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The Next Big Idea

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 Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you groundbreaking ideas with the power to change the way you see the world.

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  • 10.06.2021
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    AI: The Extraordinary Story of the Tech That’s Changing the World

    In 1958, a psychologist named Frank Rosenblatt took a five-ton computer, fed it a steady diet of punch cards, and taught it how to recognize the letter “A.” He called his creation the Perceptron, and his belief in its potential was like that of a deliriously proud parent. One day, he thought, the artificial intelligence he’d built would learn to recognize faces, speak like a human, translate languages, reproduce itself on an assembly line, and even fly to space — at which point, it would no longer be a computational marvel but a fully conscious being. The fact that you’ve never heard of the Perceptron tells you that none of Rosenblatt’s predictions came to pass — not in his lifetime, anyway. But a small band of brainy rebels never lost faith in the potential of AI to change the world. Thanks to their perseverance — along with dramatic improvements in computing power — they managed to make Rosenblatt’s prophecies a reality. The AI they built is what enables Facebook to recognize faces in the photos you upload. It’s the reason Siri and Alexa can (sometimes) understand what you’re saying, and Google can translate anything you write into 109 languages. Cade Metz has spent years chronicling the rise and rise of AI, first as a reporter at the New York Times and now in his new book, “Genius Makers.” In this forward-looking conversation, he tells Rufus what AI can do, where it’s headed, and whether we should be worried that supercomputers will wage war against humanity. Join The Next Big Idea Club today at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book! Listen ad-free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad-free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors: Talkspace — Go to talkspace.com and use the code BIGIDEA to get $100 off of your first month Fiverr Business — Get one free year and save 10% on your purchase by using code BIGIDEA at fiverr.com/business

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  • 03.06.2021
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    MINE: How the Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

    Ownership is simple, right? Something is either yours or it isn’t. Case closed. But who owns the space behind your airplane seat, the results of the DNA you took online, the Netflix password you got from your cousin’s roommate? The jury's still out, according to law professors Michael Heller and James Salzman. That’s because ownership isn’t binary or static: it’s a storytelling exercise, and we rely on just six stories to claim everything we own. In this revelatory conversation, Michael and James explain how those stories work, how you can use them to your advantage, and why they might be key to dismantling income inequality and arresting climate change. Join The Next Big Idea Club today at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book! Listen ad-free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad-free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    GATHERING: Mastering the Art of Hanging Out

    You’ve posted a photo of your vaccine card on Instagram. The CDC says it’s okay to leave your bunker. Some of your friends have expressed interest in taking off their masks, breaking the six-foot barrier, and hanging out with you. Do you remember how? Whether you’re anxious about leaving your house or impatient to trade your house slippers for blue suede shoes, we could all use a refresher on how to connect with our fellow humans in person — and in a way that is not just pleasant but meaningful. That’s why we’re dusting off one of our favorite episodes, a conversation with Priya Parker, whose book, “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters,” is essential post-pandemic reading. Listen ad-free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad-free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . The Next Big Idea Club — Join today at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book LinkedIn Learning — Try one month free at linkedinlearning.com/freemonth

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  • 31.05.2021
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    EMAIL: Would the World Be Better Without It?

    What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you do before bed? If you’re a modern knowledge worker, your answer is probably “check my email.” Makes sense. Your inbox is a busy place, which is why you peek at it, on average, every six minutes: constant vigilance is the only way to keep up. But all that checking comes at a cost. Communication overload undermines your productivity, erodes your focus, zaps your energy, and makes you miserable. Luckily, Cal Newport, the Georgetown professor and productivity whiz who came up with “deep work” and “digital minimalism,” has a plan for a post-email future, one where you can concentrate on work that really matters. And in this episode, he shares practical strategies that you can start using now to free yourself from the tyranny of the inbox. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book Indeed — Visit indeed.com/bigidea

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  • 31.05.2021
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    WORK: Should You Do Less of It? Adam Grant and James Suzman on the 15-Hour Workweek.

