I’m a podcast junkie, and LISTEN TO THIS is a recap of my favorite tidbits, soundbites and short bursts of brilliance that I can’t help but share with everyone who will listen. After digesting hours and hours of podcasts, here’s the best 9 minutes from what I heard this week.
HE WAS A MAN WHO BELIEVED IN CURIOSITY
Ira Flatow’s interview with neuroscientist Stuart Firestein, author of Ignorance: How It Drives Science, is a stimulating conversation about creative thinking and innovation. I bookmarked several quotes like this one about placing too much emphasis on answers and went back to listen to them again and again. But my favorite section is the story Ira tells about physicist I. I. Rabi’s mother and the role she played in developing the way Rabi approached problem solving. Start at 17:54 (or go straight to the direct quote from Rabi).
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say they gave 110%. Maybe I’m too literal, maybe I’m too much of a curmudgeon, but you can only give 100%. I know the phrase is meant to embody the notion of doing more than what was thought to be possible, but to me it puts the emphasis on the wrong element. It’s not that you did more than you could, which is impossible, it’s that you had the wrong assumption about what was possible to begin with. That’s why the fun anecdote from Steven Green at TemboSocial resonated so well with me. It begins at 1:04:35 in the podcast.
First off, I love how John Wall labeled this rerun as “From the Archives,” and second, I’m so glad he brought it back. I’ve seen Simon’s TED talk, and I’m familiar with his book Start with Why, but I had not heard this powerful human interest story of Ben who despite having cerebral palsy still ran on his high school track team. The moral is not what you might assume. Stop what you’re doing, go this this podcast, jump to 23:40, and listen.
New Podcasts I Tried:
- The Thomas Jefferson Hour — it’s a keeper and high my list. Thanks Patrick.
- Stuff You Should Know — fun one that I hope to get my kids listening to. Thanks Ariadne.
- Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More — love these short and helpful types. Thanks again Ariadne.
- The Beerists Podcast — curious but not sold. Will give it another week.
- RunRunLive — I like running, and I like listening to podcasts, not sure I like listening to podcasts about running. Going to try a few more of John’s recommendations to see for sure.
- NPR: Snap Judgment — the storytelling techniques are overly dramatic.
- Joy the Baker — too many inside jokes and not enough interest to invest in learning them.
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What were some of your favorite listens from the week? What podcasts do you recommend? Let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks.