Time Sensitive Podcast

Time Sensitive Podcast

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Time Sensitive is a podcast that features candid, revealing portraits of curious and courageous people in business, the arts, and beyond who have a distinct perspective on time. Each week, co-hosts Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman respectively interview a leading mind who has made a profound impact in their field, contributed to the larger conversation, and is concerned with the planet we all share.


Special Episode: Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman on Putting Time Sensitive on Hiatus During the Covid-19 Quarantine
Apr 8 • 16 min
The show’s co-host’s announce that the podcast is on hold until they can get back into The Slowdown’s Manhattan studio; talk about the company’s new podcast, At a Distance (atadistancepodcast.com); and discuss the importance of recontextualizing scale and…
Ibrahim Mahama on the Great Potential of Art to Change How We Look at the World
Apr 1 • 71 min
Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama discusses his fascination with jute sacks as a medium; his views on “Ghanaian time” and Africa’s global influence; his unorthodox upbringing; and his dreams for the Savannah Center for Contemporary Art, the artist-run…
Julia Watson on the Power of Indigenous Technologies to Transform Our Planet
Mar 25 • 64 min
Anthropologist, environmentalist, and landscape designer Julia Watson discusses her new Taschen book, “Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism”; her deep research into various indigenous communities; and the symbiotic relationship between culture and nature.
Dustin Yellin on His Quest to Reimagine Learning in the 21st Century
Mar 18 • 52 min
Artist Dustin Yellin talks about everything from his wide-ranging dreams for his Pioneer Works nonprofit cultural center in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood; to his ambitious plans for “The Bridge,” a large-scale monument to the end of oil; to his…
Nathan Myhrvold on the Art and Science of Food
Mar 11 • 76 min
Nathan Myhrvold, co-founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures and the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, speaks about his journey into sous vide cooking, the problems he sees with the Slow Food movement, and why food photography has never been…
Gabriela Hearst on Why Making Things That Stand the Test of Time Matters
Mar 4 • 54 min
Fashion designer Gabriela Hearst discusses everything from her youth on a ranch in rural Uruguay, to her personal definitions of sustainability and luxury, to her roundabout path to launching her eponymous label, to her mother’s Zen Buddhist teachings.
Tony Fadell on Leaving Silicon Valley to Help Build a Healthier Society, Online and Off
Dec 18, 2019 • 64 min
Tony Fadell, probably most widely recognized for both founding the smart-home products company Nest and for his instrumental involvement in developing the iPod, discusses the perils of screen addiction; the external pressures of a career-oriented culture;…
Suketu Mehta on the Positively Profound Impact of Immigration on the Planet
Dec 11, 2019 • 66 min
Writer, journalist, and N.Y.U. professor Suketu Mehta speaks about his challenging high school years as an Indian immigrant growing up in Queens, his belief in how the future of democracy “rests on storytelling,” and the importance of considering…
Li Edelkoort on Why Doing Less Is More
Dec 4, 2019 • 64 min
Lidewij Edelkoort speaks about a movement back toward the farm and nature; the notion of animism (i.e., that a soul is embedded in everything); combatting fear in a time of prolific fear-mongering; and her reasonably optimistic belief in a more…
Craig Robins on Why Nature Is Our Greatest Luxury
Nov 27, 2019 • 70 min
Miami Design District developer, Design Miami co-founder, art collector, and philanthropist Craig Robins talks about his big-picture vision, his early career helping rejuvenate South Beach, and his forward-thinking approach to bolstering Miami culture.
Christian Madsbjerg on Why “Design Thinking” Is Bogus
Nov 20, 2019 • 71 min
Author, philosopher, and business advisor Christian Madsbjerg talks about the importance of long-view historical research, the deep value of a liberal arts education, and the relevance today of Martin Heidegger’s philosophical perspectives on time and…
Eric Standop on the Art and Science of Face Reading
Nov 13, 2019 • 75 min
Eric Standop—international speaker, advisor, author, and facial diagnostics expert—goes deep into the origins of face reading, the ups and downs of his circuitous career, and how he ultimately found inner happiness.