    Our work consumes us. But does it have to? Anthropologist James Suzman has spent decades living in the Kalahari Desert with one of the world’s last hunter-gatherer societies, and he’s concluded that our modern attitudes about work don’t mesh with the views held by our ancestors. For 95 percent of human history, we spent the bulk of our time doing … nothing. What changed? In this millennia-spanning conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant, James makes the case for spending less time toiling away at labor we loathe and more time working at things we love. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's latest book Green Chef — Go to greenchef.com/90bigidea and use code 90 BIG IDEA Coors Pure — Check out CoorsPure.com to see where you can find Coors Pure NetSuite — Visit netsuite.com/bigidea

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  • 31.05.2021
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    CODE BREAKER: Why Walter Isaacson Thinks CRISPR Will Change Life As We Know It

    In 2012, biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her team at Berkeley figured out how to rewrite our genetic code using a system called CRISPR. Thanks to this miraculous discovery, we now have the power to hunt down cancer cells, deflect oncoming viruses, and cure genetic diseases. But CRISPR has a dark side, morally speaking. We’ll soon have the power to give our kids superior strength and intelligence. Should we do it? Doudna’s groundbreaking discovery and the moral dilemmas it has posed are the subject of a new book by best-selling biographer Walter Isaacson. In this expansive conversation, he tells Rufus why the CRISPR era will be far more consequential than the digital revolution. Plus, they discuss the mechanics of creativity, the delicate balance between competition and collaboration, and the personality traits that Isaacson’s subjects — Doudna, da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs — all have in common. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book Expensify — Visit expensify.com/bigidea Talkspace — Get $100 off your first month with code BIGIDEA at talkspace.com

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  • 31.05.2021
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    FOOD: Can We Taste Climate Change?

    What’s for dinner? How will we answer that question in 50 years? In this thought-provoking (and occasionally hunger-inducing) conversation, science journalist Amanda Little tells Rufus that the single biggest threat posed by climate change is the collapse of our food systems. Provisions we love, like coffee and wine, are losing their flavor. And crops we rely on, like corn and soy, are getting harder to grow. If we don’t change our agricultural practices, we won’t be able to feed the globe’s swelling population. But don’t lose hope. Amanda says that if we can combine the wisdom of traditional farming practices with radical advances in agricultural technology, we might be able to create a healthier, more sustainable, and perhaps even more delicious future. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book! LinkedIn Learning — linkedInlearning.com/freemonth

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  • 31.05.2021
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    CHATTER: Learning to Love the Voice in Your Head

    Whether or not we care to admit it, we all talk to ourselves. A lot. The voice in our heads yaks it up about half the time we’re awake, and it can speak at a rate of 4,000 words per minute. When it gets going like that, not everything it says is particularly helpful. We’ve all gotten stuck dwelling on the past, worrying about the future, or standing idly by as our introspection devolves into negativity. Experimental psychologist Ethan Kross calls these moments chatter. “When the inner voice runs amok and chatter takes the mental microphone,” he says, “our mind not only torments but paralyzes us.” Luckily, there are tools we can use to take back the mic, and in this episode, Ethan talks Rufus through them. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Join us at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book Expensify — Visit Expensify.com/BIGIDEA to get started with a free trial Coors Plus — It's organic, but chill about it Ladder — Go to ladderlife.com/bigidea to learn more

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  • 31.05.2021
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    HUMOR: How to Turn Levity Into Your Secret Weapon

    Humor is no laughing matter. It inspires innovation, strengthens relationships, disarms tension, and makes you look smart. Seriously. So why are we all afraid to be funny at work? In their new book, “Humor, Seriously,” Stanford professors Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas say the recipe for professional success and personal fulfillment is to lighten up, pack a little levity in your briefcase, and start living your life on the precipice of a smile. In today’s episode, they dig into the neuroscience of laughter, share tips for crafting office-safe jokes, and help Rufus improve his comic chops. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get started today Green Chef — Go to GreenChef.com/90bigidea and use code 90bigidea to get $90 off Indeed — Get a $75 credit at indeed.com/BIGIDEA

