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103. Liza Jessie Peterson (Playwright, Arts-Educator) – The Sleeping Giant

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Poet, playwright, and arts educator Liza Jessie Peterson on lessons learned teaching incarcerated youth on Rikers Island.

49 Min

Jun 17, 2017

101. Ariel Levy (Writer) – Big Things That Are Not Talked About

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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Writer Ariel Levy on the silence around the animal facts of women's physical lives, her comically awkward experience with the shamanic hallucinogen Ayahuasca, and much more.

43 Min

Jun 3, 2017

DogSmarts: Coming Soon!

DogSmarts

DogSmarts: Coming Soon!

0 Min

May 31, 2017

100. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist) – The Only "-ist" I Am

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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the mind-boggling awesomeness of space.

44 Min

May 27, 2017

99. Mary Gaitskill (Writer) – Their Animal Being

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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Author Mary Gaitskill on vulnerability, alienation, and Cerebus the Aardvark.

46 Min

May 20, 2017

98. Lawrence Krauss (Physicist) – Lux Ex Machina

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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Physicist Lawrence Krauss on why neutrinos are his favorite particles, light as the protagonist of modern physics, and more.

57 Min

May 13, 2017

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48 min
May 6, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano on how the brain tells time and whether time exists at all.

48 min
Apr 29, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Architecture critic Sarah W. Goldhagen on how the built environment shapes our lives.

54 min
Apr 22, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Lexicographer Kory Stamper on the slipperiness of language and how the sausage of dictionaries is made.

52 min
Apr 15, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Joyce Carol Oates on America, idealism, and the shackles we can and can't shake off.

47 min
Apr 8, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Social Psychologist Adam Alter on the behavioral addictions we all now live with.

47 min
Apr 1, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Turkish-American writer Elif Batuman on truth in fiction, how language shapes us, and more.

47 min
Mar 25, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Philosopher of mind Daniel Dennett waxing wise and wicked about consciousness, dolphins, and more.

55 min
Mar 18, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Comedy writer and producer Scott Aukerman on Michael Bolton, transgression in comedy, and cultural turmoil in the USA.

51 min
Mar 11, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. NY Times bestselling author George Saunders on ghosts and ego and loving your enemy.

49 min
Mar 4, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Fiction writer and essayist Gish Jen on how fundamental East-West differences in the sense of self play out in art, culture, business, education, and more.

47 min
Feb 25, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Historian Yuval Noah Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus, on the dizzying ethical questions that surround what's coming next.

49 min
Feb 18, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Author Ayelet Waldman on parenting, identity, and how LSD microdosing changed her life for the better.

48 min
Feb 3, 2017
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Nato Thompson – Think Again - a Big Think Podcast #84 – The Friendly Face

43 min
Jan 28, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Rolling Stone political journalist Matt Taibbi on the media and political circus of the 2016 campaign trail, the search for happiness, and where we go from here.

42 min
Jan 21, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on unexpected topics. Philosopher and Filmmaker "BHL" on torture, the question of evil, and the tipping point at which democracy becomes something else.

68 min
Jan 14, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on unexpected topics. Comedian and author Isy Suttie on the terrors of adulthood and more. Surprise ideas from Paul Bloom, Maysoon Zayid, and Slavoj Žižek.

36 min
Jan 7, 2017
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Media entrepreneur Amani Al-Khatatbeh and host Jason Gots wrestle with tough questions about identity, power, and Islamic feminism.

48 min
Dec 31, 2016
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Psychologist Paul Bloom wants us to abandon empathy as a guide to moral decision making. He's probably right.

39 min
Dec 24, 2016
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith on octopus consciousness, free will, and an extinct sea-worm he'd like to resurrect.

43 min
Dec 17, 2016
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. "Vampire Chronicles" author Anne Rice on superstition, science, and why, in spite of everything, she believes humanity's going to figure things out.

42 min
Dec 10, 2016
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Author, Podcaster, and "Human Guinea Pig" Tim Ferriss on death, ignoring most of the news, and sake as a secret weapon for podcasting.

40 min
Dec 3, 2016
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Artist David Salle on how even to begin figuring out what "works" in art.