Rashid Johnson on Escapism and Upending the Notion of the “Monolithic Experience”
Nov 6, 2019 • 64 min
On this episode of Time Sensitive, artist and director Rashid Johnson talks about the steep challenge of turning Richard Wright’s famed novel “Native Son” into an HBO feature film; using materials such as shea butter, black soap, and plants in his…
How RoseLee Goldberg Reshaped the Landscape of Performance Art
Oct 30, 2019 • 69 min
Art historian and Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg discusses her upbringing as a young dancer in South Africa, when that country was under apartheid rule; her adventurous journey into the beating heart of the art world; and her path to establishing…
Daniel Brush on Making Some of the Most Extraordinary and Exquisite Objects on Earth
Oct 23, 2019 • 79 min
Artist, jewelry-maker, and metalsmith Daniel Brush talks about memory (and interpretations of memory); his deep, monkish engagement with a wide variety of materials; and some of his most valuable tools—breathing, language, and light.
Inge Solheim on Fighting Off Fear and Breaking Bad Habits
Oct 16, 2019 • 72 min
Active explorer and adventure guide Inge Solheim gets philosophical about confronting fear, anxiety, and pressure; trauma and its effect on our perceptions of time; and instant gratification and materialism.
David Duchovny on the Climate Crisis, the Drawbacks of Technology, and the Craft of Writing
Oct 9, 2019 • 67 min
“The X-Files” and “Californication” star David Duchovny talks about novel writing, the need to better understand proposed solutions for the climate crisis, his playing a trans character in “Twin Peaks,” and the various twists and turns of his multifaceted…
Why Jesse Kamm Finds the Phrase “Global Expansion” Nauseating
Oct 2, 2019 • 60 min
Los Angeles–based fashion designer Jesse Kamm talks about the essential quality of being a present parent, explains how she has hit upon a sustainable work-life stride, and discusses why she has no intentions of expanding her business beyond its current…
Wu-Tang Clan “Whisperer” Sophia Chang on Becoming the “Baddest Bitch in the Room”
Sep 25, 2019 • 73 min
Longtime Wu-Tang Clan confidante Sophia Chang discusses her exploits in the 1990s hip hop world, including her close friendship with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, whom she managed; the ever-shifting landscape of racism, sexism, and ageism in America; and her new…
Kim Hastreiter on the Art of Connecting Culture
Sep 18, 2019 • 93 min
Paper magazine co-founder Kim Hastreiter explores her experiences of being a Mudd Club kid, selling clothes to Jackie Kennedy, curating in New York at the turn of the millennium, and “breaking the internet” with Kim Kardashian.
From The Usual Suspects to Bohemian Rhapsody: Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel
Sep 11, 2019 • 67 min
Newton Thomas Sigel, one of Hollywood’s most prolific cinematographers, discusses shooting everything from an early ’80s documentary on the Contras in Nicaragua to The Usual Suspects (1995) to Three Kings (1999) to Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).
Neri Oxman on Her Extraordinary Visions for the “Biological Age”
Sep 4, 2019 • 74 min
The designer, architect, inventor, and MIT Media Lab professor Neri Oxman delves into the unbridled joy she’s found in motherhood (she recently gave birth to a daughter), “fossils of the future,” robotic queen bees, death masks, and more.
Valerie Steele on Why Paris Won’t Ever Be Dethroned as the Capital of Fashion
Aug 14, 2019 • 68 min
Museum at FIT director and chief curator Valerie Steele discusses her ongoing obsession with the city of Paris, academia’s continued distaste for fashion as a subject of worthy inquiry, and her career as a trailblazing curator, writer, and historian.
Michael Kimmelman on Building More Beautiful and Equitable Cities
Aug 7, 2019 • 68 min
Michael Kimmelman discusses his three-plus-decade path at The New York Times, and his goal as architecture critic to build a greater discourse around designing cities that are better, healthier, and simply fairer for all.
Illycaffè Chairman Andrea Illy on the Vast Potential of “Virtuous Agriculture”
Jul 31, 2019 • 55 min
Andrea Illy, the chairman of Illycaffè, discusses the neurophysiology of beauty, the art and science of coffee, and his concept of “virtuous agriculture.”