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  • 31.05.2021
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    BEGINNERS: The Joys of Being an Amateur

    A few years ago, as he watched his young daughter try out one hobby after another, a thought crossed Tom Vanderbilt’s mind: Why do we work so hard to get our kids to learn new skills when most of us adults stopped trying new things ages ago? For Tom, that contradiction became a call to arms. In defiance of the usual objections — it’s too late! you’re too old! — he took up chess, surfing, singing, juggling, and drawing. His goal wasn’t to gain mastery. He just wanted to prove to himself (and the eventual readers of his wonderful new book) that no matter how old you are or untalented you feel, being a beginner is a great way to stimulate your brain, meet new people, and bring a little adventure into your life. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Join now at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book Coors Pure — It's organic, but chill about it Talkspace — Go to talkspace.com and use code BIGIDEA for $100 off your first month Fiverr Business — Get a year free and save 10% with code BIGIDEA at fiverr.com/business

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  • 31.05.2021
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    THINK AGAIN: Adam Grant on the Power of Changing Your Mind

    We’re taught that the mark of a surefire intelligence is the ability to think and learn. But in his new book, "Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know," Adam Grant says that in our turbulent world, there’s a more important skill: the ability to rethink and unlearn. By updating your opinions, checking your ego, and admitting when you’re wrong, you can set yourself up for greater wisdom, deeper relationships, and a more joyous existence. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Next Big Idea Club — go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get started today Indeed — Get a free $75 sponsored job credit to update your job post at indeed.com/bigidea Mack Weldon — Go to mackweldon.com/bigidea and use promo BIGIDEA for 20% off

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  • 31.05.2021
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    VOICE: You Are What You Speak

    Sure, opposable thumbs are handy. But in his brilliant new book, “This Is the Voice,” John Colapinto says the voice is our species’ greatest attribute. We rely on it to communicate and collaborate, woo our mates and protect our children, make art and win wars. John would know. A rock ‘n’ roll vocal injury changed his relationship with his instrument and set him on a path to better understand what his voice means to him — and what the voice means to humanity. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Next Big Idea Club — want a free copy of Adam Grant's new book? Sign up at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast Expensify — visit expensify.com/bigidea to get started with a free trial Ladder — Go to ladderlife.com/bigidea

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  • 31.05.2021
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    THE BRAIN: A User’s Guide to the Blob Between Your Ears

    If you managed to stay awake during Bio 101, then you probably think you have a basic understanding of how your brain works. Not so, says neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett. In this cerebral yet highly entertaining conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Daniel Pink, Lisa says our brains are made for budgeting, not thinking. She debunks the myth of the lizard brain. And she makes the far-out claim that everything you see and hear, including this podcast, is a hallucination. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get a free copy of Adam Grant's new book! Green Chef — go to greenchef.com/90bigidea and use code 90BIGIDEA to get $90 off

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  • 31.05.2021
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    SERENDIPITY: Good Luck and How to Get It

    In all likelihood, some of the biggest moments in your life, like meeting your spouse or finding your job, were the result of a chance encounter or fortunate coincidence. You got lucky. But Christian Busch, who directs the global economy program at NYU, says that with the right mindset, you can regard luck not as something that happens to you but as a skill you can cultivate. In this lively conversation, he gives Rufus pointers on how to live serendipitously, describes the surprising power of near-death experiences, and argues that spilling coffee on people may not be such a bad thing. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get three free months Fundrise — Go to fundrise.com/bigidea to get started today

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  • 31.05.2021
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    DRUG USE: Is Getting High an American Right?

