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The Dying Art of Conversation

1:12:35 | Feb 5th

Speaker, author and radio journalist Celeste Headlee has had decades of experience fine tuning the recipe for engaging and rewarding conversation. She shares some tips to help us instantly improve our conversational skills and meaningfully connect wi...Show More

Inventing the Future

1:37:26 | Jan 22nd

Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Lux Capital discusses how to unearth the unexplored ideas that will reshape our future. We also talk parenting, decision making, and which generation has the best rap. --- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, includ...Show More

Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty

2:00:50 | Feb 27th, 2017

Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He’s invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and so many others. Don’t worry, we’re not going to talk about early stage investing. Naval’s an incredibly dee...Show More

Becoming a Model Thinker

1:23:34 | Apr 2nd

On this episode, Scott Page, 5x Author and Professor of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan explains the power mental models have in how we view the world, discover creative solutions and solve complex problems. --- For comprehensive show n...Show More

The Mental Habits of Effective Leaders

1:30:06 | Oct 16th, 2018

In a world that changes at a dizzying rate, effective leaders need to develop the skills to keep up. Developmental coach and author Jennifer Garvey Berger shares 3 habits to ensure continual growth, accelerated learning and deepened relationships of ...Show More

The Path to Perpetual Progress

1:20:11 | Oct 2nd, 2018

The world-renowned surgeon, writer, and researcher Atul Gawande shares powerful lessons about creating a culture of safe learning, the critical difference between a coach and a mentor, and how to ensure constant improvement in key areas of your perso...Show More

Thriving in a Digital World

1:40:25 | Sep 5th, 2018

Today’s guest is Stratechery author and founder Ben Thompson. If you’re an investor in Silicon Valley, work at a tech start-up, or just love to geek out on technology and business analysis, odds are good that Stratechery is on your short list of must...Show More

The Science of Doing Good

1:05:13 | Jul 11th, 2018

On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I’m happy to have William MacAskill. William is the co-founder and President of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) and an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University. He is also the founder an...Show More

Alive Time vs. Dead Time

1:17:32 | Jun 27th, 2018

In this episode of The Knowledge Project, I have the brilliant Robert Greene. Robert is the author of 5 New York Times bestsellers, including The 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War. He's also written on mastery and seduction. Robert’s book...Show More

Learning How to Suffer

1:09:11 | Jun 13th, 2018

Since the popularity of Obstacle Course Racing, or OCR, has exploded onto the scene, there has been one woman who has dominated the sport: Amelia Boone. Amelia ran her first race in 2011 after some prodding from a co-worker, and though she says she s...Show More

Michael Mauboussin on Intuition, Experts, Technology, and Making Better Decisions

38:58 | Apr 28th, 2015

The first episode of The Knowledge Project features Michael Mauboussin, the head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse. He’s also written numerous books, including More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, Think...Show More

Catalyzing Success

1:27:30 | Apr 16th

Daniel Gross, former Y Combinator partner and current founder of Pioneer, discusses how we can make our success less about luck, the powerful role we play in the lives of others, and the valuable lessons he learned about leadership. --- For comprehen...Show More

Launch Day for The Great Mental Models: Volume 1

08:27 | Apr 9th

Today is launch day for the Audible version of The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts, our first mental model book. In this special edition of The Knowledge Project, I'm reading an excerpt from the book that explains why this book, why me...Show More

Doing the Enough Thing

59:13 | Mar 19th

Basecamp CEO and co-founder Jason Fried gives us a peek behind the scenes of his company and discusses his philosophy on doing great work, making a positive difference, and learning to breathe in the fast paced culture of today’s workplace. --- For c...Show More

Luck, Risk and Avoiding Losers

1:32:22 | Mar 5th

Billionaire investor, author and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Howard Marks discusses risk assessment, how to think different than the crowd, and the three mighty dares that separate the successful from the also-rans. --- For comprehensive show notes...Show More

#52 Peaceful Parenting

1:29:03 | Feb 19th

Parenting expert and multiple best-selling author Dr. Laura Markham breaks down the three keys to successful discipline, how to properly model emotions and conflict resolution, and the coveted recipe for raising happy, resilient kids. --- For compreh...Show More