46 min
Nov 26, 2016
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Jace Clayton AKA DJ/Rupture on sleuthing for beauty and surprise in the digital-musical landscape.

41 min
Nov 19, 2016
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Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Fiction writer and environmentalist T.C. Boyle on the crazy, contested world we might not be able to inhabit much longer, and what we'll do after that.

50 min
Nov 12, 2016
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The voluble Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek on why tolerance is the wrong way to deal with terrorism, the refugee crisis, and all the other problems we face.

51 min
Nov 5, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. Historian and New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb on interspecies ethics, the limits of civil discourse, and mathematical symmetry as the defining principle of the universe.

41 min
Oct 29, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. Author Margaret Atwood on genomes in the cloud, Bob Dylan's Nobel prize, the elusiveness of dead authors, and why technology's a three-edged sword.

42 min
Oct 22, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. Author Jodi Picoult and host Jason Gots talk comic books, social justice, and why white Americans need to take the risk (and the consequences) of talking honestly about race and class privilege.

36 min
Oct 15, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. In this extra feisty episode of Think Again - A Big Think Podcast, actor and author William Shatner and host Jason Gots take sides on whether or not it's a dog-eat-dog world out there.

35 min
Oct 8, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. James Gleick, author of Time Travel - a History, talks with host Jason Gots about why we're so obsessed with something that's evidently impossible.

46 min
Oct 1, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep fun. Celebrity chef Alton Brown and host Jason Gots talk about fire, their mutual childhood lust for the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven and how everything worth doing might get you killed.

38 min
Sep 24, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep fun. Novelist Ian McEwan and host Jason Gots discuss Hamlet, moral quandaries, and how to set boundaries in a world that wants to pull you in every direction.

39 min
Sep 17, 2016
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Conversations on surprise topics with some of the world's most creative thinkers. In this episode, host Jason Gots selects some of the most memorable bits of writerly wit and wisdom from the first year of Think Again - a Big Think Podcast

37 min
Sep 10, 2016
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On this week's episode, Eric Kandel and host Jason Gots discuss abstract art, memory, identity, and the nature of evil.

48 min
Sep 3, 2016
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Host Jason Gots curates the best moments thus far of Think Again - a Big Think Podcast, with excerpts from conversations with Paul F. Tompkins, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Palmer, and Chris Gethard

42 min
Aug 27, 2016
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Alison Gopnik, one of the world's foremost experts on child cognition, learning, and development, and host Jason Gots discuss play, artificial intelligence, and the trouble with "parenting" as a verb.

40 min
Aug 20, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. Nigerian-born novelist, essayist, and NYTimes photography critic Teju Cole and host Jason Gots discuss first drafts, the complexities of home, and the greatest innovation in human history.

34 min
Aug 13, 2016
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Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. National Book Award-winning Author Jacqueline Woodson and host Jason Gots discuss collective amnesia, organized religion, the power of photographs, and why never being bored is bad for for kids.

45 min
Aug 6, 2016
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In the second of two "year one in review" mixtapes, host Jason Gots curates the best moments thus far of Think Again - a Big Think Podcast, with excerpts from conversations with Henry Rollins, Kate Tempest, Sarah Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, and A.O. Scott

46 min
Jul 30, 2016
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The Best of Year One, part 1: with Sam Harris, Junot Diaz, Maria Popova, Saul Williams & Jesse Ventura

47 min
Jul 23, 2016
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Buckminster Fuller, vicarious sex, taboos and how to get around them

32 min
Jul 16, 2016
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Squeamishness, Penis transplants, and Dark Matter, oh my!

37 min
Jul 9, 2016
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Playing many different characters, Tony and Obie award-winner Sarah Jones responds to surprise "big ideas" in Think Again podcast's first ever live show at NYC Podfest

35 min
Jul 2, 2016
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Demagoguery, colonizing Mars, and the perpetual pendulum of party politics.

38 min
Jun 25, 2016
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Mean jokes, bigotry, courage, and bringing light vs. darkness into the world.

41 min
Jun 18, 2016
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Messiness, mystery, and the slipperiness of the words we need most.

48 min
Jun 11, 2016
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Spirituality, steroids, drone warfare and the complicated past America has left behind.