    Every day, Dr. Carl Hart goes into his laboratory at Columbia University and gets people high. That research has led him to a surprising conclusion: the predominant effects of the drugs he administers — substances like cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and meth — are positive. In this unflinching conversation about Dr. Hart’s bold new book, “Drug Use for Grown-Ups,” Carl and Rufus discuss their own experiences with drugs, connect drug criminalization to structural racism, and ask whether drug use by responsible adults can be a good thing. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Get three free months at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast Fiverr — Save 10% at fiverr.com/business with code BIGIDEA Fundrise — Check out fundrise.com/bigidea

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  • 31.05.2021
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    POST CORONA: Predicting the Future With Scott Galloway

    We don’t know when the pandemic will end, but we do know this: while we’ve been stuck at home, the world has been spinning faster than ever. Name any existing trend in technology, healthcare, commerce, or education, and it’s safe to say it has advanced a decade in the last 12 months. That’s because COVID-19, according to NYU professor Scott Galloway, is an accelerant. And in this high-octane conversation, he tells Rufus that if we play it right, we can harness that acceleration to create positive change. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get three months absolutely free Ladder — Go to ladderlife.com/bigidea Expensify — Visit expensify.com/bigidea for a free trial Talkspace — To get $100 your first month, go to talkspace.com and use code BIGIDEA

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Season 3: New Ideas, Same Great Taste

    The Next Big Idea returns on February 25th.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    LET’S BE REASONABLE: Sam Harris and Rufus in Conversation

    Neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster, author, meditation guru, and unabashed atheist Sam Harris is one of our best-known — and most controversial — public intellectuals. In this bonus episode, he and Rufus talk about consciousness, free will, morality, and people’s stubborn insistence on being irrational. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea .

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  • 31.05.2021
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    MIND GAMES: What Poker Can Teach Us About Luck, Skill, and Ourselves

    You have to play with the hand you’re dealt. At least that’s what we’re always told. But is it really true? How much of what we achieve in life is the product of our pluck and guile, and how much is just dumb luck? To find out, New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova dropped everything and joined the pro poker tour. The lessons were not what she expected. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses Plus - Get FREE access to the entire library at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea . The Next Big Idea - Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    TRANSCENDENCE: Finding Fulfillment Beyond Ourselves

    You may have heard about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which sees human development as a sort of a pyramid, with survival needs at the bottom, social and emotional needs in the middle, and “self-actualization” at the top. Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman thinks we can do better. Instead of striving to become our best selves, we can strive to connect with the world beyond ourselves — to truly transcend. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses Plus - Get FREE access to the entire library at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea . The Next Big Idea - Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    HUMANKIND: Finding Hope in Human History

    Our society is built on the assumption that we’re all a broken stoplight away from reverting to our animal selves. It’s what we’ve come to call “realism.” Historian Rutger Bregman thinks that kind of realism is, well, unrealistic. And not because we can learn to be better, but because deep down, we already are. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses Plus — thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    MIGRATION: Why Human Beings Were Built to Move

    Birds do it, bees do it, even fishes in the seas do it. So why do we have such a hard time when people migrate from one place to another? Science writer Sonia Shah presents the evidence that migration is central to the human story -- and it just might save us from what’s coming next. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses Plus — thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    BREATH: Harnessing the Power of a Lost Art

    We do it 25,000 times a day, but most of us rarely give breathing a thought. Author James Nestor says we’re missing out on one of the most powerful pathways to health and happiness. He leads Rufus through the ins and outs of intentional breathing, revealing its potential to clear our minds, heal our bodies, and help us achieve incredible things. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    PERSUASION: How to Change People’s Minds

    Businesses want people to buy their products. Parents want their kids to eat their vegetables. We all want to convince someone to do something. So we push and we prod – but often to no avail. Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger says there’s a better way. In this high-speed conversation with Rufus, he lays out his formula for removing barriers to change. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Try Zip Recruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea . The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    ALCHEMY: How Our Creations Recreate Us

    Since humans sharpened the first stick and lit the first fire, we have been on an innovation spree, constantly developing new tools and materials to solve our problems. But material scientist Ainissa Ramirez says innovation is a two-way street. Drawing on stories about eight key inventions, she tells Rufus how our creations can change us in surprising ways. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    UPSTREAM: Solving Problems Before They Happen

