Simplify is a podcast for anyone who’s taken a close look at their habits, their happiness, their relationships, or their health and thought, “There’s got to be a better way to do this.” Hear ideas that get you to better from Gretchen Rubin, David Allen, Rebecca Traister, Dan Savage, Seth Godin and many more. Hosted by Caitlin Schiller and Ben Schuman-Stoler. Brought to you by Blinkist.

Liz Fosslien: Work With Your Emotions
Apr 23 • 40 min
Liz Fosslien, co-author of No Hard Feelings, reveals how bringing the wisdom of our emotions into the workplace (wherever it geographically is!) is vital to doing our best work.
Simplify Spotlight: Seth Godin on Meaningful Marketing
Jan 25 • 14 min
Tune in to this special episode of Simplify Spotlight to get the lowdown on Seth Godin’s new release, This Is Marketing.
New! 2 Minutes with Seth Godin on Blinkist
Jan 13 • 4 min
News! Simplify favorite, Seth Godin, has created a brand new audio series called 2 Minutes With Seth Godin exclusively for Blinkist. Hear it here first!
Sebastian Klein: Change Your Behavior, Change Your Business
Oct 31, 2019 • 35 min
Sebastian Klein, co-author of The Loop Approach, shares how small behavioral changes can make big organizational transformations.
Sonya Renee Taylor: Love Yourself, Save the World
Oct 23, 2019 • 39 min
Sonya Renee Taylor offers extraordinary perspective on how our assumptions about bodies—ours and others—can transform personal, systemic, and political structures.
Randolph Nesse: It’s Not You — It’s Evolution
Oct 17, 2019 • 36 min
What does anxiety have to do with hiding from lions? How can apple picking explain depression? Evolutionary psychiatrist Randolph Nesse explains.
Ingrid Fetell Lee: Make Your Own Joy
Oct 10, 2019 • 35 min
Can we make joy, on-demand? Ingrid Fetell Lee, author of Joyful, reveals simple ways to create joy in your space and life.
Johann Hari: Depression’s Not (Just) In Your Head
Oct 3, 2019 • 35 min
Caitlin talks with Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections, to discuss the surprising environmental & cultural causes of depression and how to reconnect with what really counts.
Susan Cain: It’s Okay to be Quiet
Sep 26, 2019 • 37 min
Susan Cain, author of Quiet, shares how introverts can shine and thrive in a noisy world.
Trailer: Simplify Season 6
Sep 19, 2019 • 2 min
Fresh and crisp as an autumn leaf, this season of Simplify launches on September 26th! Here’s what you’ll hear…
Simplify Spotlight: Chris Hirst on No Bullshit Leadership
May 9, 2019 • 10 min
In this episode of Simplify Spotlight, Chris Hirst demystifies leadership—no bullshit about it.
Help Simplify Win!
Apr 9, 2019 • 9 min
Simplify’s been nominated for a Webby Award! Please vote to help us win (and listen for lots of book recommendations).
Introducing: Self? Help! Episode One - featuring Susan Cain
Mar 14, 2019 • 23 min
Self? Help! is the new show out of Blinkist! In it, Terence Mickey, Moth Storyteller and creator of Memory Motel, asks people about the books that sparked their life-changing realizations.
Amanda Siebert: It’s Just a Plant
Mar 7, 2019 • 38 min
Journalist and author of The Little Book of Cannabis, Amanda Siebert, explains the many health benefits of cannabis and its relatively recent bad rap.
Robin DiAngelo: Think impact, Not Intention
Mar 1, 2019 • 48 min
What does whiteness mean? If you’re a white person, the occasions on which you’ve thought about it might be few. If you’re a person of color, the time you spend reckoning with its meaning & consequences are likely far too many. Today’s episode of Simplify…
Jen Sincero: Believe Better Stories
Feb 21, 2019 • 35 min
The bestselling author of You Are a Badass talks with Caitlin about how to bust through self-defeating beliefs to get out of your own way, make more money, feel more fulfilled, and become the badass you were meant to be.
Melissa Hartwig Urban: Create Your Own Food Rules
Feb 14, 2019 • 39 min
The creator of nutrition phenomenon The Whole 30 on how to get free of diets forever, why your weight doesn’t count, and how changing the way you eat can change everything.
Ayelet Waldman: Microdose, Maybe?