8 min
Jun 10, 2016
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Dr. Hare speaks with several experts in the field of working and therapeutic dogs, and concludes that our furry friends have a rare and unique ability—plus the desire to work—to be our best friends.

11 min
Jun 10, 2016
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Dr. Hare explores the importance of love and what it means for our relationship with dogs, and, most importantly, how they are one of the only animals on Earth to tap into this.

7 min
Jun 10, 2016
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Dr. Hare discusses how much our dogs understand about what we say and do.

5 min
Jun 10, 2016
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Dr. Hare chats with a top expert in the field of canine cognition who specifically studies memory in man’s best friend.

6 min
Jun 10, 2016
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Two top experts in the field of canine navigation discuss why some dogs get lost and others always manage to find their way home.

11 min
Jun 10, 2016
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Dr. Hares discusses the research and the essential nutrients that help support brain health as a dog ages.

38 min
Jun 4, 2016
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Revenge, Hallucinogens, and a spontaneous William Blake Smackdown

33 min
May 28, 2016
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Death, Bob Marley, parenthood, gratitude, and what to do in the face of incalculable suffering.

37 min
May 14, 2016
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"Cult" Comic Chris Gethard talks authenticity, the power of small communities, con artists, improv, and more.

33 min
May 7, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, National Book Award Winner James McBride

34 min
Apr 30, 2016
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Money's an operating system. Businesses are apps. We can reprogram them.

24 min
Apr 14, 2016
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The solar system's most overlooked bodies are home to magical things.

32 min
Apr 9, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, poet Sarah Kay.

21 min
Apr 7, 2016
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Pluto and Planet Nine

33 min
Apr 2, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, 20 year old educational activist and author Nikhil Goyal.

21 min
Mar 31, 2016
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The Frontier Planet

37 min
Mar 26, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings

20 min
Mar 24, 2016
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The sideways planet--and that's the least of its problems.

32 min
Mar 19, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, Musician and Artist Amanda Palmer

19 min
Mar 17, 2016
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The story of the world too beautiful to exist

23 min
Mar 12, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, Senator Cory Booker

22 min
Mar 10, 2016
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It's Here, It's Real, Get Used to It

31 min
Mar 5, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, 'Life of Pi' Author Yann Martel

23 min
Mar 3, 2016
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Without Jupiter life on Earth — or even Earth itself — might never have gotten started.

27 min
Feb 27, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, NY Times Chief Film Critic A.O. Scott.

22 min
Feb 25, 2016
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The little world that fell apart may still be home to life.

27 min
Feb 20, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, comedian Paul F. Tompkins.

21 min
Feb 18, 2016
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It took countless near-misses, dodged bullets and lucky breaks to wind up with the remarkable world we've got.

36 min
Feb 13, 2016
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We surprise the smartest people you know with ideas they're not prepared to discuss. This week, Marc Goodman, author of FUTURE CRIMES.

20 min
Feb 11, 2016
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Here's what happens when everything that could possibly go wrong with a planet does go wrong.

29 min
Feb 6, 2016
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We surprise the smartest people you know with ideas they're not prepared to discuss. This week, neurosurgeon James Doty.

19 min
Feb 4, 2016
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Living so close to the fires of the sun makes for a terrible—and strangely wonderful—world.

17 min
Jan 28, 2016
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Space is the most dangerous place a human being can tread—and yet we find it irresistible. Here's why.

24 min
Jan 23, 2016
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Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, author and skeptic Michael Shermer.

1 min
Jan 20, 2016
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Coming Soon -- It's Your Universe: The Solar System

23 min
Jan 16, 2016
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Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, psychologist Howard Gardner.

29 min
Jan 9, 2016
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, playwright and screenwriter Sir David Hare.

28 min
Dec 26, 2015
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, musician and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin.

29 min
Dec 19, 2015
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, philosopher Alva Noë.

27 min
Dec 12, 2015
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, comedian Ian Edwards.

41 min
Dec 5, 2015
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris.

23 min
Nov 28, 2015
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, genre-bending artist Maira Kalman.

27 min
Nov 21, 2015
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Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, Nobel Laureate Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk.