Airplane Mode

Airplane Mode

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GQ’s podcast about stealing the secrets to living smarter from people who’ve (sorta) figured it out.


Superstar Whisperer Steve Stoute on Making it Big and the Power of “Outrageous” Work Ethic [Ep. 20]
Mar 17 • 33 min
What do Beyonce, Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Iovine, and Jack Dorsey all have in common? They’ve all worked their asses off (duh)—and they’re all connected to Steve Stoute. As a longtime advertising and music executive (and a recently appointed consultant to the…
How to Bet on Yourself with Shea Serrano, Teacher Turned Best-Selling Author [Ep. 19]
Mar 10 • 45 min
Shea Serrano became a writer when, as a teacher in need of some extra money, he did a Google search for jobs you can do from home. “I didn’t have any journalism experience. I didn’t know anybody. All I had was the computer and the internet, and I figured…
Confidence Lessons from a Stand-Up Comic with Joel Kim Booster [Ep. 18]
Mar 3 • 41 min
According to comedian Joel Kim Booster, a stand-up audience “can smell the blood in the water if you’re not confident.” Even though, at 31, Joel has been performing jokes for nearly a decade, he says he’s only felt confident for part of that time. On this…
The Tool that Helps High Performance Athletes Unlock Mastery and Confidence [Ep. 17]
Feb 25 • 46 min
Michael Gervais is a sports psychologist who works with athletes in “high stakes or consequential environments.” The experience with his clients—which range from the Seattle Seahawks (who he helped win a Super Bowl in 2014) to skydiver Felix Baumgartner…
The “Queen of Pain” and Ultra Endurance Athlete Rebecca Rusch on the Power of Pessimism [Ep. 16]
Feb 18 • 51 min
With a legendary resume that includes everything from rock climbing to whitewater rafting to marathon mountain biking, Rebecca Rusch isn’t just an ultra endurance icon—she has also been dubbed adventure sports’ “Queen of Pain.” (At 38, she won the first…
How to Overcome Insecurity, According to Hollywood’s Favorite Therapist [Ep. 15]
Feb 11 • 56 min
Dr. Barry Michels has spent decades helping his clients in the entertainment industry overcome the self-doubt holding them back from delivering their most compelling performances or writing their most nail-biting scripts. Drawing on years of experience as…
Musician Lauv on How to Quiet the Negative Voices and Embrace Success [Ep. 14]
Feb 4 • 23 min
For a long time, Ari Leff made music that largely went unnoticed. But even after finding mega pop success writing and producing under the name Lauv, he still wrestled with self-doubt and struggled to work or create in the face of depression and anxiety.…
NBA Sharpshooter J.J. Redick on Keeping Your Confidence Under Pressure [Ep. 13]
Jan 28 • 45 min
Over the course of four years at Duke and 14 in the NBA, J.J. Redick has proven himself to be one of basketball’s deadliest sharpshooters. A few hundreds of thousands of jumpers later, he has some thoughts on building the self-belief that will keep you…
A Master Cave Diver’s Secret to Overcoming Fear and Panic [Ep. 12]
Jan 21 • 47 min
Jill Heinerth’s life story is one of wild adventure, with more than 30 years spent scuba diving beneath glaciers and into dark, underwater caves (once spending 13 consecutive hours on a dive). Not all of those dives have gone well. For our second…
Jalen Rose on How He Developed “Irrational Confidence” [Ep. 11]
Jan 14 • 30 min
Jalen Rose has spent nearly 30 years being cool in public: first, as a basketball phenom and member of Michigan’s famed Fab Five; then, as a 13-year NBA vet with a big game and bigger personality; now, as a beloved and unapologetic ESPN co-host for Get…
Season 2 Trailer: It’s All About Confidence
Jan 7 • 1 min
Airplane Mode is back! And this time around, host Clay Skipper is diving headfirst into the subject of confidence, that skittish little kitten of a feeling we’re always trying to coax out from under the (metaphorical) bed. Across 10 weekly episodes…
Chuck Klosterman on How to Handle Criticism [Ep. 10]
Jul 29, 2019 • 33 min
Chuck Klosterman, author and longtime culture critic, has just released his tenth book, a series of short stories titled Raised in Captivity. Which makes you wonder: how well can a longtime writer of criticism handle when critics come for his own work?…
Dr. BJ Miller on What Death Can Teach You About Living a Freer Life [Ep. 9]
Jul 22, 2019 • 41 min
After being electrocuted at age 19, BJ Miller had three of his limbs amputated. He went on to a career in palliative care, working with patients with terminal or life-altering illnesses. Recently he turned his experience into his first book, A Beginner’s…
A$AP Ferg on Protecting His Mental Health and the Dangers of Fame [Ep. 8]
Jul 15, 2019 • 28 min
You know A$AP Ferg as a rapper and A$AP Mob member. But in this episode of Airplane Mode, the man born Darold Ferguson goes back to the days when he was a young teen designing and selling tees, trying to build a business and maintain creativity. He talks…
Author Mark Manson on the Difficulties of Success [Ep. 7]
Jul 1, 2019 • 39 min
When Mark Manson set out to write his second book, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope (out now), he had to live up to the immense shadow cast by a first book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a self-improvement bestseller that’s sold nearly nine…
Director Bing Liu on Why Everyone Keeps Ghosting One Another [Ep. 6]
Jun 24, 2019 • 22 min
With his Oscar-nominated documentary “Minding the Gap,” director Bing Liu proved himself a talent at deftly unpacking emotionally complex topics (in that case, three young skateboarders navigating the trauma left by domestic abuse). For his next project,…
Dealing With Anxiety, Shrooms, and Self-Trust with the Creator of ‘Bojack Horseman’ [Ep. 5]
Jun 17, 2019 • 38 min
Raphael Bob-Waksberg—the visionary behind Bojack Horseman and author of a new collection of short stories, Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory—is an expert at exploring dark, complex ideas in in ways that leave you feeling more optimistic…
Steven Johnson on Making Long-Term Decisions You Won’t Regret [Ep. 4]
Jun 10, 2019 • 38 min
Steven Johnson’s made a career of cracking complicated topics, having written 11 (!) books that unpack everything from neuroscience to the origins of good ideas. In this episode, he and Clay dig into Johnson’s most recent, Farsighted, which deep-dives…
Pete Holmes on “Having Sex With Everything That Is” [Ep. 3]
Jun 3, 2019 • 40 min
Comedian Pete Holmes—creator and star of HBO show Crashing, podcaster (You Made It Weird), and new author (Comedy Sex God)—has survived some existential crisis and come out the other end with a plan for living joyously. It just takes some work. He also…
Aminatou Sow on How to Build a Personal Brand Without Being a D**k [Ep. 2]
May 28, 2019 • 30 min
Aminatou Sow is the smart-as-hell, wildly successful multi-hyphenate super-person we all dream of being—she’s a strategist, a podcast host (“Call Your Girlfriend”), a soon-to-be-published author, a network-builder (Tech LadyMafia), and, yes, an…
Annie Duke on How to Benefit From Being Wrong [Ep.1]
May 20, 2019 • 48 min
Being wrong sucks, but not only for the reasons you think. Guest Annie Duke, former pro poker player and author of “Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts,” has built a life on embracing uncertainty and making the…
Airplane Mode: The Trailer
May 6, 2019 • 1 min
Get ready for Airplane Mode, GQ’s new podcast. Each week, host Clay Skipper digs deep into conversation with successful, thoughtful people like former pro poker player Annie Duke, director Bing Liu, and businesswoman/strategist/”good influencer” Aminatou…