Goal Mining

52:54 | Jan 8th

Former NHL player turned mining executive Brent Gilchrist joins me to share the lessons he learned in the trenches of professional hockey. We discuss leadership, hard work, and what it takes to win as a team. --- For comprehensive show notes on this ...Show More

Winning at the Great Game (Part 2)

1:10:14 | Dec 26th, 2018

Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson returns for part 2 of our fascinating discussion. We talk chess, AI, handicapping horse races, and the secret to learning that nobody is teaching. --- For comprehensive show notes on this episod...Show More

Winning at the Great Game (Part 1)

2:00:18 | Dec 11th, 2018

Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson shares powerful lessons on winning the game of life. He teaches us how to learn, how to fail, and his three secrets of happiness and success. --- For comprehensive show notes on this episode, in...Show More

Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love

1:05:10 | Nov 27th, 2018

Television personality, activist, mother, and wife to Canada’s Prime Minister, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau discusses her battle with eating disorders, why nature and art play such a huge role in her life and what unites us as people.   --- For comprehens...Show More

Taking Time to Get It Right

1:04:33 | Nov 13th, 2018

Dan Kluger, award winning chef and owner of NYC’s Loring Place joins me on the podcast to reveal what really happens behind the scenes of a bustling restaurant, why every detail of your craft matters, and how to create the perfect experience for ever...Show More

The Kids Are Worth It

2:03:24 | Oct 30th, 2018

Parenting expert and best selling author Barbara Coloroso shares her three foundational principles of child-rearing, how to get kids to be accountable for their actions, and what we can do as parents to raise confident, happy children. --- This inter...Show More

The Trust Battery

1:45:56 | Sep 18th, 2018

Today, I interview fellow Ottawan and the founder and CEO of Shopify, Tobi Lütke. In case you’re still new to the internet, Shopify is the largest ecommerce platform that allows people to easily set up online storefronts to sell everything from jewel...Show More

Thinking About Thinking

56:40 | Aug 21st, 2018

There are only a handful of websites that I read religiously. One of those is, started by my next guest, Tyler Cowen. Other than hosting one of the most popular economic blogs in the world, Tyler is also an economics professor ...Show More

Thinking in Algorithms: My Conversation with Ali Almossawi

19:31 | Aug 8th, 2018

My guest for this short episode of The Knowledge Project is a man who wears many hats. Ali Almossawi is a San Francisco-based author of books on critical thinking and computer science education, and the creator of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments...Show More

Getting Better by Being Wrong

1:56:32 | Jul 25th, 2018

I have wanted to do this interview for a long time. On this episode, I am thrilled to have Annie Duke, former professional poker player and author of the new book, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts. Annie h...Show More

The Truth About Lies

56:34 | May 25th, 2018

On this episode of the Knowledge Project, I’m joined by the fascinating Dan Ariely. Dan just about does it all. He has delivered 6 TED talks with a combined 20 million views, he’s a multiple New York Times best-selling author, a widely published rese...Show More

Earning Your Stripes

1:49:33 | May 2nd, 2018

On this episode of the Knowledge Project Podcast, I chat with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of the leading online payment processing company, Stripe. If you’ve purchased anything online recently, there’s a good chance that Stripe facilitated t...Show More

Learning How to Learn

1:33:38 | Apr 10th, 2018

In order to get where you want to go in work and life you need to learn. But how do we actually learn? How does the brain work? How can we accelerate our learning? To find out, Shane talks with Barbara Oakley(@barbaraoakley), who teaches the most pop...Show More

Company Culture, Collaboration and Competition: A Discussion With Margaret Heffernan

1:16:38 | Mar 13th, 2018

Today, I’m joined by speaker, international executive and five-time author Margaret Heffernan. We discuss how to get the most out of our people, creating a thriving culture of trust and collaboration, and how to prevent potentially devastating “willf...Show More

Survival of the Kindest: Dacher Keltner Reveals the New Rules of Power

1:19:58 | Feb 21st, 2018

When Pixar was dreaming up the idea for Inside Out, a film that would explore the roiling emotions inside the head of a young girl, they needed guidance from an expert. So they called Dacher Keltner. Dacher is a psychologist at UC Berkeley who has de...Show More

