Power Failure: What Happened to GE?

The Next Big Idea | 19 January 2023 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with William Cohan about his book Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon. Explores the role and responsibility of Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt in the downfall of General Electric, formerly the most valuable company in the world.

See also Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article Was Jack Welch the Greatest C.E.O. of His Day—or the Worst?

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Bo Sea on Good Arguments

The Next Big Idea | 17 November 2022 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bo Seo about his book Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard. Shares time-honoured techniques for getting your point across, changing minds without hurting feelings, dealing with bullies, and knowing when to shut up.

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Amanda Little on the Fate of Food

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Amanda Little about her book The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. Backgrounds the challenges climate change poses to food: the collapse of food systems, less flavoursome food, and crops we rely on, like corn and soy, getting harder to grow. Argues that we must change our agricultural practices, combining the wisdom of traditional farming practices with radical advances in agricultural technology.

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Jane McGonical on Imaginable

The Next Big Idea | 26 May 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jane McGonigal about her book Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything―Even Things That Seem Impossible Today. Discusses evidence-based techniques from psychology and neuroscience to use simulations to better anticipate and prepare for unthinkable futures.

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Relationships: Why Everything You Know About Them Is (Mostly) Wrong

The Next Big Idea | 9 June 2022 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Eric Barker about his book Plays Well with Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrong. Discusses what he learned from social science as he went on a journey to understand what he was getting wrong about relationships.

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Origin: How Did Humans Migrate to the Americas?

The Next Big Idea | 14 April 2022 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Raff about her book Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas. Explains the breakthroughs in genetics that have given scientists an entirely new understanding of how the Americas were peopled and what happened in the millennia that followed.

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Time Management for Mortals: Malcolm Gladwell and Oliver Burkeman

The Next Big Idea | 3 March 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Oliver Burkeman about his book Four Thousand Weeks. Discusses Burkeman’s background behind the book. Advocates that rather than being more productive to squeeze ever more in, we should slow down, and focus on those things that bring a joyful sense of purpose.

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Oliver Burkeman on Four Thousand Weeks

The Next Big Idea | 18 February 2022 | 0h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Oliver Burkeman summarises 5 big ideas from his book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Argues that we should resist the siren song of pointless busyness and embrace life’s finitude.

This was the last of a 22 episode miniseries counting down the most popular book bites published by The Next Big Idea Club in 2021.

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