Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . . You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. So each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you've probably heard of with hand-picked gems from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. The conversation could go anywhere. SINCE 2008, BIG THINK has captured on video the best ideas of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in every field, renowned experts including neurologist Oliver Sacks, physicist Stephen Hawking, behavioral psychologist Daniel Kahneman, authors Margaret Atwood and Marylinne Robinson, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, painter Chuck Close, and philosopher Daniel Dennett.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 50m. Bisher sind 237 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast

[SPECIAL] Clever Creature with Jason Gots - Episode 1: DESERT

A lost man converses with his gut flora. A song about deserts real and imaginary. Jason and his son discuss the Ice Cream Desert and its denizens.



Neil Gaiman (Jason Plays Favorites #7) – and then it gets darker

The myths of an inhospitable land. Imposter Syndrome. That feeling when one of your characters unexpectedly murders another. Literary mage Neil Gaiman on the dark arts of fiction and everyday life.


 2020-03-22  1h0m

Robert MacFarlane (Jason Plays Favorites #7) – deep time rising

The wonder and the ethics of deep time. The “wood-wide-web”. The claustrophobia of the Anthropocene. In our 200th episode, UNDERLAND author Robert MacFarlane takes us on a journey deep into the Earth and ourselves.


 2020-03-14  1h3m

Terry Gilliam (Jason Plays Favorites #4) – the impossible dream

The film becomes the story of the making of the film. From his Monty Python days to now, Don Quixote is a metaphor for Terry Gilliam’s whole career, and for his 30 year project of making a film about a film about the knight of the woeful countenance. We talk about Muppets, time, and basically everything else two humans can talk about.


 2020-03-07  53m

Anaïs Mitchell (Jason Plays Favorites #4) – sometimes the god speaks through you

With 14 Tony nominations, HADESTOWN is redefining what a Broadway musical can be. Its creator, songwriter/singer Anaïs Mitchell sits down with Jason Gots to talk about the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, making old things new, and leaving her songwriting cave (temporarily) for the theater.


 2020-02-29  1h0m

Marlon James (Jason Plays Favorites #3) – don't get too comfortable

Man-Booker prizewinning author Marlon James in a freewheeling game of verbal ping-pong on African mythology, ’80’s hip hop, heavy metal, tattoos, and billionaire philanthropy.


 2020-02-22  56m

Eve Ensler (Jason Plays Favorites #2) – no way out but through

For all the women in the world who never got the apology they needed, and all the men who haven’t found the words, and above all for herself, Eve Ensler (THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES) wrote THE APOLOGY. In this searing, unflinching, often surprisingly funny conversation we talk about trauma, compassion, and what it means to apologize for real.


 2020-02-15  1h2m

David Sedaris (Jason Plays Favorites #1) – Sir David of the Spotless Roadways

Walking all over the English countryside picking up trash, the genitalia of the spotted hyena, and many other subjects comical and deadly serious.


 2020-02-08  1h4m

Sharon Salzberg (meditation and mindfulness teacher) – on balance

​In this episode master teacher Sharon Salzberg considers whether it's ok to teach mindfulness to the armed forces, how practitioners of meditation and mindfulness should balance openness with discipline, and so much more.


 2020-02-01  51m

Roz Chast and Patricia Marx (cartoons, words, ukuleles) – The Beatles stole everything from us

The New Yorker-based writing, cartooning, ukulele-ing team on never exercising or going outside, and so much more.


 2020-01-25  45m