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100,000 or so years of human history and young adulthood is still getting weirder.  

My guest today is actor and filmmaker Noël Wells. She’s been a cast member of Saturday Night Live. She played Rachel on the Netflix series Master of None. And she’s making her directorial debut with Mr. Roosevelt, a sweet, moving indie comedy that’s ostensibly about a dead cat, but that’s really about that very awkward and for some of us very protracted moment of coming to terms with life as a grown up. 

Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode

Reza Aslan on what religion is for, David Eagleman on creativity

Noel Wells Quote: I’ve thought a lot about the confluence of the internet,  the crashing economy, and the  truly psychologically, spiritually,  and emotionally traumatizing  event that was 9/11…all of those  things have combined to impact  my generation in a way that I don’t  think people have fully become aware of. I think we’re stagnated. I think we’re fearful. There’s a lot of love for nostalgia. People my age love the things that happened to them when they were kids because I think it’s the last time they felt truly safe.

 

About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. Since 2015, the Think Again podcast has been taking us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.

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. Each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you may have heard of with short clips from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go anywhere.