Laziness: There’s No Such Thing

The Next Big Idea | 14 October 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Devon Price about their book Laziness Does Not Exist. Imagines a world where we stop judging other people for being lazy, stop shaming ourselves for being unproductive, and start realizing that doing less is not a moral failure.

Rationality: Steven Pinker’s Love Song to Critical Thinking

The Next Big Idea | 30 September 2021 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Steven Pinker about his book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters. Argues how and why we should all learn a bit of logic, get better at sniffing out fallacies, embrace institutions that safeguard empirical truths, and acknowledge that halting, imperfect progress is better than no progress at all.

Mine: How the Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

The Next Big Idea | 3 June 2021 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Heller and James Salzman about their book Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives. Explains that our notions of ownership are a storytelling exercise relying on just six stories to claim everything we own. Describes how those stories work, how you can use them to your advantage, and why they might be key to dismantling income inequality and arresting climate change.

Work: Should You Do Less of It?

The Next Big Idea | 13 May 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Suzman about his book Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time. Draws lessons from the way San hunter-gathers spend their time to argue for spending less time toiling away at labour we loathe and more time working at things we love.

Voice: You Are What You Speak

The Next Big Idea | 25 March 2021 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Colapinto about his book This Is the Voice. Backgrounds how our voices are our social presence, conveying high-resolution information about such things as our sex, class, background, education and emotional state. Discusses the evolution of deeper male voices, the recent deepening of female voices, and political oratory. Explores the future of audio, arguing that podcast conversations are a higher-bandwidth way of delivering ideas than books.

Drug Use: Is Getting High an American Right?

The Next Big Idea | 4 March 2021 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl Hart about his book Drug Use for Grown-Ups. Backgrounds research that suggests responsible use of drugs like cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and meth can be a good thing. Argues that the criminalisation of drugs is racist.

Alchemy: How Our Creations Recreate Us

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ainissa Ramirez about her book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. Draws on stories about eight key inventions to show how our innovations can change us in surprising ways.

Upstream: Solving Problems Before They Happen

The Next Big Idea | 14 July 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Heath about his book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. Explores what it takes to root out problems at their source, both in our own lives and in the larger world.