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Glennon Doyle – How to Find Yourself
Jun 29 • 57 min
‘Glennon shows us the clearest meaning of “To thine own self be true”. It’s as if she reached into her heart, captured the raw emotions there and translated them into words that anyone who’s ever known pain or shame – in other words, every human on the…
Martin Wolf – The World After the Pandemic
Jun 22 • 67 min
Revered by politicians, financiers and his fellow economists alike, the FT’s Martin Wolf may be the world’s most influential economic commentator. Matthew Stadlen seeks his insights. Admired across the political spectrum for his level-head, independence…
Max Brooks - How To Survive a Global Catastrophe
Jun 17 • 34 min
This week’s podcast guest Max Brooks is the bestselling author of the zombie apocalypse cult classic World War Z, for which he also wrote the screenplay for the Hollywood adaptation with Brad Pitt. He is the son of Hollywood legends Anne Bancroft and Mel…
L. David Marquet – Leadership is Language
Jun 8 • 42 min
‘David Marquet is the kind of leader who comes around only once in a generation… His ideas and lessons are invaluable’ – Simon Sinek Few of us realize that our language in the workplace inhibits creative problem-solving and escalates uncertainty and…
Julia Ebner – Undercover With Extremists
Jun 1 • 58 min
Frustrated by the limits of an outsider’s perspective, counter-extremism expert Julia Ebner secretly infiltrated five fanatical groups. She joined the How To Academy Podcast to reveal her journey into the darkest recesses of extremist thinking. By day,…
John Browne - How to Engineer the Future
May 25 • 33 min
Fans of Steven Pinker and Yuval Noah Harari ought not to miss this eloquent blueprint for building a brighter future from engineer, John Browne. In conversation with Matthew Stadlen, Lord Browne argues that we need not and must not put the brakes on…
Layla Saad - How to Fight White Supremacy
May 18 • 27 min
‘She is no-joke changing the world and, for what it’s worth, the way I live my life.’ - Anne Hathaway How can white people challenge racism — whether in the form of their own unconscious biases or the wider systems of white supremacy? In this week’s How…
Brian Greene - How to Find Meaning in an Evolving Universe
May 11 • 30 min
The bestselling author of The Elegant Universe joins the How To Academy Podcast to explore humankind’s search for purpose in the vastness of the cosmos. World-renowned for his ground-breaking discoveries in string theory, Brian Greene is also one of our…
Julia Samuel - How to Adapt and Survive in a Time of Crisis
May 1 • 51 min
In this unprecedented moment in global history, psychotherapist Julia Samuel joined the How To Academy Podcast to tell us how to find unknown strengths in times of difficulty and change. As the global coronavirus pandemic causes profound difficulties to…
How To Make Sense of Consciousness
Apr 20 • 37 min
How do our brains produce the magic show of conscious experience? The question remains one of the universe’s unsolved mysteries — and this week’s podcast guest, Anil Seth, is working on the answer. This week’s guest Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and…
Mervyn King - How to Make Decisions for an Unknowable Future
Apr 14 • 62 min
Many of the world’s problems stem from the false belief that we can accurately predict the future. Can we make better decisions by acknowledging radical uncertainty? In this week’s podcast, Mervyn King and John Kay build a powerful case. Uncertainty…
BONUS EPISODE - Global GoalsCast
Apr 6 • 41 min
The How To Academy Podcast presents an episode of one of our favourite shows: the Global GoalsCast. The climate challenge is sprawling and extraordinarily complex. It is too much for any individual to hold all of it in their head. That knowledge void has…
William Gibson – How to Create the Future
Mar 30 • 30 min
He coined the word ‘Cyberspace’ and envisioned the Internet and Virtual Reality before they ever existed. Now, in this week’s How To Academy Podcast, William Gibson turns his prophetic eye to the 21st century. He is the prophet who first envisioned our…
Elif Shafak – How to Build Bridges in an Age of Division
Mar 23 • 43 min
Author and activist Elif Shafak is the most widely read female writer in her home nation of Turkey — but her fight against populism and tribalism is urgent no matter where you live. She joined Matthew Stadlen on the How To Academy Podcast to explore our…
Ai Weiwei – Human Rights in the 21st Century
Mar 16 • 82 min
Ai Weiwei is living proof that creativity can change our world for the better. Raised in a labour camp and later beaten, surveilled and imprisoned on trumped-up charges by the Chinese state, Ai Weiwei has dedicated his life to the struggle against…
Paul Krugman – Politics, Economics and the Fight for a Fairer Future
