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.

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.

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.

Reality+: Are We Living in a Simulation?

The Next Big Idea | 24 March 2022 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Chalmers about his book Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy. Explains the thinking behind his estimate that it is 25% likely that we are living in a simulation. Sets out why we can still lead a meaningful life – even if we are living in a simulation.

Empire: Why Ray Dalio Thinks We May Be Headed for Civil War

The Next Big Idea | 10 March 2022 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ray Dalio about his book Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail. Discusses his research that shows that nations rise and fall according to an inevitable cycle where peace and prosperity are always followed by depression and war. Argues that the United States is now in the downward part of that cycle.

Dawn of Everything: The True History of Humanity

The Next Big Idea | 15 December 2021 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Wengrow about his book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, co-authored with David Graeber. Draws on the latest research in archaeology and anthropology to argue that the lives of our ancient ancestors were not nasty, brutish, and short. On the contrary, they were playful, collaborative, and improvisational – and there’s a lot they can teach us about how to improve the world as we know it.

Exponential Age: Everything Is Accelerating. Who’s at the Wheel?

The Next Big Idea | 18 November 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Azeem Azhar about his book Exponential: How the next digital revolution will rewire life on Earth. Surveys the new technologies likely to change the way we live and considers the potential political, economic, and social consequences.

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.