    We knew a pandemic was coming. We knew our police were treating some of us differently than others. So why were we so unprepared for what happened? In this eye-opening conversation, Rufus and author Dan Heath dig into what it takes to root out problems at their source, both in our own lives and in the larger world. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/thenextbigidea . Support us by supporting our sponsors! Athletic Greens — Get 20 free travel packs at athleticgreens.com/bigidea The Great Courses Plus — Start your free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea ZipRecruiter — Try it now for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    CIVILIZATION: Recalculating the Price of Progress

    Cutting-edge science, music and art, powerful technology, plentiful food. It’s no wonder we sing the praises of civilization. But do we really have it so good? Christopher Ryan says it’s time for a rethink. He tells Rufus that people in non-civilized societies tend to be healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. What can we learn from the life we left behind? Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter — Try it for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    TOGETHER: A Doctor’s Prescription for Health and Happiness

    When Dr. Vivek Murthy became U.S. Surgeon General in 2014, he went on a listening tour. What he heard surprised him. Americans were lonely, and it was killing them. In this deeply personal conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Susan Cain (author of “Quiet”), Murthy makes the medical case for love and friendship. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses Plus — To start your free month trial, sign up today at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea Athletic Greens — Visit athleticgreens.com/bigidea for 20 free travel packs. The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    WEIRDNESS: How to Make it Your Superpower

    Olga Khazan describes weirdness as not fitting neatly into a box — regardless of what that box may be. It doesn’t just make other people see you as different — it also makes you feel like you don’t belong. But in this conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant, she says weirdness can also be surprisingly empowering. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Netsuite — Go to netsuite.com/bigidea for a free product tour! Athletic Greens — Visit athleticgreens.com/bigidea for 20 free daily travel packs! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    BOYS & SEX: Coming of Age in America

    Hook-ups, sexting, friends with benefits, ubiquitous porn — sometimes it seems like boys today are growing up in a world of easy sex and mindless gratification. But sit down and talk to them and you get a different story. Rufus speaks with Peggy Orenstein, who interviewed hundreds of boys for her new book, "Boys & Sex," about how they navigate a minefield of sexual rules and expectations. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    FRIENDSHIP: The Science and Power of Life’s Deepest Bond

    Friends aren’t just fun to hang out with and handy in a pinch. They’re also a biological necessity. Rufus talks to journalist Lydia Denworth, author of a new book on the science of friendship, who explains why friends — even the online variety — make us happier, healthier, smarter, and more successful. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses — Get a free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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    THINKING AHEAD: How to Make Life’s Big Decisions

    We all face fork-in-the-road moments in our lives. In his 2005 bestseller “Blink,” Next Big Idea Club curator (and this episode’s guest interviewer) Malcolm Gladwell famously argued that snap judgments can be just as effective as meticulous planning. In this lively conversation, author Steven Johnson (“Farsighted”) disagrees, arguing that big, complex decisions require careful thought and scenario-building. Check out our "Rethinking Big Ideas" conversation with Steven Johnson: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rethinking-big-ideas-steven-johnson-on-scientific-breakthroughs/id1482067226?i=1000470962623 Support us by supporting our sponsors! NetSuite — Go to netsuite.com/bigidea for a free product tour The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    LISTENING: What You’re Missing and Why it Matters

    In the cacophony of modern life, it can seem that talking, scoring points, and being heard are more important than paying attention to what others have to say. But journalist Kate Murphy says listening — really listening — can strengthen our ties to the people closest to us and create new connections in our lives. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses — Start your free month trial at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Visit https://www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    SUCCESSFUL AGING: How to Live a Full, Long Life

    Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, we're living longer, on average, than at any time in history. So why do so many of us act like our last decades are a time to lower our expectations? Neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin says old age can be whatever we want it to be. He went deep into the science for his new book, “Successful Aging,” and he’s emerged with some tips. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the promo FREE3 for three free months.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Rethinking Big Ideas: Adam Grant on Finding Balance