Feb 7, 2019 • 40 min
Bestselling writer Ayelet Waldman on how microdosing LSD saved her life, her work, and her marriage.
Dan Harris: One Minute Counts
Jan 31, 2019 • 37 min
Hear Emmy Award-winning journalist and NYT bestseller, Dan Harris, on meditation for the real world—no gong, flowing robes, or lotus position required.
Trailer: Simplify Season 5
Jan 17, 2019 • 2 min
Hear ye, hear ye! We’re kicking off the New Year with Simplify Season 5: Blinkist’s hit podcast returns on January 31st. Here’s what’s in store…
Luvvie Ajayi: Speak Your Uncomfortable Truth
Oct 18, 2018 • 24 min
In this bonus episode of Simplify, Caitlin talks to bestselling author, speaker and humorist Luvvie Ajayi on how we can all benefit from telling each other the ugly truth.
Kelly Leonard: Say Yes! To Funny Business
Sep 27, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode of Simplify, Caitlin talks to The Second City executive Kelly Leonard about how improv-based skills and techniques can be applied to the business world.
Guy Winch: Heartbreak Hygiene
Sep 20, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode of Simplify, psychologist Guy Winch tells Caitlin why we should treat our emotional pain as seriously as physical pain and explains how to heal from common heartaches.
Benjamin Spall: Start Your Day Off Right
Sep 13, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode of Simplify, Caitlin gets important advice from author Benjamin Spall about how to develop a morning routine and start off your day inspired.
Sarah Knight: Care Less, Get More
Sep 6, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode of Simplify, Caitlin talks to bestselling author and self-help “anti-guru,” Sarah Knight, about how to stop people-pleasing and get what you want — without becoming a jerk!
Dan Ariely: Saving Up Is Hard To Do
Aug 30, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode of Simplify, Caitlin talks to behavioral economist and bestselling author Dan Ariely about how environment influences our financial decision-making and why saving is so hard.
Cheryl Strayed: Listen For The Truth
Aug 23, 2018 • 42 min
Simplify kicks off Season 4 with words of wisdom from Cheryl Strayed, a bestselling author widely known for her advice column, Dear Sugar, and the memoir that spawned the blockbuster hit, Wild.
Trailer: Simplify Season 4
Aug 16, 2018 • 1 min
The sun’s a-shining, the iced coffee’s cold, and Simplify is back with season 4! Here’s what’s in store.
Introducing Spotlight: Laura Vanderkam on Expanding Time
Jun 21, 2018 • 14 min
Feel like there’s never enough time in the day? We’ve got the remedy. In this very first Spotlight episode of Simplify, Laura Vanderkam, time-management expert, offers surprising ideas from her new book Off The Clock to help you overhaul your relationship…
Alan Lightman: Wasting Time is Good For You (Bonus Episode)
Jun 7, 2018 • 38 min
Good news: you can stop beating yourself up about wasting time! In this bonus episode of Simplify, MIT professor and writer Alan Lightman shares the benefits of procrastination and how wasting time is essential to our productivity, creativity, and…
Janice Kaplan: Luck Isn’t Magic
May 9, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode of Simplify, Caitlin talks to Janice Kaplan, bestselling author, TV producer, and magazine editor about how luck happens and how you can create it.
Christopher Ryan: Don’t Take Sex So Seriously
May 3, 2018 • 38 min
Author and psychologist, Christopher Ryan, talks with Caitlin about the prehistoric origins of human sexuality and how they influence our modern sexual behavior.
Dr. Lori Brotto: Make Sex More Mindful
Apr 26, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode of Simplify, Caitlin talks to women’s sexual health expert, Dr. Lori Brotto, about how to elicit sexual desire and use your mind for better sex.
Daniel Levitin: Trick Your Brain, Treat Your Brain
Apr 19, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode of Simplify, neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Levitin unlocks the secret functions of the human brain and explains how to keep your mind healthy.
Emily Nagoski: Pleasure is the Measure
Apr 11, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode of Simplify, sex educator Emily Nagoski tells Caitlin about ways to improve sexual well-being and sustain a strong sexual connections.
Charles Duhigg: Thinking is the Killer App
Apr 5, 2018 • 32 min
Got goals and dreams? Charles Duhigg’s methods will help you reach ‘em. Hear the writer of The Power of Habit & Smarter, Faster, Better on why self-belief is the key to real change and to find out which productivity tips he’s teaching his kids.
