, he shares his ideas for moving from a me/now world to one that cares about us and the future.

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Apr 28, 2020
Rethinking Big Ideas: Daniel Pink on the Future of Work
00:39:57

How will the pandemic change the way we organize our days? Our sense of purpose? Our commitments to others? So many questions! Who better to answer than Next Big Idea Club curator Daniel Pink, author of six books about motivation, leadership, and the changing nature of work.


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Apr 21, 2020
Rethinking Big Ideas: On Finding Joy in Simple Pleasures
00:29:00

Last season, author/designer Ingrid Fetell Lee taught us about joy spotting. It’s the practice of going out into the world and finding ordinary objects that make you feel extraordinarily happy. But what about when you can’t leave the house? Well, it turns out joy lurks in all sorts of unexpected places — you just have to know where to look.

Be sure to check out Ingrid’s website, the Aesthetics of Joy: https://www.aestheticsofjoy.com/

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Apr 16, 2020
Rethinking Big Ideas: Steven Johnson on Scientific Breakthroughs
00:32:06

What kinds of bold thinking might lead us out of this pandemic? In this lively conversation, Steven Johnson and Rufus Griscom talk about the innovations that are paving the way. Steven is the author of numerous books and hosts "Fighting Coronavirus," a podcast about heroism, collaboration, and invention on the frontlines of the battle against this pandemic.

To listen to “Fighting Coronavirus” click here: https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/

And be sure to check out Steven’s other podcast, “American Innovations”: https://wondery.com/shows/american-innovations/


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Apr 09, 2020
Rethinking Big Ideas: Susan Cain on Solitude
00:22:55

Last season, we brought you ideas with the power to change the way you see the world. Now that the world’s been turned upside down, we thought it’d be a good time to invite back some of our favorite guests to give us some much needed perspective in this confusing time. 

We’re starting this special miniseries, “Big Ideas in Uncertain Times,” with Susan Cain, the bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking." She tells us about the upside to solitude, why introspection has never been more important, and even gives us a few tantalizing clues about her new book.

Season two of The Next Big Idea returns on April 21st!

Check out the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s socially-distanced rendition of “Ode to Joy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVk

To learn more about Susan's book, visit https://www.quietrev.com/quiet-the-book/

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Apr 02, 2020
Introducing Into America
00:05:22

Into America is a new podcast about politics, about policy, and the power that both have in shaping the lives of the American people. Into America is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Trymaine Lee, and features the journalists of NBC News.

 Coronavirus is continuing to spread and Americans are relying on the healthcare system to save them if they get sick. But what if you’re one of the 30 million Americans who are uninsured? In this week’s episode, Trymaine Lee talks with Phil McCausland, national reporter for NBC News, about his reporting on the healthcare gap in North Carolina and the patients and providers hoping the system can survive this outbreak. 

We also hear from Penny Wingard. As a breast cancer survivor, she’s immunocompromised and facing uncertainty about how to get proper care without health insurance coverage. In Charlotte, North Carolina, where Penny is from, federally funded community health centers are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic for the uninsured. The toll that coronavirus is taking, both on the patients and the centers’ operations, may be irreversible. 

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Mar 31, 2020
Wondery Presents: The School of Greatness
00:05:58

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is the best place to learn how to dream bigger, live better, and make an impact.  

The show features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to health and relationships.

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Feb 20, 2020
Introducing WeCrashed
00:05:36

The Rise and Fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company — but did it ever match the reality?

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Jan 29, 2020
STILLNESS: How to Find Peace in a Frantic World
00:44:11

What do the Buddha, John F. Kennedy, Mr. Rogers, and Leonardo da Vinci all have in common? The ability to be still and tune out the busy, buzzing drone of modern life. Ryan Holiday, the author of “Stillness Is the Key,” shares his tips for slowing down, calming your mind and body, and accessing the tranquility deep inside.

This is the last episode of season one. Thanks for listening! The Next Big Idea will return on April 21st.

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Jan 28, 2020
FREE MONEY: Why Andrew Yang Thinks a Giveaway Can Save the Economy
00:45:31

Andrew Yang has a pretty bleak vision for the future. The way he sees it, we’re staring down the barrel of a techno-apocalypse. Robots will replace millions of workers. Income inequality will skyrocket. And social isolation will become the new normal. But Yang has a big idea he thinks can stave off disaster. It’s called universal basic income — a $1,000 check in the mail each month, no strings attached. Yang’s been pushing this magic bullet for a long time, first in his book, “The War on Normal People,” and now as he campaigns for president. But would it really make a difference, and is it even realistic? Andrew Yang makes his case to Rufus Griscom in front of a live audience in New York City.


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Jan 21, 2020
HABITS: How to Let Go of The Old and Bring in the New
00:45:36

Why is it so hard to break bad habits and replace them with good ones? You may think it all comes down to willpower. But social psychologist Wendy Wood says that if you really want to change your life, then you need to tap into your unconscious mind. Wood, who’s just written a book called “Good Habits, Bad Habits,” chats with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant about harnessing the science of habit formation to make positive changes that last.