The Return of a Decision Making Jedi: Part 2 of My Discussion With Michael Mauboussin

1:16:47 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Michael Mauboussin returns for a fascinating encore interview on the Knowledge Project. We geek out on decision making, luck vs. skill, work life balance, and so much more. *** Michael Mauboussin is back as a returning guest on the Knowledge Project!...Show More

The Art of Letting Other People Have Your Way: Negotiating Secrets from Chris Voss

1:22:25 | Jan 3rd, 2018

In this episode, we get negotiation coaching from Chris Voss, former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI. *** Whether you’re buying a car, requesting a raise at work, or just deciding where to eat out with your spouse or partner, you...Show More

Improve Your Life by Improving Your Questions

1:22:36 | Dec 14th, 2017

The quality of your outcome depends on the quality of your questions. Through asking the right questions we can spark innovation and creativity, gain deeper knowledge in the topics that are most important to us, and propel us forward in our personal ...Show More

#25 Is Sugar Slowly Killing Us? My conversation with Gary Taubes

1:43:35 | Nov 30th, 2017

It seems that nowadays, aside from religion and politics, one of the most hotly debated topics is that of nutrition. Should we eat high carb diets? Low carb? High fat? High protein? What about wheat or gluten? Should we eat meat or adopt a vegan diet...Show More

Susan Cain: Leading the “Quiet Revolution”

56:59 | Nov 1st, 2017

For decades, introversion was looked at as something to overcome, almost like an illness. The way to win in life was through charisma, outspokenness, and self-promotion. Even now, in an increasingly noisy world, introverts may feel added pressure to ...Show More

Life Lessons from a Self-Made Billionaire: My Conversation with Ray Dalio

1:31:25 | Oct 11th, 2017

Are you in love with your own ideas regardless of how good they are Would you like to make better decisions and fewer mistakes? Would you like to improve the most important relationships in your life? These are just some of the topics I discuss with ...Show More

Adam Grant: Givers, Takers, and the Resilient Mind

1:27:42 | Sep 21st, 2017

Are you a giver or a taker? Have you ever struggled to find work/life balance? How do you build resilience in yourself, your team, or your children? I tackle these topics and many more in this interview with my special guest, Adam Grant. In this inte...Show More

Ed Latimore on The Secret to a Happy Life

1:01:21 | Aug 9th, 2017

In this wide-ranging interview physics major, philosopher, and professional heavyweight boxer Ed Latimore and Shane Parrish talk about boxing, tough love, entropy, the worst that can happen, coaching, and so much more.

Marc Garneau on The Future of Transportation

59:34 | Jul 2nd, 2017

Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) is a Canadian politician, Engineer, and the Minister of Transport. This interview was recorded live in front of an audience in Montreal. As a bilingual country, you'll hear bits of French from the audience questions here a...Show More

Rory Sutherland on The Psychology of Advertising, Complex Evolved Systems, Reading, Decision Making

1:56:13 | May 30th, 2017

Rory Sutherland (@rorysutherland) is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group, which is one of the largest advertising companies in the world.  This interview was recorded live in London, England.  Rory started the behavioral insights team and spen...Show More

Aristotle Koskinas on Greek History

1:03:08 | Jan 5th, 2017

This is one of 2 interviews that I conducted while visiting Greece this summer. Greek history is deep routed in many things as philosophy, democracy and culture and has laid the foundation of so much of what we know and how we live today. Today I spe...Show More

Santorini Wine with Panayiota Kalogeropoulou

29:29 | Jan 5th, 2017

The island of Santorini has not only has breathtaking views but also a fascinating history. Traces of its first inhabitants have been linked back to 4500 BC. In 1613 BC the most powerful volcanic event in the last 10,000 years took place – completely...Show More

Samuel Arbesman on Complex Adaptive Systems and the Difference between Biological and Physics Based Thinking

46:24 | Nov 28th, 2016

Samuel Arbesman (@arbesman) is a complexity scientist whose work focuses on the nature of scientific and technological change. Sam's also written two books that I love, The Half-Life of Facts and Overcomplicated.  In this episode, Sam talks about: O...Show More

Morgan Housel on Reading, Writing, Filtering Information

58:38 | Oct 24th, 2016

Morgan Housel and I talk about how he reads and why he's all kindle all the time. We also talk about the best teacher he's ever had, filtering information, and what indulgences he'd enjoy if there were no consequences.