Trailer: Simplify Season 3
Mar 22, 2018 • 2 min
We made it through the Berlin winter! Here’s what’s to come on Season 3 of Simplify.
Simplify’s 2017 Sampler Episode
Feb 8, 2018 • 39 min
The must-hear moments from Simplify’s 2017 interviews with Seth Godin, Dan Savage, Gretchen Rubin, and more.
Eli Finkel: Marriage Is Dead, Long Live Marriage (Bonus Episode)
Dec 28, 2017 • 45 min
Eli Finkel is a writer and social psychologist at Northwestern University. His new book is The All-or-Nothing Marriage.
Rebecca Traister: The Power of Being Single
Dec 21, 2017 • 31 min
Rebecca Traister is an author and writer-at-large for New York Magazine. Her most recent book is All The Single Ladies.
Julian Treasure: Make Good Noise
Dec 14, 2017 • 42 min
Julian Treasure is a sound designer, a musician, and a public speaker—his TED talks have been viewed more than 40 million times!—and he’s also a master of what he calls the “silent skill:” listening. In this episode, Treasure talks to Caitlin about the 7…
Jaclyn Friedman: No Pill Will Fix Your Sex Life (Ever)
Dec 6, 2017 • 44 min
Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, sex-educator, and activist. Her work helped establish the “yes means yes” standard of sexual consent. In this episode, Jaclyn breaks down “Fauxpowerment,” the politics of The Spice Girls, and what’s truly at stake in the…
Michael Bungay Stanier: Be Lazy, Be Curious, Be Often
Nov 30, 2017 • 43 min
Coach of coaches Michael Bungay Stanier is a bestselling author and #3 coach worldwide according to Global Guru.
Ryan Holiday: Provoke With A Purpose
Nov 23, 2017 • 47 min
Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of Trust Me I’m Lying and The Obstacle Is The Way, is a media strategist, marketer, and entrepreneur. The New York Times credits him with making Stoicism relevant again.
Seth Godin: Do Bad Work
Nov 16, 2017 • 39 min
Seth Godin is one of the most influential thinkers around. He’s written 19 international bestsellers and some 7,000 blog posts (!!!).
Simplify Season 2: Trailer
Nov 9, 2017 • 2 min
We’re back! Hear what’s in store for Season 2.
Announcing Simplify Season 2
Oct 23, 2017 • 2 min
On November 16th, 2017, Ben and Caitlin return with a new season of Simplify! Tune in for 6 new guests and 6 new ways to look at your world.
Abby Marks Beale: Read Smarter (Bonus Episode)
Aug 24, 2017 • 32 min
Abby Marks Beale is a speed-reading expert, consultant, and the author of 10 Days to Faster Reading. She explains how to get the most out of what you read.
Jonah Berger: You Are Always Under the Influence
Aug 10, 2017 • 33 min
Jonah Berger is the New York Times bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On and Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior. He is also a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. On this episode,…
Laura Vanderkam: You Have More Time Than You Think
Aug 3, 2017 • 37 min
Laura Vanderkam is a time detective. Across her three books, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours, she’s investigated the time diaries of thousands of successful women to ferret out where all your time…
Dr. Joel Fuhrman: The Salad is the Main Meal
Jul 27, 2017 • 36 min
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, including Eat to Live and Super Immunity. He is a passionate advocate for nutritarianism, which focuses on optimizing your diet to include as many nutrient-rich, cancer-fighting,…
David Allen: Your Brain is Not a Hard Drive
Jul 20, 2017 • 41 min
We talk to David Allen, who first published the international best-seller and productivity bible Getting Things Done in 2001. Now, it’s been published in over 28 languages, and TIME magazine calls it “the defining self-help business book of its time.”
Dan Savage: Keep Not Breaking Up
Jul 13, 2017 • 45 min
What does relationship utopia look like? Dan Savage, nationally syndicated sex and relationship advice columnist, shares what 26 years of giving advice has taught him about making good love, and making good love last.
Gretchen Rubin: You Do You
Jul 13, 2017 • 36 min
We talk to NYT bestselling author Gretchen Rubin about how to apply the ancient idea of “know thyself” to your fast-paced 21st-century life. Gretchen is the author of Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and Happier at Home. Her books have sold more…
Simplify Season 1 Trailer
Jul 5, 2017 • 1 min
Find out what’s in store in the first season of Simplify.