Mar 9 • 30 min
For more than forty years Nobel laureate, bestselling economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has fought for a fair, just and liberal future. Widely considered the voice of 21st century liberal thought both in the United States and across the…
Erling Kagge and Ben Saunders - How to Be a Polar Explorer
Feb 24 • 30 min
Two of the greatest living adventurers meet Hannah MacInnes to reflect on what motivates their journeys across the polar ice. Bringing together two record-breaking polar explorers –Norwegian Erling Kagge and his British counterpart Ben Saunders – this…
Joseph Stiglitz - How to Save American Capitalism
Feb 17 • 30 min
How can we escape our age of discontent? In this week’s podcast, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz challenges us to throw off the free market fundamentalists and reclaim our democratic power. We all the sense that something has gone wrong with…
Lisa Taddeo and Hadley Freeman On Sex and Desire
Feb 10 • 63 min
Nearly a decade in the making, Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a global phenomenon. Hailed instantly as a feminist classic, this staggering work of nonfiction is the result of thousands of hours spent in the company of its subjects – three women whose lives…
BJ Fogg - How to Hack Your Habits
Feb 3 • 39 min
Never make a New Year’s Resolution again after hearing this podcast from the world’s most renowned expert in forming new habits –Stanford behavioural scientist, BJ Fogg. There are entire worlds of advice on how to lose weight, how to sleep better, how to…
Eric Schmidt - How to Make a Trillion Dollars
Jan 27 • 38 min
In this week’s episode, Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt, VP Jonathan Rosenberg and Director of Executive Communications Alan Eagle present a blueprint for farsighted leadership. They are among the most influential CEOs on the planet – bona fide icons of…
Life Lessons From Gina Miller
Jan 20 • 63 min
“There are times when I’ve gone back and cried, and I do think at times, ‘Is it worth it?’ But I have to carry on fighting because it can’t become a normalised thought pattern in our society that a woman of colour is not bright enough, can’t make her own…
Hilary Cottam - How to Revolutionise the Welfare State
Jan 13 • 35 min
Imitated and envied across the globe, the British welfare state was once revolutionary. But in 2020, our society faces urgent challenges that can only be solved with new and highly innovative solutions. In this week’s podcast, social designer and WEF…
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Reflections from an Astrophysicist
Jan 6 • 58 min
He is the world’s most beloved scientist – an inspiration for all who seek understanding, meaning and truth in the vastness of the cosmos. Now Neil deGrasse Tyson joins the How To Academy Podcast to ask: what is our place in the universe? Neil deGrasse…
Chetna Gala Sinha - How to Fight Global Poverty
Dec 16, 2019 • 32 min
On this week’s podcast, Matthew Stadlen meets activist and microfinance pioneer Chetna Gala Sinha, whose work in rural India empowers some of the world’s poorest women. When Chetna Gala Sinha moved from her home town of Mumbai to rural Mhaswad as a young…
Rory Stewart - The Truth About Politics
Dec 7, 2019 • 66 min
In this week’s podcast, independent politician and London Mayoral candidate Rory Stewart tells Hannah MacInnes what he’s discovered about British democracy in his time an MP and minister. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Malaysia, commissioned in the Black…
Matthew Syed - A Radical Blueprint for Creative Problem-Solving
Dec 2, 2019 • 29 min
Where do the best ideas come from? In this week’s podcast, Matthew Syed takes Matthew Stadlen on a fascinating journey through the new science of creative problem-solving. It’s time to think again about where the best ideas come from. Individual…
Speeches That Changed the World
Nov 25, 2019 • 79 min
For this week’s podcast, Hannah MacInnes and bestselling historian Simon Sebag Montefiore assembled an all-star cast to bring to life history’s greatest speeches - from conquerors and revolutionaries, activists and athletes, dreamers and killers. You’ll…
How to Stop Facebook From Destroying Democracy
Nov 18, 2019 • 75 min
Roger NcNamee was Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor in the first days of Facebook. In this week’s How To Academy Podcast, he explains why he’s now devoted to stopping the behemoth he helped to create. If you had told Roger McNamee three years ago that he would…
Marie Forleo - How to Create Unstoppable Success
Nov 11, 2019 • 84 min
With nothing more than passion, a laptop and a dream, Marie Forleo created a digital empire that inspires millions. She’s the star of the award-winning show MarieTV, with over 47 million views, and the author of a new guide to high achievement that Eat,…
