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In this episode: Sarah Jones is a Tony and Obie award-winning playwright and performer. She's unlike any other artist in her uncanny ability to create, become,  and instantly switch between characters, convincingly inhabiting their physicality and their consciousness. Sarah's 2004 one woman show BRIDGE & TUNNEL channeled the symphony of voices that make up New York City's five boroughs. She returns this fall to the Manhattan Theatre Club with SELL/BUY/DATE, in which she plays all characters in a sex-ed class from the future that doubles as a brilliant, satirical commentary on life in 2016. 

On May 20th, 2016, almost exactly a year after we launched, Think Again did an episode live with Sarah Jones as part of NYC Podfest, at CakeShop NYC. Host Jason Gots knew in advance that Sarah might be slipping into and out of character, but not which characters, or when. Over the course of the hour, Sarah became and responded to the surprise discussion clips as Rashid, an out-of-work rapper, Lorraine, a Jewish grandmother, Bella, a millennial, and many more. Far from stereotypes, these were fully-fleshed people with brilliant insights grounded in their radically different life experiences. 

Above all, it was a hell of a lot of fun for the 100+ people present, and we're delighted to share it now with you. 

Surprise clips in this episode: Douglas Rushkoff on collaboration in the digital economyAngie MacArthur on types of attentionParag Khanna on World War III

 

Sarah Jones Quote: Even the word ‘sensitivity’ privileges this illusion that we have a choice. Being ‘sensitive’ to another person presupposes that you don’t really have to be mindful and alive and aware that they have the same rights and basic dignity that you do. It’s almost like that idea of ‘tolerance’ – that’s like an itchy sweater. I don’t want your tolerance. I’m just floating around here, like you. Can we do something else? Like ‘love’, maybe? That sounds good.

About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: 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.