Malcolm Gladwell (@gladwell) has written bestsellers that are probably on your shelf right now, including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. His latest book is Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know.
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What We Discuss with Malcolm Gladwell:
- Why, if we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we invite conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
- Why the information we gather from face-to-face human interaction isn’t as uniquely valuable as we think it is.
- Why television makes us worse at reading other people.
- Why we think we can tell if someone is lying, guilty, or deceptive — and why we’re almost always wrong.
- What determines the direction of Malcolm’s projects, and how he researches and organizes the massive amount of information that goes into them.
- And much more…
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To long-time listeners of this show, Malcolm Gladwell is probably a household name. He’s written bestsellers that are likely on your shelf right now — like The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw — and he writes and hosts the popular Revisionist History Podcast, which goes back and reinterprets “something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.” An interview with him has been on our wish list for more than a decade, so this is especially exciting for all of us at Harbinger HQ.
In this episode we talk to Malcolm about his latest book (which he considers his angriest work to date), Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know. We discuss why the tools we have when we talk to our friends betray us when we talk to strangers — and what we can do about it — as well as delve into Malcolm’s intense research, writing, and project selection process. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
- Other Books by Malcolm Gladwell
- Revisionist History Podcast
- Malcolm Gladwell’s Website
- Malcolm Gladwell at Instagram
- Malcolm Gladwell at Facebook
- Malcolm Gladwell at Twitter
- Robert Greene | What You Need to Know about the Laws of Human Nature, TJHS 117
- Death of Sandra Bland, Wikipedia
- Shooting of Michael Brown, Wikipedia
- Malcolm Gladwell on the Future of Books, Kanye Tirades, Sandra Bland, Donald Sterling, Joe Paterno, and Intuition, The Bill Simmons Podcast
- “The Whole United States is Southern!!:” Brown v. Board and the Mystification of Race by Charles M. Payne, Journal of American History
- Donald Sterling’s Racist Outburst, Vox
- Brown Face, Big Master by Joyce Gladwell
- David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
- Robert Hanssen: American Traitor, History
- To Catch a Spy: 25th Anniversary of the Aldrich Ames Arrest, CIA
- CIA Organised Fake Vaccination Drive to Get Osama bin Laden’s Family DNA, The Guardian
- The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight, You Are Not So Smart
- You Aren’t at the Mercy of Your Emotions — Your Brain Creates Them by Lisa Feldman Barrett, TED
- Can AI Help Judges Make the Bail System Fairer and Safer? Stanford Engineering
- Facial Action Coding System (FACS), Paul Ekman Group
- Bernie Madoff, Investopedia
- Amanda Knox
- Truth Default Theory (TDT) by Timothy R. Levine
- How Did Larry Nassar Deceive So Many for So Long? New York Magazine
- Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case, The Atlantic
- What is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)?, Concussion Legacy Foundation