Jonathan Safran Foer - How to Save the Planet
Nov 4, 2019 • 72 min
The climate crisis is the single biggest threat to human survival. And it is happening right now. We all understand that time is running out - but do we truly believe it? Caught between the seemingly unimaginable and the apparently unthinkable, how can we…
Dr. Gabor Maté - When the Body Says No: The Costs of Hidden Stress
Oct 28, 2019 • 24 min
Learn how to prevent and heal illnesses related to hidden stress with the help of acclaimed physician Dr. Gabor Maté. Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a connection between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there…
Juliet Stevenson - How To Be An Actor
Oct 17, 2019 • 38 min
This week’s How To Academy Podcast is a masterclass with one of the greatest British actors of her generation: Juliet Stevenson. Best known for film work including TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY, EMMA and MONA LISA SMILE, acclaimed for her work on the stage…
Rory Sutherland - How to Be Less Rational (and More Brilliant)
Oct 14, 2019 • 53 min
In this week’s How To Academy podcast, Matthew Stadlen meets advertising legend Rory Sutherland for a lesson in using the power of psychology to make ideas, products and businesses triumph. In our data-driven age, businesses usually try to use logic,…
Melinda Gates - How to Empower Women
Oct 7, 2019 • 53 min
In this week’s podcast, Melinda Gates makes a timely and necessary call to action for women’s empowerment. For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live.…
John Humphrys - How to Make the News
Sep 19, 2019 • 45 min
For the last 33 years, John Humphrys has held politicians to account as the host of our most popular news programme - Radio 4’s Today. In this week’s How To Academy Podcast, Matthew Stadlen - a man who is himself no stranger to asking tough questions of…
Marcus du Sautoy - AI and the Secret of Creativity
Sep 16, 2019 • 28 min
In Episode 9 of the How To Academy podcast, the nation’s most loved science communicator, Oxford mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy, explores the potential of artificial intelligence to think creatively. From driving cars to writing legal contracts, new…
Giles Coren - A Man For All Seasons
Sep 9, 2019 • 47 min
In Episode 8 of the How To Academy Podcast, Matthew Stadlen meets restaurant critic and raconteur Giles Coren, for a freewheeling and hilarious conversation about truth, love and clean cutlery. Giles Coren is a man of many talents. A restaurant critic,…
Michael Pollan - How to Change Your Mind
Aug 28, 2019 • 37 min
Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? In Episode 7 of the How To Academy podcast, Michael Pollan tells Matthew Stadlen about his journey to the frontiers of the human mind. For twenty years the author and activist Michael Pollan has been writing…
Elizabeth Gilbert - On Life and Love
Aug 19, 2019 • 80 min
From the dive bars of the Lower East Side to the beaches of Bali, the Connecticut Christmas Tree farm where she was raised to the Mumbai ashram where she sought solace after a difficult divorce, Elizabeth Gilbert is a world traveller whose unending search…
Preet Bharara - An Insider’s Guide to Crime in America
Aug 5, 2019 • 35 min
In Episode Five of the How To Academy Podcast, Matthew Stadlen meets Preet Bharara, the former US district attorney who successfully prosecuted some of the most high-profile crimes in America. Along the way he gained notoriety as the ‘Sheriff of Wall…
David Wallace-Wells - How To Survive Climate Change
Jul 29, 2019 • 37 min
Once a generation an environmentalist dares to speak truth to power with such force that they cannot be silenced. In Episode 4 of the How To Academy Podcast, Matthew Stadlen meets David Wallace-Wells, whose terrifying vision of unfolding climate…
The Gendered Brain Debate
Jun 25, 2019 • 77 min
In this week’s podcast, two giants of cognitive science - neuroscientist Gina Rippon and psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen - go head-to-head to debate one of the most contested and controversial ideas in the history of science: do men and women have…
Cass Sunstein - How To Make Change Happen
Jun 25, 2019 • 23 min
In this podcast, the bestselling author of Nudge, Professor Cass Sunstein, presents a ground-breaking guide for anyone who wishes to fuel – or block – transformative social change. Sometimes all it takes to change society is for one person to decide they…
Simon Sinek - How to Lead in the 21st Century
Jun 25, 2019 • 26 min
In this episode of the How To Academy podcast, Matthew Stadlen meets Simon Sinek – perhaps the 21st century’s most acclaimed thinker in the field of business leadership. Simon Sinek’s Start With Why concept changed the face of modern business. Over 35…