    For the grand finale of our stay-at-home miniseries, Rufus talks about work-life balance, the future of education, and the addictive nature of generosity with author, podcaster, and Next Big Idea Club curator Adam Grant. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Grammarly — Get 20% off when you sign up at grammarly.com/bigidea Freshbooks — Get a free 30-day trial by visiting freshbooks.com/idea

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Rethinking Big Ideas: Priya Parker on Gathering Apart

    In “The Art of Gathering,” conflict resolution specialist Priya Parker writes that “Every gathering is an opportunity to create a world we wish existed.” But sometimes we have to make do with the world we’ve got. She tells Rufus that we don’t have to be in the same place to come together in meaningful ways. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Great Courses — Get a free month at thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea The Next Big Idea Club — Join for free for three months at nextbigideaclub.com/podcast

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Rethinking Big Ideas: The Path to a More Generous World

    Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler has never felt comfortable with an economic system that values short-term profits over long-term human needs. In a quarantine conversation with host Rufus Griscom, he shares his ideas for moving from a me/now world to one that cares about us and the future. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Freshbooks — To get a free 30-day trial, go to freshbooks.com/idea Mack Weldon — For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code BIGIDEA The Next Big Idea Club — Go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast to get three free months

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Rethinking Big Ideas: Daniel Pink on the Future of Work

    How will the pandemic change the way we organize our days? Our sense of purpose? Our commitments to others? So many questions! Who better to answer than Next Big Idea Club curator Daniel Pink, author of six books about motivation, leadership, and the changing nature of work. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big Idea Club — Go to www.nextbigideaclub.com/podcast for three months free! Great Courses Plus — Get a free month at www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/bigidea

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Rethinking Big Ideas: On Finding Joy in Simple Pleasures

    Last season, author/designer Ingrid Fetell Lee taught us about joy spotting. It’s the practice of going out into the world and finding ordinary objects that make you feel extraordinarily happy. But what about when you can’t leave the house? Well, it turns out joy lurks in all sorts of unexpected places — you just have to know where to look. Be sure to check out Ingrid’s website, the Aesthetics of Joy: https://www.aestheticsofjoy.com/ Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big idea Club — Go to NextBigIdeaClub.com/podcast to get three free months Grammarly — Visit grammarly.com/bigidea for 20% off Grammarly premium

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Rethinking Big Ideas: Steven Johnson on Scientific Breakthroughs

    What kinds of bold thinking might lead us out of this pandemic? In this lively conversation, Steven Johnson and Rufus Griscom talk about the innovations that are paving the way. Steven is the author of numerous books and hosts "Fighting Coronavirus," a podcast about heroism, collaboration, and invention on the frontlines of the battle against this pandemic. To listen to “Fighting Coronavirus” click here: https://wondery.com/shows/fighting-coronavirus/ And be sure to check out Steven’s other podcast, “American Innovations”: https://wondery.com/shows/american-innovations/ Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big idea Club — Go to NextBigIdeaClub.com/podcast to get three free months.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    Rethinking Big Ideas: Susan Cain on Solitude

    Last season, we brought you ideas with the power to change the way you see the world. Now that the world’s been turned upside down, we thought it’d be a good time to invite back some of our favorite guests to give us some much needed perspective in this confusing time. We’re starting this special miniseries, “Rethinking Big Ideas,” with Susan Cain, the bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking." She tells us about the upside to solitude, why introspection has never been more important, and even gives us a few tantalizing clues about her new book. Check out the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s socially-distanced rendition of “Ode to Joy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVk To learn more about Susan's book, visit https://www.quietrev.com/quiet-the-book/ Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Next Big idea Club — Go to NextBigIdeaClub.com and use promo code FREE3 for three free months.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    STILLNESS: How to Find Peace in a Frantic World

    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, calming your mind and body, and accessing the tranquility deep inside. This is the last episode of season one. Thanks for listening! The Next Big Idea will return on April 21st. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter — Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea Mack Weldon — For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and use the promo code BIGIDEA Next Big Idea Club — Want a free copy of "Stillness Is the Key"? Visit NextBigIdeaClub.com/podcast and use promo code STILL

