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Think bigger. Create better. Live smarter. Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. Where do you even start? Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you groundbreaking ideas with the power to change the way you see the world.

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Every day, Dr. Carl Hart goes into his laboratory at Columbia University and gets people high. That research has led him to a surprising conclusion: the predominant effects of the drugs he administers — substances like cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and meth — are positive. In this unflinching conversation about Dr. Hart’s bold new book, “Drug Use for Grown-Ups,” Carl and Rufus discuss their own experiences with drugs, connect drug criminalization to structural racism, and ask whether drug use by responsible adults can be a good thing.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Get three free months at nextbigideaclub.com/podcastFiverr — Save 10% at fiverr.com/business with code BIGIDEAFundrise — Check out fundrise.com/bigidea
We don’t know when the pandemic will end, but we do know this: while we’ve been stuck at home, the world has been spinning faster than ever. Name any existing trend in technology, healthcare, commerce, or education, and it’s safe to say it has advanced a decade in the last 12 months. That’s because COVID-19, according to NYU professor Scott Galloway, is an accelerant. And in this high-octane conversation, he tells Rufus that if we play it right, we can harness that acceleration to create positive change.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Visit www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get three months absolutely freeLadder — Go to ladderlife.com/bigideaExpensify — Visit expensify.com/bigidea for a free trialTalkspace — To get $100 your first month, go to talkspace.com and use code BIGIDEA
The Next Big Idea returns on February 25th.
Neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster, author, meditation guru, and unabashed atheist Sam Harris is one of our best-known — and most controversial — public intellectuals. In this bonus episode, he and Rufus talk about consciousness, free will, morality, and people’s stubborn insistence on being irrational.
You have to play with the hand you’re dealt. At least that’s what we’re always told. But is it really true? How much of what we achieve in life is the product of our pluck and guile, and how much is just dumb luck? To find out, New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova dropped everything and joined the pro poker tour. The lessons were not what she expected.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Great Courses Plus - Get FREE access to the entire library at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea. The Next Big Idea - Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
You may have heard about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which sees human development as a sort of a pyramid, with survival needs at the bottom, social and emotional needs in the middle, and “self-actualization” at the top. Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman thinks we can do better. Instead of striving to become our best selves, we can strive to connect with the world beyond ourselves — to truly transcend.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Great Courses Plus - Get FREE access to the entire library at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea. The Next Big Idea - Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Our society is built on the assumption that we’re all a broken stoplight away from reverting to our animal selves. It’s what we’ve come to call “realism.” Historian Rutger Bregman thinks that kind of realism is, well, unrealistic. And not because we can learn to be better, but because deep down, we already are.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Great Courses Plus — thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Birds do it, bees do it, even fishes in the seas do it. So why do we have such a hard time when people migrate from one place to another? Science writer Sonia Shah presents the evidence that migration is central to the human story -- and it just might save us from what’s coming next.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Great Courses Plus — thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
We do it 25,000 times a day, but most of us rarely give breathing a thought. Author James Nestor says we’re missing out on one of the most powerful pathways to health and happiness. He leads Rufus through the ins and outs of intentional breathing, revealing its potential to clear our minds, heal our bodies, and help us achieve incredible things. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Businesses want people to buy their products. Parents want their kids to eat their vegetables. We all want to convince someone to do something. So we push and we prod – but often to no avail. Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger says there’s a better way. In this high-speed conversation with Rufus, he lays out his formula for removing barriers to change.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Try Zip Recruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea.The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Since humans sharpened the first stick and lit the first fire, we have been on an innovation spree, constantly developing new tools and materials to solve our problems. But material scientist Ainissa Ramirez says innovation is a two-way street. Drawing on stories about eight key inventions, she tells Rufus how our creations can change us in surprising ways.Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
We knew a pandemic was coming. We knew our police were treating some of us differently than others. So why were we so unprepared for what happened? In this eye-opening conversation, Rufus and author Dan Heath dig into what it takes to root out problems at their source, both in our own lives and in the larger world.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Athletic Greens — Get 20 free travel packs at athleticgreens.com/bigideaThe Great Courses Plus — Start your free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea ZipRecruiter — Try it now for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Cutting-edge science, music and art, powerful technology, plentiful food. It’s no wonder we sing the praises of civilization. But do we really have it so good? Christopher Ryan says it’s time for a rethink. He tells Rufus that people in non-civilized societies tend to be healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. What can we learn from the life we left behind?Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter — Try it for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
When Dr. Vivek Murthy became U.S. Surgeon General in 2014, he went on a listening tour. What he heard surprised him. Americans were lonely, and it was killing them. In this deeply personal conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Susan Cain (author of “Quiet”), Murthy makes the medical case for love and friendship.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Great Courses Plus — To start your free month trial, sign up today at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigideaAthletic Greens — Visit athleticgreens.com/bigidea for 20 free travel packs.The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Olga Khazan describes weirdness as not fitting neatly into a box — regardless of what that box may be. It doesn’t just make other people see you as different — it also makes you feel like you don’t belong. But in this conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant, she says weirdness can also be surprisingly empowering.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Netsuite — Go to netsuite.com/bigidea for a free product tour!Athletic Greens — Visit athleticgreens.com/bigidea for 20 free daily travel packs!The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Hook-ups, sexting, friends with benefits, ubiquitous porn — sometimes it seems like boys today are growing up in a world of easy sex and mindless gratification. But sit down and talk to them and you get a different story. Rufus speaks with Peggy Orenstein, who interviewed hundreds of boys for her new book, "Boys & Sex," about how they navigate a minefield of sexual rules and expectations.Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Friends aren’t just fun to hang out with and handy in a pinch. They’re also a biological necessity. Rufus talks to journalist Lydia Denworth, author of a new book on the science of friendship, who explains why friends — even the online variety — make us happier, healthier, smarter, and more successful.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Great Courses — Get a free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
We all face fork-in-the-road moments in our lives. In his 2005 bestseller “Blink,” Next Big Idea Club curator (and this episode’s guest interviewer) Malcolm Gladwell famously argued that snap judgments can be just as effective as meticulous planning. In this lively conversation, author Steven Johnson (“Farsighted”) disagrees, arguing that big, complex decisions require careful thought and scenario-building.Check out our "Rethinking Big Ideas" conversation with Steven Johnson: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rethinking-big-ideas-steven-johnson-on-scientific-breakthroughs/id1482067226?i=1000470962623Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite — Go to netsuite.com/bigidea for a free product tourThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
In the cacophony of modern life, it can seem that talking, scoring points, and being heard are more important than paying attention to what others have to say. But journalist Kate Murphy says listening — really listening — can strengthen our ties to the people closest to us and create new connections in our lives.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Great Courses — Start your free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigideaThe Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, we're living longer, on average, than at any time in history. So why do so many of us act like our last decades are a time to lower our expectations? Neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin says old age can be whatever we want it to be. He went deep into the science for his new book, “Successful Aging,” and he’s emerged with some tips.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big Idea Club — Go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the promo FREE3 for three free months.
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Comments (31)

