The Next Big Idea

The Next Big Idea

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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 thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. Each episode dives deep into one big idea through immersive storytelling, narration and curator interviews with the most interesting authors at work today.


Wondery Presents: The School of Greatness
Feb 20 • 5 min
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is the best place to learn how to dream bigger, live better, and make an impact. The show features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to…
Introducing WeCrashed
Jan 29 • 5 min
The Rise and Fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an…
STILLNESS: How to Find Peace in a Frantic World
Jan 28 • 44 min
What do the Buddha, John F. Kennedy, Mr. Rogers, and Leonardo da Vinci all have in common? The ability to be still and tune out the busy, buzzing drone of modern life. Ryan Holiday, the author of “Stillness Is the Key,” shares his tips for slowing down,…
FREE MONEY: Why Andrew Yang Thinks a Giveaway Can Save the Economy
Jan 21 • 45 min
Andrew Yang has a pretty bleak vision for the future. The way he sees it, we’re staring down the barrel of a techno-apocalypse. Robots will replace millions of workers. Income inequality will skyrocket. And social isolation will become the new normal. But…
HABITS: How to Let Go of The Old and Bring in the New
Jan 14 • 45 min
Why is it so hard to break bad habits and replace them with good ones? You may think it all comes down to willpower. But social psychologist Wendy Wood says that if you really want to change your life, then you need to tap into your unconscious mind.…
GATHERING: How to Make Our Time Together Meaningful
Jan 7 • 44 min
Why do so many of our get-togethers feel awkward and unproductive? Priya Parker, author of “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters,” says it’s because most of us don’t know how to transform stuffy events—from conferences to tedious family…
FUTURE: Can We Build a More Generous World
Dec 24, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, we’re peering into the future with Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler. He’s got a new book out called “This Could Be Our Future,” and it’s all about transforming our world into a more kind and generous place. By the way,…
SUCCESS: The Dirty Secret of Getting Ahead
Dec 17, 2019 • 46 min
Most of us are taught that hard work and talent are the keys to getting ahead. Turns out it’s not so easy. In his new book, “The Meritocracy Trap,” Yale professor Daniel Markovits says meritocracy isn’t leveling the playing field. Instead, it’s a pretense…
TRUST: Malcolm Gladwell on How We Talk To Strangers
Dec 10, 2019 • 42 min
Roses are red, violets are blue, and Malcolm Gladwell has written yet another bestseller. It’s called “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know,” and it’s all about the perils of trusting people we don’t really know.…
POWER: Why You Have More Than You Think
Dec 3, 2019 • 41 min
Colleges, businesses, and bureaucracies have long operated on an “old power” model — rigid hierarchies that rule from the top down. But Henry Timms says that paradigm is going extinct. In his book, “New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World —…
PERCEPTION: Why What You See Is Not Reality
Nov 26, 2019 • 47 min
What you see is what you get, right? Nope. In his mind-bending new book, “The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes,” Don Hoffman argues that what we see, smell, touch, and taste are illusions. Reality, he says, is just an…
UNCENSORED: What Free Speech Debates Teach Us About Empathy
Nov 19, 2019 • 46 min
As a college student, Zachary Wood ignited a national debate when he invited controversial speakers — anti-feminists, climate-change deniers, and self-proclaimed racists — to lecture on campus. Critics accused him of promoting dangerous ideas. But in his…
CONFLICT: How to Have More Productive Disagreements
Nov 12, 2019 • 44 min
Have you ever had one of those arguments — whether with a friend or a colleague, a loved one or a perfect stranger — that you both vehemently disagree, and it boils your blood? Too often these days, arguments with people we disagree with feel impossible.…
JOYFUL: Why Ordinary Objects Can Make You Extraordinarily Happy
Nov 5, 2019 • 42 min
Conventional wisdom tells us that real joy comes from within: from exercise or meditation, acts of service or the way we look at the world—pretty much anything except material possessions. But author/designer Ingrid Fetell Lee offers a different opinion…
CODERS: The Invisible Architects That Shape Our Lives
Oct 29, 2019 • 41 min
Our world is awash in code, and those zeroes and ones aren’t as impersonal as you might think. In his new book, “Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World,” journalist Clive Thompson provides an up-close look at the “invisible…
RACIAL BIAS: Why We Have It and What We Can Do About It
Oct 22, 2019 • 42 min
Stanford psychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt has spent years studying how racial bias affects all of us — yes, all — in ways we don’t realize. In her new book, “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do,” Eberhardt…
INDISTRACTABLE: Staying Focused in a World of Distractions
Oct 15, 2019 • 45 min
Nir Eyal’s last book, “Hooked,” taught Silicon Valley how to make addictive technology. In his new book, “Indistractable,” he gives you the tools to take back control of your attention and your life. Join the conversation at NextBigIdeaClub.com. Get an…
RANGE: Why Generalists Succeed in a Specialists’ World
Oct 15, 2019 • 47 min
You know Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000-Hour Rule.” But did you know that, according to David Epstein, it doesn’t work? That’s what Epstein argues in his new book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World.” In this episode, Malcom Gladwell talks…
Introducing The Next Big Idea
Oct 1, 2019 • 1 min
The Next Big Idea premieres October 15th.