AMERICAN TRAUMA/THE WORD "GENIUS" (feat. Henry Rollins) - Think Again Podcast, ep. 9
We surprise the world's brightest minds with ideas they're totally unprepared to discuss. This week on Big Think's podcast, we're joined by the legendary musician and spoken-word artist Henry Rollins.
Jason Gots is a New York-based writer, editor, and podcast producer. For Big Think, he writes (and sometimes illustrates) the blog "Overthinking Everything with Jason Gots" and is the creator and host of the "Think Again" podcast. In previous lives, Jason worked at Random House Children's Books, taught reading and writing to middle schoolers and community college students, co-founded a theatre company (Rorschach, in Washington, D.C.), and wrote roughly two dozen picture books for kids learning English in Seoul, South Korea. He is also the proud father of an incredibly talkative and crafty little kid.
"You might be cool. I might be cool. But 'we' are sick. We’ve got problems. And so I’ve given up on 'we; because I don’t think we are going to get better. 'We' are Dylann Roof." — Henry Rollins
Can anything cure what ails America? What's a "genius," exactly?
In this week's episode of Big Think's Think Again podcast, we air part two of our conversation with legendary hardcore musician and spoken-word artist Henry Rollins. Interview clips from Paul Ekman and James Gleick launch a discussion of a nation divided and the character traits of "geniuses."
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About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: If 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've probably heard of with handpicked gems from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go just about anywhere.
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