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  • 31.05.2021
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    FREE MONEY: Why Andrew Yang Thinks a Giveaway Can Save the Economy

    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 Yang has a big idea he thinks can stave off disaster. It’s called universal basic income — a $1,000 check in the mail each month, no strings attached. Yang’s been pushing this magic bullet for a long time, first in his book, “The War on Normal People,” and now as he campaigns for president. But would it really make a difference, and is it even realistic? Andrew Yang makes his case to Rufus Griscom in front of a live audience in New York City. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Bombas — Visit bombas.com/bigidea for 20% off your first purchase. The Next Big Idea Club — Want a free copy of Andrew Yang's "The War on Normal People"? Go to nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use promo code NORMAL.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    HABITS: How to Let Go of The Old and Bring in the New

    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. Wood, who’s just written a book called “Good Habits, Bad Habits,” chats with Next Big Idea Club curator and host of TED’s Work Life Podcast Adam Grant about harnessing the science of habit formation to make positive changes that last. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter — Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea Next Big Idea Club — Want a free copy of Wendy Wood's book? Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and enter the promo code HABITS

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  • 31.05.2021
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    FUTURE: Can We Build a More Generous World

    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, we’re taking next week off. The Next Big Idea returns with new episodes on January 7th! Support us by supporting our sponsors! Native — For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use the promo code BIGIDEA during checkout. The Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. To get a free copy of "This Could Be Our Future," visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and use the code FUTURE.

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  • 31.05.2021
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    SUCCESS: The Dirty Secret of Getting Ahead

    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 for concentrating privilege and intensifying inequality. He tells us the time has come to redesign the workplace, reinvent higher education, and reimagine meritocracy so it actually works for everyone. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Daily Harvest — Go to dailyharvest.com and enter promo code BIGIDEA to get $25 off your first box! Audible — Get three months of Audible for just $6.95 a month. Visit audible.com/BIGIDEA Netsuite — Schedule your free demo at NetSuite.com/BIGIDEA Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast and enter promo code MERIT to a get a free copy of The Meritocracy Trap!

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  • 31.05.2021
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    TRUST: Malcolm Gladwell on How We Talk To Strangers

    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. Gladwell, who's also a Next Big Idea Club curator, tells us what cuban spies, Bernie Madoff, and Malcolm’s naked father can teach us about the mysteries of strangers. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius — Go to policygenius.com to get quotes and apply in minutes Away — Visit awaytravel.com/bigidea Skillshare — Go to Skillshare.com/BIGIDEA to try two months for free Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast

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  • 31.05.2021
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    POWER: Why You Have More Than You Think

    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 — and How to Make It Work for You," Timms argues there's another force emerging. It's transparent, collaborative — and it's going to embolden all of us to change the world from the bottom up. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton Tread — Go to onepeloton.com and use code BIGIDEA for $100 off accessories Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast

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  • 31.05.2021
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    PERCEPTION: Why What You See Is Not Reality

    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 interface, like a computer desktop, built by our brains to conceal complexity. Hoffman offers us the red pill and invites us into "The Matrix" — the surreal, flickering, unreliable "real" world. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter — Try it for free at ziprecruiter.com/bigidea Skillshare — Get two months free at skillshare.com/bigidea Native — For 20% off your first order visit native.com and use promo code BIGIDEA Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast

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    UNCENSORED: What Free Speech Debates Teach Us About Empathy

    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 new memoir, "Uncensored," Wood argues that we can develop empathy and understanding by engaging with opposing viewpoints. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Daily Harvest — Go to dailyharvest.com and enter code BIGIDEA for $25 off your first box. LinkedIn Marketing — Visit linkedin.com/bigidea to receive a free $100 ad credit. Next Big Idea Club — The best books of the year delivered to your door. Visit nextbigideaclub.com/podcast

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