Think Again – a Big Think Podcast
About This Show
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.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
156. While You Live, Shine – Christopher C. King (Grammy-winning music producer)
3 days ago
While you live, shine. Have no mourning at all. Life exists a short whileAnd time demands its fee. – From a 2000 year old tombstone in (then) Greek-speaking Asia MinorI’d like to do a little free-association exercise with you. I’m going to say three words and I’d like you to speak or write down all the words that come to mind as a result. No filtering. No judgment. Ready?American Pop Culture. Go! . . . Ok. Here’s what I got: Kanye Trump Gun Meme YouTubeThat’s pretty sad, I suppose. And maybe it anecdotally, non-scientifically supports a claim made by my guest today that culture and music, once mutually dependent, have become totally unmoored and lost in the age of globalism. And that the sounds we make and market today just don’t have anything like the healing power that was music’s purpose for thousands of years. Christopher C. King is a writer, Grammy—winning music producer, and something of an ethnomusicologist. His obsessive collecting of rare ‘78s led him to discover the music of Epirus, a region of northwestern Greece. To his ears, the playing of Kitsos Harisiadis, Alexis Zoumbas, and other Epirote masters virtually unknown outside of Epirus had an elemental power transcending even that of Delta Blues legends like Robert Johnson and Skip James. In Epirus, King found something he thought had been lost in the world: a musical culture with unbroken roots stretching back into prehistory. And some clues, perhaps, as to why we make music in the first place. Christopher’s new book is Lament From Epirus: An Odyssey into Europe’s Oldest surviving Folk Music. Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode: David Kennedy on the biggest problem historians faceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesRead more »
Rated 5 out of
Engaging & Thoughtful
Jason Gots obviously takes great care to research his guests, his questions are therefore thoughtful and lead to interesting conversation. He comes across as someone who really likes and is curious about people. For the most part, the interviews have great energy and flow. Now and again, a crotchety, contrary guest who refuses to watch through one of the videos will end up on the show. It is fascinating and instructive to notice how Jason will go even deeper into listening and understanding. His efforts to puzzle out these grumps fascinate me. Those are some of my favorite episodes (Joshua Cohen and Jeff Garlin are a couple examples).
I began listening from Episode One, and am a little over one year in. In the earlier episodes, I enjoyed the surprise video clips. They were close enough to the interests of the guests to spark a reaction, but different enough that the conversations felt like a fresh take. In more recent episodes, the topics seem fairly closely related to the guests own areas of expertise/experience. For example, when Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist, was on the show, one of the clips was by a physicist. Basically, Neil's response was to say that he basically agreed with what was said. I would like the producers to go back to more creative choices in their clips.
Date published: 2018-06-04