Pedro Domingos on Artificial Intelligence

1:02:31 | Aug 30th, 2016

On this episode, I am so happy to have Pedro Domingos who is a professor at the University of Washington. He’s the leading researcher in machine learning and recently wrote an amazing book called The Master Algorithm. In this conversation we explore ...Show More

The Knowledge Project: Véronique Rivest

1:02:10 | Jul 24th, 2016

On this episode, I talked with Véronique Rivest, one of the most respected sommeliers in the world, about one of my favorite subjects: Wine. We're going to go through a tasting, and learn some everyday tips and tricks. (Apologies for audio quality, w...Show More

Ryan Holiday on Reading, What it means to be a Stoic, and How to Take Notes

45:27 | May 16th, 2016

On this episode of The Knowledge Project, Shane Parrish, from the online intellectual hub Farnam Street, talks with bestselling author Ryan Holiday about how he reads, what it means to be a stoic, the two sides of Seneca, dealing with over-work, what...Show More

Are we too busy to pay attention to life?

43:23 | Mar 30th, 2016

An inbetweenisode of sorts where Jeff Annello and I discuss whether we're too busy to pay attention to life - on whether we're too busy to live. If you want more of these let me know #tkp on twitter.

Alexander Shelley on The Architecture of Music, The Popularity of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, & The Necessity of Music

56:29 | Mar 18th, 2016

On this episode of the knowledge project you'll learn about what goes through conductor Alexander Shelley's mind as he walks from the dressing room to the podium, the architecture of music, why Beethoven's 5th Symphony is so popular, the necessity of...Show More

Julia Galef on Becoming More Rational, Changing Minds, and Filtering Information

53:39 | Feb 20th, 2016

On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk rationality, changing minds (our own and others), filtering information, and a lot more with Julia Galef. Galef is the President and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, a non-profit orga...Show More

Venkatesh Rao on The Three Types of Decision Makers, Mental Models, and How to Process Information

1:06:25 | Jan 28th, 2016

Venkatesh is the founder of the blog Ribbonfarm, the technology analysis site Breaking Smart, and the author of a book on decision making called Tempo. We talk about a host of fascinating subjects, including the 3 types of decision makers, mental mo...Show More

Philip Tetlock on The Art and Science of Prediction

46:00 | Dec 8th, 2015

On this episode, I'm happy to have Philip Tetlock, professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He's the co-leader of The Good Judgement Project, which is a multi-year forecasting study. He's also the author of Superforecasting: The Art and Science o...Show More

Chris Dixon on Why Companies Fail, The State of Venture Capital, Artificial Intelligence

55:57 | Nov 13th, 2015

On this episode, I have Chris Dixon. Chris is a partner at perhaps the most famous venture capital firm in the world, Andreessen Horowitz or commonly known as a16z. We talk about the history of venture capital, why companies fail, the future of art...Show More

Jason Zweig on Risk, Writing, and Why Historical Perspectives Matter

1:00:13 | Oct 19th, 2015

On this episode I have Jason Zweig. Jason writes The Intelligent Investor column for the Wall Street Journal. He has also written books like Your Money and Your Brain, The Little Book of Safe Money, and taken part in revised editions of the cult clas...Show More

Sanjay Bakshi on Reading, Mental Models, and Worldly Wisdom

53:33 | Sep 18th, 2015

This episode features Sanjay Bakshi, one of India’s best-recognised finance professors. He teaches a course entitled Behavioural Finance and Business Valuation at the Management Development Institute. In this interview, we talk about a host of things...Show More

Michael Lombardi on The Four Aspects of Leadership, Coaching, and Decision Making in the NFL

32:56 | May 29th, 2015

This episode features Michael Lombardi, former General Manager of the Cleveland Browns and current member of the coaching staff on the New England Patriots. He's widely regarded as one of the best evaluators of talent in the NFL and as we'll see a lo...Show More