Maggie Doyne on Uplifting Children and, In Turn, the World
Jul 24, 2019 • 60 min
Maggie Doyne, who co-founded the BlinkNow Foundation nonprofit at age 19, discusses how, over the past 13 years, she has developed a school, children’s home, health clinic, and women’s center in Surkhet, Nepal.
Special Episode: Spencer Bailey Reflects on the Crash-Landing of United Airlines Flight 232
Jul 17, 2019 • 43 min
Spencer Bailey, who was a passenger on board United Airlines Flight 232, which crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19, 1989, shares his memories of the accident and its aftermath thirty years later.
Google Design Guru Ivy Ross on Why Everything Is Pattern and Vibration
Jul 10, 2019 • 69 min
Ivy Ross, Google’s VP of hardware design, describes her role at the company as an “orchestra conductor.” It becomes clear why in this illuminating conversation, which spans everything from drumming to stone medicine to neuroaesthetics.
Andri Snær Magnason on How Time and Water Explain the Climate Crisis
Jul 3, 2019 • 78 min
Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason shares his search for the language to describe the climate crisis, discusses the mutual dependency of spiritual and rational thinking, and details two otherworldly, life-altering meetings with the Dalai Lama.
For Elizabeth Diller, New York City Is Beginning to Feel Like One Big Punch List
Jun 26, 2019 • 79 min
Architect Elizabeth Diller, of the groundbreaking New York–based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, talks about designing everything from the High Line to The Shed to the upcoming expansion of MoMA.
Stefan Sagmeister Takes a Yearlong Sabbatical Every Seven Years (and Thinks You Should, Too)
Jun 19, 2019 • 63 min
Stefan Sagmeister, the cheeky Austrian graphic designer, digs in to the importance of taking sabbaticals, and shares how certain things have changed for his practice since a widely watched TED Talk a decade ago.
Uzodinma Iweala: From “Beasts of No Nation” Author to Africa Center CEO
Jun 12, 2019 • 63 min
Uzodinma Iweala, the 36-year-old CEO of the Africa Center, a culture and policy institution in New York City, talks about how writing the novel Beasts of No Nation (which was later turned into a Netflix film) propelled his life and career to unexpected…
Kai-Fu Lee on the Power of A.I. to Transform Humanity
Jun 5, 2019 • 79 min
A.I. pioneer Kai-Fu Lee on why he remains rationally optimistic about A.I. (and its increasingly potent presence in our lives), and how a recent bout with cancer drastically altered his outlook on life and work.
Teresita Fernández on the Violent Nature of the American Landscape
May 29, 2019 • 64 min
Brooklyn-based artist Teresita Fernández talks about her life and work in the lead up to her mid-career retrospective, “Elemental,” perhaps her most ambitious exhibition yet, opening at the Pérez Art Museum Miami this fall.
Bjarke Ingels to Cities: Take a Longer View
May 22, 2019 • 60 min
Danish-born architect Bjarke Ingels discusses his circuitous path to prominence, why he named his newborn Darwin, some of his latest undertakings, and why architects, developers, city planners, and others all need to take a longer view when it comes to…
Kate Young on Why Luxury Equals Quality and Slowness
May 15, 2019 • 53 min
Kate Young, the stylist for red carpet luminaries such as Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, and Michelle Williams, talks the realities of styling celebrities in the Instagram age and the public misconception of luxury.
Ghetto Gastro’s Jon Gray: From the Bronx to Paris Fashion Week to the Yellowstone Club
May 8, 2019 • 68 min
Ghetto Gastro’s Jon Gray on how the Bronx food collective has grown into a cultural force, literally and figuratively cooking up projects that verge on performance art for clients including Apple, Cartier, and Instagram.
Peter Sarsgaard on Long-Distance Running, Mandolin Playing, and Horticulture
May 1, 2019 • 68 min
Actor Peter Sarsgaard reveals how, beyond the screen and the stage, he has thoughtfully cultivated a rich array of interests: Running. Mandolin playing. Gardening and horticulture. Writing.
Introducing: Time Sensitive
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman, co-founders of the conscious entertainment media company The Slowdown, share their approach to content creation and the Time Sensitive podcast.