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12 Interviews That’ll Make You Smarter

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Podcasts are one of the best ways to learn. Here's a round-up of the top interviews recommended by the Podyssey community that'll make you smarter. With these educational podcasts, you’ll learn everything from using comedy to start a revolution to making an ethical true crime podcast.

1. Learn why Malcolm Gladwell's “10,000-Hour Rule” is wrong and why we should be generalists.

aliceko recommended:Nov 12th, 2019

LOVED this episode. Listen if you think about becoming a specialist or generalist, or if you are contemplating what sports/extracurricular hobbies to put your kids in, or if you are interested in how masters become good at their craft (like golf stars, tennis stars) and whether Malcolm Gladwell’s 10...Show More

RANGE: Why Generalists Succeed in a Specialists’ World

by The Next Big Idea

2. Learn how to turbocharge your learning with polymath and prof Barbara Oakley.

3. Learn how to make ethical true crime podcasts with the top true crime podcasters in the world.

4. Learn how to use feminism to make peace in the Middle East.

5. Learn how to use satirical comedy to ignite political revolution from Egypt’s “Jon Stewart”.

hebahfisher recommended:Oct 31st, 2019

This is one of my favourite interviews of all time. Bassem was such a pivotal figure for us during the Arab Spring - to sit down and hear his side of the story was so powerful.

Bassem Youssef: Comedian

by Al Empire

6. Learn how to be anti-racist with prof and author Dr. Ibram X Kendi.

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6 episodes

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7. Learn about the historical struggle between Black Americans and McDonald’s.

mm recommended:Feb 25th

“Capitalism does not erase the issues of race.” “People’s choice of food is influenced by context.” Fantastic episode about McDonald’s in Black communities in America and the complexities of the fast food outlet being both good and bad for communities. McDonald’s empowered Black men to own their ow...Show More

Golden Arches in Black America

by A Taste of the Past

8. Learn whether vitamin supplements actually do anything for our bodies.

9. Learn about food, space, and travel from the late Anthony Bourdain.

sakaralife recommended:Aug 19th, 2019

Danielle DuBoise: I love watching Cosmos and getting lost in information about deep space and astrophysics. This episode in particular is so special because it’s with Anthony Bourdain— the bad boy of food, so it ends up being a dialogue about many passions of mine including travel, taste, food in sp...Show More

Food, Science, and Culture, with Anthony Bourdain

by StarTalk Radio

10. Learn how workism and burnout culture has plagued our society.

mcu recommended:Jan 20th

Big episode with lots of terrific discussion around ‘workism’ and burnout with two journalists who are passionate about the subject. I genuinely enjoyed the concept of work driving personal value coming from the decline of things such as religion. There are other factors compounding things, such as ...Show More

Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle

by The Ezra Klein Show

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Work! Work! Work!

7 episodes

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11. Learn how childhood trauma affects all of us with renowned trauma expert Dr. Gabor Mate.

gitawidyasari recommended:Jul 8th

This is too good!! This podcast is a real eye-opener that even you came from a happy family that doesn’t shield you from any pain / trauma that could leads you to your own addictions. “Addictions is a response of life’s pain” Highly recommended

17: Trauma (with Dr. Gabor Maté)

by Last Day

12. Learn how to be happy with Yale’s happiness professor Dr. Laurie Santos. Spoiler alert: Winning the lottery is not the answer.

cesarm recommended:Sep 30th, 2019

Brand new podcast based on the most popular class in Yale. It is all about what the latest scientific research says about happiness. Episode 1 will give you more background on the class but this episode gets into the research about money and happiness. I appreciate that they are sticking to some sci...Show More

The Unhappy Millionaire

by The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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