Chris Famulak

mmhmm, mmmhum

Aug 13th
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Teresa Wilkinson

in between the ads great content as others have said waaaaaay too many ads

Aug 12th
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Apoorv Som

loved it!

Jul 4th
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Craig Peters

Sooooo many ads. Thank goodness for the skip 30 seconds button, although it needs 4 or 5 hits at least to get to content again. Finger hovering over the unsubscribe button. I know they need to make money - but this is close to commercial radio obnoxiousness.

Apr 29th
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Helena Tusek

Thank you for this podcast! It brought me joy as well and paved ways for new joyous moments in the future! Thank you both 🙏🙏

Apr 26th
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Nancy McCann

b xero

Apr 19th
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Bruce Hrabak

dumb episode. repackage socialism and communism. gove everyone a grand a month and the market will just magically keep the same prices.....because it has worked so well for housing. 🤢

Feb 6th
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Steven Slater

the fact you have to bring race into this shows your true agenda. lame.

Jan 21st
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Bruce Hrabak

success: episode was horrible but a thought provoking series moody of the time. A elite professor answer to elite issues is send more kids to yale 😝. and if we're force less people tp be elite than more will be middleclass.... come on this episode was a strawman with no straw

Jan 9th
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Tevin Shadd

Commercial breaks were too frequent and jarring, disrupted the flow of the episode . Podcast is amazing though, easily an instant favorite

Nov 26th
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Rajesh Singh

There is noting new in the ideas on this podcast. The name is misleading. Just change it.

Nov 15th
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Rajesh Singh

Everything is bullshit here.

Nov 15th
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Rajesh Singh

This podcasts name is very misleading. Everything they talk is nothing related to title of this podcast.

Nov 15th
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Kathleen Fuller

It's a joy to listen to this! 😄

Nov 8th
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phil desoyjeb

In a passing sentence you grossly mischaracterized the contents of the Google memo by James Damore indicating that you did not read it. How are we now supposed to take this podcast as credible?

Nov 7th
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Nonya Business

Same old pyscobable crap I've heard in 1 format or another for 40 years. Far from the next big idea just a bunch of recycled obvious concepts "curated" by a "club" of people trying to sell books. Nothing remotely new or interesting here folks.

Nov 2nd
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jesus avz

wow

Nov 1st
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Navya Acharya

mono ko

Oct 31st
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Stijn Mannaerts

Funny. In the podcast the speaker says "like linked in, where there are no ads". 2 seconds later the podcast sponsor talk states "advertise on linked in now" 🤔🤭😉

Oct 30th
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ThePowerranger23

the host needs to stop saying 'right' while the guest is talking!

Oct 24th
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