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A Slight Change of Plans

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Dr. Maya Shankar is a cognitive scientist who studies how our minds work and how we change. There are few things in life that are as complex and messy—and potentially magical—as change. On A Slight Change of Plans, you'll hear intimate conversations that give an unvarnished look into how people navigate changes of all kinds and use that change to ultimately grow. Maya uncovers little-known personal stories and reflections from familiar names, like Hillary Clinton, Tiffany Haddish and Kacey Musgraves, and extraordinary stories from real-life inspirations, like a young cancer researcher in the throes of a stage 4 diagnosis and a Black jazz musician who convinced hundreds of KKK members to leave the Klan. Their stories and circumstances couldn't be more different, but they all share one thing in common: life threw them a (slight) change of plans.

7 Episodes
Tommy Caldwell's near-death experience unlocks a completely new state of mind that propels him to become the greatest big wall climber of all time. Learn more about your ad-choices at
The Science of Change

The Science of Change


Maya chats with her friend and fellow cognitive scientist Dr. Katy Milkman about science-based strategies to help you inspire change in your own life. Learn more about your ad-choices at
People have been asking Hillary to change ever since the 1970s, when she defied the stereotype of First Lady of Arkansas. And she was willing to change...just never in the way people had hoped. Learn more about your ad-choices at
After her mom's car accident throws Tiffany Haddish's childhood into chaos, a social worker gives her an ultimatum that changes her life. Learn more about your ad-choices at
When a Black jazz musician meets a Klansman at a bar, his life takes a sudden turn. He ends up inspiring hundreds of people to leave white supremacist groups. Learn more about your ad-choices at
A sneak peak of what's to come this season on A Slight Change of Plans with Dr. Maya Shankar, in conversation with her good friend and fellow podcast host Michael Lewis. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Coming soon: A Slight Change of Plans hosted by Maya Shankar Learn more about your ad-choices at
Comments (4)

Debora Meehan

Love the pod cast and Darryl's story was incredibly moving!

Jun 17th

Jyothish Chandran

Maya, All the best. I am trying to patch up my routine of listening to pod casts after a painful event in my life. This is truly an interesting topic to listen and kick start the day with someone else's life changing events. Truly excited..

Jun 17th


This was a terrific episode! Darryl brings such a different perspective on racism and how things can change for the better. Thank you for spreading his message. Great interview Maya!

May 25th
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