Neil deGrasse Tyson — How to Dream Big, Think Scientifically, and Get More Done (#389)

Neil deGrasse Tyson — How to Dream Big, Think Scientifically, and Get More Done (#389)

“What matters is: Are you a good problem solver? Are you moral? Are you a hard worker? Are you a good leader? Do you have insights into the field? These are the questions that matter.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) was appointed the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium …

Lisa Ling — Exploring Subcultures, Learning to Feel, and Changing Perception (#388)

Lisa Ling — Exploring Subcultures, Learning to Feel, and Changing Perception (#388)

“It requires time and energy to get invested in other people’s stories, but I do in my heart of hearts believe that you emerge a better and smarter human as a result of taking that time.” — Lisa Ling Lisa Ling (@lisaling) is the host and executive producer of the CNN Original Series This Is …

Tristan Harris — Fighting Skynet and Firewalling Attention (#387)

Tristan Harris — Fighting Skynet and Firewalling Attention (#387)

“Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed. He’s making sure your imagination withers. Until it’s as useful as your appendix.” — Chuck Palahniuk Tristan Harris …

Ken Burns — A Master Filmmaker on Creative Process, the Long Game, and the Noumenal (#386)

Ken Burns — A Master Filmmaker on Creative Process, the Long Game, and the Noumenal (#386)

“There’s always the certainty that the opposite of what I might believe in might also be true.” — Ken Burns Ken Burns (@KenBurns) has been making documentary films for more than 40 years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed …

The World's Largest Psychedelic Research Center (#385)

The World's Largest Psychedelic Research Center (#385)

This is something I’ve been working on for ~1.5 years and something diligent scientists have been working toward for 20+ years. This episode features a recording of the press conference announcing the launch of the world’s largest psychedelic research center and the U.S.’s first psychedelic research center, The Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns …

David Allen — The Art of Getting Things Done (GTD) (#384)

David Allen — The Art of Getting Things Done (GTD) (#384)

“Your head’s for having ideas, not for holding them.” — David Allen David Allen (@gtdguy) is one of the world’s most influential thinkers on productivity, and his 35 years of experience as a management consultant and executive coach have earned him the titles of “personal productivity guru” by Fast Company, one of America’s top five executive …

Mike Phillips — How to Save a Species (#383)

Mike Phillips — How to Save a Species (#383)

“Humans and cockroaches and coyotes are going to inherit the earth.” — Mike Phillips [Visit tim.blog/wolf for the most important links from this interview and my personal next steps.] Mike Phillips has served as the Executive Director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund and advisor to the Turner Biodiversity Divisions since he co-founded both with …

Safi Bahcall — On Hypnosis, Conquering Insomnia, Incentives, and More (#382)

Safi Bahcall — On Hypnosis, Conquering Insomnia, Incentives, and More (#382)

Safi Bahcall (@SafiBahcall) is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, which debuted #3 on Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list. Loonshots describes what an idea from physics tells us about the behavior of groups and how teams, companies, and nations can use that to innovate faster and better. Safi received his …

Charles Koch — CEO of Koch Industries (#381)

Charles Koch — CEO of Koch Industries (#381)

“When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.” — Charles Koch, quoting Frédéric Bastiat This episode will no doubt surprise people, and my guest came to me through channels I wouldn’t have expected. Charles Koch received a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and two master’s degrees, in nuclear and chemical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of …

Ed Zschau — The Polymath Professor Who Changed My Life (#380)

Ed Zschau — The Polymath Professor Who Changed My Life (#380)

“Entrepreneurship isn’t about starting companies. Entrepreneurship is an approach to life.” — Ed Zschau Ed Zschau is the Interim President of Sierra Nevada College, and he brings to the college 17 years of leading technology companies. He founded System Industries in Palo Alto, California in 1969, and as its CEO led it to a successful …