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Jan 14, 2020
GATHERING: How to Make Our Time Together Meaningful
00:44:35

Why do so many of our get-togethers feel awkward and unproductive? Priya Parker, author of “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters,” says it’s because most of us don’t know how to transform stuffy events—from conferences to tedious family dinners to office holiday parties—into memorable gatherings full of moments to savor. Parker shares the secrets of being a good host, lessons everyone can learn from Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, and tips for revolutionizing your next business meeting.

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Jan 07, 2020
FUTURE: Can We Build a More Generous World
00:46:49

In this episode, we’re peering into the future with Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler. He’s got a new book out called “This Could Be Our Future,” and it’s all about transforming our world into a more kind and generous place.

By the way, we’re taking next week off. The Next Big Idea returns with new episodes on January 7th!

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Dec 24, 2019
SUCCESS: The Dirty Secret of Getting Ahead
00:46:58

Most of us are taught that hard work and talent are the keys to getting ahead. Turns out it’s not so easy. In his new book, “The Meritocracy Trap,” Yale professor Daniel Markovits says meritocracy isn’t leveling the playing field. Instead, it’s a pretense for concentrating privilege and intensifying inequality. He tells us the time has come to redesign the workplace, reinvent higher education, and reimagine meritocracy so it actually works for everyone.

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Dec 17, 2019
TRUST: Malcolm Gladwell on How We Talk To Strangers
00:42:27

Roses are red, violets are blue, and Malcolm Gladwell has written yet another bestseller. It's called "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know," and it's all about the perils of trusting people we don't really know. Gladwell, who's also a Next Big Idea Club curator, tells us why we need to stop taking everybody at their word and start exercising a little healthy skepticism.

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Dec 10, 2019
POWER: Why You Have More Than You Think
00:41:44

Colleges, businesses, and bureaucracies have long operated on an "old power" model — rigid hierarchies that rule from the top down. But Henry Timms says that paradigm is going extinct. In his book, "New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World — and How to Make It Work for You," Timms argues there's another force emerging. It's transparent, collaborative — and it's going to embolden all of us to change the world from the bottom up.

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Dec 03, 2019
PERCEPTION: Why What You See Is Not Reality
00:47:01

What you see is what you get, right? Nope. In his mind-bending new book, "The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes," Don Hoffman argues that what we see, smell, touch, and taste are illusions. Reality, he says, is just an interface, like a computer desktop, built by our brains to conceal complexity. Hoffman offers us the red pill and invites us into "The Matrix" — the surreal, flickering, unreliable "real" world.

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Nov 26, 2019
UNCENSORED: What Free Speech Debates Teach Us About Empathy
00:46:21

As a college student, Zachary Wood ignited a national debate when he invited controversial speakers — anti-feminists, climate-change deniers, and self-proclaimed racists — to lecture on campus. Critics accused him of promoting dangerous ideas. But in his new memoir, "Uncensored," Wood argues that we can develop empathy and understanding by engaging with opposing viewpoints.

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Nov 19, 2019
CONFLICT: How to Have More Productive Disagreements
00:44:01

Have you ever had one of those arguments — whether with a friend or a colleague, a loved one or a perfect stranger — that you both vehemently disagree, and it boils your blood? Too often these days, arguments with people we disagree with feel impossible. We never solve anything but seem to succeed in hurting someone’s feelings. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? In his forthcoming book, “Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement” (Nov. 19), Buster Benson, who has worked for some of the world’s most successful companies, to help you have hard conversations in your relationships, engage people with different political viewpoints, and disagree with dignity.

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Nov 12, 2019
JOYFUL: Why Ordinary Objects Can Make You Extraordinarily Happy
00:42:24

Conventional wisdom tells us that real joy comes from within: from exercise or meditation, acts of service or the way we look at the world—pretty much anything except material possessions.

But author/designer Ingrid Fetell Lee has a different opinion. In her book, "Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness," Lee offers tangible evidence of the powerful relationship between the way we feel and the objects that surround us, and explains how we can harness that relationship to live healthier, happier lives.


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Nov 05, 2019
CODERS: The Invisible Architects That Shape Our Lives
00:41:46

Our world is awash in code, and those zeroes and ones aren't as impersonal as you might think. In his new book, "Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World," journalist Clive Thompson provides an up-close look at the architects of our digital age, revealing the ways they're shaping our society for better and worse.


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Oct 29, 2019
RACIAL BIAS: Why We Have It and What We Can Do About It
00:42:33

Stanford psychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt has spent years studying how racial bias affects all of us — yes, all — in ways we don't realize. In her new book, “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do,” Eberhardt explains how bias shapes our perception, our decisions, and our culture. And what we can do about it.


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Oct 22, 2019
INDISTRACTABLE: Staying Focused in a World of Distractions
00:45:27

Nir Eyal’s last book, “Hooked,” taught Silicon Valley how to make addictive technology. In his new book, “Indistractable, he gives you the tools to take back control of your attention and your life.

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Oct 15, 2019
RANGE: Why Generalists Succeed in a Specialists’ World
00:47:37

You know the “10,000-Hour Rule.” But did you know it doesn’t work? That's what David Epstein argues in his new book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World.” In this episode, Epstein tells Malcolm Gladwell — a Next Big Idea Club curator and the man who popularized the 10,000-hour rule — that a broad range of experience is the best way to find success.

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Oct 15, 2019
Introducing The Next Big Idea
00:01:40

The Next Big Idea premieres October 15th.

Oct 01, 2019