How Ideas Happen: David ByrneListen now (6 min) | The legendary performer and songwriter (Talking Heads, American Utopia) explains why nonsense lyrics and "little beginnings" are…
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An ode to the short but influential life of the audio cassette.
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Why popularizers and explainers can be just as important as inventors—and Dilip Mahalanabis finally gets the obituary he deserves.
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How Ideas Happen: Randall MunroeListen now (11 min) | The bestselling author of What If? and creator of xkcd explains his research techniques for answering seemingly unanswerable…
Dilip Mahalanabis popularized one of the great medical advances of the 20th century. Why did his death last month go mostly unmentioned?
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How Ideas Happen: Atul Gawande and Linda VillarosaListen now (12 min) | Two acclaimed writers on health describe the virtues of "scheduled unscheduled" time, a daily writing practice, and the…
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Why are the triumphs of public health and medicine a footnote in the history books?
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In the latest installment of the creative workflow series: the connection between mixed-gender groups and innovative thinking, and the value of…
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How Ideas Happen: Eric TopolListen now (7 min) | One of the most influential medical scientists of our age, and the author of Deep Medicine, explains how a daily reading practice…
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Prize-backed challenges have a long history of spurring socially beneficial innovation. Why can’t the US government do more of them?
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How Ideas Happen: Ed YongListen now (8 min) | The Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of An Immense World and I Contain Multitudes shares his idea-generating workflow, his must-use…
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Introducing a new podcast series where I interview some of the world's most brilliant minds about how they do their best thinking
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